Get your adventure on, we’re rounding up the top places to visit in Wales that will make you want to pack your bags right now. Wales is often overlooked by its surrounding destinations like England, Ireland and Scotland, but once you visit this tiny country on the East Coast of the UK, you’ll wonder why you never thought of visiting Wales earlier!
Top Places to Visit in Wales
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We had the pleasure of visiting Wales this past Autumn and we took on many adventures in what we consider the adventure capital of Europe. The Welsh are a quirky bunch who like to jump off things, bounce around and dangle high in the sky. With a rich history and a land filled with castles, it’s also a fantastic destination for culture as much as it is for adventure. Wales surprised us, excited us and got our hearts pumping, and we’re rounding up all the top places to visit in Wales that made the most impact on our trip.
Visit Wales To Enjoy These Great Adventures
Coasteering in Pembrokeshire
Coasteering was invented in Wales and we decided that if we were ever going to give it a try anywhere, it would be here. What is Coasteering you ask? Coasteering is a unique adventure sport or coastal exploration where you traverse along the coast, rock climbing, cliff jumping and swimming into sea caves. It offers remarkable views and as much adventure as you desire. You can jump from 10 meters or you can simply slip easily into the sea. With skilled guides and a beautiful scenic coast, Coasteering is a must try adventure when you visit Wales. For more information on Coasteering in Wales, visit PreseliVenture to book your trip!
Mount Snowdon is the highest peak in all of Wales and is the most beautiful place in the country. The Snowdon Mountains are breathtaking and adventure lovers can hike the many trails to explore the beautiful mountain views. If you have limited time, you can take the historic steam train up Mount Snowdon to explore the peak on your own with relative ease. Either way you choose, you won’t be disappointed with the views.
Read about our visit to Snowdonia as we Take the Steam Train up Mount Snowdon.
Bounce is a giant underground trampoline that offers adults playtime in the ultimate jungle gym. The series of trampolines, nets, ladders and slides make for a heartpounding experience that gives as many thrills as it does laughs. Located at Llechwedd Slate caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog, the cave is twice the size of St. Paul’s Cathedral and is the result of an old mining quarry. Let me tell you it’s huge!
While you are at the Llechwedd Slate caverns make sure to do the Via Ferrata and Zip Line. This hair raising course takes three hours to complete and takes you through a dozen ziplines while you traverse along high cliffs plunging to the caverns below. There are cave, ropes and bridges to cross and it’s an excellent adventure for those seeking something unique to do in Wales. If you want something really fast, head outside to the Titan Zip line, it’s the fasted in Europe!
Lobster Safari in Conwy
Skipper Carl Davis of Sea Fishing Trips in North Wales, takes people out on this unique adventure where you board his fishing boat to check his lobster traps in the bays. Not only do you learn how to catch a lobster, but to also understand the conservation of this popular seafood entrée known as the Black Gold of the Sea. For more information on fishing trips and lobster safaris visit: Sea Fishing Trips North Wales
Check out our full lobster safari adventure at Catch of the Day a Safari in North Wales
Portmeirion is a quirky tourist village in Gwynedd, Wales. Nobody lives in this town, but it’s a wonderful stop on your visit to Wales that gives a quiet retreat in a very different destination. It was designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis who modelled Portmerion after the Italian Riviera village of Portofino located very close to the Cinque Terre. Eat ice cream and have some hot coffee with fresh scones and cream as you explore the fairytale village. Stay at the Portmeirion Hotel where you feel as if you have stepped back in time. The advantage of staying here is you have most of the village to yourself in the morning and evening before and after the tour busses have left.
Coastal Walk at Porthgain
This village is so picturesque that a BBC production with Bill Nighy and Sam Claflin of Hunger Games fame shot here while we visited. There is an excellent pub that you must stop in for a pint, the Slooth, and it is also a picturesque coastal walk that is so perfect, that the Red Bull Cliff Diving Event took place here in 2013. You don’t have to jump off the massive cliffs, but walking along the coast offers extraordinary views of the Wales Coastline.
Castles are a must things to visit in Wales
There are more than 100 castles to explore in Wales that are in excellent condition. There are countless more ruins. You’ll find amazing castles to visit in Conwy, which is featured in our header image, Harlech Castle, a dramatic fortress in Edward I’s 13th-century ‘iron ring’ and the Carreg Cennen Castle We were told that if there is one castle to visit – it’s this one. They were right when telling us that we can often be the only person there. We had it all to ourselves.
So there you have it! These are our top recommendations of the top places to visit in Wales. Doesn’t it make you want to book a ticket right now? While writing this, it made me want to go back. There is still so much more to see and do. What’s your favourite thing to do in Wales?