Wales is a small country in the UK, known for its rugged coastline, mountainous national parks and its culture, in southwest Great Britain. The country is dotted with historical castles and landmarks. From sandy beaches, heritage sites, underground attractions, sea caves and its cities and beautiful small towns, there is a lot to see so if you are planning on having a holiday in Wales, UK, or just a day trip there you might want to try and visit a few of these places…
Snowdonia national park is home to a beautiful range of mountains, hills, lakes and remote villages. There is a lot to do here. Hike up to Mount Snowdon and observe the breathtaking view. Take a journey on Snowdon Mountain Railway. Explore its collection of castles like the Harlech Castle. Visit its forests and indulge yourself in activities like hiking, climbing and trekking. Bala Lake and Llyn Ogwen are among the most beautiful lakes in Wales. Pen-y-Pass, Aber Falls, Llyn Gwynant and Llanberis Pass are some of the other regions to explore. Explore the undergrounds in Sygun Copper Mine.
2. Brecon Beacons National Park And Hay-on-Wye
Brecon Beacons National Park is home to a landscape of rolling hills, rocky river valleys, grasslands and water meadows, and the archaeological remnants of Wales’ long history including Neolithic cairns, Bronze Age standing stones, Iron Age forts and Norman castles. There is a number of underground caves and beautiful waterfalls like the Sgwd yr Eira Waterfall. Hike Pen-Y-Fan, the highest peak in South Wales.
Hay-on-Wye is a small town within the borders of Brecon Beacons National Park. The National Book Town, with at least two dozen bookshops. You can attend the annual Hay Festival. Visit the Hay castle, Black Mountain and Hay Bluff.
3. Devil’s Bridge and the Hafod Estate
Devil’s Bridge is actually three bridges spectacularly stacked atop each other. Follow the Falls Nature Trail to the bottom. Climb up slippery steps of Jacob’s Ladder. This bridge crosses the Rheidol Gorge, where the River Mynach plunges 300 feet into the valley far below.
Near Devil’s Bridge, you will find the Hafod Estate. It is home to restored woodlands and 18th-century gardens, trails past waterfalls and ancient trees.
4. Conwy And Cardiff
On the north coast of Wales, Conwy is home to the Conwy Castle, medieval architecture, and local shopping hubs and you can enjoy the view of River Conwy. The Aberconwy House, the suspension bridge, Elizabethan Plas Mawr and the Smallest House in Great Britain and Fairy Glen are some of Conwy’s famous attractions. The Bodnant Garden is a must-visit in Conwy.
Cardiff is the capital of Wales, here you will see Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Bay, and its collection of museums and castles. Visit the Castell Coch, Barry Island, Bute Park and Llandaff Cathedral and its other attractions.
5. Pembrokeshire Coast and St. Davids
Pembrokeshire county is home to the only coastal national park in Wales. Scenic beaches, coves and cliffs, coastal walks, watersports, wildlife with historical landmarks, ancient castles and small towns makes Pembrokeshire Coast a must. Skomer, Barafundle Bay, Abereiddy, Whitesands Bay, Carew Castle & Tidal Mill, Caldey Island are some of its major attractions. You can also explore Ramsey Island, St Brides Bay and Tenby. The Blue Lagoon is a must-visit with Skokholm island.
St. Davids is a small city in Pembrokeshire with the famous St. Davids Cathedral. St. David is a perfect destination when you want to get away from the crowds.
6. Portmeirion And Lake Vyrnwy
Portmeirion is a very charming tourists village in Gwynedd, North Wales. The village was built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis resembling Italian village. The river Afon Glaslyn, Black Rock Sands Beach and Harlech Beach and Llyn Cwm Bychan are some of its attractions.
Located in Powys, Lake Vyrnwy is actually a reservoir propped up by a stone dam. It was home to the tallest tree in the UK, a fir of 209 foot.
7. Gower Peninsula And Forest of Dean
The Gower Peninsula in South Wales, Gower Peninsula is home to some of the best sites in Wales. From the Three Cliffs to Rhossili beach, known as one of the best beaches in Britain, to Oxwich Bay to Oystermouth Castle and Clyne Gardens, there are a lot of beautiful regions you can explore here.
The Forest of Dan is located on the borders of Wales and Herefordshire. It offers a plethora of activities for tourists including trails within the forest that are open for walking, cycling and horseback riding, and more adventurous activities. Explore The Puzzlewood, take the steam train ride, and explore the caves.
8. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal
The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal is a world heritage site and one of the most unique things to do in Wales. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a navigable aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal, a canal crossing the border between England and Wales, across the River Dee.
9. Anglesey And Aberystwyth
Anglesey is an island in Wales, perfect if you wanna get away from the city. It is known for its beaches and ancient sites with its towns like Beaumaris, dotted with castles and historical landmarks. Also, explore its towns like Holyhead and Beaumaris.
On the other hand, Aberystwyth is an ancient market town. In this historic university town, you can ride a steam train in Vale of Rheidol Railway or Aberystwyth Cliff Railway.
10. Explore Wales
Wales is filled with castles, Caernarfon Castle, Cardiff Castle, Pembroke Castle, Conwy Castle, Castell Coch are some of the most popular ones.
Its mining operations have created many underground attractions for tourists to explore.
There are more than 10 heritage railway lines in Wales. Hop on to any of those steam rails and observe popular landmarks, including mountains, seaside towns, and castles.
Another way to explore Wales is by boat, along its coastline and canals. Wales has many sea caves waiting to be explored.