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Wales is a wonderful place for a weekend break with an abundance of history, culture and beautiful scenery crammed into a country smaller than the US State of New Jersey. In this post you’ll find 7 destinations in Wales for an overnight stay or Bank Holiday break, including some insight from UK-based travel bloggers who’ve enjoyed them too.
Pembrokeshire, a county where the green hills of Wales meets the sparkling blue Atlantic Ocean. Over a weekend you can explore pretty coastal towns and villages like Tenby (pictured below), or discover the UK’s smallest city, St. Davids, named after the Welsh Patron Saint with its famous Cathedral.
For a weekend thick with beaches, great people, fascinating culture and incredible food, South West Wales delivers! Last year, I followed in the footsteps of Dylan Thomas – poet, playwright, author – visiting the places that inspired his genius. From Thomas’ home town of Laugharne to the cockle-shell bay of Llansteffan beach, I discovered fascinating towns, beautiful landscapes and wonderful people – and all within two days. – Claire, author of Weekend Candy
This small town north of Newport was once a thriving Roman Fortress under the name of ‘Isca’. Caerleon has its own Roman museum, Amphitheatre and Barracks remains, all of which are within walking distance of gift shops and characterful pubs.
The Newbridge on Usk* makes a charming weekend retreat with cosy riverside lodges and a country house for a cream tea or gourmet dinners overlooking the river. The Celtic Manor Resort* facilities also include a golf course and health spa which is ideal for couples who enjoy a little luxury and relaxation.
3. PORTMEIRION | Weekend breaks in Wales
For a taste of the Italian Riviera, escape to Portmeirion on the coast of North Wales. You can stay in the village and access an outdoor pool and spa, as well as nature trails and seaside walks with views of the Snowdonia’s mountains.
I had an amazing stay in Portmeirion, not least because the whimsical architecture and extensive walking paths satisfied both my curiosity and my inner photography lover. It’s a great destination for a weekend break because the surroundings feel magical and it’s easy to explore in two days – Julie, author of A Lady In London
4. THE BRECON BEACONS
The Brecon Beacons has a steep and dramatic landscape carved out by winding rivers and jaw dropping waterfalls like Henrhyd and Sgwd yr Eira which you can get up close to and carefully walk behind on a calm day. One challenge undertaken by many locals is the ascent to Pen-Y-Fan, the highest mountain in Southern Britain.
5. THE WYE VALLEY | Weekend breaks in Wales
The Wye Valley’s beauty is obvious from the first mile of the A466 that hugs the river. You can head to The Kymin for one of the best picnic spots with a view, explore the amazing Tintern Abbey remains or hire a canoe and experience the natural beauty of the Wye at your own pace.
6. LLANDUDNO & CONWY
Just miles apart on the North Wales coast, Llandudno and Conwy are ideal for an overnight break with a day to spend in both towns. In Conwy you can visit Britain’s smallest house and impressive castle, and in Llandudno take a tram or gondola ride up The Great Orme. Holiday lets and B&B’s can be found in both locations, or for a luxury break book a stay at Bodysgallen Hall & Spa*.
Llandudno has a stunning pier and gives you the chance to ride the Great Orme Tramway, while Conwy has a breathtaking castle and cute little cobbled streets to wander. I had a fabulous time visiting and I am really looking forward to returning someday – Hannah, author of Miss Nicklin.
7. CARDIFF | Weekend Breaks in Wales
As the nations cultural capital you’re not short of things to do in Cardiff over a weekend, particularly if you love shopping. In the city centre there’s unique shops and cafes to be found inside the numerous Victorian Arcades* (like the world’s oldest record shop), and for history fans there’s a grand castle, art gallery and National Museum to explore.
If you’re visiting the city for a special event or celebration consider staying central in Park Plaza Cardiff* or Bay side at St David’s Hotel*, both of which have their own spa complex and restaurant for Afternoon Tea or dinner.