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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.

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Wales Tours & Itineraries

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Rolling hills of Wales
Map of Highlights of Wales and Southern England - 18 Days
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)!

Caerphilly Castle
Map of Best of Wales & Scotland: Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Edinburgh, Inverness & More - 10 Days
Best of Wales & Scotland: Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Edinburgh, Inverness & More - 10 Days

Explore the best of Wales and Scotland on this 10-day adventure through nature, castles, coasts, and capital cities. Begin in Cardiff and head into the Brecon Beacons to see the stunning mountains, followed by two days exploring the Pembrokeshire Coast. Then, explore spectacular Snowdonia and the Cambrian Coast before crossing into Scotland. Next, go sightseeing in Edinburgh, tour the highlights of the Highlands, and visit the lochs and native wildlife.

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.

Drive the Llanberis pass in Snowdonia National Park
Map of Self-Drive Wales from London: Llangollen, Conwy, Aberystwyth, Cardiff & More - 10 Days
Self-Drive Wales from London: Llangollen, Conwy, Aberystwyth, Cardiff & More - 10 Days

From incredible coasts to stunning castles, this 10-day road trip begins and ends in London, England. Drive to Llangollen to see the hills along the River Dee before exploring the best of Conwy, Llandudno, and historic Great Orme. Next, take a guided adventure through Snowdonia and drive the Pembrokeshire Coast. Then, explore a few waterside towns—including Aberystwyth and Tenby—visit the Gower peninsula, and go sightseeing in the capital city of Cardiff.

Make the Most of Your Time in Wales

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A storm brews over Wales' Cardiff Castle
How Many Days to Spend in Wales

Wales may be smaller than New Jersey and barely one-quarter the size of Scotland, but it's packed full of areas of natural beauty and teeming with fascinating cultural and...

Harlech Castle overlooking Tremadog Bay
Map of 5 Days in Wales - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
5 Days in Wales - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

In just five days, you can still explore the best of south, north, central, and coastal Wales. For a more well-rounded Welsh tour, you can visit up to four destinations, while a...

Tenby,  a colorful harbor town in Wales
Map of 1 Week in Wales - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
1 Week in Wales - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

A week in Wales will leave you with unforgettable memories—visit ancient ruins, climb towering mountains, and eat incredible food. It just comes down to a matter of your...

St Davids Cathedral in South Wales
Map of 10 Days in Wales - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Wales - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Ten days in Wales offers a reasonable amount of time to make eight stops within the country or to make three and cross into England or Scotland. First, spend time getting to...

Wales Travel Advice

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Daffodils in a park in Wales
Wales in March: Travel Tips, Weather & More

Wales has a real spring in its step in March, with daffodils in the hedgerows and warmer, lighter days on the horizon. While you can still expect the odd downpour, this is a...

Evening light in a bluebell wood near Port Talbot in South Wales
Wales in April: Travel Tips, Weather & More

April is one of the most enticing months to visit Wales: the hills, valleys, and mountains are bursting into new bud and there's plenty of sunshine to break up the showers. This...

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St Davids Cathedral in South Wales
Map of 10 Days in Wales - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Wales - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Ten days in Wales offers a reasonable amount of time to make eight stops within the country or to make three and cross into England or Scotland. First, spend time getting to know the culture and castles in Cardiff and Conwy, then explore the natural beauty of Pembrokeshire, the Brecon Beacons, and Snowdonia. A crossover into England allows time in Oxford, the charming Cotswolds, and Bath while splitting time between Scotland can take you to Edinburgh, the Highlands, and Balquhidder.

Caerphilly Castle
Map of Best of Wales & Scotland: Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Edinburgh, Inverness & More - 10 Days
Best of Wales & Scotland: Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Edinburgh, Inverness & More - 10 Days

Explore the best of Wales and Scotland on this 10-day adventure through nature, castles, coasts, and capital cities. Begin in Cardiff and head into the Brecon Beacons to see the stunning mountains, followed by two days exploring the Pembrokeshire Coast. Then, explore spectacular Snowdonia and the Cambrian Coast before crossing into Scotland. Next, go sightseeing in Edinburgh, tour the highlights of the Highlands, and visit the lochs and native wildlife.

