National Showcaves Centre for Wales

National Showcaves Centre for Wales

Last Updated on February 20, 2024 by Suzy

Things to do at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales review

The centre is located in Abercrave, Swansea. This day out is an educational and interactive experience and an absolute must for any dinosaur enthusiasts!!

A single entry ticket to the National Showcaves Centre allows you access to 10 different attractions.
1. Entrance to Dan-Yr-Ogof Cave
2. Entrance to  Cathedral Cave
3. Entrance to Bone Cave
4. Dinosaur Park Areas
5. Iron Age Farm
6. Mr Morgan’s Fossil House
7. Shire Horse Centre and Mr Morgan’s Victorian Farm
8. Barney Owl’s Indoor and Outdoor Playground Areas
9. museum
10. Burial Rock Stone Circles

In Dan-y-ogof Cave you meander through 1 kilometre of beautifully lit caverns taking in the stalactites and stalagmites created over the years. In Cathedral Cave the water runs down the walls leaving patternation across the rock and giving an atmospheric feel to the walk. This cave culminates in a gargantuan opening, showcasing an impressive pair of 40 ft waterfalls which you can walk behind. To enter the Bone Cave you need to don a hard hat as the entrance is much lower. Inside the cave, an informative video describes how the caves were discovered and their history over the years.

Around the grounds, is one of the world’s largest life-sized dinosaur collections. It is just like stepping back into the Jurrasic era. The dinosaurs are hidden amongst the ferns, rocks and waterfalls coming to life as you pass by. Information boards educate you on the way around.

The Shire Horse Centre with its farmyard animals, and 2 covered play areas and outdoor playground allow the children to run around for a while. There are also some energetic chipmunks within the farm grounds which were fascinating to watch. With the museum Iron Age village, Fossil House and stone circle area there is plenty to fill a full day’s visit.

FAQ and Further Information National Showcaves Centre for Wales

Is there food and drink available?

There is a cafe on-site selling hot and cold food and drinks. There is also plenty of picnic areas/seats with visitors allowed back to their cars to retrieve picnic food.

What are the main things to do?

Cave exploration, dinosaur exhibits, Shire horse and farmyard animals,, playgrounds, museum . Plenty of photo opportunities and interactive displays. There are toilets on-site, a cafe, a gift shop and picnic areas. There is also a camping and caravan site.

What are the ticket prices?

*Higher-priced – Adults are £18.95 and children are £15.50 (ages 3- 16). Under 3s are free, .

Is there parking?

No information has been provided.

When are they open?

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Dog friendly?

Dogs are permitted on a lead in the caves and most, but not all, outdoor areas.

Are they accessible?

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Author: Heather Williams

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