Dan-Yr-Ogof

UK Wales South Wales Glamorgan

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Good walks nearby
The site is sympathetically designed;families are all together in one area, with lots of room for children, and the facilities are very clean

If you had been born 200 million years ago, then you might have regularly woken up to the sound of a T. rex roaring for his brekkies. Of course, Homo sapiens was not actually around then, but that’s beside the point. And if your children are still young and impressionable, you might be able to convince them that if they’re very, very lucky, and exceptionally well behaved, they might even see a real dinosaur. A perfect solution for a nice peaceful holiday.Dan-yr-Ogof is, to say the least, an esoteric campsite, because it’s tacked onto the edge of a Dinosaur Park, complete with over 100 replicas of life-size prehistoric animals, as well as the splendidly named Showcaves, which are part of the limestone mountains. There’s also a replica Iron Age Farm (well, you didn’t think that it would be real did you?), a shire-horse centre and a Victorian farm, as well as fields full of dinky donkeys and some truculent llamas. You even have to walk through the legs of a Diplodocus to enter the caves. Children love the animals and the space; grown-ups love the Brecon Beacons, and the fact that their children are having a great time. A happy holiday, therefore, can be had by all. Dan-yr-Ogof: it even sounds like the name of a yet undiscovered dinosaur.

Details

Facilities

The caves were discovered in 1912 by 2 local farmers who drew arrows in the sand and lit their route with candles; the caves are still a very exciting attraction, with the far-reaching main cave, a further Bone Cave (where 42 skeletons of 3,000-year-old Bronze-Age people were found) and the Cathedral Cave (impressively huge with fantastic acoustics). Set a little way from the camping site, the caves and dinosaurs are fun for half a day, but there are also fields full of animals (alpaca, lambs, shirehorses, ducks, donkey, geese and chickens).

The site is on the far side of the Showcaves and dinosaur park, so you’re not actually up close and personal with a T. rex. There are 30 level pitches with one area designated for families;10 have hook-ups. Six showers are divided equally between men and women, and there are industrialized washing machines (£2) and dryers (£2).

Nearby

You are right next door to some of the most awesome scenery in the country, so this is a fabulous place for walking, cycling and ponytrekking; the National Park Mountain Centre (01874623366) can advise on routes and safety. You can hire ponies for trekking at Tregoyd Mountain Riders(01497 847351; www.tregoydriding.co.uk).Craig-y-Nos Country Park (01639 730395) is a big19th-century mock castle with 40 acres of beautiful gardens with lakes. The moated Raglan Castle(www.castlewales.com/raglan) is a nice place to picnic. Rhondda Heritage Park (01443 682036;www.rhonddaheritagepark.com) is part of a former colliery and provides interesting historical insight. If you feel inspired by mining history, there’s also the Big Pit Mine near Blaenavon (01495 790311;www.museumwales.ac.uk).

Food & Drink

The nearest village shop is 3 miles away and there are several pick-your-owns at SunnyBridge, about 7 miles away. The best local pub is the Gwyn Arms (01639 730310), but the Ancient Britton(01639 730273) and Abercrave Inn (01639 731002)are not bad either. There’s a Spar shop 2 miles up the road for basics, and you can get breakfast, lunch and tea in the onsite café.

Opening Times

Easter–Oct.

Family Friendly

This is Wales’s premier tourist attraction, and the car park is at the bottom of the site, so in busy times there are lots of cars around.

Pitches

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Location

Contact Dan-Yr-Ogof, The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, Abercrave, Glyntawe, Swansea SA9 1GJ

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Getting There

From junction 43 on the M4 take theA465 to Glyn Neath, then the A4109, on to theA4221 to Abercrave. Pick up the A4607 to Dan-yr-Ogof. The signs will guide you in.

