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Affordable family days out in South Wales

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

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Bridgend, South Wales Family Photographer
Bridgend, South Wales Family Photographer

With South Wales Schools now broken up for summer, I will be taking some time out most weeks from my maternity, newborn and family photography studio in Porthcawl, Bridgend, to make precious memories with my three children and explore new places on our doorstep, here in South Wales.

Here is my go-to list in no particular order of over 120 family-friendly days out in South Wales, which are all free to visit. My guide covers Porthcawl, Port Talbot, Neath, Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan, the Valleys, Llanelli and Swansea. I have split it into sections, so you have easy access to the Seaside; Walks, parks, woods and the great outdoors; Museums and culture; Castles; Outdoor swimming pools and splash parks; Canals. Reservoirs and Waterfalls; and Animals and Farms.

Please check ahead for opening times, special events and other disruptions before visiting.

Days out at the seaside.

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Bridgend Family Beach, Outdoor and Studio Photographer, Blog

A day out at the beach is always a huge hit with children of all ages:

1. Rest Bay, Porthcawl, Bridgend.

2. Barry Island, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan.

3. Aberavon Beach, Sandfields in Neath Port Talbot

4. Whitmore Bay and Jackson’s Bay, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan.

5. The Knap Gardens and Lake, Cold Knap, Barry. (Pebbles) Vale of Glamorgan.

6. Llantwit Major (Pebbles), Vale of Glamorgan.

7. Aberthaw Beach, also known as Lumpert Bay, Glamorgan.

8. Millenium Coastal Park, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

9. Gower Peninsula, Swansea

10. Sully Island (Cwm Colhugh) Beach (Pebbles). Vale of Glamorgan.

12. Dunraven Bay, Southerndown, near Bridgend. Vale of Glamorgan.

13. Ogmore by Sea, near Bridgend.

14. Sandy Bay in Porthcawl, Bridgend.

15. Penarth Pier Pavilion and Beach, near Cardiff.

16. Mumbles Beach. Swansea. 17. Coney Beach Amusement Park, Porthcawl, Bridgend.

Walks, parks, woods and the great outdoors

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Bridgend Family Outdoor and Studio Photographer, Blog

The great outdoors is full of adventure and has plenty to offer the kids during the six weeks of school holidays over the summer. Grab a picnic and work through the list to avoid costing you a fortune.

1. Alexandra Park, Beach Road, Penarth.

2. Roath Park and Lake, Cardiff. (Extra Charge For Conservatory Boat rides)

3. Brecon Beacons. Spans over Carmarthenshire, Powys and Monmouthshire.

4. The Wenallt or Coed y Wenallt, Cardiff.

5. Bute Park, Cardiff

6. Cefn Onn Park, Cardiff.

7. Bryngarw Country Park. Bridgend

8. Cardiff Bay Barrage To The Bay

9. Heath Park, King George V Drive, Heath, Cardiff. (Mini Railway Station £2 A Ride)

10. Bute Park

11. Insole Court and Gardens, Llandaff, Cardiff.

12. Clyne Botanical Gardens, Swansea

13. Forest Farm Country Park

14. Salmon Leaps, Dinas Powys

15. Garwnant Visitor Centre, Merthyr Tydfil

16. Penarth Pier and Alexandra Park

17. Brynn Bach Park. Tredegar (Extra charge activities).

18. Pen y Fan

19. Tredegar Park (Extra Charge For House)

20. Cwmbran Boating Lake

21. Tredegar house gardens and parks

22. Barry Sidings, Pontypridd

23. Romilly Park, Barry

24. Porthkerry Park.

25. The Old Station, Tintern.

26. Forest Farm and Melingriffiths, Cardiff.

27. Barry Cold Knap and Romilly Park

28. Forest Fawr, Near Caerphilly and within walking distance to Castle Couch.

29. Taff Trail.

30. Parc Bryn Bach. Tredegar.

31. Llanishen Skate Park, Ty Gals Avenue, Llanishen, Cardiff

32. Parc Cwm Darran. Bargoed.

33. Dare Valeey, Aberdare.

34. Roath Park, Roath. Cardiff.

35. Porthkerry County Park (Parking Charges)

36. Cosmeston Lake, Lavernock Road, near Sully.

37. Garwnant Visitors Centre, near Merthyr.

38. Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes

39. Parc Slip Nature Reserve, Aberkenfig, Bridgend.

40. Kenfig Nature Reserves, Bridgend

41. Penllegaer Valley Woods, Swansea.

42. Cwmcarn Forest. Newport

43. Bridgend Miniature Railway

44. Forest Fawr Sculpture Trail, near Castell Coch, Tongwynglais

45. Newport Wetlands

46. Park Cefn Onn, Lisvane, Cardiff.

47. Dare Valley Country Park. Aberdare

48. Singleton Park, Swansea

49. Margam Park.

50. Barry Sidings Countryside Park

51. Llandaff Fields, Cardiff

52. Gnoll Park, Neath (Ponds, Reservoir, Historical Ruins,

53. Play Park and Foot Golf For Extra Charge)

54. The Wenallt, Rhiwbina, Cardiff

55. Pembrey Country Park. Llanelli

56. Rumney Park, Cardiff.

57. Caerphilly mountain. 58. Llyn Llech Owain Country Park, Church Rd Gorslas, Llanelli

59. Wales Coast Path boardwalk

60. Wiggleys Fun Farm, Cefn Cribwr, Bridgend. 61. Cowbridge Farm Shop, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan

