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Take in the rolling valleys and rugged mountains of Wales’s massive national parks

Home to not one but five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a staycation in Wales is always a great idea. Boasting rugged coastline, incredibly varied landscapes and many national parks, it’s no surprise that families, couples and individuals flock here every year. Choose from countryside retreats, city centre breaks or traditional seaside trips, whatever the weather, and enjoy a world-class getaway right here in the UK. 

Plus, when you’re not exploring everything that this country has to offer, Wales has plenty of accommodation that is sure to impress. From holiday parks and hotels to cottages and country houses, whatever your dream holiday looks like, you’re sure to find it here. At Staycations UK, we even have holiday homes that welcome pets, partying and lots of children. With us, no one has to miss out on your Wales staycation

So if you’re looking for a trip that will guarantee quality time, a good laugh and even better memories, choose Wales. There really is something for everyone and, once you get there, you’ll realise there’s nothing quite like the Welsh spirit…

POOL

The Lodge House

WALES

Fabulous detached property, ideal for special family occasions, with on-site facilities, set in the heart of the beautiful Brecon Beacons with reservoirs, Pen-y-Fan and a host of attractions nearby.

From £120 pppn | Sleeps 12

Pentre Court

WALES

Tucked away on the fringes of picturesque Abergavenny, is a sight so remarkable as this Grade II listed, Georgian-style house completed with manicured gardens and landscapes humming with glorious wildlife.

From £140 pppn | Sleeps 16

Old Rectory Cottage

WALES

A beautifully-presented, detached barn conversion situated in the grounds of the owner’s home, in a tranquil setting in the rural hamlet of Aberhafesp.

From £100 pppn | Sleeps 14

Gwelfor Barn

WALES

Gwelfor Barn is an outstanding Eco barn conversion in one of the most breath-taking positions in the south-eastern corner of Anglesey and offers an exceptional self-catering experience with captivating countryside and sea views.

From £125 pppn | Sleeps 10

HOT TUB

Granar

WALES

Ty Gwyn Cottages are ideal for those in pursuit of bringing together large groups of outdoor enthusiast, families, friends and those alike to explore this wonderful part of the country or simply to celebrate a special occasion.

From £135 pppn | Sleeps 12

Carmel Farmhouse

WALES

Stunning period farmhouse with hot tub and mountain views in the peaceful hamlet of Carmel. Close to the SSSI designation Llyn Alaw Reservoir, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on Anglesey.

From £132 pppn | Sleeps 14

Gludy

WALES

This stunning cottage is ideal for a group of friends wanting to celebrate in style. Relax in elegant living rooms, garden and hot tub, before exploring the trails of the Brecon Beacons.

From £94 pppn | Sleeps 12

Bodaioch Hall

WALES

Sleeping up to 24 guests, Bodaioch Hall is the perfect setting for a large group looking for an escape to Wales whilst staying in a luxurious dwelling that boasts spectacular views!

From £123 pppn | Sleeps 24

Bodweni Hall

WALES

Large country house perfect for family get-togethers and celebrations, set in 75 acres with lake, river and woodland to explore. The perfect spot to discover North Wales countryside, coast and culture.

From £75pppn | Sleeps 27

Globe House

WALES

With spacious accommodation, complete privacy and plenty of outside space, this is a wonderful house for friends, families and canine companions to enjoy together.

From £50 pppn | Sleeps 24

Pontfaen Villa

WALES

This beautiful detached property is in the heart of the Welsh countryside and offers comfortable, stylish accommodation complete with a relaxing spa room overlooking beautiful private gardens.

From £50 pppn | Sleeps 22

Black Mountain Skies

WALES

Set beneath the Skirrid Mountain on a small family farm with acres of meadows to explore. A friendly welcome from the owner’s alpacas awaits!

From £60 pppn | Sleeps 18

LARGE

Llanfyllin The Manor House

WALES

This spectacular townhouse is spacious, grand and ideally positioned for exploring the local town and beyond.

