Top 10 Best Things To Do In Wales

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Wales is a wonderful place that has plenty on offer, from the country’s beaches to its mountain ranges. Moreover, the nation’s history is told through ... read more...

  1. One of the first things that make people fall in love with Wales is the country's beautiful gardens that have exotic plants, friendly animals, picnic spots, and more. These are some of the most beautiful gardens in Wales that could be a paradise to lose yourself in if you are a plant lover.

    Aberglasney Gardens
    The "nine green gardens" of Aberglasney were praised by a poet in the fifteenth century, but this medieval treasure in Carmarthenshire, Wales was all but lost until the 1990s when the gardens and the mansion at their center were preserved. With the help of cloisters, pools, parapets, arches, and the nearby woodlands, they have been exquisitely restored and planted into a dozen themed sections.

    Dyffryn Fernand Garden
    With the seashore on one side and the Gwaun Valley and Preseli Hills on the other, Dyffryn Fernant Garden of Pembrokeshire has an advantage due to its exceptional location. It is nestled away in the folds of north Pembrokeshire. This creative six-acre (2.5-hectare) garden took the better part of 25 years to emerge from the untamed nature, yet The Times calls it "the best domestic garden in Wales." Additionally, they rent out a cottage that is located right in the middle of the garden.

    National Botanic Garden of Wales
    The National Botanic Garden of Wales is located in Carmarthenshire and is the most visited garden in Wales. This garden has more than 6,000 different plant varieties spread across 560 acres (227ha) of beautiful countryside. There’s an inspiring range of themed gardens, the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, the British Bird of Prey Centre, a tropical Butterfly House, play areas, and a national nature reserve, all set in The National Botanic Garden of Wales. They run a packed program of events and courses all year long.

    Aberglasney Gardens - Tripadvisor
    Aberglasney Gardens - Tripadvisor
    National Botanic Garden of Wales -
    National Botanic Garden of Wales -

  2. Wales captures the cozy and warm atmosphere yet lonely and moody autumn with its beautiful landscapes filled with red leaves and old castles. Therefore, many people love coming to Wales at this time of the year. If you want to experience falling in love with Wales' autumn, consider visiting the spots below.

    The Wye Valley
    The Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is awash in scenic prospects for fall foliage photos. When the surrounding hills are covered in crimson and orange-hued foliage in the fall, Tintern Abbey's monastic ruins are a sight to behold. Visit Kymin Tower, a roundhouse and naval tower from the 18th century, for a commanding vantage point where you can take in stunning views of Monmouth and the Wye Valley. The 136-mile Wye Valley Walk is a great option for serious hikers who want to experience the vibrant hues of the limestone gorges, rocky moorland slopes, and woodland ravines.

    Brecon Beacons
    The Brecon Beacons' landscape can be at its most stunning as the mountains begin to curl up for the winter. There are many excellent places to see the fall foliage there. Take a stroll and capture some great autumn moments in Craig Cerrig Gleisiaid a Fan Frynach, Llyn y Fan Fach, or Llanthony Priory (which is sandwiched between the autumn-hued hills of Twmpa and Hay Bluff). The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal is a tranquil place to take a stroll in the fall, where you may observe migratory birds making their way to warmer climates, sun-dappled green trails, chugging canal ships, and snug taverns.

    The Wye Valley - Visit Monmouthshire
    The Wye Valley - Visit Monmouthshire
    Brecon Beacons -
    Brecon Beacons -
  3. The Machynlleth Comedy Festival is celebrated every year for three days on the weekend of May Day in the United Kingdom. The Machynlleth Comedy Festival has grown over the past ten years from being the best-kept comedy secret to being widely considered the best alternative comedy festival in the UK. Every year, thousands of people attend the event, and more than half of them come from outside of Wales.

    The Machynlleth Comedy Festival is dedicated to making its patrons laugh and have a good time. Joining the festival, you'll have a chance to come to hundreds of comedy shows. You can book tickets online or at the festival, at the beginning of each show. However, some shows might have an age restriction. In cases like that, you might need to prove that you are at an appropriate age before purchasing the tickets. There are also dedicated family shows that include performances for young children.

    The Machynlleth Comedy Festival also offers feasts, drinks, and various games to let participants soal in the festive atmosphere. A special activity that many people love at the festival is watching comedy movies. the festival will play many classic comedy movies for participants to enjoy and laugh their way through the weekend.

