Things to do
Have a Wales of a time.
Within a stone’s throw, a dog’s whisker, a mole’s breath… you don’t need to venture far to discover everything this stunning county has to offer. Jaw dropping landscape, colourful coastlines, rich wildlife, castles and countryside, Wales is certainly the host with the most.
Ignite all your senses as you take in stunning vistas, sample incredible local produce, scale a mountainto feel the wind in your hair, smell the salt from theocean and hear why Wales is known as the land of song.
Then there’s the Welsh sixth sense…adventure! Our natural wonders are fast becoming a magnet for adrenaline-junkies, where you can experience the rush with an array of exhilarating pursuits from wreck diving, mountain biking, kite surfing, paddle boarding, cliff climbingor sky diving. If you travel to the wild, wild west or go forth up north, here are a few suggestions to help you plan your Welsh adventure.
Wales’ vast industrial and maritime heritage is ready for you to explore via cutting-edge, interactive technology married with traditional displays. Located in an original and listed waterfront warehouse lose yourself in the rich and enthralling history of Welsh industry and innovation.
Gower was the first place in Britain to be named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it’s easy to see why. The award-winning Three Cliffs beach is one of Gower’s most picturesque beaches which is accessed through a valley that leads to a spectacular shoreline of sand dunes, salt marshes and the three cliffs themselves. It would be difficult to find a better picnic spot.
Overlooking the Taf estuary, this pretty village was the home of perhaps Wales’ best-known writer, Dylan Thomas. Visit the boathouse and writing shed where he wrote many of his major pieces but don’t leave without a walk along the estuary, a look around the magnificent castle, and a pit stop at one of the many cafés and restaurants.
Even if Pembrokeshire wasn’t Britain’s only coastal national park, it would take something very special to beat it. Barafundle is a pristine paradise that has been voted many, many times as one of the best beaches in Britain and the world, its claim to fame is it was used to film an advert for Bounty chocolate bars.
This chic little market town has a big reputation as a shopper’s heaven. The stylish high street is lined with gorgeous independent and boutique shops selling everything from voguish fashion to fine art, while the many award-winning delis, cafés and restaurants provide a welcome time-out from your retail therapy.
It may be the smallest city in the UK but it has big appeal, and is a much-loved location of artists, travellers, pilgrims and surfers. The magnificent cathedral at St David’s dates back to the 12th century and houses the shrine of Wales’ patron saint in the heart of this great building. This pretty peninsula has heaps to explore so grab a map and lace up your walking boots.
To trek or get the train (up the 1,085 meter giant), that is the question. However you reach the top of the highest mountain in Wales, enjoy the sweeping panoramic views from the summit cafe. Snowdonia’s national park is a spectacular site of mountains, lakes and waterfalls but there are many friendly seaside resorts and famous attractions in the surrounding area to visit too.
This amazing Italianate village on the North Wales coast was founded in 1925 and remains one of Wales’ most remarkable landmarks. Set on its own peaceful peninsula overlooking an estuary, Portmeirion Village is a fantastical collection of colourful heritage-listed buildings, a pretty plaza and ornamental gardens, surrounded by vast woodlands.
Built by King Edward I, this mighty brute of a fortress is a truly impressive sight. It dominates the small fishing town of Caernarfon, with the entire town wrapped within the castle’s mighty stone walls. One of the most impressive castles in Wales, it’s worthy of its World Heritage status.