Top Places to Visit in Wales

wales landscapeWales has it’s unique splendour with over 400 castles and fortifications, breathtaking scenery and incredibly interesting railways. The south is home to the cosmopolitan city and Cardiff which is a good starting point for anyone who want to explore the beautiful country.

The scenery is as marvellous as it’s people whom are known for being a easygoing crowd so it doesn’t matter how you spend your time in Wales, it will most certainly be worth it.

SNOWDONIA

Snowdonia is a beautiful range of mountains and hills that boast with 14 majestic peaks that are over 3000 feet high. The most popular peak in the county of Gwynedd is Snowdon and it is easily accessible by train.

The area that has been home to many local legends also has some of the most popular hiking and climbing destinations in the whole of Britain. The Welsh in this area (that stretches from the coast all the to Bala Lake) insist that King Arthur was Welsh and it is best not to argue with them.

BRECON BEACONS NATIONAL PARK

Brecon Beacons National Park might be what all childhood dreams are made of. It is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking parts of the country and is also a hiker’s dream come true.

It is home to the Black Mountains and is famous for it’s wild ponies. The park is also the source of the river Usk and the mountain peaks are between 1000 feet and 2000 feet.

The 520-square-mile-park earned it’s name from the red sandstones that resembles the beacon of light. Visitors can also enjoy the many waterfalls and caves, with the most popular being Henrhyd Falls at Coelbren.

DEVIL’S BRIDGE AND THE HAFORD ESTATE

In the west of Wales you will find the wooded and landscaped estate of Hafod Uchtryd. In English it translates roughly to ‘summer mansion of Uchtryd’ and is located near Devil’s Bridge on a stretch of road that is described by the Automobile Association as one of the top 10 most scenic drives in the world.

Devil’s Bridge is literally three bridges that is stacked on top of one another and dates back to 11th century. You can follow the beautiful Falls Nature trail to the bottom of the Rheidol Gorge where the River Mynach plunges 300 feet into the valley. It is truly breathtaking.

CAERNARFON CASTLE

One of the biggest castles in Wales was built in the 13th century by King Edward I and has 13 towers and 2 gates. If you want to visit one of the most preserved and impressive fortresses in Europe, Caernarfon Castle should be on your to-do list.

It is still home to royalty and it hosted Prince Charles’s investiture as Prince of Wales in 1969.

CONWY

If you want the best of all worlds, Conwy might be exactly what you are looking for. It offers beautiful castles, medieval architecture and it has a incredible shopping scene. The area with it’s rich history is on the north coast of Wales and a short drive from Manchester.

PEMBROKESHIRE COAST

There is no shortage of coastline in Wales. It is surrounded by water on three sides and some of the most incredible views can be found along the coastline of the Pembrokeshire Peninsula.

The Pembroke Coast National Trail is a relaxing hike that will spoil you with the small resort of Tenby (that is still enclosed with medieval walls) along the way. Other attractions are Pembroke Castle, St Davis’s Cathedral and pristine fishing villages such as Laugharne.

PORTMEIRION

It’s is like a small Italian fishing village in Wales and was built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975. The hotel resort is situated in Gwynedd in Northern Wales and once the gates are closed, visitors get the entire place to themselves. It boast of lushes gardens, fountains, a church and small coastal paths.

BODNANT GARDEN

It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful gardens in Britain and was created by the McLaren family over many generations. It offers beautiful views across the River Conwy, Snowdonia and the well known Laburnum Arch.

The wide variety of plants and flowers ensure that the garden is breathtaking during all four seasons so you can make your stop at Bodnant Garden’s any time of the year.

ANGLESEY

The Isle of Anglesey is separated from the mainland and is home to many beautiful, small fishing villages. These quaint villages are scattered along the Isle’s coastline with sandy beaches and beautiful landmarks. It is a popular camping destination and is linked to the smaller Holy Island by bridge, which in turn is great for bird watching.

LLANDUDNO

The seaside resort town is located on the north coast and is dubbed the “Queen of the Welsh Resorts”. It offers views across the Irish Sea and lies between the Welsh mainland and the Great Orme. The latter have been inhibited since the Stone Age, offers great views and is easily accessible by rail and road.