FREE Places To Visit During The Summer Hols – Cardiff, RCT & more!!

A few weeks ago I come across a Facebook picture with some fab ideas for free day trips for the family, this gave me the idea to compile a list of free places of interest to visit this summer hols. Please feel free to share it around.

Pen y Fan
Pen Y Fan Close, Libanus, Brecon, Wales, 
Telephone: 01874 625515
This is a moderate walk which takes around 2hr 30mins to climb and it’s dog friendly.
Please note there are limited parking spaces available at Pont ar Daf.

Dare Valley Country Park
Rhondda Cynon Taf
CF44 7RG
Tel: 01685 874672
Pay to park
Dare Valley Country Park near Aberdare offers a full list of family events, guided walks, talks and fun days all through the year. Visit the interactive visitor centre, walk a network of countryside walks and trails. Experience the parks birds, countryside and spectacular views. There is also a park on site.

Bryngarw Country Park
CF32 8UU
Phone: 01656 725155
Pay to park – £3
Whether you looking for a quiet spot to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside or have a day of fun and adventure with the family, we have an area to suit you. Within Bryngarw’s 113 acres, you will find everything from children’s play areas, formal gardens and exotic trees to secluded glades, wild woodlands, rushing rivers and sweeping wildflower meadows. Car Park Disabled Parking Visitor Centre Toilets Disabled Toilet Baby-changing Facility Café Picnic & BBQ Area Children’s Play Area.

Berth-y-beili Farm
Brecon Beacons 
TEL- 07791 292454
Sunflower picking, tea and coffee. Picnic areas. £1 per flower.

Blackpili Lido
Spend a sunny afternoon with the family at Swansea’s very own outdoor water park. You’ll find plenty of family fun for free at Blackpill Lido. The lido is a must when the weather is good with its superb paddling pool, children’s play area, climbing rock and picnic facilities.

Garwnant Visitor Centre
Cwmtaf, Merthyr Tydfil,
CF48 2HU
Telephone: 0300 065 3000
Facilities include forest walks, restaurant, education/conference facilities, information centre, children’s play area, and mini-MTB mountain bike trails.

Bryn Bach Park
Merthyr Road
Blaenau Gwent
NP22 3AY
Tel – 01495 355 920
Set in the heart of Tredegar in south east Wales, Parc Bryn Bach (Bryn Bach Park), offers a warm welcome and plenty of outdoor activities for all ages and abilities.

Forest of Dean
G116 8QB
Pay for parking
A hidden gem with picnic areas, a park and sculptures.

Margam Park
Margam Country Park
Water Street,
Port Talbot
SA13 2TJ
Tel – 01639 881635
Pay for parking
It’s easy to make the most of being outdoors at Margam Country Park. From relaxing walks to the thrill of mountain biking, enjoy a variety of activities in the wonderful environment the Park provides. There is a child’s fairy tale land and adventure play area.

Barry Sidings Country Park
Gyfeillon Road,
CF37 2PP
TEL – 01443 424052
Barry Sidings Country Park is situated just past Pontypridd. Parking is free and there are children’s play areas located within the park (dogs not permitted in the play areas) You have the choice of a few different walks, one with a fairly steep incline where you can see views over the valleys.

Pontypridd Lido
Lido Ponty,
Ynysangharad War Memorial Park,
CF37 4PE
Fun for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy a free great day out. Has a large adventure play area.

Porthkerry park
Park Road,
CF62 3BY
Phone: 01446 733589
Lovely place to visit, with a bit of everything, large wild fields, playground, streams and ponds, woodland, playing fields, trails and a pebble beach. And a fab café if you need refreshments – Trip Advisor

Kenfig Nature Reserve
Ton Kenfig, Pyle,
CF33 4PT
Telephone:01656 815070
Kenfig Nature Reserve offers free parking and your choice of a walk around the reservoir or though the dunes to the pebble beach. Beautiful walks that you can spend hours exploring – Kenfig Nature Reserve – Dog Furiendly

Aberdare Park
Gadlys Road
Phone: 01443 411098
A firm family favourite. Large play area, lovely walks. The park has a lake and toilet facilities.

Porthcawl has seven beaches. Newton Beach on the eastern edge of Porthcawl is a long sandy and rocky beach, backed by the Newton Burrows and Merthyr Mawr sand dunes.

Merthyr Sand Dunes
Merthyr Mawr ,
CF32 0LR
Telephone:01656 662413
Set on the South Wales coast, Merthyr Mawr Warren National Nature Reserve, Bridgend is home to the highest dune in Wales, known as the Big Dipper. The dune system is like no other in Wales, partly due to the huge area it covers 

Henrhyd falls
Henrhyd Falls, Dol Henrhyd,
SA10 9PG 
Henry Falls is the tallest of all the South Wales Waterfalls and the location for the Batcave in the movie Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.

Sgwd Gwladys – Lady Falls
Logan Stone, Inter Valley Road,
Neath Port Talbot
SA10 9LR 
Walks and waterfalls.

Belle view park
Waterloo Road,
NP20 4FP 
Phone – 07737 630657
This is one of the kids and my favourite places to go! It’s beautiful. we’ve been going here for years. Amazing open space by the river for the kids to play in, the great park on the hill, and the farm and train right there! the kids absolutely love it, and so do I – Trip Advisor

Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and Medieval Village
Lavernock Road,
CF64 5UY
Nature walks, large play area and picnic areas. There is also a café and medieval village.

Cold Knap
CF62 6TA
Cold Knap beach is a long stretch of steeply shelving pebbles, although at low tide some sand is revealed.
The beach at Cold Knap is located around a mile from the main resort beach at Barry. As a result it is always quieter, although it still gets busy in the summer. Facilities are good here and the area itself is pleasant with a fairly affluent feel to it. Cold Knap Beach (Barry Island) | Glamorgan | UK Beach Guide (

Bute Park, Cardiff
Bute Park,
North Road
CF10 3DX
Phone: 029 2087 2730
Behind Cardiff Castle just a short walk from the city’s main high streets and civic centre, Bute Park is the green heart of the city. Explore a superb tree collection, natural play features, a visitor centre, three cafes, and a wealth of horticulture and wildlife. 

St Fagans
Michaelston Road,
Phone: 0300 111 2333
Pay for parking.
From Celtic times to the present day. St Fagans is one of Europe’s leading open–air museums and Wales’s most popular heritage attraction. There is so much going on, you wont know where to start!!

National Museum Cardiff
Park Grove,
CF10 3NP
Phone: 0300 111 2333
National Museum Cardiff is a museum and art gallery in Cardiff, Wales. The museum is part of the wider network of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. Entry is kept free by a grant from the Welsh Government; however, they do ask for donations throughout the museum. Kids go mad for the dinosaurs!

I do hope this list is helpful.
Happy Summer Holidays all!!

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