Holidays in Wales
Wales is a world-class destination: rugged mountains, stunning sandy beaches, beautiful lakes, forest, hills, rolling farmland, pretty villages, bustling towns and a proud ancient heritage.
Throughout Wales, there's plenty of quality accommodation for all budgets, from cosy rural cottages and plush hotels to luxury campsites and bunk barns, plus an exciting range of activities, from terrific rambling options on scenic trails across rugged landscapes to coasteering on an adventure holiday and family wildlife discovery opportunities.
Wales has World-class Mountain Biking facilities at centres such as Coed y Brenin, Bike Park Wales and Antur Stiniog, as well as the 870 miles of the Wales Coast Path, which is the longest continuous path along a nation’s coastline.
>> For the Wales Year of Adventure 2016, we have produced a Guide to the 8 Protected Landscapes of Wales
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Featured Articles on Wales
As part of our celebration of the most beautiful, natural areas in the UK, we've published a Greentraveller Guide to the Pembrokeshire Coast National...
As part of our celebration of the most beautiful, natural areas in the UK, we've published a Greentraveller's Guide to the Llŷn Area of Outstanding...
As part of our celebration of the most beautiful, natural areas in the UK, we have just published a Greentraveller's Guide to Snowdonia National Park
Holly visits the legendary mountain biking centre in the heart of Snowdonia, North Wales.
Here's an innovative scheme in the Brecon Beacons where local 'Ambassadors' provide visitors with a 'sense of place'.
As part of our celebration of beautiful, natural spaces in the UK we've published our Greentraveller's Guide to the Brecon Beacons National Park,...
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. For 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 Southwest Wales, travel to Newport, then take the train to Milford Haven.
The Cambrian Lines are two train lines that run through specatcular scenery in the heart of Mid Wales. The 'Main Line' runs from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth and the 'Coast Line' (which splits off from the Main Line at Machynlleth) runs up the northern coast of Cardigan Bay from Machynlleth to Pwllheli.
There are regular ferry services from Ireland (Dublin) to Holyhead (North Wales) and from Rosslare to Fishguard and Pembroke (both Southwest Wales). NB two services have recently been taken out of service: Cork to Swansea and Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead. For all operational services, see our detailed journey planner shows where to change, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book tickets.
Click on the link below for the following journeys:
- Ferry from Dublin, Ireland to Holyhead, North Wales
- Ferry from Rosslare, Ireland to Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, Southwest Wales
- Ferry from Rosslare, Ireland to Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Southwest Wales
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3 nights in peak season £312, low season 4 nights £252
Whitehall, Pwllheli, Llyn
Find hake with spinach covered in local Llyn cheese and served with tapenade and sauteed potatoes, Welsh sirloin steaks, burgers from the Edern butcher and, for the vegetarians, mushroom, asparagus and parmesan risotto with rocket and black truffle oil. There's a children's menu and Sunday lunch menu, too. Closed Monday.
Living Room Treehouse
You are carried – from the woodland floor to the tree canopy – via a sweeping spiral staircase: an architectural wonder in wood. Stripped branches are knotted together to create wonderfully wonky fences, their knobbly imperfections contrasting beautifully against the sleek, modern pods. Inside, the Hobbit-esque tree houses are neatly divided into living and sleeping quarters with portholes and glass doors, wood-burners for cosy evenings, and Scandinavian-inspired beds and chairs. From £339 for two nights.
This grand old 15th-century house has had its fair share of noble owners, but none as illustrious as Queen Victoria, who refurbished the hall and planted many of the trees in the gardens that encircle the house today. The hotel’s nine bedrooms – named after artists – are adorned in a sumptuous palate of dramatic reds, deep purples and shocking pinks – Matisse has candyfloss striped wallpaper; Renoir has a Louis VIII style bed and mountain views. Head chef Paul Croasdale uses local ingredients – seafood from Cardigan Bay, Welsh Black beef, herbs and vegetables from the kitchen garden, and wild garlic and mushrooms from the surrounding woodland – to create inventive fare in the elegant restaurant. £205-£550 per night for B&B.
Gwesty Ty Newydd
Sea views don’t get much more sensational than this. You can hear, smell and – possibly, on a stormy night – touch and taste the sea from your bedroom window. The 11 en-suite rooms in neutral colours, with pine furniture, all have views of wide, sandy Aberdaron Bay. Beyond is the tip of the Llŷn peninsula, the other side of which lies Bardsey Island, from where the crabs and lobster on the menu originate. The island is a historic pilgrimage site and Aberdaron was the last stop for pilgrims on their way there. The village church, St Hywyn’s, is known as the cathedral of Llŷn.
