Wales

United Kingdom
Cardiff featuring a square or plaza, modern architecture and a statue or sculpture
Medieval castles, national parks, unspoiled coastlines and culture-rich cities make this United Kingdom country a thrilling place to visit.

Wales packs a lot of scenic beauty into its compact size. The countryside is characterized by mountain ranges, wide river valleys, attractive coastline and ancient castles. Visit the towns and cities as well to see historic sites and cultural attractions.

Explore Welsh spots of beauty. Go hiking, caving, canoeing and rock climbing at Brecon Beacons National Park. Step aboard the Brecon Mountain Railway for a scenic trip. Climb the peaks of Snowdonia National Park and visit the Gower Peninsula for its coves, cliffs and sandy beaches.

In 2012, Wales opened the Coast Path, an 870-mile (1,400-kilometer) uninterrupted route that follows the country’s entire coastline. Walk or cycle along clifftop paths, visit secluded beaches and look for wildlife, including puffins and dolphins.

Beyond the fabulous scenery, see what the nation’s urban areas offer. Cardiff is the capital, an attractive modern city with numerous attractions. Explore Cardiff Bay, a regenerated docklands area of trendy boutiques, hotels, cafés and restaurants. Watch a concert at the Wales Millennium Center, a striking steel and slate structure. View the art, archeology and natural history collections at the National Museum Cardiff. On the outskirts of the city is St Fagans National History Museum, 100 acres (40 hectares) of parkland that exhibits original houses from different historic periods.

Swansea is another large city in Wales. Visit the childhood home of Dylan Thomas, the country’s most famous poet. Treat the family to a day of aquatic fun at the LC Swansea waterpark and stroll through Clyne Gardens, home to more than 2,000 species of plants.

Wales has more than 600 castles, from Roman defensive strongholds to the fantasy projects of 19th-century millionaires. Tour the 11th-century Chepstow Castle with its 800-year-old wooden doors. See the lavishly decorated rooms of Castell Coch, a late 19th-century building constructed on the ruins of a 13th-century castle. Climb the towers of the 12th-century Dinefwr Castle.

Join other tourists drawn to the history, culture and fascinating scenery of Wales.

Popular cities in Wales

Cardiff featuring street scenes, night scenes and a city
Cardiff
Known for Friendly people, Shopping and Historical
The capital of Wales is a lively port city, home to medieval castles, pristine parks, modern sporting arenas and a sparkling waterfront entertainment district.

Reasons to visit

  • Principality Stadium
  • Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
  • Cardiff Castle
Swansea showing a marina, a sunset and boating
Swansea
Known for Friendly people, Poolside bars and Marinas
This waterfront city is home to impressive cultural centers, urban parks and medieval landmarks. It’s also a gateway to the stunning natural beauty of South Wales.

Reasons to visit

  • Mumbles Pier
  • Three Cliffs Bay Beach
  • Singleton Park
Llandudno showing a small town or village and a square or plaza
Llandudno
Known for Friendly people, Sea and Tours
Hailed as the “Queen of the Welsh Resorts”, with its stunning coastline and buzzing nightlife, Llandudno offers a royal welcome to you that richly rewards. Llandudno is the largest resort in Wales. It sits comfortably between the Great and Little Ormes and boasts two wonderful sandy beaches, which is a rare treat indeed for anywhere in the British isles.

Reasons to visit

  • Llandudno Pier
  • Promenade
  • Great Orme Country Park
Caernarfon showing boating, a marina and a river or creek
Caernarfon
Known for Dining, Friendly people and Poolside bars
Dominated by its huge medieval fortress and surrounded by calm waterways, Caernarfon is one of Wales’ most picturesque towns.

Reasons to visit

  • Caernarfon Castle
  • Mount Snowdon
Haverfordwest which includes a river or creek, a small town or village and a bridge
Haverfordwest
Known for Castle, Boating and Kayaking
Haverfordwest is a vibrant and bustling country town with an eclectic range of activities for the whole family. The county town of Pembrokeshire, Haverfordwest is situated in the Welsh countryside on the west banks of the River Cleddau, not far from the world-famous Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Reasons to visit

  • St. David's Cathedral
Wrexham which includes street scenes
Wrexham
Known for Family-friendly, Gardens and Entertainment
Wrexham is one of those idyllic locales that enjoys the best of both rural and urban life. As well as being the largest town in North Wales – with all the cultural, commercial and creative buzz one would expect from the borough’s administrative hub – it is surrounded by the most beautiful countryside, and a plethora of charmingly picturesque towns and villages.