Holidays in Wales are once again becoming incredibly popular. Thanks to marketing campaigns from Visit Wales and the comedic force that is Rhod Gilbert, Wales is now the place to go for a short break or holiday.

Each year 7 million people flock there from the UK, spending around £1.5billion during their visits. If you’re looking for holiday ideas you really won’t be disappointed if you avoid the airport this year and plan a trip closer to home, but where are the best places to head to?

 

Tenby – Pembrokeshire

Tenby – Pembrokeshire

Harbour town of Tenby. photo credit: CharlesFred

 

Tenby is a harbour town offering incredible views of the coastline, sandy beaches and many shops and restaurants. There are many places of interest to visit too, some of the most popular ones include:

 

  • The Heatherton World of Activities – the Tree Top trail is a must!

 

  • Tudor Merchant’s House – history presented in a fantastic property over three floors, helping you to really connect with history

 

  • Caldey Island – the place to get away from it all, it’s quiet, the views will help you to unwind and get back to your old self.

 

Gower Peninsula

Gower Peninsula

The coastal walk between Langland and Caswell Bays on the Gower Peninsula in South Wales. photo credit: Cycling man 

The Gower is a popular destination for holiday makers of all ages. There are many historic features to visit but if you fancy enjoying the views and the beaches you won’t be disappointed as this is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Some of the best places to visit in the Gower Peninsula include:

 

  • Go Ape – the perfect forest adventure

 

  • Weobley Castle – Learn how to mountain board in this amazing location

 

  • Mumbles – Swim into hidden caves with Coasteering professionals

 

Anglesey

Beaumaris Castle

Exterior view of Beaumaris Castle. photo credit: bvi4092

Anglesey offers everything from visiting ancient castles to venturing under the waves while learning to scuba dive. There’s something for everyone which is why it’s a popular family destination. There’s always something to do, such as:

 

  • Adventure Boat Rides – for adrenaline junkies

 

  • Beaumaris Castle – which dates back to the 13th Century

 

  • The Spa at Tre-Ysgawen Hall – A place to go and indulge yourself

 

Cardiff

 

Tardis at Cardiff Castle, Dr Who

Tardis at Cardiff Castle. photo credit: Sum_of_Marc

If you’re looking for something a little more lively we recommend heading to Cardiff. While there are plenty of things to do for families, it’s also the perfect place to go if you fancy a few nights of dancing, entertainment and to enjoy some retail therapy. There are countless places to visit in Cardiff but some of the best ones include:

 

  • The Doctor Who Experience – Where else can you fly the Tardis and meet the Daleks? This is a must visit destination for all fans of the show.

 

  • Millennium Stadium – Host to some of the most popular acts and shows from around the world. Plan your visit in time to see your favourite band or artist for a brilliant short break.

 

  • The Bunkhouse – a unique bar with a brilliant vibe where you can enjoy a pint on a bed!

 

There are so many different places to visit in Wales, and the good news is there’s always something going on and somewhere new to discover. It’s a friendly country with outstanding views, where you can relax or party, it’s up to you. Visit Wales and see more places and make more memories this year.

 

The author is a huge fan of holidaying in Wales. She recommends booking your accommodation in advance due to the rise in visitors over recent years. Plan your trip and take in as many sights as you can, but don’t try and see everything in one go, you’ll be exhausted!

(Main image photo credit: [email protected])

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