While the weather can often be unreliable one thing you can count on is enjoying a day at LC Swansea. Once the training ground to Olympic team GB the LC has a waterpark including slides and an indoor surf machine, alongside a multi-purpose sports hall, four storey interactive play area and a 30ft climbing wall to make sure all their energy is expended by the end of the visit.
Nearest Station; Swansea
Walking distance; 15 minutes
Go medieval with a trip to the partially restored 13th century castle in the very heart of Caerphilly. There’s plenty of nooks for a great game of hide and seek, lots of steps to climb, and dungeons to discover. Don’t forget to take some suitable food for the geese and ducks which inhabit the moat and nest nearby.
Nearest Station; Caerphilly
Walking Distance; 12 minutes
Nestled at the foot of the Brecon Beacons, historical Cyfartha Castle houses a museum, gallery and café, but the biggest draw for families is the well-equipped park surrounding it. The Active Zone, Splash Pad, Playground and Miniature Railway are particularly popular with younger visitors, and there plenty of walking trails and sporting activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy.
Nearest Station; Merthyr Tydfil
Walking Distance; 19 minutes
A trip to the Bay is a great way to wile away a sunny, or rainy, afternoon. Take a stroll to the pretty Norwegian Church and then on to the Dr Who experience and the barrage. Kids will love the scooter park, sculptures, sea themed play area with sandpit and enormous crocodile bench. You can hire bikes and trikes if they don’t fancy walking the whole way to Penarth Marina. Warm up afterwards in one of the many restaurants on Mermaid Quay as you watch the boats, or pop in to the Wales Millennium Centre where there are often activities for youngsters.
Nearest Station; Cardiff Bay
Walking Distance; 10 minutes
The only parkland National Nature Reserve (NNR) in Wales, and a Sight of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Dinefwr National Park is home to a castle, mansion, roman forts and around 800 acres of country side where you might be lucky enough to spot a herd of deer. Newton House is thought to be one of the most haunted houses in Britain with many visitors reporting a spooky encounter. The servants' basement is said to smell like the tobacco smoke of Walter the Butler and others have experienced a choking sensation as they climb the sweeping cantilever staircase.
Nearest Station; Llandeilo
Walking Distance; 24 minutes
This beautiful country park is home to landscaped gardens, open green spaces, wild woodlands, three ponds and even a reservoir. There are historical ruins to discover amongst cascades and grottos, with plenty of other activities on offer for children. Challenge them to a game of FootGolf, where you try and get a football into a hole in the fewest number of shots possible, try your hand at fishing, or just let them run free at one of the play grounds on site.
Nearest Station; Neath
Walking Distance; 13 minutes
Aberystwyth's seafront is a focal point of the historic market town and a favourite attraction for visitors and locals alike. Take a stroll along the mile-long promenade on the North Beach where you’ll find traditional seaside treats at the Victorian Pier. Aberystwyth’s harbour and marina are located behind the South Beach, where the bay’s porpoise population can be spotted at sea on warm days, together with spectacular views down the coast.
Nearest Station; Aberystwyth
Walking Distance; 10 minutes
The oldest post roman fort in Britain grew and grew along its narrow cliff top ridge over hundreds of years. Work continued well into the 17th-century as medieval battlements were replaced by stronger, musket-friendly parapets. This monumental structure has featured on a number of TV programmes, including Dr. Who, and plays host to a rock festival every summer. Kids will love discovering the dungeons and climbing in the castle grounds.
Nearest Station; Chepstow
Walking Distance; 7 minutes
Take a stroll to Llanelly House, Wales’ finest Georgian building. Join a tour to discover the legacy of the Stepney family and hear scandalous tales about the former inhabitants. Braver visitors could even try the “Ghostly Tales of Llanelly’s Past” dusk tour. Finish off with a modern meal served in 18th century surroundings or stop by the shop, set in Sir Thomas Stepney’s very own study.
Nearest Station; Llanelli
Walking Distance; 17 minutes
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