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Set within a peaceful secluded valley, this ideally situated privately owned park is just 300 yards from award winning Poppit Sands beach.
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A stunning hilltop setting, above the breathtaking sandy beach of Tresaith, this park offers you a peaceful holiday location, just a short walk from the sea.
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Water’s Edge Leisure Park is an idyllic getaway retreat for couples and mature families seeking a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
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cardiganshire Park & Visitor Guide

Cardiganshire, or Ceredigion as it's known locally, is a gem on the Welsh coast that's perfect for families looking to escape the hustle. With its rugged coastline, you can dive into activities like dolphin spotting in New Quay or exploring the magical waterfalls at Devil's Bridge. Food-wise, get ready for some of the freshest seafood and traditional Welsh cakes. An interesting tidbit: Cardiganshire is home to the UK's first designated 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. Opting for a family break at a UK holiday park here means quality time in stunning surroundings, without the stress of planning every detail. It's hassle-free adventure at its best.

Have You Discovered UK Holiday Parks?

These self-contained resorts offer caravans, lodges, and sometimes tents or glamping pods. You can enjoy a range of facilities including swimming pools, entertainment venues, kids' clubs, and restaurants. They're designed for families looking for a break where everything is on your doorstep!

Holiday parks offer more space and freedom than hotels, such as separate bedrooms, living areas, and your own outdoor space. With the added bonus of on-site amenities and entertainment. They're self-catering too, saving money on dining out.

Going for a UK holiday park means you can forget about stressful airports, and luggage restrictions, and you can pack the car with as many of your home comforts as you like. Plus, you're contributing to the local economy and reducing your carbon footprint.

Why Take Your 2024 Family Holiday Park Break in Cardiganshire?

Cardiganshire, or Ceredigion as it's also known, is a gem on the west coast of Wales. It's got a coastline that'll knock your socks off, peppered with quaint towns and villages. The area's loaded with history, from ancient castles to traditional Welsh culture that's still very much alive.

**What's new?** Keep an eye out for updated facilities in many holiday parks, aiming to make your stay even more comfortable.

**Festivals?** Yes! From food festivals celebrating local produce to music events that bring the community together, there's always something happening.

Choosing a holiday park here means embracing the great outdoors, with the comfort of modern amenities. It's unique because of its blend of stunning landscapes, wildlife, and a welcoming atmosphere that's hard to find anywhere else.

If you're visiting Cardiganshire with kids

Absolutely, Cardiganshire is a playground for kids. From beach days building sandcastles to exploring nature trails and discovering local wildlife, there's plenty to keep them entertained.

**Why a holiday park?** It's a safe, contained environment where kids can make friends, enjoy play areas, and take part in organized activities, giving parents a bit of a breather too.

  1. Waterproof clothing and wellies - the Welsh weather can be unpredictable.
  2. Sunscreen and hats - for those glorious sunny days at the beach.
  3. Bucket and spade - essential for sandcastle architects.
  4. Binoculars - for bird watching and exploring nature.
  5. Swimming gear - many parks have pools, and there's always the sea.

Pet Friendly Cardiganshire Adventures

Cardiganshire rolls out the welcome mat for pets, especially dogs. You'll find plenty of pet-friendly accommodations and eateries.

**Pubs and restaurants?** The Hungry Trout in New Quay is a hit with pet owners, offering great food and a warm welcome for four-legged friends. The Ship Inn in Tresaith also welcomes pets and is a great spot for a meal with stunning sea views.

**Other tips?** Always keep your pet on a leash in public areas and respect local wildlife by keeping a safe distance.

Dog walking ideas in Cardiganshire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Aberporth Beach 2 Coastal SA43 2DA
Penbryn Beach 3 Coastal/Woods SA44 6QL
Poppit Sands 1.5 Beach SA43 3LN
Llanerchaeron Estate Varies Historic estate SA48 8DG
Ceredigion Coastal Path Varies Coastal Multiple

Dining at the park, or heading out

Many holiday parks boast their own on-site restaurants, offering convenience and a variety of meals.