    Photo:  Cambrian News
    Photo: Cambrian News
    Video: machfest
  4. Not only does Wales offers stunning places for you to take it slow and relax, but the country also offers many great chances for adrenaline-charged actions. One of the most exciting activities to do in Wales is white water rafting. If you want to challenge yourself and are not afraid to get soaked to the skin with cooling water, these places will give you the best white water rafting experience.

    River Tryweryn, National White Water Centre
    The National White Water Centre is located in Bala in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. One of the most challenging white water rafting portions in Wales is the upper Tryweryn. You hardly have time to take a breath and reposition your paddle before you plunge into the following large rapid and experience one of the most exhilarating whitewater rides of your life. The 4-mile lower Tryweryn offers a more tranquil experience if you prefer a little more peaceful in your water.

    Cardiff International White Water

    Cardiff International White Water is the rafting destination for you if you'd want a more "urban" whitewater experience. This specially constructed facility pumps water around a looping course within a short distance from Cardiff Bay. Additionally, it is built to deliver a true white water punch. White-knuckle rafting action right in the middle of Cardiff's city center, complete with drops and waves. The water levels can be adjusted as it is pumped; they can be lowered for family outings and raised to the maximum for extreme white water rafting.

    Photo:  Cardigan Bay Active
    Photo: Cardigan Bay Active
    Video: Julia Sheehan
  5. Besides white water rafting, Wales has a lot more challenging activities for you, such as those at Zip World. Zip World is located in the historic mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog and is an incredible adventure park that used to be an old slate mine in the majestic mountains of Snowdonia. Zip World is complete with the largest zip zone in Europe, Zip World Titan. Zip World Titan zone only opens from spring until autumn, so this place becomes a packed spot during that time of the year. Offering many challenging and exciting activities, Zip World is one of those destinations that many tourists hope to get back to as soon as possible.

    Being Europe's largest zipping zone with more than 8km of zip lines, Zip World Llechwedd on Zip World Titan will give you an experience you will never forget. There are two runs, each getting progressively faster, and because there are four wires running parallel on each run, you can share the experience (and screams) with friends and family.

    Besides the massive zipline, Zip World offers many other activities inside the old mine. The place is called the Bounce Below, and lies right next to Zip World Titan, in a massive underground chamber. This place is guaranteed to give you the world’s most extraordinary bouncing experience. In Bounce Below, three huge trampolines have been set up, one above the other, in a space that’s like an alien cathedral, all connected with slides and ladders, and lit by psychedelic multi-colored lights.

    Photo: Zip World
    Photo: Zip World
    Video: Thomas Harrison-Lord
  6. If you want to spend quality time with your family while still traveling around the beautiful country of Wales, try out the Mawddach Cycling Trail - One of Snowdonia National Park’s most flexible and accessible trails. This trail is the most magical family bike ride in Wales – if not Britain. This cycle trail starts from Dolgellau, passing various stunning places, and ends at the beach at Barmouth, with Cader Idris and the Rhinogs rise on either side.

    The 9-mile trail follows the southern shore of the Mawddach estuary—one of the National Park’s most abundant areas in terms of wildlife and history. At the end of the trail, you will be able to witness the estuary spreads and winks in the sun, while birdlife twitters at wildlife in the reserves – all as the miles slip by on the smooth tarmac.

    This trail is loved by everyone who has tried it out, as it is suitable for people of all abilities. The trail’s wide and even surface makes it a perfect choice for wheelchair or off-road mobility scooter users. It is also possible to join the trail from several locations, so those who would like a shorter, more gentle stroll along the estuary can still join.

    Barmouth, North Wales -
    Barmouth, North Wales -
    Video: Robin Mager
  7. If you are a big fan of golf, Wales has just the perfect place for you. Royal St David’s provides an alternative challenge over a par 69, 6,300-yard championship course. It’s one of Britain’s finest links courses that provides a challenging test of golf in a breathtaking setting in the most beautiful and scenic part of the area. Playing golf in Royal St David’s, you will have a chance to have a unique golfing experience - playing golf with the sound of the sea as background music, and a backdrop of Harlech Castle and the mountains.

    You can join the Royal St David's Golf Club, or participate in the club's activities if you want to play golf in Royal St David’s. Established in 1894, Royal St David's Golf Club is the home of one of the finest traditional links courses in the world. The Club has hosted National and International Tournaments, including the Ladies European Tour and the European Seniors Tour, with five past Open and Masters Champions having won events at the Club. The course is constantly rated in the Top 50 courses in Great Britain & Ireland and in the Golf Digest Best 100 courses outside the USA and Number 1 in National Club Golfers Top 100 Affordable Courses. The Club offers Play & Stay and Society Packages and welcomes members from throughout the UK and overseas.

