Our guide to holidays in Wales
What’s not to love about Wales? I mean really, it’s all inspiring mountain hikes, thundering waters and peaceful landscapes, and that’s before you’ve even had the pleasure of meeting the locals. This is a place where ancient legend meets exhilaration, where you’ll encounter views that take your breath away and bustling resorts where there’s something for everyone. You’ll hear Welsh being spoken pretty much everywhere you go, and although Cardiff’s the country’s cultural centre, every corner of Wales has its own story to tell.
2017 marked the start of the Year of Legends, which celebrates everything that makes Wales one of our most popular destinations, so if you’ve never been, now’s the perfect time. If you like to get outdoors and blow the cobwebs out with some long walks during your breaks, a Wales holiday’s the perfect opportunity. From the Brecon Beacons, to the Cambrian mountains and Offa’s Dyke National Trails, it’s pretty much a question of choosing what you’d like to discover and heading off on adventure.
Wales is naturally dramatic, so even those chilled out days where you’re content to see where your feet take you end up being memorable. From the long sandy beaches of the coastline to the rugged mountain ranges, Wales was at the front of the queue when the views were handed out. Speaking of drama, you can barely turn a corner in good old Wales without stumbling across a view you recognise from the world of film and TV, and it’s easy to see why it’s a hit with producers.
Places to visit in Wales
There’s something about a holiday in Wales that inspires us to get out and about and make memories, so it’s a good thing there’s a day out to suit every kind of visitor. In Mid Wales, it’s all about strolling long sandy beaches, cycling winding lanes and mooching around sleepy market towns. Known as the ‘Ancient Kingdom’, Powys is the largest county in Wales, and it’s home to Snowdonia, the Cambrian Mountains and the breathtaking beauty of the Brecon Beacons.
We love the fact that you can be wandering the sleepy scenery of the Brecon Beacons one day, and cycling the rugged landscape of the Cambrain Mountains the next. Wales is the kind of country where anything goes, and there’s a day out to suit every kind of visit and every kind of family.
Now, if you’re after the kind of places to visit in Wales that are all about chasing an adrenaline rush then you should head to the north. With mountain scenery that could have been made for family holidays and plenty of opportunity to try your hand at adventure activities (under the watchful eye of a professional), North Wales is perfect for those breaks with older children who like a little excitement with their family breaks.
Things to do in Wales
The perfect playground for that escape from it all, there are few activities you can’t enjoy in Wales, and the best thing is that it’s all right on our doorsteps. You name it, you can do it on a Wales holiday….from galloping along the shore with a spot of horse-riding in beautiful Pembrokeshire, surfing with the experts on the Gower Peninsular, or even white water rafting in bustling Cardiff. We think your break in the UK should be about trying something new and making memories, and if you’ve never packed your family onto a raft and set sail for gushing waters then now’s the time to do it.
Don’t worry if you were hoping for some peace and quiet though, there are more tranquil pathways than you can shake a stick at. With the kind of beauty that changes with the seasons and sights like the Elan Valley to beckon walkers, the Brecon Beacons is one of the nation’s best-loved settings for a hike. Or, for those of you still in love with the golden age of steam, there’s no shortage of traditional steam railways to gently take you through the countryside. Just imagine hopping aboard, sitting back and watching those views glide slowly past…now that’s the way to take in the scenery during you stay.