**Local cuisine?** Welsh cakes, cawl (a traditional Welsh soup), and locally sourced seafood are must-tries.

**Family-friendly?** The Hive in Aberaeron offers a relaxed atmosphere and delicious ice cream.

**For couples?** Try Y Ffarmers in Llanfihangel y Creuddyn for a cosy, romantic setting and locally sourced dishes.

Outdoor Family Adventures

Cardiganshire is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.

**Activity centres like Cardigan Bay Active offer kayaking, coasteering, and paddleboarding.

**Prices?** Activities start from around £40 per person, with family packages available.

**Seasonal opening times?** Most centres are open from Easter through to the end of October, weather permitting.

Nearby shopping

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Aberaeron Craft Centre Gifts/Crafts Local handmade goods SA46 0BU
Cardigan Market Local market Fresh produce, crafts SA43 1JL
New Quay Honey Farm Specialty shop Honey products, gifts SA45 9SL
The Strand Shopping street Boutiques, cafes SA43 1JY
Melin Tregwynt Woolen mill Welsh textiles, blankets SA62 5UX

Top Parks for 2024 in Cardiganshire

Penrhos Park, Ceredigion

Driving Distance: About 15 minutes (7.89 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? No

About this park: Penrhos Park is a haven for golf enthusiasts and families seeking a peaceful retreat. Nestled in the scenic Wyre Valley, halfway between Aberystwyth and Aberaeron, it's just one and a half miles from the nearest beach. The park boasts a challenging 18-hole golf course, a 9-hole course, a driving range, and reduced green fees for guests. The splendid leisure centre features an indoor swimming pool, fitness suite, steam room, sauna, and solarium. The Penrhos Grill offers a selection of fresh local produce, making it an ideal getaway for relaxation and outdoor activities.

For the kids - Children can enjoy splashing around in the indoor swimming pool and exploring the nearby beaches. The park's tranquil setting also offers a safe environment for outdoor play, making it perfect for family walks and nature spotting.

What's on-site? On-site amenities include the Penrhos Grill for dining, a comfortably furnished lounge and sports bar for relaxation, and a village shop nearby. The leisure centre with its swimming pool, fitness suite, and relaxation facilities ensures there's something for everyone to enjoy.

What's nearby? The historic towns of Aberystwyth and Aberaeron are within a 15-minute drive, offering quaint harbour villages, shops, pubs, and restaurants. Activities such as sailing, fishing, horse riding, and walking are available locally. The nearby beach offers a perfect day out for the family.

Accommodation options: Penrhos Park offers a range of luxury caravans and lodges, including the Red Kite Gold Premier and Falcon VIP, suitable for families and groups up to 6. While pets aren't allowed, the accommodations provide comfort and style for a memorable stay.

Pencnwc Holiday Park, Carmarthenshire

Driving Distance: About 20 minutes (11.32 miles) | Sleeps: 8 | Pet friendly? No

About this park: Located less than 2 miles from New Quay, Pencnwc Holiday Park is a family favourite, offering an indoor pool, family clubhouse, and a wealth of local attractions. Its proximity to the Heritage Coastal Path makes it an ideal spot for exploring the beauty of the coastline, home to bottlenose dolphins and grey seals.

For the kids - The park features an indoor heated pool, children’s club, games room, and play areas, ensuring endless entertainment for the little ones. The family clubhouse also hosts various activities, making every day an adventure.

What's on-site? On-site facilities include a clubhouse with entertainment, Wi-Fi access in club areas, bar meals, takeaway options, a fishing area, and a launderette. The indoor pool is a highlight, offering a fun and safe environment for families.

What's nearby? The picturesque harbour town of New Quay is just a short drive away, offering beautiful beaches, restaurants, and the chance to spot local wildlife. The Heritage Coastal Path is also nearby, perfect for family walks and exploring the natural beauty of the area.

Accommodation options: Accommodations range from standard to elite caravans, including options with decking for extra space and comfort. The park caters to families and groups, with options sleeping up to 8 guests. Though pets aren't allowed, the range of facilities ensures a comfortable stay for all.