    Photo: Welsh Golf Courses
    Photo: Welsh Golf Courses
    Video: Rick Shiels Golf
  8. Wales' museums tell the stories of the country's history and communities. This country has many great museums, and local museums are especially loved by both tourists and local residents. The local museums of Wales are run by local authorities, some are independently run by volunteers, but all of them have great exhibits, events, and activities. these are some of the most visited museums that you might want to stop by in Wales:

    Wrexham County Borough Museum and Archives
    The Wrexham County Borough Museum and Archives were originally built as militia barracks and served as the town's police station and courthouse. You can now research Wrexham's past, go to a variety of exhibitions, or reserve a spot for a kid-friendly activity.

    Powysland Museum
    Visit the Powysland Museum in Welshpool, which is conveniently located adjacent to the canal, to learn more about the area. On the first floor, there is a chronological vault of archaeology that covers Neolithic farming, Roman settlement, Viking invasions, and local religious history. Railway enthusiasts will enjoy the Cambrian Railways artifacts. The Welshpool library located nearby the museum is also a great place to visit.

    Museum of Cardiff
    Perhaps the Museum of Cardiff, housed in the iconic Old Library structure in The Hayes, should be your first stop when you visit Cardiff. This contemporary museum traces the growth of the nation's capital from a modest medieval market town to an industry leader and the striking metropolitan metropolis it is today.

    Wrexham County Borough Museum and Archives -
    Wrexham County Borough Museum and Archives -
    Video: ITCHY STEP
  9. With so many LGBT+-friendly organizations, venues, and teams spread around the nation, Wales is known throughout the world for its friendly and inclusive atmosphere. So whether you are you’re LGBT+ or an ally of the community, check out these activities when you visit Wales.

    Visit Cardiff’s oldest gay bar
    In Cardiff's city center sits the historic Grade II listed tavern known as The Golden Cross. This 1903-built Welsh landmark is still a favorite among the young and young at heart. They have a popular garden; the Cardiff Base Liners call this place home and when they are not playing tennis, they can be heard singing karaoke! If bingo is more your style, stop by Mary's for their Sunday night spectacular

    Participate in Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival
    The Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival is held in Wales every October. The festival hands out many awards for great films dedicated to the LGBT+ community. Filmmakers from all over the world introduce their work and enjoy meeting the audience at daily happy hours, special events, and parties including the annual karaoke competition.

    Join exciting activities in LGBT+ History Month – February
    During the month, you can see award-winning films from the Iris Prize Festival in Pontio in Bangor, Taliesyn in Swansea, and Aberystwyth Arts Centre. It is a month-long event that one should not miss this month. There're also parades, music festivals, and other activities to mark LGBT+ History Month that you can enjoy with your friends and loved ones.

    Photo:  Institute of Welsh Affairs
    Photo: Institute of Welsh Affairs
    Video: Cardiff TV
  10. Wales is one of the world's greatest countries for castles in Europe. More than 400 of Wales' over 600 known castles are still standing or in ruins, so no matter where you travel on vacation there, you won't be too far from a historical place. Therefore, it won't be hard for you to explore Wales' wonderful castles. However, these are 2 of the best castles to visit in all of Wales that you would not want to miss.

    Caerphilly Castle

    Caerphilly Castle, the second-biggest castle in Britain and the largest in Wales, was surrounded by water defenses when the English built it in the thirteenth century. Four siege engines can be seen outside among other delights, and the inside has a revered, regal atmosphere. Climb to the top of the enormous east gatehouse to witness the stone rings and water defenses that gave Caerphilly its majestic appearance. Watch out for the southeast tower, which is likely the most well-known aspect of the castle and is Wales' very own Leaning Tower, wonkier even than that of Pisa.

    Conwy Castle

    Conwy Castle is considered one of the most spectacular medieval strongholds in all of Europe. The 1.3-kilometer ring of town walls around the castle is designated as a World Heritage Site. The most complete collection of medieval royal chambers in Wales can be found in this extraordinary castle, which was constructed in an astounding four years between 1283 and 1287. Climb one of the castle's eight magnificent towers if you enjoy heights for amazing views of the bay and the city's winding streets below.

    Caerphilly Castle, South Wales -
    Caerphilly Castle, South Wales -
    Conwy Castle, North Wales -
    Conwy Castle, North Wales -

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