With its unspoilt mountainous landscapes, enchanting medieval castles, and romantic country inns, Wales is the perfect destination for a revitalising, fun-packed holiday. The Snowdonia National Park offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of Britain, while the Welsh capital, Cardiff, is a thriving cosmopolitan city with a beautifully restored harbour, and many of the finest hotels in Wales.
The Welsh capital is home to an active nightlife scene and the renowned Millennium Stadium, and attracts well over 15 million visitors each year. Cardiff is also home to the state-of-the-art Wales Millennium Centre, which organises numerous operatic performances, dances, musicals and other major events.
You might also wish to visit the National Museum Cardiff, which contains an important collection of local art, archaeology, geology and other important Welsh artefacts. If you're keen to learn more about the architectural and cultural history of Wales, head to the open-air St Fagans National History Museum, set in the grounds of St Fagan’s castle.
One of the largest castles in the country, Caerphilly Castle surrounds 30 acres of land and was built in the 13th century during the Anglo-Norman conquest of Wales. Fortunately, the castle suffered very few attacks, although it gradually became dilapidated by the 16th century before it was restored by the Bute Family in the mid-20th century.
The Snowdonia National Park in North Wales is overlooked by Mount Snowdon, which, at 1,085 metres in height, is Wales' highest mountain. To get to the top, you can take the Snowdon Mountain Railway and enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. You can also observe one of the country's most impressive waterfalls, Swallow Falls, which lie near the picturesque village of Betws-y-Coed.
North Wales is also home to many of the most romantic country inns and Welsh Hotels. These include the deluxe Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel in beautiful Dolgellau, and the exclusive Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa, overlooking one of the country's most attractive lakes.
The Gower Peninsula
This wonderful peninsula is home to many of the UK's most pristine beaches, which include the sweeping sands of Rhossili Bay, Oxwich Bay and Three Cliffs Bay. The Gower is also home to half a dozen castles and features the Llethryd Tooth Cave, which was inhabited in the Bronze Age and is almost a mile long.
The Brecon Beacons National Park
The Brecon Beacons National Park is known for its mountain ponies and is a popular area for cycling and horse-riding. This park is also home to the Pen-y-Fan Mountain, which, at 886 metres in height, is the highest mountain in southern Britain. The mountain range is also renowned for its exceptional number of ancient remains, which include Iron Age hill-forts and Norman castle ruins.