Wales is a country steeped in history and rich in beautiful countryside. With so many things to do, you need never be bored whatever your age, ability or personal preference. From pony trekking and surfing to cosy pubs and five-star restaurants, Wales has got it all. Here are our top five destinations and activities in Wales.
Snowdonia and Mount Snowdon
Aside from being the largest national park in Wales, Snowdonia is where you will find the highest mountain in England and Wales. If you’re a strong climber and hiker, you can venture to the summit at 1,085 metres, but it’s essential that you come well-prepared for difficult conditions.
Alternatively, take the Snowdon Mountain Railway from Llanberis. It’s been described as one of the most wonderful railway journeys in the world.
Nearby, at Adventure Park Snowdonia, you can learn to surf on an inland surf lagoon, or get the adrenaline pumping with a high-rise drop-jump or zip wire ride. You can head out on a mountain bike, or work your way up a beautiful Snowdonia river gorge. If the weather is bad, there are indoor ninja assault courses and slides, high ropes and an indoor climbing wall.
Walk the castle walls at Conwy Castle and take in the view of this stunning thirteenth-century castle. The castle is set beside a quaint harbour with pretty boats, right in the town of Conwy, which you will also love to explore.
Just five miles away from Conwy is the Victorian town of Llandudno, Wales’ largest resort. Here you will find amusement arcades, ice cream shops, Punch and Judy shows for the children and plenty of seaside activities for the whole family to enjoy. Take a trip up the Great Orme on foot, by car, on the cable tramway or in the Cabin Lift; there’s a dry ski slope for skiing and tobogganing at the top.
About an hour’s drive from Llandudno is Portmeirion Village, one of Wales’ premier visitor attractions. The Village is open daily for visitors between 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and entrance is via the Toll and Welcome Area. Once inside, you can enjoy spectacular views of the estuary, an Italian village with a central piazza, a Woodland Train, sub-tropical gardens, cafes, restaurants, shops, a spa and much more.
Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions. Set within beautiful parklands, this stunning castle has a story that spans over 2,000 years. You’ll need to allow plenty of time for your visit if you want to experience a castle that is a Roman garrison, Norman stronghold, medieval dream world and a Victorian Gothic fantasy palace. Make sure to check what’s on to see if you can time your visit with a special event or exhibition. Cardiff Castle is located in the centre of the city so there’s plenty to do, from shopping to restaurants, cinemas and museums.
Pembrokeshire National Park
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is famous the world over for its beaches, cliffs, islands and wildlife. The Wales Coast Path is a footpath that winds along the entire 1,400 kilometres of the Pembrokeshire coastline. If you like walking, fresh air, wildlife-watching and stunning scenery, be sure to take the time to explore parts of the footpath, stopping off for refreshments in pubs along the way.
Nearby, Tenby is a pretty seaside town in West Wales. You can take a boat trip to see the monastery on Caldey Island and spot nesting puffins, or try mackerel fishing from Tenby Harbour Beach. Venture into the town centre to browse the shops and eat al fresco.
When you visit Wales, you’ll be spoilt for choice for fun-packed days out. Don’t forget that hygiene is important for the whole family when you are out and about.
Keep a tube of our hand sanitiser in your bag so you don’t have to go out of your way to cleanse your hands throughout the day, particularly when it’s time for food and drink.