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Top 8 things to do in Wales

Historic buildings, adventure sports activities, and world-class shopping mean there is no shortage of things to keep you busy when you holiday in Wales. With our daily flights to the capital city, Cardiff, you can flight straight into the heart of Wales and begin your holiday from there. To help you plan your trip, we have put together a list of the top 8 things to do when you visit. 

No. 1 - Explore Castles


Sometimes called the ‘Castle capital of the world’, Wales is in a league of its own when it comes to these historic buildings. In Cardiff city you will find Cardiff Castle which is a truly incredible sight. With the castle dating back to Roman times, you will find yourself lost in almost 2000 years of history when you visit. If you want to go out and explore something a little further afield, you will find a number of other castles within an hour’s drive of Cardiff including Castell Coch and Caerphilly Castle. Book your holiday to Cardiff now.

No.2 - Chase Waterfalls


There is something very magical about exploring the great outdoors and coming upon a raging waterfall. It literally makes you stop in your tracks and reach for the camera so you can capture this natural wonder. If this is something you can relate to, then somewhere that has an area called Waterfall country has got to be worth a visit. Nestled in the amazingly beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, waterfall country is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls Wales has to offer. The Brecon Beacons are less than 2 hours away from Cardiff so you could be chasing waterfalls in no time at all when you holiday here. Book your holiday to Cardiff now.

No.3 - Walk or Hike The Great Outdoors


If you love to explore the outdoors, breathe in some fresh air and take in epic views, then grab your walking shoes and holiday in Cardiff. Some of our favourite country walks in and around Cardiff include Margam Country Park and Forest Fawr. Margam Country Park is just a 30 minute drive from Cardiff and offers a number of beautiful walks of varying lengths and difficulty against the most perfect countryside backdrop. Forest Fawr is even closer to Cardiff and is one for the kids. Here you and your family will take a magical journey through an enchanted forest. If you want to embark on the ultimate hiking challenge, head to the Brecon Beacons where spectacular ridgelines and glistening lakes await. Book your holiday to Cardiff now.

No. 4 - Visit Pretty Villages


When it comes to quaint little countryside villages, South Wales definitely seems to know a thing or two. Two of our favourites are Abergavenny and Chepstow which are both within an hour’s drive of Cardiff. Abergavenny is a lively market town which is bustling with character. With a number of weekly markets, it is the perfect town to visit if you love shopping for bargains and finding one of a kind antiques and gifts. Nearby are a number of historic ruins including the Llanthony Priory which is like a gateway into Wales’ medieval past. Chepstow is another medieval Welsh town steeped in centuries of history which is perfect for those historians out there. Book your holiday to Cardiff now.

No. 5 - Feast On Some Welsh Delights


No trip to Wales is complete without sampling some of Wales’ finest cuisine and with a wealth of artisan producers, food festivals, food markets and award-winning restaurants, you will not be disappointed. Some of the local dishes you need to try are Welsh Cakes and Welsh Rarebit. Welsh Cakes are a delicious treat that are perfect with a cup of tea. Welsh Rarebit is like a posh cheese on toast but with a Welsh twist and is perfect around lunchtime. Aside from local delicacies you also need to try Welsh Lamb and Welsh Cheese which are both world famous. Book your holiday to Cardiff now.

No.6 - Go On A Mountain Bike Adventure


Carmarthenshire, South Wales is a hotspot for mountain bikers as here you will find a wide array of trails that are perfect for both beginners and advanced riders. With this mountain bikers paradise less than 2 hours away from Cardiff, in no time at all you could find yourself weaving down some awesome descents, riding along open forests or taking a gentle spin through stunning countryside. Some of our favourite spots in Carmarthenshire for mountain biking include Allt Nant-y-Ci and Cwm Rhaeadr Forest. Allt Nant-y-Ci is perfect because it has everything from gentle forest trails to the more difficult off-road bike trails with ramps and chicanes. Cwm Rhaeadr Forest is perfect for the more advanced mountain bikers among you. It has a 6.7km red graded trail that includes a descent over a rocky ridge along with stunning views. The great thing about mountain biking in South Wales is that there is something for everyone and you can go at your own pace. Book your holiday to Cardiff now.

No. 7 - Take a Ride On a Steam Train


Take a truly unforgettable train ride when you holiday in South Wales. There are a number of Steam railways to choose from, but one of the easiest to get to from Cardiff is the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway. Here you will take a ride on one of the vintage steam trains and experience what it takes to run a railway. Book your holiday to Cardiff now.

No. 8 - Visit World Famous Museums


Wales is home to a vast array of interesting museums from the Big Pit National Coal Museum which gives you an opportunity to experience what it was like to work in a coal mine during the 1900s to the National Museum of Cardiff which is home to Wales’ national art and geology collections. Book your holiday to Cardiff now.