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Green Holidays in Wales

From the rugged mountains of Snowdonia to the verdant Brecon Beacons, lakes, forest, hills, rolling farmland, pretty villages and bustling towns, Wales has so much to offer. With miles of open country, it is the perfect place to escape for a bit of isolation amidst stunning scenery, or a break by some of Britain's most beautiful beaches, such as the sandy coves of Pembrokeshire.

Quaint cottages, eco-hotels, yurts and secluded tipi camps vie for your attention and the exciting activities on offer in this wonderfully green country are endless, from simple road biking in North Wales, terrific rambling options on scenic trails across rugged landscapes to coasteering on an adventure holiday and family wildlife discovery opportunities in Snowdonia.

For tips on how to be as eco-friendly as possible, see our guide to going green in the UK and for tips on green accommodation, have a look at our guide on how to tell if a hotel is green. Here are some of the best green places to stay and holidays in Wales, all reachable by train:

Signpost for St Davids on this Pembrokeshire Coast Walk

Pembrokeshire Coast Path 12-day Self-guided Walking Holiday

Hugging the coastline for almost 200 miles, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path was Wales first National Trail and continues to grow in popularity thanks to a winning combination of spectacular coastal scenery, wildlife, dramatic geology and heritage sites.
£895 per person based on two people sharing

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How to travel by train and ferry to Wales

The major cities of South Wales can all be reached by train from London Paddington with First Great Western - to Newport it takes about 1hr 50 mins, Cardiff is about 2hrs and you can reach Swansea in just under 3hrs. To reach North Wales, travel from London Euston to Chester then take the Arriva Train to Bangor. For mid Wales (including the Brecon Beacons), take the Arriva train up from Newport to Abervagenny. If you wish to travel to South Wales, travel to Newport, then take the train to Milford Haven.

An Arriva train passing by Aberdovey in WalesAn Arriva train passing by Aberdovey in Wales

There are regular ferry services from Ireland to Holyhead (North Wales) and Fishguard and Pembroke (both Southwest Wales) plus there is a new ferry service between Cork and Swansea (South Wales). Our detailed journey planner shows where to change, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book tickets. Click on the links below for the following journeys:

Ferry from Cork, Ireland to Swansea, South Wales
Ferry from Dublin, Ireland to Holyhead, North Wales

Irish Ferries runs a regular service between Holyhead in North Wales and Dublin, IrelandIrish Ferries runs a regular service between Holyhead in North Wales and Dublin, Ireland

More places to stay in Wales

Patio of Pen y Fedw

Pen Y Fedw, Monmouthshire

A beautiful, luxurious cottage in the depths of lovely Monmouthshire countryside, recently designed to accommodate a couple, plus a baby, and up to 2 dogs. It is bright, light, spacious, clean-lined - refreshingly contemporary and stylish.
1 double room

3 nights in peak season £312, low season 4 nights £252

The School Annex, Talybont on Usk, Self Catering Accommodation

The School Annex, Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon, Wales

Set in the Brecon Beacons National Park we offer a high standard of self catering accommodation and great green credentials. You can take time out to relax or be as active as you want, even star gaze in our dark sky reserve, all on the doorstep!
1 double with bunk over. 1 super king which can be 2 singles

3 night weekend or Monday-Friday £250 or £300 July/Aug/Christmas, 7 nights Fri -Fri £450 or £520 July/Aug/Christmas

Anglesey Farmhouse

Anglesey Farmhouse, Carreglefn, Isle of Anglesey

A beautiful conversion of a former milking parlour on the lovely Isle of Angelsey. Still retaining plenty of original features, it is just ten minutes from the sandy beach.
Sleeps 6: master double, double, twin

From £410.00 to: £859.00 (based on two staying)

Penllyn Mountain Cottage

Penllyn Mountain Cottage, Llyn Peninsula, Wales

A traditional, sympathetically restored 2 bed cottage with fine open views down to the sea. enjoys a secluded sheltered mountain setting over-looking the magnificent landscape of Snowdonia, the peaks of Mid-Wales and coastline of Cardigan Bay
2 bedrooms - one twin and one double en suite

From 545.00 (based on two staying) to:1133.00

Dify Biosphere Treehouse

Dyfi Biosphere Treehouse Living Room, Powys, Wales

In these treehouses in the Dyfi Biosphere, climb from woodland floor to tree canopy via a sweeping spiral staircase. Inside, the Hobbit-esque tree houses are neatly divided into living and sleeping quarters with portholes and wood-burning stoves.
5 treehouses, each has 2 bedrooms, sleeps four

From £339

River Erce Longhouse

River Erce Longhouse, Llyn Peninsula, Wales

The cottage in an elevated sheltered spot south of the coastline of Cardigan Bay has a surrounding garden, bordered by field walls, below there is a clear river (Erce) in which there is trout fishing, sheep grazing and undulating pasture.
2 bedrooms - one twin and one double en suite

319.00 (based on two staying) to:734.40

Middle Stone Cottage, Llyn Penninsula, Wales

Middle Stone Cottage, Llyn Penninsula, Wales

Middle Stone Cottage, Llyn Penninsula, Wales overlooks the River Erce, Castell on an elevated sheltered setting facing south to the coastline of Cardigan Bay. The surrounding garden is bordered by field walls, beyond there is a clear river view.
2 bedrooms sleeping 4

From 319.00 (based on two staying) to:734.40

More holidays in Wales

Crossing Snowdonia by bike

Lon Las Cymru Self-Guided Cycling Holiday in Wales

A challenging tour from Anglesey to Cardiff Bay and a perfect introduction to the varied landscapes of Wales. Journey through two National Parks and see the cultural, culinary and linguistic character shift as you head from North to South.

£785 per person based on two people sharing

8 days
Available year-round to start on any day of the week
The multicolored terraces of Tenby Harbour

Walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Wales

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail is an ideal place to witness Wales at its most picturesque, and this 13 day holiday will have you exploring 186 miles of rugged coastline, traditional villages, cliff top paths and castle ruins.

£925 pp (based on 2 people sharing)

13 days
15 February - 15 October

Greentraveller's Guides

Visit these brilliant holiday destinations in a way that has a lower impact on the environment, and a positive effect on the livelihoods of the local people and on landscape and biodiversity: