Glyndwrs Way National Trail (< 1 mile)
Glyndwrs Way National Trail
A 135 mile (217km) National walking Trail through the best of rural Wales. Full of forests, open moorland, lakes and waterfalls, and rolling farmland to explore. Hire a canoe, bike or even a horse.
Bro Ddyfi Leisure Centre (< 1 mile)
Bro Ddyfi Leisure Centre
A Leisure Centre offering something for the whole family including swimming (with a 30ft flume!), badminton, climbing, bowls and squash. Open daily, and an excellent venue for some active family fun!
Bro Ddyfi LC Pool and Water Slide (< 1 mile)
Bro Ddyfi LC Pool and Water Slide
20m leisure swimming pool with 30ft flume slide. There are a range of activities for all ages and abilities. The pool is available for private hire and provides the ideal venue to celebrate a birthday or group party.
Centre for Alternative Technology (2 miles)
Centre for Alternative Technology
The centre teaches you all about the earth's natural resources: solar, wind and wave power. Plus adventure playground, maze, animals to visit and a great cliff railway in the summer months.
Corris Railway (4 miles)
This was the first narrow Gauge railway in Mid-Wales, built in 1859. The round trip takes 50 minutes, including a guided tour of the 133-year old engine shed and workshops at Maespoeth.
King Arthurs Labyrinth (4 miles)
King Arthurs Labyrinth
- is time travel at its best as you're swept underground, by a mysterious hooded boatman, and through a magical waterfall - your gateway to the Dark Ages and a time of myth, magic and King Arthur himself.
Corris Mine Explorers (4 miles)
Corris Mine Explorers
Get kitted up before entering the dark abandoned workings of an old Welsh slate mine(1836 - 1970).Explore the caverns hand dug by Victorian miners, find old tools, machinery, candles and more, hear actual stories of life in the mine told in such a way that you can almost feel the mine creaking back to life...
Corris Craft Centre (4 miles)
Corris Craft Centre
is a great place for hands-on and fun activities including pottery painting, candle dipping, chocolate making and fun with fabrics and sewing. There’s also a small outdoor children’s play area.
Machinations (9 miles)
has the only miniature rabbit village and mechanical model museum in the country! Also has a cafe, shop and an indoor play centre.
The Animalarium (11 miles)
A collection of unusual and interesting animals to amuse and delight you as well as the more domestic types which you can pet and feed in the petting barn. Several play areas.
Also there are exotic and endangered species in the larger enclosures, where we attempt to breed animals whose natural environment is...
Fairbourne Steam Railway (11 miles)
Fairbourne Steam Railway
Pleasant short train ride which can connect with a ferry trip. There are also a play park and an amusement park nearby.
Blue Island Ceramics (11 miles)
Blue Island Ceramics
is a Paint your Own Pottery studio by the Beach. Great range of items to choose from, great range of colours and techniques. Friendly welcoming staff who help you to paint something wonderful to keep and use everyday if you like.
Bendi-gedig (13 miles)
is a children’s indoor adventure play centre and cafe. Exciting, fun, stimulating play in a comfortable safe environment. Play equipment suitable for children age 0 to 12 years. Free WiFi. Cafe serving fresh local produce. Bright airy space. Customer car park.
The Magic of Life Butterfly House (14 miles)
The Magic of Life Butterfly House
is quite aptly named: this soothing experience involves hundreds of gorgeous butterflies in every stage of size and development, plus unusual bugs and tropical plants to really give the place atmosphere. Lovely!
Rheidol Riding Centre (15 miles)
Rheidol Riding Centre
BHS and RDA approved all weather facility offering lessons, show jumping and cross-country course, and fantastic trekking and hacking around the Rheidol Valley. Welcomes disabled and able bodied riders too.
The Vale of Rheidol Railway (16 miles)
The Vale of Rheidol Railway
is an unforgettable family experience, travel by steam train through the most scenic valley in wales in the heart of the Cambrian mountains. Enjoyed by all ages, follow the idyllic scenery for an hour each way to Devil’s bridge.
Coed y Brenin Forest Park (16 miles)
Coed y Brenin Forest Park
If you fancy trying some exciting outdoor activities, this has everything from challenging geocaching to world-class mountain biking trails. The younger children won't be bored either with 3 playgrounds to choose from including an area where they can make dens and dam streams.
Go Ape Coed y Brenin (16 miles)
Go Ape Coed y Brenin
The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
The Childrens Farm Park (20 miles)
The Childrens Farm Park
Found within the Llanfair Slate Caverns Park. Visit Floss the donkey and her friends: various pigs, rabbits, calves, ducks, hens and many others too, all indoors. Plus their new arrivals 10 baby pigmy goats!
Llanfair Slate Caverns (20 miles)
Llanfair Slate Caverns
Descend Jacobs ladder and wonder through the tunnels and chambers, and look for the old drilling holes, and the likeness of a human face in the mighty no 6 cavern. As you emerge from the caverns, you face the breathtaking view of Cardigan Bay.
Harlech Beach (21 miles)
Sandy beach with acceptable swimming (if you don't mind jellyfish), also offering locally a castle, nature reserve and promontory with an unusual abundance of sea shells.
Harlech Castle (22 miles)
A combination of magnificent medieval architecture and breathtaking location, Harlech is an unmissable castle, a fact reinforced by its status as a World Heritage Inscribed site.
Fantasy Farm Park (24 miles)
Fantasy Farm Park
The very definition of a family day out: animals, rides, go karts, adventure play, family friendly restaurant and open green space to play in!
Gilfach Nature Discovery Centre (25 miles)
Lion Royal Hotel Trekking (25 miles)
Lion Royal Hotel Trekking
BHS approved trekking facility offering a different route each day in the hills, valleys and woodlands around them.
