Holidays in Wales
Inspiration at your fingertips
Holidays in Wales
Inspiration
at your
fingertips

Wales is the perfect year-round holiday destination, there's a vast array of seeing and doing for all ages, and so many amazing coastal and inland towns and villages to visit. Here we've put together a few ideas to help you find wonderful places to visit, things to see and do on holiday, inspiring holiday destinations across Wales, and a sprinkling of useful information to help you.

Shopping in Wales

Shopping in Wales

If you've a passion for shopping or can't resist a bargain-buy you'll be in your element in Wales, here you'll find dinky towns with welcoming local independent shops that sell all kinds of must-have goodies and larger towns and cities with all those large national chain retailers. So here are a few ideas on places to visit that have a great mix of both independent shops and national retailers.

For the those all important nationwide retailers, the cities of Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and Bangor are certainly good starting places, there is also a wide selection of major retailers at the Cwmbran Centre in Torfaen and Eagles Meadow in Wrexham. Other retail shopping centres include Bears Lane Shopping Centre in Newtown, White Rose Centre in Rhyl and the Victoria Centre in Llandudno.
Planning on visiting one of the five fantastic cities in Wales? Check out our city breaks in Wales.

Take a Break - Take To Wales

If you're in need of some serious chill out time, we would recommend Wales (obviously). It's a country the allows you to do as little or as much as you like, at a pace to suit you. Cardigan Bay on Wales' West coast offers the ideal chillaxation destination, and we have some great holiday rentals offering short breaks around Cardigan Bay. In addition to the holiday homes in Wales offering short breaks, you could seriously enduldge youself by finding a short break holiday rental with a hot tub.

Great Sandy Beaches in Wales

Beaches in Wales

Wales is blessed with hundreds of beaches that come in all shapes and sizes and to suit everybody, here we've pulled together a small sprinkling of sandy beaches that are ideal for families with children. Starting with a favourite of ours, the wonderful sandy beach in Barmouth, Tenby is a popular location with four excellent sandy beaches to choose from. For small sandy beaches overlooked by pretty villages we'd undoubtedly recommend Aberporth, Llangrannog and Aberdaron. If you're after a beach with the 'wow' factor in terms of size there's Rhossili Bay Beach (Rhossili), Pendine Sands Beach (Pendine), Newborough Beach (Newborough) and Marloes Sands Beach (Marloes). Other lovely stretches of sandiness include Whitmore Bay Beach in Barry, the sandy beaches at Rhyl and Broad Haven Beach at Broad Haven in St Brides Bay.
We've only dabbled in the sand when it comes to fantastic sandy beaches in Wales, so to find a beach that suits your needs and to find holiday accommodation nearby, check out our Wales Beach Guide.
Why not find yourself a holiday rental near a beach or a holiday home with sea views.

Doggy Friendly Wales

Dog-friendly Wales

Wales is the paw-fect destination for dogs and their owners, covering an area of over 8,000 square miles, Wales has endless walking opportunities, whether along a beach or the Wales Coast Path, trekking off through woods and forests or taking a leisurely stroll along countryside trails, the list just goes on.

Wales also boasts some excellent doggy-friendly visitor attractions like the National Coracle Centre in Cenarth, Blaenavon Ironworks in Blaenau Gwent, Greenmeadow Community Farm in Torfaen, Caerphilly Castle in Caerphilly, The National Showcaves Centre in Swansea, Hilton Court Gardens and Crafts in Haverfordwest, to name but a few. Dog are also welcome on The Brecon Mountain Railway in Merthyr Tydfil and the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways in Porthmadog. Find more dog-friendly days out and visitor attractions in Wales.
We have lots of dog-friendly holiday homes in Wales that are not to be sniffed at, we've also got all kinds of dog-friendly rentals offering short breaks, dog-friendly holiday homes by a beach and doggy welcoming holiday rentals with sea views.

