Grandad and I bought National Trust and CADW membership to make our days out more affordable so we visit lots of Castles. We would love to visit more National Trust places but there are so few close to Cardiff.
I've called this Places To Visit In South Wales With A Toddler but it does include some places in England and bigger kids can enjoy them too. Each heading is a clickable link to our review with more information and lots of pictures. As we visit more places I will add them here.
Underneath the name of the place I have written a list of facilities with a longer explanation in the glossary.
Animals - usually main attraction, farm or petting
Beach - sand or pebbles
Buggy Friendly - Mostly paths suitable for buggies or little balance bikes (like toddle bike)
Exhibitions - changing, not just information display boards
FunFair - more than one or two rides, payable separately
Furnished - cottages/buildings in the style of a particular time eg Medieval or 1940's
Gardens - formal or not, but designed, planted and maintained
Lake - just water no water activities, probably ducks for feeding though
Museum - they have a dedicated area with displays, many are interactive
Picnic - either dedicated areas with picnic tables or just a great place to have one
Playground - at least swings and a slide
Ruins - just bits of buildings/walls still left. Not a whole building
Sculptures - more than one and part of a trail
Shop - just one, usually full of beautiful, but a bit too expensive, souvenirs
Shops - variety of shops not just touristy
Parking F - free
Parking £ - additional cost. At CADW or NT sites, parking may be free for members.
Parkland - grass and large trees
Village or Town - it is either in the centre of the village or town or a toddlers five minute walk (disclaimer - that's a toddler actually walking, in a straight line, in the direction of the town!)
Walks - marked/unmarked trails suitable for a toddler but not necessarily a buggy
Beach, Buggy friendly, Cafe, Funfair, Parking F, Parking £, Picnic, Shops, Town, Walks
Buggy friendly, Cafe, Museum, Parking £, Picnic, Real coal mine, Shop.
Furnished cottages, Museum, Parking F, Picnic, Shop.
Buggy friendly, Cafe, Playground, Picnic, Shop, Walks
Buggy friendly, Cafe, Furnished buildings, Gardens, Parking £, Picnics, Shop, Small play area with ride on tractors. Stately Home, Working Artisans
CADW with entrance fee
Castle, Exhibitions, Parking £, Parkland, Picnic, Ruins, Shop, Town
Cafe, Fairytale furnished Castle, Parking F, Woodland Walks
Castle, Parking £, Picnic, Ruins, Shop, Town
Cafe, Castle, Parking F, Picnic, Ruins, Shop,
Buggy friendly, Parking £, Picnic, Ruins, Riverside/Woodland Walks, Shop, Shops, Village.
Cafe, Gardens, Parking F, Picnic, Playgound, Shop, Stately home, Walks.
Above link is the gardens, review of the house here
Cafe, Gardens, Parkland, Picnic, Stately Home, Walks.
Animals, Cafe, Buggy friendly, Parking F, Playground,
Fairies, Gardens, Parking F, Walks
Adventure playgrounds, Parking F, Railway, Woodland walks,
Animals, Cafe, Parking F, Picnic, Playground, Sand Pit, Woodland walk.
Buggy friendly, Cafe, Exhibitions, Museum, Shops, Parking £, Town
Baby lambs in the Spring costs just a small donation, Shop
Where's your favourite place? We are always looking for new places and would love to hear from you.
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