Here at SuperBreak, city breaks in Cardiff are a firm favourite, so we know we’re prone to banging on about the Welsh capital. To ignore everything outside of Cardiff is a crime of the highest order – an endlessly pretty country, we’d hate to give you the impression we don’t love the rest of Wales!
With that in mind, here’s our list of our Top 7 things to do in Wales outside of Cardiff…
The gateway to the Gower Peninsula – designated the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty back in the 1950’s – has been a popular tourist destination for hundreds of years. Why not take a stroll to the 18th-century lighthouse, or up to Oystermouth Castle? With terrific views of this incredibly distinctive piece of coastline and across , both are well worthy of a visit during your short break in Wales.
Arguably the country’s best seaside resort, Tenby has a long, beautiful sandy beach for visitors to enjoy in the summer months. Pretty Pembrokeshire is worth visiting year round however – drawing 4 million visitors to the county annually, visitors can’t get enough of walking the coastline, lazing on the Blue Flag Beaches and diving its shipwrecks.
A fantastic base for hikes along the West Wales coast, there’s more to Aberystwyth than its gorgeous seafront. A cultural and artistic hub, the town is home to the National Library of Wales, and one of the country’s best, most thriving art centres. The university town is also one of the most isolated places in Wales, but that’s no bad thing – when you want to get away from it all, Aber is an excellent choice.
The first National Park in Wales – and Britain’s third – Snowdonia is breath-taking, with glorious Mount Snowdon at its heart. The biggest Mountain in Wales is probably the most accessible and family-friendly of Britain’s ‘Three Peaks’. Devote half a day to it and you could reach the top on foot, but the delightful Snowdon Mountain Railway will do the hard work for you if you’d prefer. On a clear day, you can see England, Scotland, ireland and the Isle of Man from the summit.
A worthy stopping-off point on any short break to Holyhead or Anglesey, this Welsh village is fairly unique. Post a selfie with this now-iconic sign – maybe stick with Facebook though, Britain’s longest place name isn’t very Tweet-friendly!
Forget Cardiff Castle, this imposing 13th-century fortress is the most impressive in Wales – for our money, anyway! With a rich history, and incredibly well preserved, it’s no surprise that Conwy Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the other end of the spectrum, Conwy is also home to Britain’s smallest house; just 1.8 metres wide, the building has become popular with visitors from around the world.
The Great Orme, Llandudno
A fantastic base for visiting Conwy and North Wales generally, our hotels in Llandudno offer some of our best short breaks in Wales. No break here is complete without a trip up the Great Orme however. Walk, take the cable car or hop on the historic Tramway, but be sure to reach the top for simply stunning views across Llandudno. A must with the family, it’s easily one of our favourite things to do in Wales!
Visiting Wales this year? Tell us your favourite bits in the comments section below…