Pembrokeshire is a divided into two halves: the English speaking south and the wilder, Welsh speaking north. Famed for its beautiful coastline, there are also lots of activities to keep the whole family entertained if the weather is not as good as you’d hoped. There are numerous pretty towns to explore such as Tenby, Solva and Newport, plus several castles, farms and wildlife centres. You might wonder what you could do in this beautiful region of England.
So let’s discover the best things to do with your kids in Pembrokeshire:
1. Pembroke Castle
Will the kids be excited when you tell them you are spending the day at a huge medieval castle complete with dungeon tower, an underground cave and a maze of tunnels and battlements to explore? You bet they will! Pembrokeshire Castle is one of Wales’ most impressive, and is surrounded by a serene millpond that’s perfect to stroll around, if the weather brightens up. There are loads of family events during the holidays, such as Knight School, Dragon Day and a Christmas Market.
Address: Pembroke Castle, Pembroke. SA71 4LA
Opening Hours: Opening hours vary, check the website for more information
2. Phoenix Bowl and Pirate Pete’s Indoor Play
Bowling is a great indoor family activity, and Phoenix Bowl has soft play too so it’s perfect if you have a range of ages to entertain. Let the little ones run off some steam on Pirate Pete’s climbing frames and ball pit, then enjoy a family game of bowling, before dinner at the welcoming bar and restaurant.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 11pm
3. Blue Lagoon Water Park
Featured in our Best Indoor Waterparks in the UK article, this waterpark located within Bluestone National Park Resort, has an impressive wave pool and four flumes. All surrounded by 500 acres of unspoilt countryside. ‘Nippers Cove’ is a dedicated area for little ones under 5 years old, where they can splash about in confidence away from the main pool.
If you need a break from all the excitement, float along down the lazy river to the heated outdoor bubble pool.
The waterpark is free to enter if you are staying at the resort, so why not make a weekend of it and explore the beautiful Welsh coast?
Opening Hours: Open daily 12pm – 6pm
4. Folly Farm
Folly Farm adventure park and zoo has lots to keep the kids entertained in all weathers, aside from the hundreds of animals who live on site. There are vintage fairground rides and an extensive indoor play area. Your kids will also discover a barn where you can see and handle a wide range of furry friends, from lambs to rabbits. There’s even a life size model of a cow which you can practise milking – a ‘must try’ for any eager young farmers or vets!
Address: Begelly, Kilgetty SA68 0XA
Opening Hours: Opening times vary, check the website for more information
5. The Creative Cafe
Finally, This ‘paint your own pottery’ cafe has three different locations in Pembrokeshire to get your hands dirty, and keep the kids entertained on a rainy day. Pick from the wide array of ceramics – plates, mugs ornaments and more, then adorn it in all the colours of the rainbow! You could also have a go at making personalised handprints of all your family as a lovely souvenir.
Opening Hours: Open 10am – 5pm. Closed on Mondays during winter.
6. Beach Day
There are 52 beaches in Pembrokeshire, a surfer’s paradise where wild Atlantic waves crash onto steep, dramatic cliffs. Some of the famous surfer beaches like Freshwater West have very strong currents though, and are not suitable for children’s swimming. However there are plenty of others to choose to visit with the family.
Broadhaven is a wide sandy bay backed by dunes that lead from The National Trust owned Bosherston Lakes. This huge beach never seems crowded, it’s a great choice for days out in Pembrokeshire to visit all year round.
Newport sands offers a mile of sand flanked by cliffs on both sides, making it a sheltered spot that’s perfect for families. There are plenty of facilities such as a cafe, lifeguards during the summer and two car parks.
Many of Pembrokeshire’s beaches have changeable tides so make sure you check before you visit to make a perfect day out in Pembrokeshire.
7. Walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is certainly one of the most impressive National Trails in Britain. Attracting walkers and families from all over the world. It covers indeed 186 miles of breathtaking scenery from St Dogmaels to Amroth, taking in steep limestone cliffs, volcanic headlands, stunning beaches and estuaries. See what seabirds and wild flowers you can spot along the way too. In addition, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path’s website has a “gentle walks” section which details routes that are stile free – perfect if you’re travelling with a buggy.
8. Manor Wildlife Park
Wales’ only “walk through” safari, Manor Park is home to an amazing range of animals, from endangered Sumatran tigers to friendly tortoise. Kids will love the chance to hand feed wallabies, cuddle giant rabbits and encounter swinging gibbons and roaming rhinos Daily activities include bug handling, pig walks and tiger talks.
Address: St Florence, Tenby SA70 8RJ
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm / 6pm (winter / summer)
Winner of “Best Visitor Attraction” at the Pembrokeshire 2018 Tourism Awards, Carew Castle is one of the most magnificent in Wales, with a history spanning over 2000 years. Inside the castle there are mysterious passages and towers for the kids to explore, while outside there’s a lovely circular walk around the beautiful grounds and 18th century tidal mill.
There are lots of children’s activities during the school holidays too, such as dressing up and Easter egg hunts. Visitors can buy a family season ticket for £40 which allows entry to Carew Castle and Castell Henllys Iron Age Village. (Valid for one year from date of purchase.)
Opening Hours: Open daily 20am – 5pm
10. Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort
Travel back in time and experience life in the Iron Age at this fantastic reconstructed village. A really interesting and unique family attraction set within 30 acres of woodland and meadows, you’ll find expertly re-created Iron Age roundhouses which villagers would have lived in, built exactly where they would have stood 2000 years ago. Explore the sculpture trails depicting myths and legends, spot wildlife such as otters, swallows and bats, and gets hands on at the interactive exhibits in the visitor centre.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm from April to November
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