Wales offers plenty of opportunity for adventure, beach and nature holidays. With so much on offer, a family trip to go camping in Wales is definitely one to start planning – and these 12 unmissable spots are definitely worth a look!
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Camping is always a fun, memorable holiday to go on with kids – what’s not to love about playing in nature, exploring off the beaten track, campfire meals and stargazing at night? And camping in Wales offers lots of unique opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.
If you’re looking for an action-packed trip, you definitely won’t be short of options! Swimming, zip lining, dolphin-spotting, hiking, wilderness adventures, climbing, paddle-boarding, cycling, trampolining, pony trekking and orienteering are just some of the activities on offer in these family-friendly destinations for camping in Wales.
If you decide to head to South Wales, make sure to check out our round up of things to do in Cardiff with kids which has plenty of options for spending time in the city.
Once you’ve picked your camping holiday hotspot, download our FREE family camping checklist and you’re all set to go!
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Where to Take the Family Camping in Wales
Cosy Under Canvas, Powys
Take your pick from unique yurts and domes at the Cosy Under Canvas glamping experience. You’ll find yourself in the most idyllic natural woodland surroundings, just a stone’s throw from Hay-on-Wye and Offa’s Dyke.
Getting back to basics and lighting a campfire is actively encouraged here. So cook up a meal on the camping stove in the shared deck kitchen, toast marshmallows for the kids, or have a BBQ.
Fun can be found in the woods with a willow tunnel, a bracken den, and a recycled tyre swing before you explore the water meadow area with a paddle in shallow streams and play pooh sticks on the bridge. Need a little peace? Laze in the hammocks to absorb all the quiet and scenery the site has to offer or take a dip in a wood-fired hot-tub.
To complete the cosy experience, all units have a stylish wood-burning stove that can be stoked up to keep you toasty overnight.
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Glamping at Slate Mountain, Snowdonia
Slate Mountain Glamping at Blaenau Ffestiniog is a beautiful and intriguing place. Set on a steep hillside within the Snowdonia National Park, where centuries of slate mining has created a moonscape in the mountains, you can choose from six safari lodges. You’ll be surrounded by a beautiful and rugged landscape, amazing views and adventures – this is the adventure sport capital of Wales.
Each of the lodges sleeps 4-5 people and lots of home comforts (for those who don’t want a full-on camping experience!), including solid wood floors, comfortable beds, showers and flushing toilets. There are even places to charge your phones and laptops (not that you will need them), and a cosy wood burner.
Staying here, you’ll be overlooking the stunning Vale of Ffestiniog and are just a stone’s throw from such world class attractions as Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Zip World, Bounce Below and the mountain kingdoms of Snowdonia all around.
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Tyddyn Isaf, Anglesey
Tyddyn Isaf Camping and Caravan Park is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the North East coast of the Isle of Anglesey. This family run, multi award-winning park offers an array of pitches for tents, touring caravans and motorhomes.
The whole family will enjoy the facilities on offer, including an adventure playground for children, a footpath straight down to Lligwy beach, acres of woodland and meadows, a shop and a small restaurant.
While you relax and unwind, you can enjoy the idyllic views across Lligwy Beach, the surrounding Lligwy Bay, Great Orme, and the breath-taking Snowdonia Mountain range.
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Plassey Holiday Park, Wrexham
Set in 150 acres of park and woodland with spectacular views across the beautiful Dee Valley, this former dairy farm is home to the multi award-winning Plassey Leisure Park for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents.
The facilities at Plassey are fantastic for families and include a heated indoor swimming pool, golf course, fishing ponds, nature trails, coffee shop, restaurant, converted farm buildings that house 20 independent craft and retail outlets, and even its own brewery!
There are also special activity days for kids and an entire Welsh castle-themed adventure play park to set their imaginations running wild.
For a great day out, historic Chester and the breath-taking beauty of Llangollen, Snowdonia and the North Wales coast are all within easy reach.
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Fforest Fields, Powys
Fforest Fields is a 500-acre farm set in the very heart of Wales that gives guests the chance to take full advantage of open space – explore the farm, woods and walking trails, go paddle-boarding or swimming in the lakes, or head off for hikes in the Elan valley.
If you’re visiting in July/August, don’t miss the Fforest Gather mini-festival (at an extra cost) that’s designed to bring together the best of Fforest’s unique ethos for a family holiday that’s full of special memories. By day, there are activities and workshops ranging from painting, writing, yoga and chocolate-making to forest school sessions, ceramics and printmaking. At night, sit back and relax with films, story-telling, tastings and disk spinning.
