Things to do in Wales

There’s so much to do in Wales, we don’t know where to start. Perhaps beginning at the top is a good place to detail the awesomeness of this tiny UK country. Specifically, the Brecon Beacons National Park with its imposing Carreg Cennen Castle. Its incredible clifftop location with 100-kilometre panoramic views of the highlands, waterfalls, streams and canals will surely wow you.

Just a short drive away to Dinefwr, there are two more amazing castles – the National Trust-run Newtown House (a 17th-century edifice that incorporates some traces of the original building) and Dinefwr Castle, which was rebuilt in the 12th century and offers great views over Dinefwr Park. Plus, there’s also the nearby hilltop Dryslwyn Castle, a ruined 13th-century castle that presents an incredible, medieval layout. And that’s just for starters, in all, there’s 641 castles across the country.

Wales is also well-known for having some of the most unspoilt and picturesque beaches in all of Europe. Some of the most beautiful include Three Cliffs Bay in Swansea, Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire and Llanddwyn island off Anglesey in North Wales. Surfers will dig the best waves in the country at Pembrokeshire’s Freshwater West, Porth Neigwl (Hell’s Mouth) on the Llŷn Peninsula or Llangennith in South Wales, and sailors will love Dale in West Wales or Abersoch near Gwynedd on the south coast.

Getting active is a national pastime here with loads of adventure sports like kitesurfing, whitewater rafting and paragliding available on the west coast. For the best sea cliff rock climbing in the UK, head to Pembrokeshire and Gwynedd. The Llŷn Peninsula beaches have sweet kite buggie and surfing experiences and its sheltered beaches are a popular place for wakeboarders and waterskiers too. Whatever white-knuckle adventure you fancy, you’ll find it in Wales. Of course, if you time your trip just right, you can also catch a live match of the national sport of rugby or watch from the comfort of a pub with fans. Here’s some more of our fave things to see and do in Wales.

Cardiff Castle

It’s a medieval castle with a Victorian Gothic mansion in the capital city and also one of the most visited historic landmarks in all of Wales.

Pembrokeshire

Head to Pembrokeshire if you love to surf, sail, windsurf or kayak. Also, experienced divers will dig the marine nature reserve around Skomer and beginners can check out the National Diving and Activity Centre.

Llandudno

This seaside resort is famous for many reasons. It’s travel writer Bill Bryson’s favourite resort, a place where the Liddell family of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ fame had a holiday house and a must-see tourist destination to boot.

Swansea

This popular Welsh seaside city in the south is home to the largest indoor market in Wales, areas of outstanding natural beauty, award-winning beaches and plenty of picturesque countryside too.

Portmeirion

Located in Gwynedd in North Wales, the unique coastal resort of Portmeirion is built in the style of an Renaissance-era Italian village with colourful cottages and exotic gardens and is a popular tourist site and TV location.

Bog Snorkelling

A sporting event that began in Wales in the 1970s, the brave and the crazy don snorkelling masks and flippers to make their way along a waterfilled trench within a peat bog. Mmmn mud!