5 Things To Do In Pembrokeshire Before You Are 3 ¾
With over 50 beaches, and plenty of days out to suit even the pickiest of children, Pembrokeshire is a great place for a family holiday.
It’s wild, open and the perfect place to have an adventure – plus if your child doesn’t go to school yet, you can experience Pembrokeshire in the quieter months and have it all to yourself.
I spent a week in Pembrokeshire in April with my husband and 2 boys aged 5 and 3. We stayed at the wonderful Clydey Cottages, and had a fantastic week getting out and about and exploring this breathtaking part of the world.
I’ve written a guide about Pembrokeshire With Babies and Toddlers, but here are some of my ideas about the best things to do in Pembrokeshire before you are 3¾.
1. A day out at Folly Farm
Folly Farm is one of the most popular days out in Pembrokeshire, and rightly so. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that Folly Farm is just a farm – there are loads of farmyard animals, but there is also a zoo, vintage fairground, indoor and outdoor play area and road train too. Plus, with more than 50% of it undercover, it is a good rainy day option.
2. Meet the horses at the Dyfed Shire Horse Farm
This was our favourite day out in Pembrokeshire. The Dyfed Shire Horse Farm is a family run farm with a fascinating history where you can meet and learn more about shire horses. We all loved the tractor and trailer rides, the playground, grooming the horses and going on the nature trail. The family who run the farm are passionate about their heritage and love sharing it with visitors – highly recommended.
3. Castell Henllys Iron Age Village
Castell Henllys is a reconstructed Iron Age village on the site where the Celts lived over 2000 years ago. On a visit here, you can see the roundhouses where the Celts lived as well as the Granary roundhouse where they stored the food. There is a playground, great café as well as a full programme of craft activities which toddlers can get stuck into!
4. Go to beach
There are so many beaches to enjoy in Pembrokeshire, but one of our favourites was Newport Sands. This vast, open beach is backed by sand dunes and has loads of space to fly kites and run around – it never feels crowded. There are lifeguards in the summer months, and toilets and parking onsite.
Further down the coast, Barafundle Bay is regularly voted one of the most beautiful beaches in Britain. This beach is very remote and you can’t access it via the road, so it is probably a good option if you are looking for a bit of adventure. However, once you get there you will be rewarded by a vast sandy beach framed by giant sand dunes, where your little one can build sandcastles and paddle in the sea. There aren’t any facilities (toilets, shops, food places etc) so be prepared to be self-sufficient if you go!
Tenby is one of our favourite seaside towns famous for its 3 beaches, cobbled streets and brightly coloured buildings. It is touristy, but in my opinion, that doesn’t detract from its appeal and character.
Kids will love playing on the beach and visiting the RNLI station. You can also take a 20 minute boat ride to Caldey Island where you might be lucky enough to spot some seals on the way.
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