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Holidays in Wales - Places to Visit in Wales

Updated on June 11, 2013
Brecon Beacons waterfalls, South Wales
Brecon Beacons waterfalls, South Wales

The amazing welsh landscape

Wales is situated on Great Britain's western shores. This fantastic country has a vast amount of heritage and culture to learn about making it a great place for tourists to learn something new. The beauty of Wales is often overlooked and not appreciated to its full extent despite it harbouring some of the most astounding landscapes in the entire of the United Kingdom.

With the Welsh language still being spoken widely today, it is clear to see that this enchanted land still holds many traits and its own uniqueness. Emerald green fields smother the length and breadth of the area with magical retreats hidden away for many to enjoy in its tranquility.

Known for the sheep that wander the lands, farms that grow crops, species of animals and picturesque views; Wales really is a country very much untouched and well preserved. There are wild flowers that blossom throughout the year and countless beaches that stretch along the coast with powder white sand scattered for miles.

Whichever part of Wales you visit you are sure to find natural landscapes and beauty in all its glory. The amount of land that is pure is incredible, however the cities hold fantastic nightlife and bustling streets full of character. There are activities for all to relish in.

Rhossili beach, Wales
Rhossili beach, Wales
Ogmore-by-sea, South Wales
Ogmore-by-sea, South Wales
Caerphilly Castle, South Wales
Caerphilly Castle, South Wales

Popular tourist attractions

Tourists that pour into the tiny country of Wales each year love to visit particular retreats time after time. These include many of the derelict castles that reside in countrysides near and far. For miles there is nothing but the refinement of nature, perfect for a quiet and relaxing break.

Well preserved castles such as the medieval Caerphilly castle (which is pictured on the right), have had regular visits from people worldwide. This is due to the stories behind them and the fact you can tour the castles, learning about their early days.

North, South, East and West Wales contain many museums and gardens that can be thoroughly enjoyed all year round. Hotels and accommodation can be found on the outskirts of the country near the dreamy beaches or inland where there is much to learn about.

Taking a trip into the small towns that are entwined in the heart of Wales is a must when taking a vacation here. The welcoming villagers are happy to enlighten you with all you wish to learn about. Visit St.Fagans in South Wales where the late 16th century once lived. Alternatively take a train ride in any area and soak up the views as you travel along old railways

Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay
Snowdonia lakes
Snowdonia lakes


Do a spot of shopping or dine in one of the indulgent restaurants that cluster among the bustling cities of Cardiff (the capital of Wales). Swansea, Newport and Bangor. There are many highstreet shops and small stalls that you are sure to pick up a unique bargain from.

Beautiful areas

Visits to Wales are not complete without a trip to the Brecon Beacon natural springs, where clear and pure waters come from under the ground. Caves naturally embedded into the stone walls are mysterious and contain cold, clean waters that glisten when the sunlight bounces off each ripple.

If that is not to your taste then travel further afield to Snowdonia where there are snow covered fields, colorful shrubs, rivers that run between mountains and natural wildlife.

This area is great for active people who enjoy to hike and breathe in the fresh country air. You will also find many local Welsh speakers here, which brings back home the wondrous heritage Wales contains.

Beaches and coasts

Hot days are perfect if you wish to reside to the beach. The sea completely surrounds three sides of Wales, meaning there are countless choices of seaside. Beaches in Wales are all equally beautiful and include:

  • Mumbles beach, Swansea
  • Cardigan Bay
  • Barry Island
  • Aberavon Beach
  • Clarach Bay
  • Langland Bay
  • Nash Point
  • Hunts Bay
  • Ffrith Beach
  • Rhos-On-Sea
  • Southerndown
  • Ogmore-by-sea
  • Trecco Bay
  • and MANY more!

Llangrannog Beach, Cardigan Bay
Llangrannog Beach, Cardigan Bay

So take a different trip to your usual. Discover a country that holds so much culture, landscapes and natural wonders. Wales is a place to taste local foods and delicacies, realise the beauty the United Kingdom contains, meet friendly local people, visit attractions and monuments and to overall indulge in a charismatic land.


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      Jack Baumann 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Wales is such an unbelievable place! I recently just wrote a hub on the country as well, yours was great!

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      Hui (蕙) 6 years ago

      The places like what you described are always in my dream. So beautiful and secluded. I love the "emerald green" and waterfall view the most.

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      BethanRose 6 years ago from South Wales

      I'm so glad you found this useful! It is a lovely place which holds its heritage well, you should definitely keep it on your list of places to visit!

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      Husky1970 6 years ago

      Before reading this hub, I knew very little about Wales. This hub is extremely informative and makes me want to make a visit. I've never been to the British Isles but, if given the opportunity, Wales will definitely be a must see now. I'm curious about the Welch Language comment as I have not heard that before. And I find the names Swansea, Newport, and Bangor interesting as they all have New England counterparts. Thanks for all the information. Voted this hub up and awesome as I learned so much from it. Thanks BethanRose.

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      BethanRose 6 years ago from South Wales

      Thanks for your lovely comments. Gordon and Charlotte, you really should visit Wales. I am proud to be Welsh and have so many favourite places that I retreat to very often!

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      Charlotte B Plum 6 years ago

      Such a lovely description of the place, I do wish that I could visit it someday!

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      Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Love your Hub and your photos, BethanRose. Although I have been aware of the many beauties of Wales for a long time - from TV and published works - and have travelled Scotland and England very extensively, I am ashamed to admit that I have never so much as set foot in Wales. I hope to put that right very soon.

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      BethanRose 6 years ago from South Wales

      Brilliant! Im welcome to any suggestions from my fellow Welsh people! Rhondda is beautiful I can't believe I'd miss it out, but there's so many beautiful Welsh areas I'm sure to have forgotten quite a few! This was just a little sum up of some of my favourite spots. Thanks for your comment!

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      WriteAngled 6 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      May I put in a plug for my region, the Rhondda? The slag heaps and smog have long gone. This is a lovely green area with some great walking territory. It is really undeveloped for tourism, so you will not be jostling with hordes of other visitors. The "Bracchis", cafes set up by Italian immigrants abound and serve marvellous coffee at a fraction of the price of big chain coffee shops.