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Only the Best: Best Places to Visit in Wales in 2018

Dela Lozanova

16 November 2018

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Gather the kids and let’s explore the best places to visit in Wales! Want to know how we picked out the top things to do? The attractions below are all winners in this year’s Family Favourites Awards - nominated and voted by real parents in the UK.

We got over 20,000 votes this year, so we’d say the people have well and truly spoken. Time to get down to business and uncover the best days out in Wales!

Best FREE Family Day Out in Wales

WINNER: St Fagans National Museum of History

Family at St Fagans National Museum of History

St Fagans National Museum of History is a free, interactive, open-air museum and one of the most popular attractions in Wales. From the multiple exhibitions showing you Wales through the ages, to the historic buildings, working craftsmen and family-friendly activities, you’ll have plenty to fill a whole day of family fun.

Weather’s nice? The gardens surrounding St Fagans Museum are absolutely stunning, which makes them perfect for a leisurely family walk. Why not have a picnic - bring some food with you, or just grab some delicious freshly-baked goodies from the on-site bakery and enjoy!

Best Event at an Attraction in Wales

WINNER: Oakwood Theme Park- Annual Fireworks Spectacular

Fireworks display

Love firework displays? One of the best things to do in Wales in November is the annual Fireworks Spectacular event at Oakwood Theme Park in Pembrokeshire. It’s the last event of the season before the park closes for the winter and, boy, do they go out with a bang!

Even though this year the weather was terrible, Oakwood Theme Park still put out a brilliant display (as proven by your vote). So we’re convinced that once you’ve added this Bonfire Night extravaganza to your list of must-do family-friendly events, you’ll keep coming back every year.

Best Day Out for Under 5s in Wales

WINNER: Folly Farm

Folly Farm play area

In need of a great attraction for your tots? Well, Folly Farm is the people’s choice for the best place to go in Wales and we can totally see why!

From the Pirate Adventure area with life-sized pirate ships, to the construction-themed play area with diggers and sand, your little ones will be enjoying the outdoors for hours. Bad luck with the weather? There’s loads to do indoors as well - tiny wooden climbing feature for tiny explorers, plus a soft play area will keep your sprogs entertained if it rains.

Oh, but that’s not all, keep scrolling….

Best Animal Day Out in Wales

WINNER: Folly Farm

Lion at Folly Farm Zoo

Did we mention Folly Farm also has a barn and a zoo? Between meeting the adorable donkeys and piglets at the farm, and coming up-close with lions, penguins, giraffes and rhinos at the zoo - it’s not a surprise it’s also taken home the title of Best Animal Day Out in Wales.

Two trophies in one competition? Definitely one of the best places to visit in Wales!

Best Educational Day Out in Wales

WINNER: St Fagans National Museum of History

Kids at St Fagans National Museum of History

Here’s another attraction with a double victory - St Fagans National

Museum of History! With over 40 original historic buildings, live shows and dozens of galleries filled with unique items to explore - this is the place to introduce your kids to Welsh history. Just so you know, one of the highlights of your visit will be the Neanderthal boy who lived in Wales 230,000 years ago...

And this, folks, is how St Fagans National Museum of History ended up taking home one of the Family Favourites Awards on national level, as well.

Best Active Day Out in Wales

WINNER: Go Ape Margam

Kids at Go Ape Margam

If you are an active bunch, the high ropes adventure at Go Ape Margam will be totally up your alley!

Swinging in the treetops across 39 crossing over 1,000 acres of woodlands and finishing with a 167-metre zip wire run, you’ll definitely feel the adrenaline rush. Kids as young as 10 can take part, so it’s a great day out for the whole family.

Oh, and if you’re not afraid to look down, you may spot the largest herd of deer in Wales just under your feet!

 

We hope you enjoyed our list of the best places to visit in Wales with the kids in 2018!

Want to know more about this year’s Family Favourites Awards finalists and winners? Check out our “Only the Best” series and discover even more award-winning attractions:

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Dela Lozanova

16 November 2018

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Dela is a Digital Content Executive at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from sunny Varna on the Bulgarian seacoast, she now lives in Coventry and travels regularly throughout Europe to escape the rain.

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