Underground adventures courtesy of Zip World are guaranteed to be an exhilarating day out. Set in a former slate mine in North Wales, you can “play, slide, roll, jump and bounce from net to net in a cavern the size of a cathedral.” Get a group together and have some fun.
The Big Pit National Coal Museum, often referred to as The Big Pit, is a museum showcasing Wales’ industrial past, set in Blaenavon, Torfaen, South Wales. It was a working coal mine until the 80s, before being opened to the public as a tourist attraction. Feel the claustrophobia of coal mining as you go deeper underground.
The Big Pit. Blaenafon, Pontypool +44 0300 1112333
This castle right in the centre of the city used to, until recently, feature free-roaming peacocks. Even without them, there’s still plenty to see. Go on a tour and learn about the history, enjoy the beautiful and intricate interiors of the rooms and walk around the lush green grounds.
Cardiff Castle +44 029 2087 8100
The Fairbourne Railway is a traditional, old fashioned railway run by volunteers, which goes from Fairbourne, passing the beach to Barmouth Ferry railway. This is a must-see, especially if you have little ones who love Thomas the Tank Engine.
Fairbourne Railway, Beach Rd. +44 01341 250362
Pontcysyllte’s magnificent aqueduct is built on pillars high above the River Dee and is a World Heritage Site. Enjoy this attraction with a horse-drawn boat trip along the canal wharf in Llangollen.
This building in Cardiff Bay is an impressive feat of engineering, made up of Welsh slate and copper above the main entrance. Above it are lines by Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis ‘in these stones horizons sing’ in English and Welsh, which are illuminated at night. The centre itself is a hive of activity, hosting opera, ballet, theater, comedy and musicals.
Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Pl, Cardiff Bay +44 02920636424
Perfect to visit, walk around or bike along, The Mawddach Estuary is a gorgeous, broad and sandy estuary in one of the most beautiful parts of Wales. It is where the River Mawddach meets the sea and used to be the site of gold panning and ship building. Explore it via The Mawddach Trail, managed by the Snowdonia National Park Authority.
The famous Welsh writer wrote many of his most important works in this picture perfect boathouse, where he lived with his family. It is found in Laugharne, Wales and has views of the Taf estuary and the Gower Peninsula.
Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Dylan’s Walk, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire +44 01994 427420
This network of Victorian and Edwardian shopping arcades in the centre of the capital, retaining many original features, are a throwback to the city’s past. They are full of interesting independent businesses, from fancy dress shops, food vendors like Madame Forage and record and book stores, to vintage clothing shops and ice cream parlours.
Cadair Idris Mountain in Snowdonia National Park is super popular with walkers. The name is said to mean Idris’ Chair, Idris being a giant in Welsh mythology. Legend has it if you sleep on the mountain, you’ll wake up a madman or a poet.
Barry Island is not actually an island but a seaside resort, complete with rides, arcade games, a promenade, a long beach and food stalls selling things like delicious freshly-made donuts. The resort is well known for featuring on the comedy TV show Gavin and Stacey, and when the weather is good it’s a fun day out.
Anglesey Sea Zoo, on the pretty island of Anglesey, is an aquarium which focuses purely on British marine wildlife. You’ll get to see the stars of the British coast and seas such as octopus, lobsters, seahorses, conger eels and catsharks. Even better, this is a zoo with a mission: to educate visitors on marine habitats, research and conservation work vital to preserving British sea life.
Brynsiencyn, Llanfairpwll +44 01248 430411
Admire the huge variety of plant species spread across 568 acres of parkland in beautiful Carmarthenshire. With its huge pod-like domes creating the right climate for exotic specimens, the flora displays and natural attractions like lakes and pretty nature walks, it is well worth a visit.
National Botanic Garden of Wales, Middleton Hall, Llanarthne +44 01558 667149
Tenby is a quaint seaside town and harbour in Pembrokeshire. On a summer’s day, this is the perfect place for a good old fashioned Welsh holiday feel. There’s plenty to do too, hiring a boat to go fishing, getting an ice cream or fish and chips, visiting Caldey Island, or going on a coastal walk.
This little steam train takes you through the natural beauty of Brecon Beacons National Park, through valleys, past woods, along the Taf Fechan Reservoir and gorge before traveling upwards to Torpantau. The journey takes 1 hour 40 minutes from start to finish, with a 35 minute stop off.