Wales is a wonderful destination for a weekend break with a vast amount of history, culture and beautiful scenery crammed into a country smaller than the US state of New Jersey. Here are 7 destinations worth an overnight stay, including some insight from UK-based travel bloggers who’ve enjoyed them too…
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1. PEMBROKESHIRE | WEEKEND BREAK IN WALES
Pembrokeshire, a county where the green grass of Wales meets miles of golden sands and home to Britain’s only coastal national park. Over a weekend you can roam around pretty towns and villages like Tenby, Narberth and Pembroke where you’ll find King Henry VII’s castle. Pembrokeshire is also home to the UK’s smallest city, St. Davids with a population of around 2,000 people.
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
2. CAERLEON, NEWPORT
This small village in the north of Newport was once a thriving Roman Fortress under the name of ‘Isca’. There’s a Museum, Amphitheatre and Barracks to explore before visiting one of the many characterful pubs in the area.
The Newbridge on Usk* (read more) is a charming weekend retreat with cosy lodges and riverside Inn for cream teas and dinners. The resort facilities adds to the appeal with a golf course and health spa on your doorstep.
3. PORTMEIRION & SNOWDONIA | WEEKEND BREAK IN WALES
This is a weekend break that’ll make you feel like you’re in the Italian Riviera, including the Alpine-like mountains of Snowdonia as a backdrop. The coastal village of Portmeirion hosts the annual Festival No. 6 and has caught the eye of many film producers for its colourful architecture.
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
View A Lady In London’s Magical 2 Days in Portmeirion for further inspiration.
4. THE BRECON BEACONS
The Brecon Beacons has a steep and dramatic landscape, carved out by countless rivers and jaw dropping waterfalls – my favourites being Henrhyd and Sgwd yr Eira as you can get up close and walk behind them. One challenge undertaken by most locals at least once is the ascent to Pen-Y-Fan, the highest mountain in Southern Britain.
5. THE WYE VALLEY | WEEKEND BREAK IN WALES
The Wye Valley’s beauty is obvious from the first mile of the A466 that hugs the winding river. You can head to The Kymin for one of the best viewpoints in the area, explore the amazing Tintern Abbey remains or hire a canoe and enjoy the river valley at your own pace.
Further reading: Exploring the Wye Valley with Real Wales Tours*
6. LLANDUDNO & CONWY
Spending a day in Llandudno and the other in Conwy was one of my favourite trips in Wales – highlights being a visit to Britain’s smallest house, a tram ride up The Great Orme and visiting Conwy Castle.
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.
I stayed in the grand Bodysgallen Hall & Spa*, conveniently located between the two towns. If, however, you’d prefer to be within walking distance of Llandudno’s attractions check out Miss Nicklin’s overnight stay at the Llandudno Bay Hotel*.
7. CARDIFF | WEEKEND BREAK IN WALES
As the nations cultural capital you’re not short of things to do in Cardiff over a weekend. First timers will quickly fall for the Victorian Arcades, grand castle and impressive Principality Stadium all within minutes of each other.
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