62. Cwtsho Coed Forest School, Coed Hirwaun, Margam SA13 2TX. Click here to find out more about their sessions.


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Bridgend Family Outdoor and Studio Photographer, Places to visit Blog


Museums and culture

1. National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff.

2. Blaenavon Ironworks

3. The Egypt Centre, Singleton Park, Swansea.

4. Newport Museum and Art Gallery, John Frost Square, Newport

4. Big Pit National Coal Museum

5. Swansea Museum, Victoria Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea.

6. Dinosaur Footprints at Bendrick, Barry.

7. National Waterfront Museum. Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea

8. Kidwelly Industry Museum.

9. St Fagans National Museum, Cardiff.

10. Roman Remains, Cold Knap. Barry

11. Winding House, Cross Street, New Tredegar, Caerphilly.

12. South Wales Aviation Museum. St Athans (Free for 1 child with a £7.50 paying adult)

13. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay.

14. The Cardiff Story, The Old Library, The Hayes, Cardiff.

15. Caerleon Amphitheatre.

16. National Roman Legion Museum. Carleon

17. Your local Library. 18. Porthcaw Museum. 19. Norwegian Church Arts Centre. Cardiff.

20. Cwtsho Coed Forest School, Coed Hirwaun, Margam SA13 2TX. Click here to find out more about their sessions.

Castles and Churches

1. Cardiff Castle, Free for 3 years if you live and work in Cardiff and applied for the Castle Key.

2. Caldicott Castle (Feed The Ducks)

3. Newport Castle

4. St Fagans Castle.

5. Cyfartha Castle and Park (Pay for activities)

6. Skenfrith Castle

7. Grosmont Castle

8. Ogmore Castle.

9. Coity Castle, Bridgend

10. Llawhaden Castle

11. Old Beaupre Castle. Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff.

12. Candleston Castle

13. Margam Castle

14. Llansteffan Castle

15. Pennard Castle, overlooks Three Cliffs Bay Swansea,

16. Dinefwr Castle, Llandeilo

17. Carmarthen Castle

18. Morlais Castle, Merthyr (Castle Ruins)

19. Castell Coch, free for under 5-year-olds. 20. Llandaff Cathedral


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Bridgend Family Photographer, Places to visit Blog


Outdoor swimming pools and splash parks.

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Family Photographer Bridgend, Places to visit Blog

1. Victoria Park Splash Pad, Canton, Cardiff.

2. Pendcoetre, Barry, Splash Pad and Park

3. Aberavon, Port Talbot, Splash Pad and Beach

4. Blackpilll Lido, Swansea

5. Pontypridd Lido + Ynys Angharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd. (Kids Free and adults £2)

6. Cyfartha Splash Pad and Park. Merthyr

Canals. Reservoirs and Waterfalls

1. Neath Canal (Fairy Trail)

2. Llandegfedd Reservoir (Charge for activities)

3. Brombil Reservoir

4. Henrhyd Waterfall. Neath

5. Sgwd-yr-Eira, the Snow Waterfall.

6. Cwmbran Boating Lake.

7. Goytre Wharf. Abergavenny

8. Ystradfellte Waterfall, Brecon

Animals and Farms.

1. Pencoed Fach Farm, Blackwood. Caerphilly.

2. Amelia Trust Farm, Five Mile Lane, Barry

3. Owl Sanctuary. Festival Park. Ebbw Vale

4. Newport Wetlands, Newport.

5. Wiggleys Fun Farm, Cefn Cribwe, Bridgend. 6. Cowbridge Farm Shop, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan

7. The Meadows Farm Village. Cardiff. 8. Colliers Adventure Farm. Treharris, Merthyr Tydfil.


Have we missed anywhere out?

Let us know if we have missed any of your favourite places, we will be updating the list throughout the Summer, so don't forget to bookmark the page for future reference.

Comment below so I can continue to update the blog.


Feature your Summer memories

We are looking for feature photos of the places mentioned in this blog, so if you have a photo of our family making memories over Summer in any of the above places do get in touch.


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Family Photographer Bridgend, South Wales.
Family Photographer Bridgend, South Wales.

Although there is never a shortage of ideas for Family days out in South Wales, there will be a point in time you will want to capture the beautiful Summer Season in a photo shoot. Similarly, other parents may want a professional Studio portrait of the whole family that can be enjoyed for years to come.

I can provide a wide range of professional Family photography services that caters to all your needs. Regardless of whether you’re searching for memorable newborn photography in Bridgend or wish to document your maternity in style, why not get in touch to see what is possible when creating memories that last forever?

Adele Morris Photography

Specialist Maternity, Newborn, Baby, and Family studio photographer.

Serving Swansea, Bridgend, Cardiff, Llanelli, Port Talbot, Margam, Porthcawl, Newport, Neath, Pyle, Llantrisant, Carmarthenshire, Porthcawl and all over South Wales.

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