As well as offering visitors spectacular scenery, a range of exciting activities and plenty of history to explore, Wales is also one of the best places to enjoy a budget family holiday.
Being easily accessible from the rest of the UK and Ireland by car via road or ferry, travel costs to Wales are low, and it has a number of free attractions to enjoy once you’ve arrived, including its wonderful beaches and the hills of Snowdonia and Brecon.
But where should you be looking to base yourself in Wales to enjoy the best low-cost family getaway? Well, the following guide should get you started and then if you’d like to find out more about any of the destinations featured you can read additional details about them here.
The Gower Peninsula, which extends into the Bristol Channel south of Swansea, is one of Wales’ premier beach destinations.
Home to Rhossili Bay, which was named the tenth best beach on the planet by TripAdvisor, you can enjoy world-class views from the cliffs, walk the huge expanse of clean sand at low tide and enjoy a bracing dip in the sea.
As well as one of Wales’ best free attractions, the Gower is home to numerous campsites, allowing you to enjoy the countryside around you while saving money on accommodation.
For active kids and adults for that matter, the Gower is also a great place to learn to surf.
If north Wales is more accessible to you but you still want to enjoy a seaside holiday, look no further than Llandudno, the ‘Queen of the Welsh Resorts’.
Packed with attractions to delight children, families can play the 2p Pushers on the enormous pier, build sandcastles on the large beach and get competitive on the crazy golf course.
Save money on eating out by staying in one of the self-catered holiday cottages in the town and put the cash towards exploring Conway Castle, one of Wales’ finest, and enjoying the thrills of the artificial ski slope at Great Orme.
If the kids have still got energy to burn after that, a 45-minute drive south lies the village of Betws-y-Coed, the gateway to Snowdonia National Park. The walking opportunities here are endless, whether you want to stick to the valleys or tackle the peaks, including Snowdon, the highest mountain in the UK outside Scotland.
Although staying in a city might seem like an expensive idea, Cardiff is one of the best value-for-money capitals in the world, with cheap shopping, restaurants and pubs.
And during July and August the city puts on the Cardiff Festival featuring live music, street theatre, children’s entertainment and food stalls, with many of the events free to attend.
Cardiff has some lovely parks and open spaces, and families can also enjoy a cycle down the Taff Trail, which extends from Cardiff Bay to Brecon in the North. Many sections are traffic free and follow the routes of discussed railways and canals, so it’s a really safe way to enjoy the city and the surrounding countryside.
As you can see, there’s a wealth of wonderful family attractions located across Wales and a host of great destinations where you can find cheap self-catered accommodation – even in Cardiff.
So look no further than Wales for your next summer holiday destination.