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The best things to do in West Wales

Kate Atkin 03 March 2023

Colourful seaside villages, beaches framed with golden arcs of powder-soft sand, and a myriad of exciting family attractions; there are plenty of things to do in West Wales during your next staycation.

Encompassing Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion, this breathtaking region of Wales is a fantastic holiday destination, and this guide will help you make the most of your time here.

From conquering castles to dolphin-spotting boat trips, we’ve picked out some of the best things to do in West Wales. And if you’d like to jump straight into our collection of holiday cottages in West Wales, just click the button below.

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Best things to do in West Wales for families

Enjoy a fun-filled family day out in West Wales with these top things to do with kids in West Wales.

Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo

Animals at Folly Farm Adventure Park

For families who prefer to keep their feet on dry land, Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo is sure to be one of the top things to do with kids in West Wales. Experience 120 acres of fun, with adventure play parks, fairground rides, and a beautiful nature reserve.

The highlight of the park is the huge zoo which is home to over 100 species of animals, including majestic lions, cheeky penguins, and endangered rhinos. Any Peppa Pig fans in the family? Be sure to take them to the Jolly Barn where they can meet a host of cute and cuddly animal friends, from piglets to ponies.


Price: Adults £23.95, kids (3-15) £21.95, toddlers (2) £14.95, under 2s free

Location: Begelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire (SA68 0XA)

Facilities: Several food outlets, a gift shop, WCs, and parking. Dogs are not allowed in the park; however, they do provide information on some day kennels nearby

Stay nearby: Small Drink, Begelly | Sleeps 8 + 2 dogs

Hangar 5 trampoline park, soft play centre and cafe

Hangar 5 trampoline parkImage by Hanger 5

Have fun and get airborne at Hanger 5 with its interconnected trampolines and special features such as angled walls, roll-over platforms, punch bags, tricks airbag and time attack obstacle course!

Refresh at the cafe and keep little ones happy come rain or shine at the soft play centre.

Price: Soft play 2 hours under 3s £3, 3-8 years £5. 1 hour bounce £11, 2 hour bounce £15, family session (adult + child under 5) £10

Location: Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, (SA62 4BY)

Facilities: Approx 10,000 square feet of trampolines, cafe, soft play area, disco nights, kids parties

Stay nearby: Swallow Cottage, Broad Haven | Sleeps 5 + 1 dog

Cardigan Bay Marine and Wildlife Centre

Child watching dolphins on a boat trip

At the Cardigan Bay Marine and Wildlife Centre, you will discover one of the most fun things to do in West Wales for all ages. Here, the whole family has the chance to get up close to some of the most extraordinary marine creatures that live on this part of the coast.

Based in New Quay, the wildlife centre operates boat tours that take you out into Cardigan Bay where you might spot bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises and Atlantic grey seals. You may even be lucky enough to see seasonal visitors such as giant sunfish, leatherback turtles and impressive basking sharks!


Price: Free admission to the visitor centre, prices vary for boat hire

Location: Patent Slip Building, Glanmor Terrace, New Quay, Ceredigion (SA45 9PS)

Facilities: Gift shop, Borrow Bags hire for exploring local rock pools, WCs at the visitor centre (none on the boat), pay and display car parks nearby, dogs welcome onboard their boat

Stay nearby: Sea Breeze New Quay, New Quay | Sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

Best things to do in West Wales for couples

Get together for a memorable day out with these top things to do in West Wales for couples.

Barafundle Bay

The beach at Barafundle Bay

A golden crescent of sand lapped by crystal-clear, turquoise waters and backed by pine trees; a trip to Barafundle Bay is one of the most romantic things to do in West Wales for couples.

Not only is this one of the most stunning West Wales beaches, but it’s been voted several times as one of the best beaches in the world! Its isolated location and lack of facilities mean its sparkling shoreline remains completely unspoiled, so it’s an idyllic spot to escape for a peaceful picnic on the sand. Take a look at our full collection of romantic getaways in Pembrokeshire to experience the full range of beautiful beaches in the UK's only coastal national park.  


Price: Free entry, there is a charge for the Stackpole Quay Car Park (National Trust members free)

Location: Stackpole, Pembrokeshire (SA71 5LS)

Facilities: None, café and WCs at Stackpole Quay (0.5 miles). Access to the beach is on foot via the coast path and includes steep steps. Dog friendly all year round

Stay nearby: Horseshoe Hut, Lamphey | Sleeps 2


Montage of images of Tenby

The picture-postcard harbour town of Tenby makes an idyllic setting for a romantic stroll with your loved one. Wander the cobbled streets, admire the pastel-painted houses, and make the most of the town’s four sandy beaches before heading out for a delicious meal at one of the many fabulous places to eat. 