From £43 pppn | Sleeps 22

Llwynin Farmhouse & Barn

WALES

Sleeping up to 22 guests, this spacious farmhouse in the heart of Brecon Beacons National Park is ideal for a multi-family vacation, or a group of friends looking to spend time together

From £45 pppn | Sleeps 22

Pen-yr-heol

WALES

Comprising a traditional Welsh longhouse and stone barn, this beautifully renovated 17th-century property makes a wonderful holiday home for a large group exploring the magnificent Brecon Beacons.

From £39 pppn | Sleeps 20

Felin Newydd House

WALES

A luxury manor house, set within 50 acres, retaining much of its original charm and offering stunning walks through the Brecon Beacons National Park. The option of full catering is available.

From £167 pppn | Sleeps 18

LUXURY

Strawberry Wood Barn

WALES

As featured in Vogue & Conde Nast Traveller: Chic, luxurious & blissfully remote. Filled with one off finds, lovely linens and heart-stopping views. Five star and fabulously family friendly.

From £90 pppn | Sleeps 11

Abercynrig House

WALES

Steeped in history, this magnificent country house is set within acres of beautiful grounds, with a games room and tennis court to keep you entertained not to mention exploring the Brecon Beacons.

From £70 pppn | Sleeps 14

Bay Point House

WALES

Luxurious period house with snooker room overlooking the beach in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Located in Trearddur Bay on Holy Island, Anglesey with beach, shops and pubs within walking distance.

From £120 pppn | Sleeps 14

Cysgod Y Garn

WALES

Luxury detached family holiday home with private hot tub, games room and stunning oak framed conservatory, perfect for enjoying the lovely rural views over the beautiful gardens.

From £75 pppn | Sleeps 12

Best locations for a staycation in Wales

From quiet havens nestled in gorgeous countryside to vibrant towns close to the centre, these are the best places for a staycation in Wales. 

Hay-on-Wye

Best for: Exploring the rest of Wales

Known as Hay to the people of Wales, this quirky market town sits on the English-Welsh border, at the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Wrap up warm and head out on a day’s adventure or take your pick from one of the area’s best-loved pubs and stay warm by the fire. One thing’s for sure, there’s plenty of activities here – and all ages will be kept busy too. 

Tenby

Best for: A typical British seaside break

Tenby offers everything you could want from a British seaside resort and more. The water might be cold, the weather’s not always on your side but, here, it doesn’t matter. Steeped in history and culture, and boasting beautiful golden sands, you’ll find museums, castle ruins, shops and galleries – as well as plenty of fish and chip shops. 

Cardigan

Best for: Walkers and hikers

Of course, you don’t have to be a walker or hiker to enjoy it here but the coastal path makes it a great place to visit if you are. Sitting on the River Teifi by Cardigan Bay, the views are inspiring and there’s lots of wildlife and nature that like to call this town home. If walking isn’t your thing, why not hire a boat or kayak for the day? 

Fishguard

Best for: Those looking for peace and quiet

If you’re in search of somewhere that will help you to forget about life’s daily stresses, Fishguard is the place to go. Lying on the Welsh coast,  it’s packed with galleries, shops, museums and cafes. Plus, there’s plenty of picture-perfect opportunities for those that just can’t stay away from social media. 

Anglesey

Best for: Awe-inspiring views

Famous for its beaches, landmarks and gorgeous landscapes, Anglesey is a Welsh island close to the coast of North West Wales. Whether you want to take it slow with a beachside walk or speed things up and get your heart racing in a watersports activity, we guarantee you’ll fall in love with this little haven. 

Abersoch

Best for: A luxury holiday

While it might have been a small fishing village years ago, today Abersoch attracts anyone who is anyone for its luxury coastal resorts, fine dining eateries and family-friendly activities. The annual events calendar is also worth keeping an eye out for as the local music festival is a big hit with tourists and locals. 

Best walks in Wales

From dog-friendly routes to those that have interactive activities for the kids, and big kids, amongst you, these are the best walks in Wales

Hay-on-Wye River and Rail Trail

Location: Hay-on-Wye
Difficulty: Easy
Walk length: One and a half miles

Looking for a gentle route that the whole family can enjoy? The Hay-on-Wye River and Rail Trail travels along a former railway line, alongside the riverside, and takes around one hour to complete. On a hot day, you could have a paddle in the River Wye. And, on a cooler day, stop off in a nearby pub to keep warm. 

