If you’re looking for a fun family break this Christmas – or any time of the year, for that matter – Wales should be at the top of the list if you’re not looking to travel anywhere abroad. Wales offers a magical mix of coastal locations, mountain ranges, rich culture and quaint villages, towns and shops, so there will always be something for everyone when you plan a trip to this amazing location.
Here are 5 of the top things to see and do when visiting Wales.
- Visit Llangollen
Llangollen is a beautiful little town at the edge of the River Dee, and is the ideal location if you’re looking for some fun outdoor activities. Llangollen boasts an offering of white water rafting, cycling trails, scenic walks and a good deal of history and heritage.
Or, why not consider a horse drawn boat trip along the canal?
There’s also its famous Christmas Festival at the end of November, and a traditional Pantomime over the Christmas season.
- Experience Snowdonia National Park
If walking and hiking is more your thing, or you’re looking for the perfect spot for the family to start being a little more active, this stunning National Park offers a variety of mountains and glacial landforms, with a wide variety of different trails and over 100 lakes to enjoy.
On a clear day Mount Snowdon’s summit offers the best sea views around, including a view right across to Ireland.
If you’re planning a hike like this, make sure you’re prepared.
If walking isn’t really your cup of tea but you would still like to appreciate the beauty Snowdonia National Park has to offer, you can take a scenic journey up to the summit of the mountain by taking the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
- Take in a Castle or Two
Wales definitely isn’t short on history with all its amazing castles. There are many to choose from, including:
- Conwy Castle – located in North Wales, this castle was built by Edward I between 1283 and 1289, and played a large part in his conquest of Wales.
- Caernarfon Castle – this medieval fortress is located in North-West Wales, built during the late 11th
- Cardiff Castle – located in Cardiff’s city centre, this medieval castle is on the smaller side, but no less worth a look. So if you’re planning a trip into Cardiff centre anyway, add this piece of Gothic architecture to your list.
These stunning fortresses are worth even just a look at from afar.
- Hit the Pembrokeshire Coast
In West Wales lies the beautiful coastline and National Park of Pembrokeshire. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the more busy cities and attractions like Cardiff, Pembrokeshire offers an idyllic escape, but with just enough going on for it not to seem completely out of the action.
You can find the perfect mix of hiking trails, sandy coastlines, attractive bays and large cliffs, whilst venturing into the nearby towns and buying a few souvenirs.
In sharp contrast to this peaceful environment, Pembrokeshire also has its own theme park if you’re more of an adrenaline-fuelled family, or if the kids get bored taking in too much nature. Oakwood Theme Park is very modest and fun-sized, with just enough to keep the whole family entertained, including a cinema experience, go-karts and water rides, as well as its thrill rides and selection of events it offers throughout the year.
- Take in Red Pandas at The Welsh Mountain Zoo
In Conwy County lies the beautiful zoological garden; The Welsh Mountain Zoo. With a large variety of animals, including penguins, leopards, red pandas and seals, this 37-acre zoo will keep the family entertained all day long. There’s a host of talks, events and animal encounters throughout the day, if you’re looking to make your experience that little more informative, and the entry prices won’t break the bank either, starting at just £10.35 per child, with family group tickets available.
Wales really does have the best of everything. To make your visit more special, plan your journey around one of the many events Wales offers, especially during the winter season such as Bonfire Night or Christmas. Whether it’s taking in a scenic hiking trail, visiting a historic location or exploring a National Park, Wales has a vast offering any time of the year, for all the family.
Just make sure you wrap up warm against that sea breeze if you’re travelling in the colder months!