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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

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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.

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)!

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.

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.

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. 

Wales Travel Maps

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Wales map: Discover Wales - 7 Days
Discover Wales - 7 Days
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Wales map: Legends of Wales - 6 Days
Legends of Wales - 6 Days
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Wales map: Walking in Beautiful North Wales: Snowdonia & Anglesey - 8 Days
Walking in Beautiful North Wales: Snowdonia & Anglesey - 8 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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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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Travel specialist Mark Armstrong

Mark Armstrong

Creating and organising someone's walking holiday experience is quite a responsibility. Howerver, any burden that this responsibility may have is redeemed by the fact that you are sharing with them...

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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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Trip Reviews for Wales

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Highlights of Wales, Cotswolds, Cornwall and Devon.. · Wales - Oct 9 - Oct 24, 2019

Traveler: Jill L. - Local specialist: Louise Lewis

We had an amazing few weeks driving through Wales and England. Louise planned a lovely trip based on our wish to see beautiful coastal walks and pretty villages. We loved Wales which has escaped a lot of the tourist hype. Mountains, villages and beautiful coast. Louise chose lovely hotels with excellent food. We also enjoyed time in The Cotswolds, Bath and Cornwall. Stand out hotels were Tyddyn Llan and Caes Faen in Wales, the Grove of Narbeth in Pembrokeshire, Dormy House in the Cotswolds,... read more

We had an amazing few weeks driving through Wales and England. Louise planned a lovely trip based on our wish to see beautiful coastal walks and pretty villages. We loved Wales which has escaped a lot of the tourist hype. Mountains, villages and beautiful coast. Louise chose lovely hotels with excellent food. We also enjoyed time in The Cotswolds, Bath and Cornwall. Stand out hotels were Tyddyn Llan and Caes Faen in Wales, the Grove of Narbeth in Pembrokeshire, Dormy House in the Cotswolds, Lucknam Park in Bath and Gidleigh Park in Devon. The service was outstanding, accomodation beautiful and food amazing
The only place we found disappointing was a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon. It has become over commercialised and was packed with bus loads of tourists. All the other places we visited were lovely.
Louise also managed to sort out a small problem with the pick up location of our rental car very quickly. Communication with her was easy via Kimkim when we were at home in NZ and directly when we needed help in the UK. Couldn’t recommend her highly enough. Thanks Louise.

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Louise Lewis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Jill,
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and for your kind words, it was lovely to read your comments.
Many Thanks and Happy Travels!
Louise

Wales and Stonehenge / London · Wales - Jun 8 - Jun 10, 2019

Traveler: Angelle L. - Local specialist: Daniel Bradnam

We had a great time in Wales and the English countryside! Thank you to our local specialist, Daniel, who provided five-star service! (Excellent communication, useful advice, super responsive and paid attention to our trip details). We had an unexpected missed flight connection, and he jumped in to adjust our itinerary. We were truly in the hands of a professional! The local tours he confirmed were inspiring and personalized to my family. The guides adapted to what we liked and adjusted... read more

We had a great time in Wales and the English countryside! Thank you to our local specialist, Daniel, who provided five-star service! (Excellent communication, useful advice, super responsive and paid attention to our trip details). We had an unexpected missed flight connection, and he jumped in to adjust our itinerary. We were truly in the hands of a professional! The local tours he confirmed were inspiring and personalized to my family. The guides adapted to what we liked and adjusted the timing to best suit us. Excellent fun in Wales and down to Stonehenge for history and mystery. Noted: Every guide or driver was on time, courteous, and accommodating. Thank you!