Saundersfoot to Tenby

Location: Tenby
Difficulty: Medium
Walk length: Seven and a half miles

The circular Saundersfoot to Tenby route will see you head past the area’s golden beaches, as you travel from one Blue Flag beach to another. The best thing about it? Some might say the atmosphere and views but, for us, it’s got to be the endless options for food that this traditional seaside resort offers. 

Cardigan Circular Walk

Location: Cardigan
Difficulty: Medium
Walk length: Just over 10 miles

The Cardigan Circular Walk might be fairly long but, if you’ve got a spare day, it’s worth it. Starting at Cardigan Bay, you’ll head to Clos-y-Graig before heading to Cardigan once more. Along the way, expect to see plenty of wildlife and you can even explore the National Trust property of Mwnt.

Fishguard to Pwll Deri

Location: Fishguard
Difficulty: Medium
Walk length: Nine miles

The Fishguard to Pwll Deri walk will take you along volcanic cliff edges on Pembrokeshire’s dramatic coastline. See how many different heathers you can spot, and why not plan a game of wildlife bingo to get the kids involved? Again, it might be a slightly longer route but we promise you won’t be disappointed. 

Newborough Beach to Ynys Llanddwyn

Location: Anglesey
Difficulty: Easy
Walk length: Three and a half miles

What better way to enjoy the sunset than whilst walking along the Newborough Beach to Ynys Llanddwyn trail? The route takes you along the soft sands at Newborough towards Llanddwyn Island, which is also known as Ynys Llanddwyn to the locals! It’s a great one to do with the kids and, afterwards, why not treat them to an ice cream or a lunch in one of the local pubs? 

Circular coastal walk

Location: Abersoch
Difficulty: Easy
Walk length: Eleven miles

If you want to see the best of Abersoch, then head off on the Abersoch Circular Coastal Walk. The route begins in the village and heads along to the Golf Club before joining the Llyn Coastal Path. The views are amazing and it’s not uncommon for walkers to spot a few seals in the distance. It might be fairly long but it’s an easy route that the kids will love.

Must-see places in Wales

From tourist attractions to award-winning beaches, Wales has plenty of things to do and see – whatever the weather. Here, we round up the must-see places that have got to be on your list. 

Snowdonia National Park 

Best for: Getting outside

Snowdonia National Park is one of Wales’ most popular attractions, and makes for a great day out. Walking, hiking, watersports or setting up a chilled picnic, there’s something for everyone here, and your four-legged friends are invited too. There’s also lots of nearby pubs with a great selection of food and drink. 

Caldey Island 

Best for: Something a little different 

What would you do if you could stay at a private island for the day? Well, just a short boat ride from Tenby lies Caldey Island. Only open on weekdays in the summer and Saturdays, it’s the perfect spot for a picnic, snooze or romantic walk. There’s also lots of adventure opportunities so don’t forget to pack the camera.

Brecon Beacons

Best for: Family-friendly activities

The Brecon Beacons might be a famous mountain range in Wales but it offers so much more than this. Dense woodland, luscious waterfalls, vast open landscapes – the adventures here are never ending. Run, walk, hike or meander – and allow your loved ones, including the dogs and kids, to explore ahead. 

Bute Park 

Best for: Getting away from the hustle and bustle 

Just minutes from Cardiff city centre, you’ll find Bute Park, a popular area that’s home to trees, woodland, a playground and three cafes. From grabbing a morning coffee to relaxing in the afternoon sun, there’s no better place to spend a few hours. Dogs are welcome here too which means everyone can take advantage of it. 

Cardiff Castle 

Best for: Learning about the local history

Cardiff Castle was built over 2,000 years ago and is steeped in a lot of history. Join a guided tour, head off on an exploration of your own and don’t forget to spare some time for a sweet treat in the Public Square. The building itself is really impressive, and once inside things only get better. 

Welsh Mountain Zoo

Best for: Seeing some rare animals

Want to get up close to some of the only red pandas in the UK? Covering over 37 acres, the Welsh Mountain Zoo is home to hundreds of species and offers animal encounters and zookeeper experiences. The on-site cafe is also worth a visit and you’re not too far from the town of Colwyn Bay which makes for a nice trip afterwards.