Caernafron Castle in Wales
Map of England & Wales:  Oxford, Cotswolds, Bath, Brecon Beacons & Llandudno - 10 Days
England & Wales: Oxford, Cotswolds, Bath, Brecon Beacons & Llandudno - 10 Days

Enjoy everything from champagne afternoon tea to a twilight spa visit on this relaxing 10-day trip from England to Wales. Begin with punting and a picnic in Oxford and tour the historical sites before embarking on two discovery trails and a horse trek in the charming Cotswolds. Then, head to Bath for a literary tour and some pampering. Next, cross into Wales to explore an ancient abbey, the mountains of Brecon Beacons, and ride the Snowdonia Mountain Railway while touring the stunning coasts and castles.

Wales Travel Maps

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5 Days in Wales - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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1 Week in Wales - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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10 Days in Wales - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Stephen Molloy
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Stephen Molloy

Urbanist by training, he spent most of his twenties traveling and living overseas. Bitten by the bug, he lived in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, California, Australia, DRC, Kenya, Pakistan...and...

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Travel specialist Jane Davey
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Jane Davey

I grew up in the UK and developed a real passion for the great outdoors, which inspired me to work in travel. As a child, I spent my holidays in the UK with my parents and my brother. My dad used...

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Travel specialist William Armstrong
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William Armstrong

I am your English-born, UK and French expert for all activity holidays in off-the-beaten track destinations in UK and France. I have lived, worked and traveled extensively in both the UK and...

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Travel specialist Rachel Long
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Rachel Long

Although I have always lived in beautiful Wales, I am passionate about travel. As a child I spent family holidays in Britain, touring the west coast of Scotland and the south coast of England,...

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Trip Reviews for Wales

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

We had a wonderful time on our way-too-short ...
Wales | May 5 - May 11, 2024

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Melinda W.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on May 16, 2024

We had a wonderful time on our way-too-short Wales trip...visited the seaside resort of Tenby, saw Puffins on Skomer Island, did a day hike along the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast out of Fishguard, which is a wonderful town spend a day meandering. Our transfers went off without a hitch, the drivers were all prompt and professional. We ended the trip in central London with an evening walk around Big Ben, Westminster, Buckingham Palace. Such a wonderful experience all around and many thanks to Jane and Marine-Héloise for shaping this trip for us.

Local specialist: Jane Davey
Jane
Jane Davey
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Replied on May 17, 2024

Thank you Melinda for taking the time to review your wonderful time with us. It was our absolute pleasure to plan your family time in Wales and London. The Puffins were a delight I am sure. Thank you for traveling with us and we hope to see you again soon!.
All the best from myself, Marine-Héloise & The Team :-)

trip to Wales was wonderful! The itinerary wa...
Wales | Dec 14 - Dec 23, 2023

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James C.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Jan 05, 2024
trip to Wales was wonderful! The itinerary was exactly as we had planned. Our lodging and quality of meals exceeded our expectations. Excursions, recommendations and planned activities were exceptionally interesting and scenery beautiful. Megan did a fantastic job working closely with us to build a memorable adventure! The Kim Kim Team did a tremendous job to ensure we had a pleasurable journey that enabled us to learn and appreciate the natural, historical and cultural wonders of Wales!... Read more

trip to Wales was wonderful! The itinerary was exactly as we had planned. Our lodging and quality of meals exceeded our expectations. Excursions, recommendations and planned activities were exceptionally interesting and scenery beautiful. Megan did a fantastic job working closely with us to build a memorable adventure! The Kim Kim Team did a tremendous job to ensure we had a pleasurable journey that enabled us to learn and appreciate the natural, historical and cultural wonders of Wales! Heartfelt thanks to Megan and the Team for enabling our trip full of lasting memories! Kim Kim provided real value for our travel dollars!

