Explore the beautiful countryside of Wales

With the Olympics just around the corner, there’s a massive push to get people to visit Britain, and for British people to stay in the country for their holidays this year. Don’t get too wrapped up in London 2012 though: there are more than just city breaks on offer in Britain. There are some absolutely breath taking sights to see in the UK, with Wales top of the list when it comes to the beautiful views, as well as having plenty of places for a relaxing holiday.

The Keep at Cardiff Castle Photo: Cardiff & Co

The Keep at Cardiff Castle


The Welsh capital is understandably one of the more popular tourist attractions, with lots of historical attractions as well as hundreds of lively bars, pubs and clubs. From catching a game at the Millennium Stadium, or just reliving your team’s FA Cup glory; to seeing the set of Doctor Who; or if you prefer something a little older Cardiff Castle is right in the city centre – you can do some shopping on the way there, and eat out on the way back.

Brecon Beacons in Wales Photo: Andy Coleman on Flickr

Brecon Beacons in Wales

Brecon Beacons

Far away from the bright lights of the capital and second city Swansea, Wales is home to some of the most sublime landscapes the UK has to offer, with the Brecon Beacons being amongst the best known. Wales’ biggest National Park is perfect for those looking for a more active getaway, with rolling hills and lots of breathing space, with cliffs, caves and waterfalls to navigate. The National Park Authority regularly organises walks, activities and events that are very affordable, with proceeds going towards maintaining this beautiful part of the country.

It’s also easy to reach Wales’ numerous quaint market towns, so dining shouldn’t be a problem after you’ve worked up an appetite walking up and down the hills.

Tintern Abbey in Wales Photo: Alecea on Flickr

Tintern Abbey in Wales

Tintern Abbey

The world’s more beautiful locations deserve some of the world’s most beautiful words, and that’s exactly what Tintern Abbey received when William Wordsworth stayed there over two hundred years ago. Thankfully, the site hasn’t got any less picturesque, and not a lot has changed since the time of the romantic poets. Though the Abbey has been ruined since the time of Henry VIII, there are usually plenty of people around, and some major conservation work has begun quite recently.

With so much to do around the beautiful Welsh countryside, you really do need to take a full holiday there to enjoy all the attractions. Look for a cottage in South Wales with www.wales-cottages.info to find a place to stay that’s in easy distance of everything you want to see. With beautiful cottages to stay in all around Wales, you’ll find somewhere close to the kind of holiday you want.

This post was brought to you by Wales Cottages, for self catering holiday cottages in Wales

More things to enjoy in Wales

A day and night out in Cardiff – Wales
Walking in Wales – 10 easy and inspirational day walks
Staying at Laswern Fawr in the Brecon beacons, Wales

Photo Credits: Cardiff Castle by Cardiff & Co,  Brecon Beacons by Andy Coleman, Tintern Abbey by Alecea

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    July 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    We love Wales. Just returned from there last week, in fact. Still haven’t managed to see Cardiff and the south, though.

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    Barbara Weibel
    July 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I always heard our family has a little Welsh in us – I have to get there one of these days.

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    Donna Hull
    July 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I have always wanted to visit Wales. After seeing your photos, I want to go more than ever. Maybe you’ll be my tour guide when the day finally comes.

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      July 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      @Donna Of course I’ll take you on a great walking tour if you’re up for some out-door activities

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    August 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    This is the third post about Wales I stumble upon in the past couple of days… Is the universe trying to tell me something? Thank you for the great advice. Your photos are amazing!

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      August 5, 2012 at 11:09 am

      @Aude Wales is beautiful and a must see destination for those who like the great outdoors

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    September 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    North Wales is absolutely stunning, too, folks. I highly recommend the newly updated Snowdonia railway that takes you right to the top of Snowdon!

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      September 27, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      @Rick Thaks for the tip about the Snowdonia Railway, must try that out

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    Margaret Standford
    March 20, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    After browsing around looking for info on welsh holiday cottages, I I found myself on here as recommended by the h4house site as we are looking for any ideas re doing the coastal walk from St Davids up to Anglessey, so trying to get as many hints and tips as possible

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      Heather Cowper
      March 20, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      @Margaret I did some walking on the Pembrokeshire coastal path with Macs adventure but our walk stopped at St David’s, however you could have a look on their website for any helpful information on the route.

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