Coalhouse, Oxwich, Gower
Award-winning and praised to the heavens, the Coalhouse is pretty special, and its location rivals its food for attention. Right on the beach and with panoramic views of the coast, this lovingly restored building is now a seriously chic setting in which to showcase head chef Jake Keward's marvellous creations. Fish caught a stone's throw away and veggies from local kitchen gardens make for a menu full of agonising choices, although the hake, cockle and laverbread chowder is a definite highlight. A special night out, or for a taste of the Coalhouse pop in for their £20 three-course lunch menu.
It's hard to believe that Hen Glyn was once considered derelict. Having been restored using largely sustainable materials, this Grade II listed cottage now effortlessly combines the modern and the traditional, with original 18th century wooden beams and panelling decorating the otherwise contemporary interiors. Sleeping up to 4, this is also easily one of the best accommodations in the region for walkers; the farm has some 230 acres to explore, while countless way-marked routes start right on the doorstep. In the evenings, rest your weary legs in Hen Glyn's heated outdoor hot tub and gaze out over the surrounding hillside.
Rubbing shoulders with the RBPB Ynyshir reserve is the Georgian Plas Mawr B&B, with a cheerful cherry-red front door and window boxes spilling flowers in summer. The three rooms are individually furnished; one double has views overlooking the reserve. The B&B is geared up for walkers and cyclists, with drying facilities for wet gear; even canoeists are catered for with a lockable storage available for canoes and paddles. The full Welsh breakfast includes local sausages and bacon and home-grown veggies, and they have an environmental policy on their website which gives details of their green endeavours. From £80 per night for two. >> Special offer! Plas Mawr are offering a 10% discount off the price of all stays until the end of August 2015 when they close their doors for the last time.
Two pretty stone holiday cottages – Helygen and Eithinog – sit side by side with fabulous views over the Cambrian Mountains; perfectly placed for walkers and those wishing to visit Dyfi's nature reserves and coast. Inside, you'll find gleaming wooden floors and spacious open-plan living areas with cosy wood-burning stoves; generous bedrooms have chunky wooden beds and rolling green views. You're spoilt for choice for things to do in the area: explore the surrounding countryside on foot, head to the coast or, if you can't tear yourself away, sit back and soak up those views from the comfort of your cottage.
Wye Valley River Festival
Almost like a carnival that floats down the River Wye, from Hereford to Chepstow, the much-loved and very new festival takes place over two weeks from the end of April (April 29 - May 15, 2016). Andrew Blake from the Wye Valley AONB office says “We are celebrating nature, culture, landscape and life along the river with exciting arts and performances that illuminate myriad issues regarding water use, the health of our river environment and our connections to river citizens across the globe.”
Ty Gwydr is an innovative, ultra modern take on the traditional countryside bolt-hole. You'll be impressed by the open plan kitchen with its ceiling to floor windows that look out over the surrounding mountains, as well as the comfortable, cosy bedrooms (one of which even houses a four poster bed). It's also very green, with ground source heating and efficient wool insulation. It was also painted using Ecological lime wash paints. Outside, there's a beautiful landscaped garden and decking, plus a private 8 person hot tub! There's also plenty of outdoor activities nearby, including Llangorse indoor climbing and rope centre, a couple of pony trekking centres and boating and water skiing on the lake.
Anna’s Welsh Zoo at Manor House
Anna’s Welsh Zoo is set within 52 organic acres of Pembrokeshire Parkland and supports endangered species from all over the world, along with all the variety of British native wildlife. They specialise in close-up, immersive animal experiences and all the animals are maintained in spacious, natural enclosures. There are five unique animal walkthroughs where the visitor can get up close to many species. Open 10am – 6pm, 363 days a year. (winter opening hours vary - see website for details)
Season tickets are great value at just twice the price of standard entry!! Under 4’s go free…
Porth y Swnt, National Trust Visitor Centre, Aberdaron, Llŷn
Llŷn is an area rich not only natural beauty but in culture and history, too, and the National Trust has created an interactive learning centre for those wanting to learn more about the area and get the most out of their visit. There's stacks on information on the peninsula and activity ideas for all ages. The centre is in the Aberdaron fishing village so there's plenty right here to explore, too, including the church that was the last stopping off point for pilgrims on the way to Bardsey Island. Porth y Swnt translates as the 'gateway to the sound'.
