Situated towards the West of Great Britain, Wales is a separate country and makes for a great UK staycation. Renowned for its national parks, unbeatable culture and incredible coastline, there’s plenty to do and see here for all ages. If you’re looking to explore the local area, a lodge holiday in Snowdonia won’t disappoint. For something a little lively, stick closer to the party capital of Cardiff.
Family getaways, romantic breaks or pet-friendly holidays - Wales has it all. Plus, the holiday cottage accommodation is equally as varied. Choose from luxury self-catered log cabins with a few hidden extras like a hot tub, get cosy in an intimate holiday home ideal for two or enjoy cottages in Wales’ countryside with views that go on for miles.
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Whatever you plan on doing, these are the best locations in Wales that attract tourists from all around.
Best for: Beautiful sea views
North Wales is home to some of Britain’s most incredible coastal resorts - with Abersoch being one of them. Traditionally a fishing village, today, visitors flock here from all over to experience the stunning scenery, beautiful sands (which are dog-friendly), fine eateries and a plethora of activities on offer. There’s also an annual music festival which is definitely worth seeing if you’re in the area.
Best for: Getting out in the great outdoors
Snowdonia National Park is ideal for all ages - even those furry-legged friends. From hiking and walking to watersports and mountain biking, there really is something for everyone. Plus, if you prefer to take it slower, pack a picnic, take your camera and get a load of those views. Hay on Wye and the Brecon Beacons is definitely worth a day trip too. There are a few working farms in the local area so just be mindful if you are taking your four-legged friends.
Best for: Its rugged landscapes
Just off of Wales is the Isle of Anglesey, which is ideal for both day trips and longer breaks. It’s known for its beaches, history and varied landscape with coast and countryside to explore. Here, you’ll find lots of walking activities and plenty of pubs and cafes to refuel in afterwards.
Best for: Something a little lively
Whether you’re searching for a traditional UK city, want to try some of Wales’ finest restaurants or are interested in finding out more about the country’s rich past, a trip to Cardiff is sure to impress. Shopping, arts, culture, and music - here, the daylife and nightlife scene will have you coming back for more.
Best for: Its picturesque harbour
The harbour town of Tenby is home to some of the best beaches around as well as 13th century town walls. A tour around the ruins of Tenby Castle is a great way to get the kids thinking and further history can also be learnt at The Tudor Merchant’s House. When you’re done there, you’ll find lots of bars and cafes to sit back in.
> Best walks in Wales
Whether you want to hike up into the hills or stroll along a coastal path, there’s a walk in Wales for everyone.
Walk length: Eleven miles
Explore some of the area’s best-loved beaches and secluded bays in the Abersoch Circular Coastal Walk. Starting in the village, you’ll head to the Golf Club before joining the Llyn Coastal Path. It probably won’t surprise you that the views along the way are incredible - keep your eyes peeled for a few seals too as they like to call this area home.
Walk length: Four miles
You can’t come to Snowdonia without experiencing a walk through the National Park, and Llyn Elsi is the perfect place to start. Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to Snowdonia’, you’ll explore Betws-y-Coed, its lake and rich green forests. Popular with walkers, hikers and photographers, it’s a nice easy route that all will enjoy.
Walk length: Eight miles
The Cardiff Bay Loop begins at Grangetown and takes you through the city until you reach Grangetown once more. There’s plenty of hiking highlights to keep a lookout for, and children will love spotting Roald Dahl’s Enormous Crocodile. Being so close to Cardiff means there’s plenty of choice for a family-friendly pit stop too.
Walk length: Two miles
If you’re looking for a gentle walk, the Rhosneigr Circular Walk could be for you. At just two miles, it takes you along the boardwalk and up to the viewing platform. Along the way, expect flat paths that are ideal for all family members. This route is also great for a game of wildlife bingo!
Walk length: Six and a half miles
The Allen’s View Loop requires a good level of fitness as you hike upwards from the Wood Park Caravan Park. Heading through the countryside, past incredible beaches, you’ll finally reach the hiking highlight that is Allen’s View - before coming back on yourself. Why not take a picnic and enjoy a little relaxation at the top?
It’s no surprise that visitors come from all over the world to see Wales, and here are some of the best things to do.
Best for: Trying something new
Jet skis, power boats, paddle and ride - the Abersoch Sailing School is a family-run centre that offers all abilities the chance to enjoy the waves. Choose between fun sessions, hour-long classes or even two-day masterclasses if you’re there for a longer spell. You’ll definitely have worked up an appetite after that so you’ll be pleased to hear there’s lots of restaurants close by.
Best for: Exploring the area’s national beauty
You can’t come to Snowdonia without spending a day in the National Park. Adorn your hiking boots, pack the rain jackets and don’t forget your lunch. A day here is best spent hiking, walking, paddle boarding and looking out for the range of wildlife that like to roam the area. Dogs are also allowed meaning no-one has to miss out.
Best for: A fun and interactive history lesson
Cardiff isn’t all about partying and having a good time, there’s also plenty of history right under your nose. Cardiff Castle has sat in its place for more than 2,000 years and makes for a great day out for all ages. Explore on your own or enjoy a guided tour, and head to the Public Square afterwards for a sweet treat.
Best for: Finding delicious local treats
Held on the third Saturday of every month, the Anglesey Farmers’ Market is ideal for the foodies amongst you. Enjoy freshly caught seafood, taste handmade cheeses and indulge in a few delicious cakes. Head there for breakfast, lunch, or dinner - and of course take a bag with you so you can take some things home.
Best for: Relaxing on a private island
20 minutes from Tenby is Caldey Island. Reached by boat, here, you can sit back and take in the views from a tiny and secluded cove. Today, it’s run by Cistercian monks and is only open on Saturdays and summer weekdays. Take a picnic, don’t forget your camera and get ready to explore the island.