Family holidays in Wales

A Celtic getaway for the family


Helen Twigg

Helen Twigg
HomeAway travel expert

Family Holidays in WalesFor families that have already fallen in love with Wales, it will come as no surprise that holidaymakers in their thousands are bewitched by this small country every year. Pocket-sized but home to staggering mountain ranges, cascading waterfalls and magical caverns, there are overgrown paths waiting to be beaten and legends to be relived - not to mention sea-weed based cuisine to be sampled! With a coastline path spanning 870 miles, a vibrant capital city and a diverse culture of song, dance and rhyme, Wales has proved it can preserve its fiery Celtic history and cater for more and more holidaymakers annually.

Wales’ mythical history, stunning scenery and rich culture is hard to overlook, and what better way to soak up the atmosphere than staying in HomeAway accommodation. After an energetic day of gorge-walking or kayaking in north Wales, or an evening of theatre and Welsh ale at Cardiff Castle, you can enjoy the comfort of city accommodation or dry-off by the log fire in a more rural setting. From city apartments to cottages in Wales, our holiday rentals accommodate for the diverse needs of holidaymakers. If you’re seeking an adrenaline-driven break with fast bends and high peaks, or some much needed relaxation with the family, rest assured you’ll have a snug bed to retire to!


Top five destinations for family holidays in Wales


Snowdonia Snowdonia

Home to the largest mountain in Wales, Snowdonia boasts breath-taking scenery: whether you choose to sample mouth-watering Bara brith at a local market, or explore the National Park, Snowdon provides a striking backdrop. If you’re travelling with budding mountaineers (with little feet) the Llanberis Track is a safe route that snakes round the glassy lakes of Llyn Glaslyn and Llyn Lydaw, up to Snowdon’s summit. Follow the footsteps of King Arthur, or travel in style on the famous Mountain Railway – just to remember to pack a flask and some Welsh cakes! For a smoother stroll, the village of Betws y Coed sits on the edge of Snowdonia with a spectacular waterfall, Swallow Falls. The neighbouring Beddgelert, with its gorgeous scenery said to have inspired the Rupert Bear stories, is a perfect stop-off on a bike ride. For an enchanted experience, Penrhyn Castle’s fairy-tale turrets and magical grounds is a fitting setting for craft workshops, art exhibitions and family picnics.

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Brecon Beacons Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons is a remarkable mountain range, with awe-inspiring scenery that can be appreciated on foot, water, and in flight, with activities ranging from rambling to wind-surfing and hand-gliding. A morning horse-ride across the moors, followed by geocaching, an engaging and dynamic treasure hunt for the whole family, are just some of the activities the expansive landscape provides. Perhaps a more unusual pursuit, Brecon Beacons National Park offers star gazing events to inspire young astronomers.

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Anglesey Anglesey

Off the north-west coast lies Anglesey, an island renowned for its award-winning beaches, friendly wild life and seafood specials. On the mainland, a visit to Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens for afternoon tea, or Beaumaris Castle, a thirteenth century fortress built for King Edward I, provide tranquil alternatives to the Treasure Island Fun Centre and the Beaumaris Gaol. For nature lovers, visit the Sea Zoo and book a Sea Safari across the Menai Strait, or visit Pili Palas Nature World where you will be welcomed by a flight of butterflies. If you take a boat-trip to Puffin Island, you’ll be greeted by the colony of seals that grace the waters. You may even be lucky enough to spot the pod of bottlenose dolphins that have been sighted in recent years. Alternatively, you can trawl along Newborough beach for shells, and sit back and relax with a cone of mussels and watch the waves.

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Pembrokeshire Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire’s hardly short of beaches, with over fifty scattered along the coastline. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is the port of call if you want to perfect your surf with an instructor. A trek into the Preseli Hills on a clear day is a superb way to admire the rolling scenery or visit Carn Menyn, said to have sourced the famous stones at Stonehenge. The birthplace of Saint David, Pembrokeshire is steeped with history and culture. For art lovers make a trip to Sculpture Heaven in Ceredigion and for keen historians the Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort provides guided tours for both children and adults, offering an intriguing glimpse into life over 2000 years ago.

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Conwy Conwy

Conwy boasts a stunning medieval castle, just a five minute walk from the centre of the market town. Treat the family to a portion of fish and chips and watch the sailors anchor their boats after a day of fishing. If you find the grandeur of the castle too imposing, you can feel like a giant among men in the smallest house in the UK, Quay House. Wales’ dynamic capital, Cardiff, is home to the Millennium stadium, the Welsh National Opera, and Cardiff Bay’s vibrant bars and bistros. The city has great rail links with Swansea, Newport and Bristol, and to Monmouthshire, where you can visit the only remaining medieval fortified river bridge in Britain. Feel inspired at Tintern Abbey, which sits beside the Wye. It was the second Cistercian abbey in Britain and first in Wales, and has inspired many writers and artists including Wordsworth and Ginsberg.

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