Very Respectfully

James Cunningham

Hotel Reviews
The Felin Fach Griffin

Comfortable, delicious food, cordial and helpful staff!

Authenticity & Character
A really historic inn that exudes local culture!
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Spotless
The Bull Beaumaris
Anglesey

Staff the best! Food delicious! Very comfortable! Dining areas with roaring fires very charming!

Authenticity & Character
Quaint yet modern appointments!
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Staff
Cordial and helpful
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Spotless
Llys Meddyg
Newport

Cordial staff! Comfortable! Delicious food!

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Quaint yet up to date
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Staff
Shout out to restaurant and hotel staff who went to such thoughtful measures to save us Sunday Roasts for our late return to the hotel! So much appreciated!
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Spotless
The Parkgate Hotel
Cardiff

Rxcellent! Amazing dinner and wonderful breakfast!

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Ambiance
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Central Cardiff
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Gracious
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Spotless
Activity Reviews
Head to Pembrokeshire
Head to Pembrokeshire
Wales
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Conwy Castle
Conwy Castle
Wales
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St Fagans
Cardiff
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Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle
Cardiff
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Local specialist: Megan Lloyd

Wales Perfection!
Wales | Sep 28 - Oct 8, 2023

Laura
Laura W.
Los Gatos, CA | Reviewed on Oct 09, 2023
Our trip was positively flawless, and the service while we were "en route" on our trip was responsive and helpful. The locations and activities that Jane recommended and help to orchestrate were spot on, and enabled us to feel far more like "travelers" than tourists. We enjoyed every aspect of our Wales vacation! Read more

Our trip was positively flawless, and the service while we were "en route" on our trip was responsive and helpful. The locations and activities that Jane recommended and help to orchestrate were spot on, and enabled us to feel far more like "travelers" than tourists. We enjoyed every aspect of our Wales vacation!

Hotel Reviews
Saracens Head
Beddgelert

The Saracens Head offered an extraordinary experience, especially when we had a power outage. The owners looked after us as if we were their own family. The breakfast here was to die for.

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Tyr Winch
Cardiff

The owners were friendly and the location was great for our needs, however, the rooms were small. The breakfast was not particularly impressive but served our needs as we were on the road early.

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Grove of Narberth
Narberth

This is one of the most beautiful and memorable hotels of our trip, set on a lush landscape reminiscent of a time gone by. The accommodations are beautiful and luxurious, and make you feel as if you are living as a Welsh royal. The furnishings are beautifully restored, and the main house fireplaces and lounging areas make you feel as if you are at home. The restaurant chef makes incredible, sustainable meals with produce grown in their garden. It is a special place, and we'll definitely be back!

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While this hotel is tucked away, isolated and very private, you are still within easy driving distance of the Brecon Beacons and numerous castles, walking trails and the seaside.
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Activity Review
State Room at Buckingham Palace and Changing of the Guards (during summertime only)
State Room at Buckingham Palace and Changing of the Guards (during summertime only)
London

Having been to the changing of the guards many times as a child, youth, etc., i was looking for a better experience to share with my husband for his first time to London, and this does not disappoint! The guide was amazingly knowledgeable and enabled us to enjoy the ceremonial aspects of the changing of the guards, rather than just stand in front of the gates and "wait" for the guards to change locations. We enjoyed the music, the array of different guards and their various roles/dress, etc.

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Local specialist: Jane Davey
Jane
Jane Davey
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Replied on Oct 10, 2023

Hi Both
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with the team. We really do appreciate you taking the time.
It was our pleasure to work alongside you on your recent trip and super happy you had a great time.
Look forward to your return to the UK.
Thanks again..From Myself & The Team