Your next family holiday destination: Wales

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Wales is a country full of magical castles and natural wonders just waiting to be discovered. Once the mystical land of fire-breathing dragons, Wales is the ideal location for a good value family holiday full of experience and activities for all ages. Witness the beauty of the Irish Sea on the 3 hours and 15 minutes journey from Dublin to Holyhead on the Stena Superfast X and Stena Adventurer superferries for your next family holiday!

Cheap family holiday to Wales

There’s no crazy baggage fees when travelling by ferry. The kids can bring as much as they like – once it fits in the car of course! Prices start at £163 for a family of four to travel with a car and pets travel for free with Stena Line.  There are 4 crossings from Dublin to Holyhead daily so you can pick a time that suits you. The ferries come equipped with free Wi-Fi and free movies so you and the family can sit back, relax and look forward to your Welsh family road trip!

What’s there to do in Wales?

Glad you asked! Wales is famous for its rocky coastline, Celtic history, fantastic accent and impressive castles. There are more castles per square mile in Wales than anywhere else in the world. Wales is home to five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – you’ll find some of the UK’s most stunning scenery here!
We’ve created a handy infographic with the top must-see spots in Wales.

1. Anglesey Outdoors, Holyhead

Located a short walk from the blue award-winning Porthdafarch Beach, Anglesey Outdoors is a residential centre that offers budget family accommodation with amenities such as bike and surf rental. Guests can also avail of nearby activities such as kayaking, climbing and diving.

2. Swtan, Holyhead

The thatched cottage – Swtan – has been fully restored, on its original site, close to the cliff tops at Church Bay.
It is set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and on the Heritage Coast, commanding views across the Irish Sea towards Holy Island and the busy port of Holyhead.
Inside this unique dwelling, the earth floor and careful presentation of authentic period artefacts, enable visitors to feel that they have “stepped back in time”, to experience life as lived in a remote rural, Welsh cottage, at the turn of the 20th century

3. Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay

Welsh Mountain Zoo might just be your child’s favourite attraction in Wales. There’s Penguin Playtime, Chimp Encounters and a Winged Wonder display on offer each day for visitors. There’s also Jungle Adventureland: a fun centre for kids with a Tarzan Trail.

4. The Fun Centre, Carnarfon

This fun centre is the biggest one in Wales! There’s laser tag, drop slides, ball pools, go karts and much more to keep you and your family entertained for hours. The kids will certainly sleep after an afternoon at The Fun Centre.

5. The Forge Corwen, Llandrillo

The Forge offers luxury family glamping accommodation in the heart of the Welsh countryside. Guests can stay in a deluxe bell tent with its own wooden deck, cooking facilities and compost loo. Guests can also take part in a Bushcraft Course where they’ll learn how to create ancient hunting weapons.

6. GYG Karting, Cerrigydrudion

You can arrive and drive at Gyg Karting in any type of weather. This centre is non-weather dependant and suitable for children from ages 9 and up. There’s no experience required and sessions include: racing suit and helmet, safety briefing, kart familiarisation and live lap times.

7. Seamor, Aberaeron

Seamor offer dolphin watching boat trips from the Welsh fishing village of New Quay. The trips last an hour and a half and passengers can expect to see dolphins, birds, seals and porpoises. The trips are led by qualified marine biologists and are pram accessible.

8. Cardigan Bay Watersports, Aberaeron

Also, located in the sea-side village of New Quay, here children and adults can take part in instructor led fun sessions in sailing, wind surfing, power boating, paddle boarding and other water activities. Sessions book up early so make sure to book ahead.

9. National White Water Centre, Bala

The National White Water Centre offer white water rafting and kayaking adventures on the river Tryweryn in Snowdonia National Park. The activities are suitable for swimmers age 12+ and there’s a riverside café for warming up in afterwards.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack up the car and set sail to Wales for a budget friendly family holiday of a life time with Stena Line. Check the Stena Line timetables and fares