Sunnyglen Holiday Park, Pembrokeshire

Driving Distance: About 20 minutes (11.32 miles) | Sleeps: 8 | Pet friendly? No

About this park: Sunnyglen Holiday Park, located within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, offers a tranquil retreat with access to all facilities at Sunnyvale Holiday Park. It's perfect for those seeking a quieter holiday with the option to enjoy family-friendly entertainment, an indoor pool, and beautifully landscaped surroundings.

For the kids - Children can enjoy the indoor pool and outdoor play area, as well as the family entertainment available at the 'Stars' clubhouse at Sunnyvale Holiday Park. The park's setting within the national park also offers ample opportunities for outdoor exploration.

What's on-site? While Sunnyglen itself offers a more secluded setting, guests have access to the facilities at Sunnyvale, including live shows, a bar serving pub meals, and a great entertainment programme for families.

What's nearby? The park is ideally located to explore the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, known for its breathtaking landscapes and wildlife. Nearby attractions include various beaches and coastal paths, perfect for family outings.

Accommodation options: Sunnyglen offers modern caravans with options sleeping up to 8 guests. The accommodations are designed for families looking for comfort and style, with features such as open plan kitchens and dining areas, and patio areas with garden furniture.

Ocean Heights Leisure Park, Ceredigion

Driving Distance: About 21 minutes (12.36 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? No

About this park: Ocean Heights Leisure Park is set near the seaside resort of New Quay, offering a coastal adventure with its indoor and outdoor swimming pools, outdoor sports area, and country club. The park's location near the Heritage Coastline, known for its wildlife and scenic beauty, makes it an ideal choice for families and couples alike.

For the kids - The park caters to families with children, offering swimming pools and an outdoor sports area. The family entertainment programme ensures there's always something fun happening during your stay.

What's on-site? Facilities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a country club with bar and pub food, amusements, Wi-Fi access in selected areas, and a launderette. The entertainment programme adds to the holiday experience, making it enjoyable for all ages.

What's nearby? New Quay, with its cobbled streets, fishing harbour, and water sports activities, is just a short drive away. The Heritage Coastline offers 22 miles of spectacular scenery and wildlife, perfect for exploring during your stay.

Accommodation options: Ocean Heights offers a range of modern caravans and luxury lodges, including the new Diamond Lodge 2 and 3, providing comfort and luxury for up to 6 guests. The accommodations are well-equipped, offering a home away from home experience.

Family Days Out In Cardiganshire

Cardiganshire, a picturesque county on the west coast of Wales, is a treasure trove of attractions perfect for families staying at holiday parks in the area. From stunning natural landscapes to thrilling adventure parks, there's something for everyone. Here are the top 6 attractions you won't want to miss.

The National Wool Museum

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00 (Closed Sundays)
  • Prices: Free Entry
  • Postcode: SA44 5UP
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Dive into the fascinating world of wool at this unique museum. Perfect for families interested in crafts or history. They've got live demonstrations and interactive exhibits. It's not just about looking; kids can get hands-on with activities. Plus, it's free, making it a great budget-friendly option.

Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Prices: Adults £5, Children £4
  • Postcode: SA43 1PR
  • Est. time required: Half-day
  • Nearest parking: On-site

This is a hit for animal lovers and anyone who enjoys stunning sea views. Spot seals, dolphins, and a variety of birds. The farm animals are a big draw for younger kids. The best time to visit is during the warmer months when wildlife is most active. Don't forget your binoculars!

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Prices: Adults £4, Children £3
  • Postcode: SY23 2DN
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Nearby in town

Experience breathtaking views of Cardigan Bay on this historic railway. It's a fun way to see the area from a different perspective. The journey is short but memorable. Visit on a clear day for the best experience. It's a gentle adventure suitable for all ages.

