A bit further afield
The Big Pit is situated at Blaenavon, off the B4248. Originally a working coal mine, this proves an interesting experience for anyone who wants to go underground and find out more about the life of a miner. Young children are not allowed to go down the pit, but can visit the attractions above ground! These include a miner's cottage, colliery workshops, pithead baths and the winding engine.
Forest Drive, Cwmcarn
This is one of our favourite places to go for a walk. There are lovely views and the air is clean, pure and fresh! You can choose to do one of two things - either take your car along the forest drive, stopping off en route to admire the scenery or have a picnic/BBQ or park your car before you reach the 'drive' and walk around the area. If you choose to do the first, there is a small admission charge (per car, not person), but you will be rewarded with far reaching views and some lovely walks. There is also a little glade with several brick BBQs which you can use. We actually used one of the BBQs to light a little fire to keep us and our friends warm on a rather chilly winters day!! The men particularly enjoyed this task and were quite reluctant to extinguish and eventually leave their handiwork! (I say 'their' but really due credit must go to Gareth - who gathered little twigs and dried bits and pieces to get it going!).
Greenmeadow Community Farm, Cwmbran
Our children always enjoyed a visit to Greenmeadow Community Farm when they were younger and over the years it has been much improved. As well as the farm animals, there is a small 'toddlers' playground and a much larger adventure playground for older children. You can see a cow being milked (not by hand, for a change!) and actually watch the milk going through all the piping in the 'milking parlour'. There is also a tractor ride which will take you around part of the farm if your legs are failing - or rather those of your child! There is a small cafe and gift shop.
Raglan Castle is an impressive ruined castle dating from Medieval times, situated off the A40 near Monmouth (about 45mins drive from central Cardiff).
Roman Amphitheatre, baths and museum at Caerleon
This is definitely the place to come if you are a history buff!
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