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IHeartKingThistle Sat 19-Jan-19 00:11:47

We're hiring a campervan for a week in August starting and finishing in Swansea with DC 12 and 9. Probably won't bother with Gower as fairly familiar with that. Don't know Wales outside of that at all!

Need rainy day options and some outdoorsy things - cant do cycling or anything remotely scary as DS hates all that, but we love kayaking and walks. And we're quite keen on mountains (unless scary) and castles and beaches. And the odd museum. And FOOD!!!

Any suggestions gratefully received!

Canadeeio Sat 19-Jan-19 00:24:12

Dinefwr is gorgeous and about 45 mins from Swansea. Has a castle, a stately house, deer park and a nature reserve. You could go there and then to the Cawdor in Llandeilo? This is just to the west of the Brecon Beacons if you want mountains.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dinefwr

www.thecawdor.com

Also near to there is Dolacothi gold mine which is great

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dolaucothi-gold-mines

giveovermypreciousss Sat 19-Jan-19 00:31:54

Google zip world. Its not all scary and the fforest coaster is great as well as bounce below.

MrsCatE Sat 19-Jan-19 00:34:23

Don't go

Pieceofpurplesky Sat 19-Jan-19 00:48:53

Nice MrscatE. Wales is beautiful.

I would go around Pembrokeshire - Tenby/Manorbier/Bosheston/Carew

Tracy72012 Sat 19-Jan-19 00:57:22

Check out the coastal path, especially around Fishguard/Pembroke as you'll have a better chance of seeing dolphins and seals. St David's is beautiful, Tenby is a lovely seaside town - New Quay a much quieter version. Have a look at 'what's on' as you might find small music festivals of local bands depending on when you go.

doleritedinosaur Sat 19-Jan-19 01:04:07

Brecon Beacons has Pen Y Fan, lots of walks featured around & Dan Yr Ogaf caves.

St fagans is a great museum to go around.

All of Pembrokeshire is lush, Whitesands, Tenby is a must, Barafundle Bay.

IHeartKingThistle Sat 19-Jan-19 09:06:52

Ooh lovely suggestions! Any great foodie ideas?

Pieceofpurplesky Sat 19-Jan-19 11:38:19

A good bowl of Cawl is a must.
Tenby has some amazing places to eat

bigKiteFlying Sat 19-Jan-19 11:51:31

Tenby, Pembroke Castle was good came with a free tour - we ate in lovely pub by water just past castle, there a theme park just outside Tendby my DC have been to and liked.

St Fagins, Cardiff castle, Caerleon Roman Fortress and baths , caerwent, The Brecon Mountain Railway All things someone in the family has done and loved.

Minniemountain Sat 19-Jan-19 12:58:10

Bugger off MrsCatE

Ultracomida in Narberth for food.

Maybe too far but the Preseli "mountains" are stunning.

Manorbier is good for a day- pretty beach and castle and a decent pub.

I think the coast path goes round the whole of Wales now.

Canadeeio Sat 19-Jan-19 13:50:01

Also I know you said not Gower but if you’re in Swansea anyway how about popping down to Oxwich for stand up paddle boarding?
www.visitswanseabay.com/listings/stand-up-paddle-kitesurfing/

By August this place should be open on Swansea Bay itself so might be of interest?

m.facebook.com/sevenswanseabay/

YY to Pembrokeshire, Tenby, Barafundle is amazing. If you do venture that way, you can sometimes do rock climbing at Stackpole too, in a disused quarry.

Folly Farm is down that way, and Oakwood. Would second Narbeth for meandering and food. Bluestone has an indoor water park open to non-residents if weather is rubbish, although it does get busy. Also the LC in Swansea.

Undercoverbanana Sat 19-Jan-19 13:57:24

Crib Goch route up Snowdon is brilliant.

The Zipwire is also great fun.

Undercoverbanana Sat 19-Jan-19 13:59:17

Sorry - just realised you are going south.

bigKiteFlying Sat 19-Jan-19 14:03:54

Oakwood - that was the theme park I meant earlier - couldn't remember it's name.

SinceYouAskMe Sat 19-Jan-19 14:09:34

Boat trip to see seals and dolphins. Lots to chose from in Pembrokeshire.

Sweetpea15 Sat 19-Jan-19 14:20:04

Folly farm, Breacon Hills (foodie- epic burgers), plenty of castles. Mumbles.

TroysMammy Sat 19-Jan-19 14:23:49

Wetlands in Llanelli.

Waterfall walks in Neath but if there is a heatwave like last year they could just be a trickle in August.

Castell Coch, the fairytale "castle" just off the M4.

Swansea centre, Plantasia, 2 free museums, the Glynn Vivian art gallery. Ten pin bowling, 2 cinemas. Singleton Park and botanical gardens. Boating Lake with pedalos. Mumbles, slot machine arcade, a bowling alley, cafe.

crow2018 Sat 19-Jan-19 14:29:35

Tenby is beautiful. Me DH and DS went last year and we found an amazing restaurant called the fat seagull some of the best food I have ever eaten.

IHeartKingThistle Sat 19-Jan-19 15:11:54

OK I think Tenby's on the list!

Sorry, I should have been clearer, PIL live in Swansea so we're starting there but don't need to see anything there! Want to 'do' as much of the country as we can! Loving all the suggestions smile

Canadeeio Sat 19-Jan-19 15:32:48

Laugharne is a great place for a day out, Full of Dylan Thomas history and beautiful countryside too.

www.visitwales.com/explore/literature/laugharne-famous-attractions

Also in that part of Carmarthenshire is the National Botanical Gardens of Wales which are glorious

botanicgarden.wales

Also near to there Is Llansteffan - castle and beach

www.castlewales.com/llanstef.html

HalfBloodPrincess Sat 19-Jan-19 15:37:14

If you like castles there’s Raglan and Abergavenny castle pretty close to each other. Also the Blorange, skirrids and sugarloaf mountains nearby.

ilovewelshrarebit123 Sat 19-Jan-19 15:45:33

You can come to mine for a brew if you like! 😁

I'm in North Wales, loads to do and see where I live.

AdaColeman Sat 19-Jan-19 15:47:34

Caerphilly Castle

Harlech Castle

Conwy Castle

Take a ride on one of several steam train lines

Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth Powis

donajimena Sat 19-Jan-19 15:48:24

Solva and St Davids. You can keep going up from there. Aberaeron etc. Its all beautiful.

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