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Quay West Holiday Park, Ceredigion
New Quay is a gorgeous harbour town and the dolphin-spotting capital of Wales. Up on the cliffs above it, this all-action Haven holiday park has its own heated pools (indoor and out), woodland nature walks and on-site restaurant, bar and evening entertainment.
Quay West Holiday Park is perfect for sea air, sea views and an easy family holiday. Kids definitely won’t be bored with so much to choose from – swimming, mini ten-pin bowling, crazy golf, Aerial Adventures zip-lining, bungee trampolining, a magical woodland walk down to the beach, and lots more.
Recharge yourself with stunning views out to Cardigan Bay, the harbour and the Irish Sea, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for dolphins!
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Llwyngwair Manor Holiday Park, Newport
Set in 55 acres of grass and woodlands just inland from the mouth of the River Nevern that runs through the park, Llwyngwair Manor provides the perfect backdrop for a laid-back and stress-free family holiday.
There’s plenty of space to get active with walking, cycling, and tennis courts available to hire for a small charge. There’s also three kids’ play areas, a lake and river for fishing (licence needed).
Penhein was voted AA UK Glampsite of the Year 2019 so you know you’re in for a memorable break! The collection of Persian-inspired glamping tents are tucked away in secluded woodland surrounded by endless countryside – perfect for den-building, paddling and Pooh sticks. There’s plenty of space and lots to do for families, plus they cater for all levels of camping abilities and adventures!
Each tent comes with a wood-burning stove, a fire pit, and an en-suite loo attached to every tent. The farming family who run Penhein put on plenty of family events like bushcraft and campfire cooking, and there are also the glorious Wye Valley and Monmouthshire hills to explore.
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Pencelli Castle, near Brecon
Pencelli Castle, in the Beacons National Park, is just outside the historic market town of Brecon. The small, peaceful and multi award-winning Pencelli Castle Caravan and Camping Park caters for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents in three very different and picturesque fields – The Orchard, The Oaks and The Meadow.
Set within walking distance of the Brecon Beacons’ highest peaks, the park is wonderful for exploring. The Taff Cycle Trail passes the entrance, and the Brecon & Monmouthshire Canal borders the camping field, making it a good spot from which to wave at the barges or go canoeing.
There are numerous footpaths, cycle trails and the canal towpath leading directly from Pencelli, making the location ideal for all levels of walking, cycling, pony trekking, and mountain biking, bird watching and, of course, relaxing!
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Trellyn Woodland Camping, St Davids
Trellyn Woodland Camping is ideal for those looking for a hideaway or bit of a wild campsite. This small patch of Pembrokeshire heaven keeps itself deliberately small, and the glamping area has just six pitches, three yurts and two domes.
Every pitch and glamping structure has its own covered campfire and a full set of cast iron cookware and tripod (on request), allowing you to try real outback-style cooking on your campfire.
Set in one of the most beautiful parts of Pembrokeshire, the campsite is within easy reach of more than 10 beaches, ranging from the remote “get away from it” Traeth Llyfn beach to the relative bustle of ice cream sellers and beachfront stores you’ll find at Whitesands at St. Davids.
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Three Cliffs Bay Holiday Park, Gower
At Three Cliffs Bay Holiday Park you’ll wake up to arguably the best view of any campsite in Britain – a glorious hilltop location overlooking the iconic Three Cliffs Bay.
Wild and secluded, the Bay can only really be reached on foot. It’s an exhilarating walk through forests, dunes and streams, all overlooked by castles and wild animals. The beach itself is popular with rock-climbers and kite-boarders.
All the attractions of both Gower and nearby Swansea are on the doorstep, and the site takes caravans, motorhomes and tents, as well as offering glamping and barn conversions for let.
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Tretio Caravan and Camping Park, St Davids
If you are looking for something a little more intimate, Tretio Caravan and Camping Park is a relatively small park in St Davids with more than enough to keep your family busy.
There’s a great big bouldering wall on-site where kids and adults can hone their climbing skills, a nine-hole pitch and putt course, orienteering courses for kids get involved with, a kid’s park and playing field to stretch your legs and let the little ones run around.
Tretio is just 1.5 miles from the nearest beach and the blue lagoon popular for wild swimming and coasteering (and now famous for the Red Bull cliff diving championships). A ten-minute drive will take you to Whitesands Bay, a famous and beautiful Pembrokeshire surf spot with coastal path access to St Davids Head with magnificent views in all directions. Jump on the local Strumble shuttle bus to explore further afield.
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