Wales is an amazing place to visit with children. Here are some great days out ideas at National Trust estates in Wales.
We love National Trust days out, and what better place to experience them than in Wales? There’s so much to see, do and enjoy – from castles to botanical gardens.
Whether you’re looking for fresh air or to explore an adventure playground, we’re sure you will the right experience for you at one of these National Trust days out in Wales.
Bodnant Garden is world class and home to botanical collections from around the world. There’s an adventure trail and even a ‘take your time’ leaflet for those less able to walk.
Colette, from We’re Going On An Adventure, says: “Bodnant Garden is literally one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, even in the throes of Winter, so I can only imagine how stunning it must be in the Summer! Dave and I gasped and ooohed with every corner we turned”
Read Colette’s review of Bodnant Garden.
Chirk Castle offers a real family day out, with giant games in the garden, play areas and den building. The Castle has lot’s of activities and dress up to keep children entertained while they follow the trail too.
Here’s what we had to say: “There was also a family room at the top of a tower where the girls could do some colouring, make jigsaws (of knights naturally) and build a castle. I was incredibly impressed that at every turn there was something else for them to do. In places like this there is usually only a ‘token’ child activity. This seemed to have been designed with children in mind”
Read our full review of Chirk Castle.
Dinefwr Park is a site of special scientific interest and a the only parkland National Nature Reserve in Wales. The estate holds an historic house, and 18th century landscape park and a medieval deer park. There are regular activities held through the school holidays which are sure to be a hot with the kids.
Laura, from Side Street Style, says: “One our way back to the car we spotted some of Dinefwr rare white cattle which Me A loved and then we stopped at the little nature inspired play park as well as having a spot of ice-cream”
Read Laura’s blog to discover more about Dinefwr Park.
Dolaucathi Gold Mines
Dolaucathi Gold Mines is a fascinating place to spend a day, retrace the steps of Roman and Victorian gold miners pan for your own gold or take a walk in the beautiful countryside and woodlands. Be warned that children need to be over 95cm or in a hooded pushchair to go on the tours.
Alan, from Here Come The Hoopers, says: “With a little bit of time to fill in we had a quick look around the site and spotted the panning for gold sections. There were three troughs and a stack of pans, to allow you to pan as freely as you wished”
Read Alana’s blog to find out more about the mines.
Dyffryn Gardens offers plenty to discover with over 55 acres of formal and informal gardens. Inside, the rooms that have been refurbished so far have been designed for everything to be touched and played with, so no need to panic when venturing here with small children!
Laura, from Side Street Style, says: “When we arrived at the Gardens we were given a little I-spy treasure map for the kids of different sights to spot along the way, something we all join in with, we didn’t find everything but that just means we have an excuse to go again next week”
Read a full review of Dyffryn Gardens on Side Street Style or enjoy Ali from We Made This Life’s stunning photos of her day at the Open Doors event.
Erddig is a much loved family home set in a 1,200 acre estate. There are teddies to spot and a cuddly bug trail follow around the house.Outside is plenty of space to run around and stretch your legs and a play area that spans nearly two acres!
Here’s what we had to say: “The gardens are stunning even at this time of year and we spent ages just pottering round, playing with the old hats and having a snack in a lovely little cottage at one end of the gardens. They were all having such a good time, but then we found the Wolf Den! When we went in the gentleman who scanned our cards, told us to head straight there and how right he was. At first glance this area is just a collection of cut down trees, but they have done a fantastic job. We literally spent 2 hours just in this area”
Read our review of a family day out at Erddig.
Mwnt is a beautiful secluded bay, with a lovely sandy beach. There are the most amazing views across the sea to Ireland.
Penny, from Parent Shaped, says: “We missed Penbryn, the beach before it, also owned by The National Trust, and ended up at Mwnt. I think it was fate, this was one of the best days, made even more special by the tiny kiosk selling home made barabrith and Welsh cakes, and by the tiny chapel, and the breathtaking views from the top of the hill above the chapel”
Head over to Penny’s blog to find out more about Mwnt beach.
Penrhyn Castle looks like a real life fairytale castle! There are quizzes/trails to follow both inside and out. There is also a great play area to let of some steam.
Mummy M says: “The girlies enjoyed the entrance and main hall, as they could explore freely, and sat on the chairs that were once sat on by the original owners. But as we got further in, the red ropes appeared, and they didn’t like not being able to explore and touch. Our girlies are little explorers. We did the activity that gets the kids to spot things around the house, as in the eyes of the resident dog. And they even saw a bed that was made for Queen Victoria”
Head over to Mummy M to discover more about Penrhyn Castle.
Tredegar House has seen its fair share of dark days and golden ages over the years. Inside you are completely immersed into the history of the house with a hands on, interactive experience. Outside there is 90 acres of parkland to explore and a great playarea for the kids.
Ali, from We Made This Life says: “Visiting Tredegar House was utterly fascinating and it’s history was brought alive by the amazing staff who guided us through the various rooms. They were brilliant with the children too…There was a huge box of dressing up which the children loved and they were even encouraged to brush the hats in the butler’s pantry”
Read Ali’s blog to find out more about Tredegar House.
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