Tremfan Hall, Pwllheli, Llŷn
The lovely views of the Llŷn sea and Snowdonia mountains and the artfully arranged food will vie for your attention at Tremfan. What a position. Tremfan Hall prides itself on a big welcome and its wide range of food, from Sunday lunch specials, 2-course set price dinners and children's menu. You can stay here, too.
Bag yourself a pitch at the highest point and you’re guaranteed sea views, but no matter where you set up tent on this gently hilly site, the views over surrounding countryside are superb. The Cors Dyfi reserve is just a few minutes’ walk, although the campsite has it’s own community of feathered friends and a hide for ultra keen twitchers. There’s also a well-stocked fishing pool and children’s playground. Tents from £7.50 per night.
The market in Pwllheli, the main town of the Llŷn peninsula, was established over 600 years ago under a charter granted by Edward III in the 14th century. Today, organisers claim it to be one of the largest markets in the country. Held every Wednesday, rain or shine, this outdoor market sells everything from local produce to cheap clothes, cleaning products to plants. If you’re on a self-catering holiday, this is the place to come to stock up your larder (and your cleaning cupboard) at reasonable prices. During the summer, between May and September, there is a smaller market on Sundays, with more of an emphasis on crafts and local produce. On the first Saturday of the month there is a produce market at Sarn Village Hall.
Explore Wales with Welsh Road Trips
Explore Wales with Welsh Road Trips: Travel through wild and beautiful countryside by foot, rail, bike, car or electric car. Enjoy a 6 night break of dinner, bed and breakfast (2 nights at each premises: Lasswade Country House. The Old Vicarage in Dolfor and Westview Guest House) Sample local food and wine whilst staying in quality eco-friendly comfort.
Price: £625 per person full board Depart: 2 April – 30 October 2015
Centre for Alternative Technology
CAT is an internationally renowned visitor centre, research and residential centre, entirely powered solely by wind, solar and hydro technology. Covering all aspects of green living - from woodland management to renewal energy and environmental building - the centre runs courses on sustainable living, as well as educational programmes for schools and graduate training programmes. There are seven acres of interactive displays, and a shop and vegetarian restaurant on site. There are also two eco cabins on site – hot water is heated by the woodstove or solar panels, and wind and water turbines provide electricity.
Black Mountains Smokery
Black Mountains Smokery Shop is Jo and Jonathan Carthew’s gourmet food and hamper business. Based in Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons, they offer a UK wide mail order and gift service online or over the phone, as well as a lovely shop. Their award-winning smoked fish, meat and cheese, produced at the smokehouse, sourced with care from British suppliers are traditionally cured and naturally oak smoked. Delicious food delivered with friendly, reliable service. Don't miss a weekly Wednesday tour and tasting; an informative guided walk around the smokery including slicing demos, serving suggestions, sampling and a free product. Booking is essential to avoid disappointment on 01873 811566
Brynawel Guest House
Delightful bedrooms at this B&B are in keeping with the Georgian surrounds: some have cast-iron fireplaces, brass bedsteads and tie-backed curtains; the downstairs room has lovely wooden panelling and shutters. A short stroll away down a leafy lane is Glyn and Corina's own restaurant, Glan yr Afon, where breakfast and dinner are served.
There can’t be too many places to stay in this world where you can arrive by steam train; this 250-acre farm has it’s own stop on the Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Railway! Hendy Farm is a family-run sheep and cattle farm on the edge of the Dyfi Biosphere and guests are free to roam the farmland and meet the animals. Three comfortable and homely bedrooms are decked out in floral bedspreads and pale yellow walls, and there’s a separate sitting room should guests want to stick their feet up. The seaside town of Tywyn is a short walk away and there’s plenty of walking opportunities from the door.
The Usk and Railway Inn
Plumb in the middle of Sennybridge village, the recently-refurbished Usk and Railway Inn offers locally-sourced meals, a wide range of drinks and ales, and gorgeous contemporary bedrooms upstairs. An unassuming exterior gives way to a sleek, modern bar and restaurant, where you can feast on classic dishes such as steaks and pies, soups and paninis.
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