The open gardens and country parks of South Wales make excellent days out for all the family. They can be enjoyed by people of any age and getting outside in the fresh air is something we could all do with more of. Best of all, entry is often free, so if you’re looking for school holiday or Saturday outings that won’t break the bank they fit the bill nicely. In most cases there is no need to book in advance. Do check the park’s calendar though, because almost all our parks and gardens host special events at certain times of year.
Some of the larger parks and gardens welcome bikes and a few, like Bryn Bach Park near Tredegar, have on-site bike hire facilities so you don’t even have to worry about bringing your own. Most country parks in the South Wales region have walking or cycling paths inside or nearby and there is plenty to see so the kids won’t get bored.
When planning family days out in South Wales it pays to keep one eye on the weather. A bracing walk through a country park isn’t quite so much fun in the wet, so if the forecast looks a little damp, pick a destination with an indoor component. Many of the parks we list here include historic buildings or things to do under cover- try Tredegar House, Cyfarthfa Castle, or the Gower Heritage Centre for example. The last one includes a particularly broad range of attractions that will keep kids happy even in the worst weather.