When it comes to going on holiday with the family, you may be dreading the thought of the cost, but there are plenty of ways to keep the price down with just a little bit of research. By taking a break in Wales instead of flying further afield, you have made your first money-saving decision, but what else can you do to stop yourself from breaking the bank?
Come prepared with a list of activities that cost absolutely nothing. Zilch. Zero. Nada. These will make up your arsenal in the fight against expensive daytrips and whinging children. Read on for our top tips for free things to do in Wales. Then prepare for a great holiday, without even leaving the UK.
Photo Credit: Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey by Kristofer Williams, on Flickr
Going to the beach is the original family friendly holiday activity. Everyone enjoys it, no matter what their age and it allows each of you to do your own thing - whether that be building sandcastles, taking a stroll, jumping in the sea or reading a good book.
From Red Wharf Bay on Anglesey to Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire and each beach in between, Wales has some stunning, unspoilt patches of sand. As long as you are by the coast you are bound to find a great beach no matter which part of Wales you are holidaying in.
Photo Credit: Mwnt Beach by badlyDrawnToy, on Flickr
The waters around Wales are a haven for many types of marine life, with dolphins, porpoises and seals spotted on a regular basis. You don't necessarily have to take a boat trip out to sea to catch a glimpse of them.
Find a nice spot atop a cliff and perhaps pack a picnic - Mwnt in West Wales is a great place for this - and simply wait. Lucky visitors may also spot whales and sharks that pass through the area at certain times of year, but this is relatively rare and requires a lot of patience.
Photo Credit: The National Museum, Cardiff. by _bohemian_, on Flickr
Some of these institutions, such as the National Museum Cardiff have traditional displays, while others like the National Slate Museum involve interactive experiences. They are scattered across the length and breadth of the country, so there is bound to be free museum not far from where you and your brood are staying.
Photo Credit: St. David's Cathedral by bookish in north park, on Flickr
One particularly interesting religious site is St David's Cathedral in Pembrokeshire, which dates back to the 12th century. It was constructed out of distinctive local stone on the site of a monastery founded by no other than St David himself 600 years prior to the cathedral's founding.
It is set within pretty grounds and has a relatively large floor plan with many distinctive features. Feel free to enter and have a look around, while taking in the splendour of this remarkable holy place.
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