How to spend a week in Wales

Spend a week in Wales and visit the Hay-on-Wye bookstores
Exterior view of Bookshop, Hay on Wye, Powys, Wales.

Wales is a destination for adventure and discovery. With ancient towns, coastal drives, friendly locals and a staggering number of castles, Wales is sure to become an obsession. Thinking of spending some time here this year? We’ve put together a short list of some of the best ways to spend a week in Wales.

Explore Welsh Castles

With over 600 castles, it’s not hard to understand why Wales is often referred to as the castle capital of the world. Castles are an important part of Wales’ heritage and many are still standing after thousands of years. You’d be silly to miss paying a visit to at least one of the many Welsh castles. Understandably, so many castles can make the decision of which to visit difficult. Some of Wales’ most visited castles include…

Conwy Castle

With its dungeons, towers and dark passages, Conwy Castle is one of ‘the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe,’ according to UNESCO.

Conwy Castle in Wales

Caernarfon Castle

Listed as a World Heritage Site, Caernarfon Castle is an architectural gem. The castle retraces the history of Wales’ royalty and their battles which you can immerse yourself in by exploring the massive polygonal towers.

Cyfarthfa Castle

Built on 160 acres of land, Cyfarthfa Castle was once home to the Crawshay family, Cyfarthfa Ironmasters. Since the early 1900s, Cyfarthfa Castle has housed a fantastic Museum and Art Gallery which feature an impressive collection of artifacts and artwork.

Stop at the Devil’s Bridge

If you’re chasing waterfalls, the Devil’s Bridge village is a detour you’ll want to take. Located 12 miles east of Aberystwyth, the village is home to the cascading waterfalls of the river Mynach and three bridges. Legend says that the original bridge was built by the devil himself in return for the soul of the first life to cross the bridge. The Devil’s Bridge has been a popular tourist attraction for many years and the natural beauty of the village is best admired through walking its trails.

A Bookworm’s Heaven

As the National Book Town of Wales, Hay-on-Wye is known as ‘the town of books’ and hosts one of the world’s best literary festivals, Hay Festival. With over 20 bookshops, this small town is almost like a giant library. Book worm or not, Hay-on-Wye is a place everyone spending a week in Wales should fit into their agenda. Soak in the beautiful surroundings when you journey down the entwining River Wye on a Canoe.

Experience life underground

An old coal mine and its past miners will take you to a deeper level of Earth’s first layer. Located at Rhondda Heritage Park, the Welsh Mining Experience will give you an insight into how miners worked and what their life was like underground. What was once a thriving coal mine during the 1900s is now a popular tourist attraction featuring tours from retired miners offering a truly unforgettable and fascinating experience.

See Wales from a poet’s perspective

Take in the view that inspired Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas’ radio drama ‘Under Milk Wood’ when you take the coastal drive to Laugharne. Visit the poet’s infamous boathouse and writing shed that overlooks the stunning Carmarthen Bay where he lived with his family for some years before his death in 1953.

Explore new heights

Take your trip to a whole new height at Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and England. At 1,085-metres high, the mountain guarantees a breathtaking view over the valleys and offers different routes to reach the top. Don’t forget to carefully plan your visit here. With around 582,000 visitors annually, the mountain can get busy! 

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