Summer holidays can be expensive for parents who are trying to find ways of entertaining their children without spending a fortune.

Where Wales is concerned the best things in life really are free because we can enjoy days out in some wonderful parts of the country without paying a penny.

The mountains, beaches and sunsets are all around us and apart from exploring our wild and wonderful landscapes, there are also plenty of superb free attractions too.

Here’s some ideas that won’t burn a hole in your pocket:

• Castle Exploring: We have more castles per square mile than any other country. Usually there’s a small charge to visit one of the 400 or more in Wales, while others are free to explore. These include the likes of Dryslwyn or Carreg Cennen which also boasts some truly breath-taking views of the Towy Valley.

• National Museums: Wales has seven National Museums covering all aspects of Welsh life and history – from the Roman Empire to the scramble for coal. St Fagans National Museum of History near Cardiff remains a real favourite as you step back in time through their restored historic buildings from around the country. These brilliant days out are all free.

• Dolphin Watching: if you visit Cardigan Bay then you’ll find plenty of boat trips to spot dolphins, porpoises and seals – or even whales and sharks – but you can do it for free by sitting on a clifftop, like Mwnt, and watch them in the waters below. 

• Geocaching: Got a phone with GPS on it? Then you’re ready to go Geocaching, a global game of hide-and-seek with almost two million hidden ‘treasures’. The Brecon Beacons National Park  has 180 caches for you to find.

• Take to the Hills: Pack a picnic and pull on some sturdy shoes for a hike that makes the most of Wales’ fantastic scenery. It’s a Welsh rite of passage to have climbed Snowdon (even if you did take the train!), Pen y Fan and Cader Idris. Here’s some tips for the best routes for kids from Visit Wales 

• Patron’s Cathedral: Britain’s smallest city has one of its prettiest cathedrals. St Davids Cathedral was built in the 12th century. It’s a fabulous place to visit and, like other places of worship, free to enter (although a donation is welcomed) 

• Seaside Visit: Pack up the bucket and spade and head to your nearest beach. Wherever you live in Wales, there’s likely to be a beach not too far away. Whether it’s the traditional Victorian resort of Llandudno, or paddling in the sea off the Gower, Anglesey, Pembrokeshire or the stunning Llyn Peninsula, there’s no better time to be beside the seaside!

Whatever you’re planning to do this summer, remember spending time together as a family is worth more than any money in the bank.

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