There are so many things to do in Tenby for couples. Visit the tidal island of St Catherine’s where you can explore an ancient fort, or jump aboard a boat trip from the harbour to Caldey Island, one of the last remaining island monasteries in the whole of the UK. You’ll find some of the best West Wales restaurants here too, where you can enjoy a meal for two, and don’t miss a chance to snap a few pictures of Tenby Harbour at sunset – it looks like a candy-coloured dream.  


Price: Varies by attraction

Location: Pembrokeshire, Wales

Facilities: Several pay and display car parks in the town, public WCs, cafes, restaurants, and pubs

Stay nearby: Ship Ahoy!, Tenby | Sleeps 2

Devil’s Bridge Falls

Devil's Bridge Falls

If you’re a couple and wondering what to do in West Wales, then why not take an adventure to Devil’s Bridge Falls? Nestled in the dramatic heart of the Cambrian Mountains, this striking series of tiered waterfalls, crossed by a trio of stone bridges, sits deep within an ancient, wooded gorge.

Overflowing with mystery and legend, it is said that the original Devil’s Bridge was built by the Devil himself! Explore the falls via one of the two challenging walking trails and capture a selfie beside this dazzling natural wonder.


Price: Varies depending on which walk you choose (access to either is via a coin-operated turnstile which only accepts £1 coins)

Location: Pontarfynach, Aberystwyth (SY23 3JW)

Facilities: Ice cream and gift kiosk at the entrance to the walks (open during the main season), free parking and several pay and display car parks nearby, dogs allowed on leads. Please note, there are 675 steps on the Waterfalls Trail and 300 steps on the Punchbowl Trail

Stay nearby: Cynefin, Aberystwyth | Sleeps 4 + 1 dog

Best things to do in West Wales with dogs

The whole pack can enjoy an action-packed day out with these dog-friendly things to do in West Wales.

Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail

Dog running along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

When it comes to walks in West Wales, very little tops the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Stretching for 186 miles from Amroth in the south to its northernmost point in St Dogmaels near Cardigan, this epic coastal trail is completely dog friendly, although you may be asked to keep your canine on a lead in certain sections or at specific times of the year, due to the wildlife.

Most of the path is located within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and passes through a variety of maritime landscapes, including towering cliffs, golden beaches, pretty fishing villages, and emerald-green lagoons.


Price: Free, parking charges may apply depending on where you start your walk

Location: Pembrokeshire, Wales

Facilities: Check your route before you set off for places to eat, WCs and car parking

Stay nearby: The Leap, Little Haven | Sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

Pembroke Castle

Pembroke Castle on a sunny day

Not only is this one of the most magnificent castles in West Wales, but a visit to this mighty fortress is also one of the best things to do in West Wales with a dog. Pembroke Castle was originally built in the 11th century and was the birthplace of Henry VII. Towering above the River Pembroke, its ancient walls shimmer in the reflection and it’s easy to see why it has appeared on silver screens around the world.

Happy hounds are welcome on short leads anywhere inside and outside the castle, except for the shop. But their interests won’t be in the gift shop anyway, will they? Rather, they’ll enjoy the smells and experiences around the Dungeon Tower, the Great Keep, and the expansive garden grounds.


Price: Adults (16+) £8.50, kids (3-15) £6, under 3s free

Location: Pembroke, Pembrokeshire (SA71 4LA)

Facilities: Café, gift shop, guided tours available, WCs, pay and display parking nearby. Dogs are welcome on short leads anywhere in the castle except the gift shop (water bowls are available)

Stay nearby: Ty Clyd – Pembroke, Pembroke | Sleeps 5 + 2 dogs

Heatherton World of Activities

Dog on an agility course

Another of the top dog-friendly West Wales attractions, Heatherton World of Activities offers a fun-filled day out for those with both two legs and four. Human visitors will be in their element with a treasure trove of activities on offer, including go-karts, archery, adventure golf, treetop trails, zip lines and a climbing wall.

For the pups, there’s a dedicated dog agility course boasting ten tail-wagging obstacles. Plus, they are welcome to explore the park too, as long as they’re on a lead.


Price: Free admission, however, paid passes are required for activities – the number of credits varies for each activity (see website)

Location: St Florence, Tenby (SA70 8RJ)

Facilities: Various food outlets, a shop, WCs, and parking. Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the park, except for the main reception and indoor restaurant facilities – water bowls and dog-friendly ice creams are available

Stay nearby:  Dragon Cottage, Tenby | Sleeps 8 + 2 dogs

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