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Introducing Wales

Make the most of your time in Wales.
Compared to the others, Wales is an oft-overlooked nation within the United Kingdom. This is a shame, as its countryside and coast are just as beautiful as anything in England, Scotland, or Northern Ireland. It has 869 miles (1,400 km) of coastline, in fact, along which you’ll find hidden coves and long tan beaches perfect for sunbathing in summer.

Wales is known as the “Land of Castles” due to its abundance of them—over 100 still remain, either restored to their early glory or in the form of archeological ruins. Then there are all those stone circles that dot the countryside and pre-date written history, physical echoes of the earliest humans who roamed the earth thousands of years before the common era even began.

When is the best time to visit?
If you want to spend time at the beaches in Wales, come during the summer when highs often reach a pleasant 84°F/28C. The days are longer during this season, too, which means you can take full advantage of day hikes in the Welsh mountains.

The drawback to summer travel, however, is that crowds are bigger and you will have to book accommodation further in advance. To beat the crowds while still enjoying decent weather, come during the shoulder months of April/May and September/October.

Where should you go?
The capital city of Cardiff encapsulates Welsh culture and has a lively and convivial Rugby scene. For fun in the sun, visit the beaches of Rhossili, Barafundle, and Tenby, some of the best in the U.K. For day hikes, head to Mt. Snowdon (Wales’ highest peak), Snowdonia National Park, and the Brecon Beacon Mountains and Lake Llangorse in the south.

Wales’ offshore islands are deservedly famous for their beauty, and you’ll find great beaches around Anglesey, off the northwest coast. Castles, such as the Edwardian fortress in Caernarfon, are found throughout the nation, and the oldest of Wales’ stone circles exist in Pembrokeshire. 

Thinking about traveling around the United Kingdom? Learn more about planning a trip to England or Scotland. Many travelers also combine the UK and Ireland

How many days do you need?
You can experience quite a bit of Wales in a short time. In 4-7 days you could laze on a beach, hike in the countryside, and visit some of the major castles and ruins. However, if you’re a history buff planning on seeing each of the nation’s castles, know that you could visit one per day and it would still take you over three months to see all of them.

Wales Travel Insights

Wales
Map of Discover Wales - 7 Days
Discover Wales - 7 Days

Many travelers have heard of Wales, but few have visited its ruggedly beautiful coastline, ancient castles, and national parks. On this seven-day trip, you'll experience these highlights, enjoy delicious regional cuisine, and hike among the peaks of Snowdonia National Park.

Harlech Castle in North Wales
Map of Legends of Wales - 6 Days
Legends of Wales - 6 Days

This exploration of Wales' history and legends take you deep into a magical country of King Arthur's legends. Explore the Fortress of Isca, hike in Brecon Beacons, and head west to discover the prehistoric landscape of the Preseli hills and the Pembrokeshire Coast. Drive north along the Cambrian coast to the rolling mountains of Snowdonia to explore King Arthur's legendary landscapes and politically rife Caernarfon Castle.

Coasteering
Map of Nature & History in Wales - 7 Days
Nature & History in Wales - 7 Days

This adventurous itinerary checks of the top historical and recreational highlights in Wales. Hike through the Brecon Beacons National Park, get wet and wild coasteering along the Pembrokeshire coast, and explore ancient Roman ruins. End the trip in the north in Snowdonia, where jagged peaks, whitewater rafting, and the iconic Caernarfon Castle await.

Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales
Map of Culinary Tour of Wales - 5 Days
Culinary Tour of Wales - 5 Days

Explore local cuisine and adventure on this 5-day journey through Wales' intimate landscapes. Hike the mountain grasslands of Brecon Beacons and taste local whiskey, then visit sleepy harbor towns and ancient monasteries in Pembrokeshire. Drive along the spectacular Cambrian coast, then end your trip in the jagged mountains of Snowdonia, where mountain views and medieval castles await.

Rolling hills of Wales
Highlights of Wales and Southern England - 18 Days

On this comprehensive 18-day trip you'll experience the best of Wales and Southern England. Visit many delightful little towns, coastal promenades, medieval castles and churches, and many other historic sites that encapsulate many visitors' most romantic ideas of Great Britain. Get active with river-side and coastal walks, and relax in the ancient hot spring baths at Bath. This tour is the ultimate introduction to southern England and Wales, ideal for first-time visitors to the country. 

Enjoy the beautiful views from the top of Snowdonia, North Wales
Map of Walking in Beautiful North Wales: Snowdonia & Anglesey - 8 Days
Walking in Beautiful North Wales: Snowdonia & Anglesey - 8 Days

Experience the best of North Wales' rugged highlands, beaches, and historic villages on this eight-day self-guided walking tour through Snowdonia National Park, the Llyn Peninsula, and Anglesey Island. Stay in heritage hotels, visit historic castles, learn about ancient battles, and climb the highest peak in Wales. Choose from a variety of walks, take the train, or go for a drive: we provide suggestions and background information, so you can tailor your Wales self-drive walking tour to suit you (and the weather)!

Wales Travel Maps

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Discover Wales - 7 Days
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Legends of Wales - 6 Days
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Nature & History in Wales - 7 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Louise Lewis
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Louise Lewis

I enjoy everything connected to travel. As travelers, we all love to see new places, experience the culture, food, architecture and landscapes of a destination. But for me, a trip begins with the...

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Travel specialist Daniel Bradnam
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Daniel Bradnam

As someone who has been involved with travel for over 10 years, creating beautiful vacation itineraries is a true passion of mine. I was born and raised near Cambridge in England, I am proud to...

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Travel specialist Lizzie Zawinski
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Lizzie Zawinski

Remember that moment that utterly captivated you, when you felt completely connected with the world and immersed in what you were experiencing? Maybe you felt the echo of the past in the...

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Travel specialist Sarah Griffiths
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Sarah Griffiths

With my interest in people, history, landscape and culture, working for Routescape is my dream job. It’s my opportunity to combine my experience of travelling, holidaying and studying to create...

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