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Things to do in West Wales

Home to colourful seaside villages, enchanting castles and rugged coastlines, there are plenty of things to do in West Wales during your next staycation.

The area of West Wales encompasses Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. From tractor rides around Folly Farm to exploring reconstructed Iron Age Hill Forts. West Wales has plenty of attractions to keep the whole family entertained.

Keep reading to discover our favourite things to do in West Wales…

1. Explore the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Coastal Walks in Pembrokeshire

Despite being one of the UK’s smallest national parks, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain.

A region of idyllic golden beaches, miles of world-famous coastal paths, and a rich and diverse culture, Pembrokeshire Coast National park is one of our favourite places to visit in West Wales.

There are plenty of scenic walks along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Or why not try coasteering in Pembrokeshire – a unique way to explore the National Park.

2. Visit Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo

A Giraffe looking at the camera.

Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo is located in Begelly, Pembrokeshire and is one of our favourite things to do in Pembrokeshire.

Great for toddlers, kids and adults. They have a huge range of activities including tractor rides, adventure play areas, vintage funfair, zoo and farm animals, plus much more!

3. Discover Carreg Cennen Castle

Views out to the countryside from Carreg Cennen Castle

Carreg Cennen Castle is located near Trapp in Carmarthenshire. Perched on a spectacular outcrop the castle has views of the Brecon Beacons and over large expanses of the Carmarthenshire Countryside.

Inside you’ll find a cave plus a wealth of towers to explore. Onsite also is a gift shop and cafe. For more information on Carreg Cennen Castle plus other castles nearby, check out our favourite castles of Carmarthenshireor our guide to the best castles in West Wales.

4. Experience the Thrill of Oakwood Theme Park

People on a rollercoaster in Oakwood Theme Park, Pembrokeshire

If you’re looking for an adrenaline-filled day out in West Wales, Oakwood Theme Park is the place for you!

As Wales’ biggest theme park, you won’t be disappointed! From toddler-friendly rides to high-speed rollercoasters, there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss out on their unmissable events – from spectacular fireworks displays to spooky Halloween nights.

Brace yourself for a thrill to remember.

5. Taste some Welsh Cuisine

Traditional welsh cakes

You can’t visit West Wales without trying a Welsh cake or some local bara brith!

Welsh cakes are flat cakes baked on a griddle and filled with currents, whilst bara brith is a fruit loaf with salted butter dripping down the sides.

Or why not try some Welsh rarebit – a dish similar to cheese on toast, or a bowl of piping hot cawl – a tasty lamb based broth.

Fancy baking your very own Welsh cakes? Have a read of these traditional Welsh recipes, sure to tickle those taste buds!

6. Find Dobby’s Grave at Freshwater West

Freshwater West where Dobby's Grave is

Are you a Potterhead? Then a visit to Freshwater West Beach is a must.

As one of the best beaches in Pembrokeshire, Freshwater West has been inundated with Harry Potter fans for many years. Dobby’s death, which was filmed in this breathtaking location, was one of the most emotional scenes of the whole series.

For those that don’t know (where have you been?), Dobby was a house-elf belonging to the Malfoy family. He befriended Harry Potter and saved his life on multiple occasions.

Amongst the sand dunes of Freshwater West, you’ll be able to find an array of memorials for Dobby. Check out our guide to Dobby’s Grave and The Harry Potter Shell House for more information.

7. Visit The Devil’s Bridge Falls

The Bridge at Devil's Falls

This is a must-visit attraction and one of the best things to do in Ceredigion for outdoor and nature lovers.

As one of the best waterfalls in Wales, the Devil’s Bridge Falls is located in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains.

The falls are a series of unique waterfalls that have attracted visitors to the area since the 18th century. Today, the Falls Nature Trail offers a unique opportunity to see this natural wonder within the Rheidol Gorge.

8. Soak up the Sun on Amroth Beach

Amroth Beach

As one of our favourite things to do in Amroth, Amroth Beach is home to golden sands and stunning views. Grab your bucket and spade and enjoy a family day out on this Blue Flag beach.

If you’re visiting with your loveable pooch, then there are restrictions between 1st May & 30th September on the central and western ends of the beach. See our guide to dog-friendly beaches in West Wales for other paw-fect beaches for you and your dog.

9. Explore New Quay Town

Views of the colorful houses of New Quay along the coast

There is something for everyone in New Quay in Cardigan Bay, Ceredigion.

The fantastic range of beaches, shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants makes it a great day out for the whole family.

Take a trip on one of the many boat tours to see the famous Cardigan Bay dolphins or hire a kayak and explore the dramatic coastline.

For more great attractions nearby, read our guide of things to do in New Quay, Pembrokeshire.

10. Watch a Performance at Theatr Gwuan

Two women laughing at a cinema screening

For film and music lovers, the Theatr Gwaun has regular cinema screenings, shows and music events to enjoy.

Every year Theatr Gwuan collaborates with the Aberjazz Festival, Fishguard Folk Festival and the Fishguard International Musical Festival.

There are plenty of things to see and do in Fishguard. Why not take a stroll along the Marine Walk or explore Fishguard Fort before watching a live performance at this popular theatre?

11. Discover Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort

Castell Henllys

The reconstructed Iron Age Farm was built in the original post holes of an Iron Age settlement so everything is to the correct scale. Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort can be found off the A487 between Eglwyswrw and Felindre Farchog in Pembrokeshire. The fort is nestled within the Preseli Hills.

They have frequent events during the summer months, picnic areas, a shop and an interpretation centre. Fully costumed guides really help to create a really authentic atmosphere as you roam the ancient grounds.

Looking for more things to do in West Wales slightly out of the ordinary? Check out our guide to unusual things to do in Pembrokeshire.

12. Visit Dolaucothi Gold Mines

The Dolaucothi Gold Mines are the only known Roman gold mines in the UK. Guided tours, gold panning, jewellery shop and a tea room set in some lovely Carmarthenshire Countryside.

13. Explore Laugharne Castle

Laugharne Castle

Set along the estuary of the River Tâf, Laugharne Castle has a rich history dating all the way back to 1116.

After being destroyed during the Civil War, it was rebuilt in the 16th century to its former glory and has since become one of the most visited attractions in the area. Spend an afternoon strolling around its well-maintained walls and grounds, getting a feel for what life was like for its former residents in Laugharne.

Looking for a place to stay whilst enjoying a day out in West Wales? Discover our range of accommodation to ensure you have a Welsh adventure to remember. Or read our Ultimate Guide to West Wales for everything you need to know about this stunning region.