Borth Animalarium

  • Opening Times: 10:30 - 18:00
  • Prices: Adults £9.95, Children £7.95
  • Postcode: SY24 5NA
  • Est. time required: Half-day
  • Nearest parking: On-site

This small zoo is a gem for families. It's home to a diverse range of animals, from reptiles to big cats. The hands-on experiences and feeding sessions are a hit with kids. It's a more intimate alternative to larger zoos, allowing closer encounters with the animals.


  • Opening Times: 10:30 - 17:00
  • Prices: Adults £11, Children £5.50
  • Postcode: SA48 8DG
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Step back in time at this beautifully preserved Georgian estate. Explore the house, walled gardens, and lake. It's a peaceful day out, ideal for families who enjoy nature and history. The estate hosts various events throughout the year, so check what's on before you visit.

Quackers Indoor Play Centre

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Prices: Under 1s Free, Children £7.50
  • Postcode: LD2 3RU
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

When the Welsh weather turns wet, Quackers is a lifesaver. It's packed with slides, ball pits, and climbing areas. It's safe, clean, and the staff are super friendly. A great place for kids to burn off some energy while parents relax in the café.

Each of these attractions offers something unique for families staying at holiday parks in Cardiganshire. Whether you're into nature, history, or just looking for some fun, you'll find plenty to keep the whole family entertained. Remember, the best trips are those where you explore new things together, so don't be afraid to try something different!


This is our first stay on a holiday park, what will it be like?

Expect a blend of relaxation and adventure. Holiday parks in Cardiganshire, like Quay West Holiday Park, offer a mix of outdoor activities, entertainment, and comfy accommodations. You'll find pools, play areas for kids, and sometimes even direct beach access. It's like a mini-community where everything you need is on your doorstep.

What should I pack when visiting Cardiganshire?

Pack layers, as the weather can be unpredictable. Include waterproofs for those rainy days and comfy walking shoes for exploring. Don't forget swimwear for the pool or beach and essentials like sunscreen. Most parks, such as Cardigan Bay Holiday Park, have shops, but bringing your favourites, especially snacks and games, is a good idea.

Is Cardiganshire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely! Winter in Cardiganshire has its charm, with fewer crowds and stunning coastal walks. Many holiday parks, including Poppit Sands Holiday Park, offer cosy accommodations with heating, making it perfect for a peaceful retreat. Plus, off-season prices are more budget-friendly.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Yes, holiday parks with hot tub facilities, like Gwalia Falls Retreat, ensure thorough cleaning and water testing before your arrival. They follow strict hygiene protocols to ensure your safety and comfort, so you can relax knowing it's all taken care of.

Can we bring our pets to the holiday park?

Many holiday parks in Cardiganshire are pet-friendly, like Erwbarfe Farm Caravan Park, allowing you to bring your furry friends along. Check the park's pet policy before booking, as there may be restrictions on the number of pets or specific accommodations designated for pet owners.

How do we book activities, and do they need to be booked in advance?

It's best to book activities in advance, especially during peak season, to avoid disappointment. Parks like Quay West Holiday Park offer online booking systems for convenience. Some activities can be booked upon arrival, but popular ones like archery or water sports fill up quickly.

What's the best way to explore the local area?

Renting bikes or walking are great ways to explore Cardiganshire's natural beauty. Many holiday parks are close to cycling paths and walking trails. Ask at reception for recommended routes. For something different, try a boat tour from New Quay to see dolphins.

Are there any grocery stores nearby?

Most holiday parks in Cardiganshire, like Cardigan Bay Holiday Park, have on-site convenience stores for essentials. For a wider selection, local towns usually have supermarkets and charming local markets where you can buy fresh produce and local delicacies.

What's the WiFi situation?

WiFi availability varies. Some parks offer free WiFi in communal areas, while others may charge or provide limited access. If staying connected is important, check the park's facilities before booking. For uninterrupted service, consider bringing a portable WiFi device or ensuring you have a good mobile data plan.

Is there entertainment for all ages?

Yes, holiday parks in Cardiganshire cater to all ages with a variety of entertainment options. From live shows and kids' clubs at Quay West Holiday Park to quiet lounges and scenic walks for those seeking tranquillity. Each park has its unique programme, so there's something for everyone.

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