You’ve seen the documentary, now visit the home of the world’s third oldest football club. We can’t guarantee you’ll bump into Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, but the town has newly become a city. One more reason to have your own Welcome to Wrexham.
2. Three Cliffs Bay, Gower
Any fans of Netflix’s The Witcher who can’t wait for Season 3 to be released can get a sneak peek of what to expect at Three Cliffs Bay beach. Henry Cavill was spotted filming what looked like a pivotal scene (no spoilers, we promise) at the beautiful Gower beach last summer.
3. Wye Valley
Another one for Netflix fans, this time for those awaiting the release of Season 4 of Sex Education. The stunning setting of the series includes Tintern, home to a storied abbey, in the luscious Wye Valley.
4. Principality Stadium, Cardiff
The Rugby World Cup takes place in France in 2023, but those hoping to get a glimpse of the Welsh rugby scene should head to the Principality Stadium. Located right in the heart of Wales’ capital city, it’s best experienced on a game day, when the streets are flooded with red shirts, faces donning dragon facepaint and the notorious rumble of the Welsh national anthem accompanied by the flames of the stadium torches.
5. Pembrokeshire National Park
Pembrokeshire’s National Park’s natural beauty is reason enough to visit, but the underground music and arts festival, Westival, (20th-24th July) gives you one more reason. With just 2,000 tickets on offer, it’s a smaller festival with a truly intimate setting for performances.
If you like your festivals bach (that’s Welsh for small), head to Fforest Gather festival, also in Pembrokeshire. In its eighth year, Fforest Gather is Wales' smallest festival, with only 200 tickets per week over two weeks. While it’s called a festival, consider it a family-friendly holiday of adventures, creativity, good people, good food and good times.
7. Ebbw Vale
For the rockers, there’s Steelhouse Festival, tucked away in the dramatic Welsh Valleys. This year’s festival is being headlined by Europe and, with 280 days to go until it kicks off on 29th July, it’s the final countdown…
Laugharne is the coastal town where Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas lived, inspiring his ‘play for voices’ Under Milk Wood. The boathouse- his former writing shed- is still open to visitors today. On March 24-26th, you’ll discover the Laugharne Weekend, filled with comedy, music and talks. Highlights of this year’s line-up include writer Caitlin Moran and Welsh electro-pop musician Ani Glass.
Llangollen sits on the River Dee in Denbighshire and plays host to the annual Llangollen International Eisteddfodd festival. The festival features a unique combination of competition and performance and has come to be a symbol of international friendship. It’s a tradition that started in 1947 and the pinnacle of every competition is the prestigious ‘Choir of the World’, which determines the best overall choir of the event.
Former US President Bill Clinton called it ‘Woodstock for the Mind’ and previous speakers at the Hay Festival include Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry and Desmond Tutu. Look out for 2023’s line-up announcement and head to the ‘town of books’ for the annual literary festival from 25th May – 4th June.
11. Rhyl and Prestatyn
These seaside towns in North Wales are just a hop over from Liverpool, host city of this year’s Eurovision competition. If you’d like access to the fun but a quieter stay, you can get to Liverpool from Rhyl in an hour by car and less than two hours by train.
Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and the highest point in the British Isles outside of the Scottish Highlands. Climbing it is a challenge in itself, but with big rewards at the top. For experienced mountain runners looking for an extra challenge, there’s the International Snowdon Race in July, covering 15km with a huge 994m elevation.
13. Caernarfon Castle
His Majesty King Charles III will have his coronation on 6 May in Westminster Abbey in London. But before he became King he was Prince of Wales. His investiture took place in Caernarfon Castle in North Wales in 1969 when he was 20-years-old. Prince Charles spent ten weeks in the lead up to the ceremony learning the Welsh language at University College of Wales in Aberystwyth.
Learn more about the Royal Family and their links to Wales
14. Manorbier Castle, Tenby
For those wanting to sleep in a fairytale castle by the sea, Manorbier Castle near Tenby on Wales’ west coast is now offering overnight stays in self-catering properties nestled within the walls of the Norman ruin.
15. Keepers Pond, Blaenavon
Outdoor- or wild- swimming has seen a huge amount of growth over the past couple of years, with mental health benefits being credited for its popularity. Wales has some spectacular spots for wild swimming. Keepers Pond in Blaenavon is just one of them, with views of rolling hills while you swim.
16. Ynyshir, Machynlleth
A Michelin dining experience like no other, partly because it involves travelling to the north-western coast of Wales to get there. Stay overnight in a room or tipi after enjoying this immersive culinary experience at one of the UK’s best restaurants (or team it up with the Machynlleth Comedy Festival in spring). Reservations for 2023 are open now!
Every year, thousands of visitors flock to Rhossili Bay in the summer to take a picture-perfect photo in the beautiful sunflower fields there - and this year will be no exception. With eight acres of sunflower fields to explore, a “pick your own field” and on-site café, it’s a perfect daytrip. The Independent called Rhossili “the supermodel of British beaches” and its silky sands are worth a walk year-round.
18. Gower Peninsula
The first place in the UK to be named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one of five in Wales, Gower Peninsula is particularly adored by walkers, birdwatchers and surfers thanks to its wonderful cliff walks and hidden beaches.
19. The Coastal Way - Road Trip
This 180-mile route spans the entire length of Cardigan Bay, passing beaches, harbour towns and fishing villages where you can spot a variety of sea life. Starting at St. Davids, Britain’s smallest city, and ending at the western tip of the Llŷn Peninsula – you’re never far from the sea!
This enchanting village is a snapshot of the Italian Riviera in Wales, with striking architecture and sub-tropical gardens, it is certainly one of the most unique places to visit in Wales.
21. Isle of Anglesey
Another Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ynys Môn boasts beautiful coastline and great forests. Home to internationally renowned Halen Môn sea salt and the town with the world's longest place name: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllandysiliogogogoch.
22. Zip World, North and South Wales
For the thrill seekers out there, ZipWorld’s North Wales location has the world’s fasted zipline. If you prefer being a little closer to the ground, you can bounce on trampolines or play mini-golf in disused mines and caverns.
23. Blue Lagoon, Abereiddy
Formed from an old slate mine, the Blue Lagoon gets its name from the unique aqua blue hue to the water caused by the slate. Surrounded by beaches and rock, it’s a great spot for kayaking, coasteering, and of course taking a plunge into the beautiful (but cold) water.