Festivals in Wales

One of the many things Wales is renowned for is its wonderful array of events and festivals held throughout the year, it doesn't matter whether you can eat it, drink it, grow it, move it, laugh at it or just enjoy it, the people of Wales will celebrate it. We have pulled a few of the annual festivals held in Wales out of the hat for you, and nearby destinations to find holiday accommodation to stay at for festivalgoers.

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~ Holidays in Wales' Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Visiting Wales

Where is Wales:
Wales is situated on the Western side of England and forms part of Britain and the United Kingdom.

How big is Wales:
Wales is roughly 170 miles long and about 60 miles wide.

What is the capital city of Wales:
Cardiff.

Languages spoken in Wales:
The predominant language spoken throughout most of Wales is English, although in some areas many locals still speak in their native language of Welsh (called Cymraeg). Any literature issued by public bodies is available in both Welsh and English, the road signs in Wales are in both Welsh and English.

Currency in Wales:
Pounds Sterling (GBP)

Driving in Wales:
In the United Kingdom (including Wales) steering wheels are positioned on the right hand side of the vehicle, and all vehicles drive on the left hand side of the road. The laws which apply to driving on the roads within the UK are very strict, and it is illegal to drive whilst using a mobile phone. Here are the UK National speed limits.

Smoking in Wales:
Smoking is not permitted inside any public places accessed by members of the public, this includes but not limited to shops and stores, public houses, eateries and on any form of public transport (trains, buses, etc..)

Gratuities in Wales:
Tipping for services at eating establishments on the whole is a personal choice, and if you choose to offer a tip (although it is up to you how much you pay) a suitable figure is about 10% of the total bill. Gratuities vary place to place, and it should be noted that some eateries may automatically include service charges in the bill.

Emergencies in Wales:
If you require the use of any of the emergency services which are the police, fire, ambulance, mountain rescue or lifeboat. The number to call from any phone free of charge (including mobile phones) is 999.

Using your EHIC card in Wales:
If you have a valid EHIC card, it will enable you as a visitor to Wales access to state-provided healthcare. Providing you reside in one of the European Economic Area (EEA) countries including Switzerland, treatment can be carried out at a reduced cost, or sometimes free of charge. Find out more about applying for a free EHIC card here.

Getting To & Around Wales

Travelling To Wales By Air
Wales is a country which is easily accessible from within the United Kingdom and Europe, it can also be reached from the Americas, Asia and Africa, via direct and indirect flights to Cardiff International Airport.
Weekday flights also operate between Cardiff International Airport and Anglesey Airport, allowing for quick and convenient access to Anglesey, North Wales and Holyhead Port.

Travelling To Wales By Sea
There are three ferry ports which allow for travel between Wales and Ireland, these are used by Irish Ferries and Stena Line. Holyhead Port on Anglesey in North Wales has daily crossings to Dublin in Ireland, whilst the ports in Fishguard and Pembroke in Pembrokeshire in South West Wales provide regular crossings to Rosslare in Ireland. More info on ferry ports in Wales

Travelling To Wales By Coach
Coach operator National Express has 28 dropping off points across Wales. More info on coach stops for National Express

Travelling To & Around Wales By Train
Train travel across Wales is mainly covered by Arriva Trains Wales, with Virgin Trains operating a service to Holyhead in North Wales. More info on train stations in Wales

Travelling To & Around Wales By Car
Not only does Wales have a good road network that offers easy access to all parts of the country, but it also has some of the most picturesque scenery you're likely to drive through when driving inside the United Kingdom. The main road in Wales is the A470 which travels the length of the country from Llandudno in the North to the Welsh capital, Cardiff in the South. The two main roads in North Wales is the A5 Road and the North Wales Expressway (A55 Road), in the South, the main roads are the M4 Motorway, the A40 Road and the A465 Road.

Travelling Around Wales By Bus
Wales has a number of private bus operators, which, between them, offer easy access to most parts of the country, this not only means you can travel around to different destinations without the use of a car, but it also means you're cutting down on your carbon footprint.