Portmeirion (25 miles)
Village built on a private peninsula on the coast of Snowdonia to show how a beautiful place could be developed, without spoiling it. Shops, cafes and sub tropical woodland gardens to explore. Free, guided tours given daily.
Cywain Heritage Centre (25 miles)
Cywain Heritage Centre
A host of indoor and outdoor exhibitions which celebrate rural skills. Also boasts an exciting and adventure packed new play area!
Gigrin Farm (25 miles)
Watch wild Red Kites, buzzards and ravens swarm in to the feeding station daily in numbers up to a whopping 600 birds! There are 5 large hides to watch from: a fantastic experience.
Ffestiniog Railway (26 miles)
Travel by steam train through the spectacular scenery of the Snowdonia National Park from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Welsh Highland Railway (26 miles)
Welsh Highland Railway
is Snowdonia’s newest railway. Trains start a spectacular 25 mile scenic journey from beneath the castle walls at Caernarfon.
National White Water Centre (26 miles)
National White Water Centre
Guided white water rafting and canoeing on the incredible River Tryweryn for over 10s. Canyoning and other options available for over 12s.
Bounce Below (29 miles)
Ride the little train 100m underground into the old mine and you'll find amazing trampoline netting, slides and see through walkways suspended in the caving system for your bouncing pleasure! An absolutely unique and fantastic experience for over 7s!
Llechwedd Slate Caverns (29 miles)
Llechwedd Slate Caverns
is an underground slate mines tour. With outdoor play area. Underground adventures plus underground overground zip-wires planned to open Easter 2014.
The Silver Mountain Experience (29 miles)
The Silver Mountain Experience
A character touring experience with the Magic of Woo Hoo Wood and the terror of the Black Chasm as options, plus play areas, gem panning and more.
Zip World Titan (29 miles)
Zip World Titan
The largest zip line system in Europe, zipping you over 8km of countryside at up to 70mph! And seating 4 people at a time, you can do it together! Stop panicking, it's fun and 7 year olds do it!
Dwyfor Ranch Rabbit Farm (29 miles)
Dwyfor Ranch Rabbit Farm
Children are allowed to handle a selection of different types of animals including rabbits, guinea pigs and puppies, as well as hand-feeding many of the larger animals such as pigmy goats, alpacas, rhea, donkeys, ponies, pigs and lambs.
Ropeworks (30 miles)
YOU can: zip through the air, swing from a trapeze and tip toe across a high wire. Just some of the breathtaking challenges waiting for you, all outside on the beautiful North Wales coast. This is where the fun starts and YOU really can do it!
Criccieth Castle (31 miles)
standing on its headland between two beaches, is a prominent North Wales landmark. It is also a landmark historic site, one of those rare castles with a foot firmly in both camps and a true testament to the varying fortunes of war.
Sygun Copper Mine (31 miles)
Sygun Copper Mine
Audio presentation tour also with special lighting and sound effects. Plus Adventure playground, Panning for Gold, Pottery Painting, Metal Detecting.
Quackers Indoor Soft Play Centre (31 miles)
Quackers Indoor Soft Play Centre
We have a large indoor play area with drop slides, astro-slide, tube slide, rope bridge, spider's web, spinner ball cannons and more including a separate toddlers area. Also outdoor Go-Karts. There are no age restrictions on the equipment and plenty of seating for those who want to watch. Great indoor...
Abersoch Beach (32 miles)
Sandy beach with spectacular views ideal for bathers and watersports lovers alike, though there is no lifeguard cover. Another quieter beach lurks around the corner.
Hells Mouth Beach (32 miles)
Hells Mouth Beach
Almost 4 miles of beautiful sandy beach, and some great surfing conditions. The beach is perfect for a family day out, but the water is suited to strong swimmers only. Free to visit.
Biscuit Ceramic Art Studio and Cafe (32 miles)
Biscuit Ceramic Art Studio and Cafe
Come and “Take the Biscuit” in the seaside village of Abersoch because painting your own pottery is fun art not fine art.
Find us in a contemporary barn studio but with the added benefit of an enclosed walled garden for painting and creating outside when the sun shines.
Glan Y Gors Park Karting (33 miles)
Glan Y Gors Park Karting
This is an outdoor circuit with an overall length of 1100 metres. The minimum age for drivers is 9 years old.
Go Below (33 miles)
An amazing subterranean sporting experience for over 10s that'll take in a series of exciting challenges including elements of abseiling, zip lining, scrambling, traversing, boating and climbing, all deep underground beneath Snowdonia!
New Quay Harbour (34 miles)
New Quay Harbour
Blue Flagged waters good for swimming and water sports, for which there is a centre by the harbour, with summer lifeguard cover. Excellent location to spot dolphins.
Glasfryn Parc Bowling and Activities (34 miles)
Glasfryn Parc Bowling and Activities
Wakeboarding behind a cable on our lake (8yrs+); Go Karting with senior and junior go kart tracks ; quad bike trekking (separate circuit for children); archery; ten pin bowling (licensed bar until late and homemade food until 9pm); Indoor Soft Play Centre and Ball Pool; Outdoor play area; Cafe & Dining Room.
New Quay Boat Trips (34 miles)
New Quay Boat Trips
Take a trip along the beautiful Ceredigion Coast in one of theri passanger boats. You may get close to the local wildlife, dolphins, seals, porpoises and more.
Long Mountain Pony Trekking Centre (35 miles)
Long Mountain Pony Trekking Centre
Offering hourly rides tailored to suit you, pleasure rides, pony days, picnic rides and pony parties. Fully licensed family run centre, welcoming visitors of all ages and abilities.
Caeiago Horse Riding Holiday Centre (35 miles)
Thanks for all the great things to do in Powys with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Mid Wales can enjoy the great day out as well.
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