We round up some of the most picturesque places to go when visiting Wales, whether its an artistic photo you’re after or a day trip to discover some amazing sights.
This harbour town in the southwest area of Wales is known for its 13th century walls and its golden beaches, ideal for a sunny day exploring. There are two golf courses, paintballing activities, water sports, and ghost and guided walks available. Plus, the pretty coloured houses make for a great photo opportunity. Tenby Castle ruins are also nearby for a historic twist on your visit.
2. Conwy Castle
Pictured: Conwy Castle (photo credit: David Angel).
This marvellous structure of a castle is surely the epitome of how castles should look. Built for Edward I, it is known for its strong defences and exterior, but the interior is equally as impressive. Conwy Town allows visitors lots to do as well, from the National Beekeeping Centre to Aberconwy House, a 14th century merchants home.
Pictured: Llandudno Piere (photo credit: Pawel Libera).
Llandudno is famous for its Alice in Wonderland and Lewis Caroll ties which can be explored during a visit. Llandudno pier offers entertainment for visitors too, whilst those looking for an adventure might like to hike Great Orne. There’s also a tramway to take you up Great Orne for sightseeing without the stress of a trek.
4. Whitesands Beach and St David’s
Pictured: Whitesands Beach (photo credit: Visit Britain and Rod Edwards).
If it’s a beach destination you’re after, Whitesands Beach is nearby to St David’s and offers a great day out. Deemed as one of the best water sport locations in the country, groups might like to watch the surfers or try their hand at canoeing. The city of St David’s is close by, which is fascinating for those who love architecture and scenery and a visit to The Bishop’s Palace is a must.
5. River Wye and Wye Valley
Pictured: River Wye (photo credit: Visit England / Wye Valley / Forest fo Dean Tourism Association).
The River Wye can be visited from both England and Wales and can be accessed from the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire as well as Monmouth in Wales and other locations. The Wye Valley is believed to be where the mythical King Arthur ruled and the Romans bathed. Today you might spot salmon jumping from the river, pick grapes growing or enjoy the busy markets in the villages along the river. Ideal for walkers, cyclists and adventurers this area is full of greenery, mountains, wildlife and photo stops.
6. Brecon Beacons
Pictured: Brecon Beacons (photo credit: Visit Britain and Stephen Spraggon).
The Brecon Beacons National Park has so much to offer from scenery to attractions such as castles, museums and industrial mines. Groups visiting the area might like to head to the National Botanic Garden of Wales, full of horticultural delights. For history lovers the Carreg Cennen Castle ruins are waiting to be explored. Plus, there are beautiful landscapes, gushing waterfalls and fairy tale-like hidden gems throughout.
7. Cynghordy Viaduct
Pictured: Cynghordy Viaduct (photo credit: Visit Britain and Britain on View).
Cynghordy is a remote village surrounded by lots of picturesque countryside. And just beyond the village, you’ll come across the Cynghordy Viaduct, an impressive railway line towering above you. You can get great views of this on many walking trails and it is certainly one for the photo album and travel diary.
Pictured: Portmeirion (photo credit: Visit Britain and James McCormick).
This quaint and rather unusual village was only created in the 20th century by architect Clough Williams-Ellis. Best known for its beautiful architecture, this Welsh town is exotic looking, especially in the summer, with bright colours, blue pools and domed roofs. Group visits are welcome in the town and can include lunches and overnight stays. There’s plenty to explore from the gardens to the history.
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