Ten things to do with kids on a rainy day in Wales

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Wales is a fabled land, jewelled with mighty castles, mountain ranges, unspoilt beaches, deep countryside, rugby, industry, poetry and song. The great outdoors draws in extreme sports fans from across the world; those of you that lead a healthy life-style may pick Wales as a wonderful place to introduce your kids to trekking, cycling, climbing, kayaking and that’s just for starters. Even the best laid plans can come undone because of Mother Nature from time to time. So where do you go when the weather puts the ‘mockers’ on your day? Well, the simple answer is, “Don’t let it!” Here’s a list of great places to visit, some activity based, where the soaking rain can’t cause trouble. However, this isn’t a list of ‘also-rans’ – they are fun attractions come rain or shine!


1. Zip World Caverns

For the ultimate all-weather adventure – why not venture underground to experience the steepest zip wire in the British Isles. The Zip World Caverns are home to a rope walk, and various obstacle courses to tackle. If you love a challenge and want to get your hands dirty, the caverns are a great choice on a bad weather day (or any time really).

Where is it? Blaenau Ffestiniog

When is it open? Click here for further details.

How much? Click here for further details.


2. Wicked Welsh Chocolate Company

For all the sweet tooth’s out there, why not visit the Wicked Welsh Chocolate Factory to watch some yummy treats being created. There are also experiences that can be booked so you can witness Welsh chocolate in the making in their ‘Secret Kitchen’. You can have a go at being a chocolatier for the day too when you buy a ‘have a go kit’. There’s also an onsite shop and café to get even more of a taste!

Where is it? Haverfordwest

When is it open? Mon-Fri, 10.30am-4.30pm. Two demonstrations per day at 11am and 2pm.

How much? Prices vary depending on requirements


3. Jump Jam Trampoline Park

Don’t eat before you go to the Jump Jam Trampoline Park! If you love jumping up and down like a maniac this is the all-weather activity choice for you. Bounce as if your life depends on it on a staggering range of trampolines, big and small, in a safe, dry environment. There are angled walls to careen off, stunt and parkour zones, dodgeball facilities, a cardio wall height challenge and a bunch more. If you and your kids love rock climbing, there’s also a 6-metre tall climbing wall too.

Where is it? Near Cardiff

When is it open? For further details click here.

How much is it? Prices vary depending on requirements


4. On-board buffet on the Ffestiniog Railway

This is a novel way to spend a rainy day, enjoying a light dining experience quite like no other on the Ffestiniog Railway. As you ride through the Snowdon National Park you can enjoy a variety of meals from the on-board buffet. There are even the occasional ‘themed’ evenings – where the menu will be Indian, Chinese or Italian, for instance. Advance booking is required (and before 2pm on the day of travel) – 01766 516024

Where is it? Porthmadog

When is it open? For further details click here.

How much is it For further details click here.


5. Cinema

Everybody loves the cinema, and it’s a cheap escape from the bad weather. Check the forecasts though because everybody seems to have the same idea when the skies open. The good news is that during the school holidays, there’s generally a programme of kid friendly films being showcased. Wales has some interesting cinemas, so instead of going to one of the boring multiplexes seek out an olde-worlde emporium to show your kids how movie-watching should be experienced. Here’s a handful across Wales – which one’s near your holiday home?

The Empire Complex, Holyhead

The Scala, Prestatyn

Cinema & Co., Swansea

Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard


6. Bounce Below

This experience is at the same location as Zip World and it combines the experience of being underground with the unbridled joy of leaping up and down on a trampoline, just like at Jump Jam (above). Located in a former Victorian-era slate mine in Blaenau Ffestiniog, you can play and ‘boing’ up and down to your heart’s desire. An incredible and unusual adventure awaits you!

Where is it? Blaenau Ffestiniog

When is it open? Click here for further details.

How much? Click here for further details.

7. Big Pit National Coal Museum

Big Pit is a former coal mine and is well worth a family visit to experience how miners lived. The tours, 300 feet below the surface, are about an hour long, and there’s plenty to engage children (taller than 1 metre). Dress up warm, it’s very cold underground. Above ground you can explore the mining galleries (full of photography from the mining era), see the Pithead Baths, and other historic colliery buildings. There is also a programme of live events at the mine.

Where is it? Blaenavon

When is it open? Open 9.30am – 5pm daily. Last admission 4pm. Underground tours 10am - 3.30pm

How much is it? Free (parking is £3)


8. Plantasia

Plantasia is the British Isles’ largest glasshouse in Wales and is found in the heart of Swansea. It is home to a veritable rainforest right in the city. There are climate zones, tropical animals and plants, a rainforest hut, and trees from the most exotic places on Earth. It’s a really exciting place for children to get a sense of the abundance of different living species on the planet. Plantasia is a great all-weather venue, particularly on a cold day.

Where is it? Swansea

When is it open? Open 7 Days a Week = 10.00am to 5.00pm / Last admission - 4.15pm

How much is it? Adults - £3.95 / Children and concessions - £2.95

For more details visit: here

9. Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle is one of the most distinctive fortresses on the Welsh coast. It’s a massive stone structure, which is largely intact despite its age and the number of attackers it’s fought off during its lifetime. Whilst a fair amount of it is outdoors, amongst the courtyards and towers, there’s enough to see in shelter too. There’s a great museum and plenty of places to scramble around. There’s no café at the castle, but there’s no shortage of them in the town.

Where is it? Caernarfon

When is it open? For further information click here.

How much? Adult - £8.95 / Family - £26.60 (Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16) / Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £5.80 / Disabled and companion - free / All children under 5 receive free entry. Prices valid until March 2018.


10 - The Dylan Thomas’ Boathouse

As the famous Welsh poet’s work gains increasing popularity in the school’s curriculum, why not take a trip along to The Dylan Thomas Boathouse in South Wales. The museum is based at one of the poet’s former homes, and remains virtually unchanged since his death in 1953. You can visit his writing shed too, a peaceful shack with views across a beautiful estuary. There is also a café onsite, as well as the Browns Hotel, an old Dylan Thomas favourite.

Where is it? Laugharne

When is it open? For further details click here

How much is it? For further details click here


Map of attractions:

Plan your family holiday in Wales by finding your favourite indoor family attractions from the list on the map below.

If you’re looking to stay close by and explore these indoor attractions in Wales, take a look at our full collection of cottages in Wales for some inspiration on where to base your next family holiday.

*Prices and opening times are correct at the time of publishing; however, they are subject to change.

Posted by Ed Roberts on 8th November 2017