Pembrokeshire’s stunning coastline is what attracts so many families each year, in search of outdoor adventure surrounded by awe-inspiring views. But which beaches are the best for children, and what other activities are there in this beautiful area of Wales?
BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you and put together a selection of the best child-friendly Outdoor activities in Pembrokeshire.
1. 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, but 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, so it’s a great choice 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 www.tidetimes.org.uk before you visit.
2. Walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is one of the most impressive National Trails in Britain,attracting walkers and families from all over the world. It covers 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. 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.
3. 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
5. 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
Visiting Pembrokeshire with children is a great idea for a Family Break. The area features great kids-friendly restaurants, exciting outdoor activities, indoor attractions for young children and last but not least a great selection of accommodations that will satisfy parents with a large family or with their toddlers.
At BabyBreaks, we have kept a limited choice of activities, restaurants and hotels so that you can prepare your trip to Pembrokeshire without browsing the Internet for endless hours. So if you are looking to be inspired to visit Pembrokeshire for your next family weekend, just visit our different Pembrokeshire pages to find what this destination has to offer.
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