Catch a train to Abergavenny, then hop onto the Sixty-Sixty bus no X43 towards Brecon/Cardiff. The bus stops very near to the site and you can find timetables at reception for your journey home.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 8 reviews

★★★★★

An Excellent Site

I have stayed at this location for a number of years orginally in the on-site cottages near the caves and after purchasing a motorhome at the adjacent camping site. Firstly the staff are a wonderful bunch, really friendly and very helpful - a definite plus. The site offers ample pitch space and excellent toilet and shower facilities that are kept beautifully clean even after being swamped by large numbers of wet and hungry boys and girls back from their travels on the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. The views from the site are spectacular and there are numerous walks that start from within the site. For those days where the weather might make the thought of a walk intolerable then the local the show caves, where there is an on-site cafe, are a very worthwhile alternative as is a visit to the local Craig-y-nos Country Park. As an alternative to "eating in" then within a relatively short walk you will find the local pub the Gwyn Arms where you can enjoy good beer and hearty pub meal. The site ranks amongst the top of the list for me as there is plenty to do and see. You will be hard pushed to find better so I can thoroughly recommend this site just to enjoy time to relax or as a base for exploring the local countryside and the many other attractions that Wales has to offer further afield.
Aug 16, 2018 by Bob
★★★★★

The peace and quiet.

I stayed at the campsite many of times over the years and it's always been one of my favorites. It's small and cozy, showrrs/toilets are clean. The caves are spectacular and I see them every visit and never get board of them. Places to eat/walk/picnic. Even though there is plenty to do I find myself staying longer just for the quiet.
May 10, 2018 by Suzy
★★★★★

Excellent campsite

Great location and facilities. Very well kept. Peaceful. Two pubs serving food close by, but would not recommend the Glynn Arms solely because of the arrogant landlord.
May 3, 2018 by Mr Lee
★★★★★

Highly.recommended for young and old.

Pitched a tent only for one night but we are going back soon and for longer,spotless facilities,cheap good food,and breathtaking scenery wow. staff friendly and helpful,special thank you.to the warden who helped me when I had a tent malfunction lol .thank you c u soon
Jul 27, 2017 by Angie
★★★★★

Easy access to the Beacons.

This camp site offers the ideal spot for getting onto the beacons. the beacons way drops down into the camp site allowing you access to some of the best places in the beacons.

Ideal for campers and caravans alike.

We regularly use it as a base for training duke of ed groups as they offer great facilities and are very accommodating to staff and students alike.

Mar 29, 2014 by Drew Hansen
★★★★☆

Dan-Yr-Ogof

Great setting, Pitches surrounded by trees meant it was possible to get some privacy. Fantastic toilet block, best campsite showers I've come across. Unfortunately quite a few gnats.

The caves were well worth a visit although the Dinosaur Park is a bit touristy. Good for younger children though.

Great walks on the surrounding hills, stunning waterfall nearby (NAtional Trust)

Sep 4, 2011 by jlong
★★★☆☆

Dan-Yr-Ogof

Royal wedding weekend and we went camping with 3 families at Dan yr Ogof. Absolutely beautiful setting. The caves: Lots to do to keep 8 small children (ages 2 - 6) entertained, they loved the caves, the Cathedral Cave particularly. The Dinosaurs were an added bonus! As for the farm, the animals were well kept and there were enough there to retain the interest of all the kids. The double ended playbarn was alo a hit. One end was a tricyle race track, the other a std playbarn. All in all a full day out and value for money if you rememberto use your Tesco vouchers! However as campers on the site, there were some downsides: There should have been a discount for campers for entrance to the caves - there wasn’t. You should be able to split your day pass over a couple of days - officially you couldn’t,but as no one mans the gate on the farm until late morning, we had a second morning with the animals! No SHOP! - this was a real issue for bread and milk hungry under 5’s. nearest small supermarket was 7 miles away. However, in spite of this the pitches were spacious, quiet, flatish; the toilet block was lovely and warm and very clean. biggest bonus was the relaxed timings policy. which meant we could take 3 hours packing up, have a last game of cricket and not leave camp until 2pm - with 3 cars full of happy campers.
May 5, 2011 by worcesterlou
★☆☆☆☆

Dan-Yr-Ogof

The Dan Yr Ogof caves and attractions are fantastic and a brilliant day out for families. Our children loved them but this is a good day out not necessarily the campsite for children. My reasons for this are - 1) There is no washing facilities at this site. 2) The campsite charge for children over 1 year old. We paid £5 a night for a one year old and a two year old. 3) There is no play park for the children. 4) The family area has an electric fence running around it. Luckily it was switched off while we were there.
Aug 31, 2010 by phil

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