Best pubs in Wales

Come rain or shine, there’s always an excuse to head to the pub. So if you’re looking for somewhere to go in Wales, these are topping our list. 

The Glengower

Location: Aberystwyth

This pub has appeared in the Good Beer Guide, but that’s not the only reason to visit it. Its menu of home cooked food is always changing, it has an amazing location on the seafront and the bar has over 90 whiskeys. If that’s not enough to tempt you, the incredible terrace is great for watching the sunset from… 

Tiny Rebel 

Location: Cardiff

Tiny Rebel has officially been named as one of the best pubs in Wales so it’s definitely worth putting on your list. As well as great beers, the menu features amazing burgers, chicken wings and pizzas. With a fantastic atmosphere on Friday and Saturdays, this is the place to start your night in Cardiff. 

Britannia Inn 

Location: Swansea

Another award-winning pub but this time, Britannia Inn has been featured in the National Pub and Bar Awards and is also a Good Food winner. Renowned for its beer and food menu, the external beer garden offers amazing views of the Loughor Estuary. We can’t think of anywhere we’d rather be. 

The Griffin Inn 

Location: Dale 

Combining a seafront location, a fresh seafood menu and a huge selection of beers, it’s easy to see why this pub is so popular. Inside, the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and, if you can get a seat on the sun-trap terrace, you’ll find it hard to leave. It’s a great choice all-year-round but particularly great in the sunshine. 

No Sign Wine Bar

Location: Swansea

No Sign Wine Bar might look like a normal pub from the outside but, inside, you’ll find four different bars – one even specialises in themed cocktails. Of course, there’s still an olde worlde bar on offer but if you’re looking for a range of options and great music too, look no further.

Blue Anchor Inn 

Location: Aberthaw 

The Blue Anchor Inn is one of the oldest pubs in Wales and has been in the same family since the 40s. It’s popular with locals which is always a good sign and the menu features good drinks and even better food. If you’re in the area, and are looking for something a little traditional, pop in and say hello.

Best places to eat in Wales

Breakfast, lunch, dinner or just dessert – Wales is fast-becoming a foodie scene, and for good reason. From cafes and gastropubs to pop up stalls and fine dining establishments, these are some of the best places to eat in Wales.

Beach House

Location: Oxwich Bay

As the name suggests, this restaurant sits right on the beach. It’s not just the location and views that make it so special though. The menu features fresh seafood and amazing wines. Expect lobster, mussels and prawns plus a delicious dessert menu to tempt you afterwards. 

Asador

Location: Cardiff

Asador focuses on fresh food that’s cooked on the grill with a side menu of Spanish delicacies. The menu is rich, the atmosphere is vibrant and it’s got a great feel – whatever time of the day you visit. For the meat eaters amongst you, this is guaranteed to impress. 

Hangfire Southern Kitchen 

Location: Barry

Owners Samantha Evans and Shauna Guinn regularly make an appearance on BBC cookery programmes, and their latest venture focuses on soul food classics and barbeque treats. They even travelled to the US to get inspiration for their menu so you can be sure that you’re getting the best stuff out there. 

The Clink

Location: Cardiff

Not just any chefs work in The Clink. Here, food is created by inmates at Cardiff Prison and it’s not just any old food either. On the menu, you can find fine dining dishes like rabbit terrine and mustard crostinis. Plus, we’re sure you won’t have experienced anything like this before. 

Pizzatipi

Location: Cardigan

Great views, handmade pizzas and local beer – what more could you want? Pizzatipi is run by four brothers, and is housed in a tipi – hence the name Pizza Tipi. It’s also part of a local glamping park, and offers a really fun dining experience for all ages. 

Pale Hall 

Location: Gwynedd

Housed in a Jacobean-style mansion and sitting on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, Pale Hall is the place to go for a special occasion. Head Chef, Gareth Stevenson, offers two set tasting menus crafted from local ingredients and homegrown herbs and vegetables. It might be pricey but it’s worth it if you’re looking for something posh.

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