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Camping Holidays in Wales

Welcome to the land of green valleys, majestic mountains, rolling hills and dramatic coastlines. With national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, castles, beaches and bays there’s so much to see. It really is a truly inspiring place and one with so much on offer that it’s hard to summarise it in a few words. Therefore, it’s probably best you just go see and explore it all yourself!

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Wales is a fantastic location for a family holiday and especially those who like it fun filled with activities and site seeing. With three national parks, five areas of outstanding natural beauty and 750 miles of coastline at your disposal there’s some amazing scenery out there waiting for you. With pretty much every kind of outdoor activity on offer it’ll be hard to choose not only what but where to do it! As it’s quite a large and diverse area to cover (and will therefore need a few holidays to see it all!) it’s easiest to break it down in to the four main geographical areas; north, mid, west and south.

North Wales is dominated by Snowdonia National Park and the beautiful coastline, including the pretty Isle of Anglesey. With hills leading down to the sea there really is some spectacular scenery to see. With highlights in the area obviously being Mount Snowden, with its new visitor centre at the top and Snowden Mountain Railway to help get you there even if you don’t fancy the climb. Of course if walking is your thing then there are plenty of challenging and rewarding walks and hikes within the park itself. On the coast there are numerous small towns and villages with that charming holiday seaside feel, Llandudno is a Victorian seaside resort and has maintained its historical feel over the years.

Mid Wales highlights include the Brecon Beacons, a place which inspired Dylan Thomas to write some of his greatest poetry. With caves and waterfalls there are again some great walks in the area but it’s also an excellent place for mountain biking. Included in this area is also the Ceredigion Coastline and Cardigan Bay, this location being an important place for bottlenose dolphins where they can be seen on a boat trip out in the bay.

West Wales includes the only coastal national park in the UK covering the Pembrokeshire coast. It’s an important wildlife habitat and environmental area and is certainly worth a visit. If you like rock pooling, surfing, sailing or even swimming then this coastline is a beautiful place in which to do it. West Wales is also home to Swansea, situated along the waterfront this is Wales’ second city. From exploring the city sites and all the cultural aspects there are some excellent coastal villages, such as Mumbles located nearby. The Gower Peninsular has some award winning beaches and is another excellent location for seaside and waterborne fun.

Last, but by no means least, is south Wales. Home to Cardiff, Wales’ capital city, with its castle and excellent museums, restaurants and shops, it is a great city to explore. The south Wales coastline is renowned for its excellent surfing and family friendly surf schools are located in both Caswell Bay and Rhossili Bay. South Wales is also home to ‘the valleys’, this landscape was formally dominated by the mining industry, whilst the majority of this has succumbed to time the National Coal Museum in Blaenafon enables you to experience what it was like to go down the pits and learn about this dangerous industry. If castles are more your thing then you will not be disappointed in the Wye Valley, it has the most castles per square mile in the whole of Britain so there’s plenty of history to explore here too.

Campsites in Wales

Wales has a plethora of campsites and camping experiences on offer. Whether you prefer a seascape or a secluded rural location in the valleys there will be a campsite waiting for you. With a variety of prices to suit all budgets you can be sure to find something, from the more basic and rustic, to a luxury all inclusive camping experience.

Most of the campsites have good facilities with shower blocks and electric hook ups for the pitches. If you want to stretch your budget then there’s plenty of opportunity to go ‘glamping’ in Wales. Tipis, yurts, Romany caravans and more; these all enable you to access outdoor living but without having to give up on a few of those little luxuries.  Also, many of these options are good for whatever the weather so don’t just think camping is for summer!

Holiday Parks in Wales

Things to do

Harlech Castle

This impressive building built in the late 13th century sits high upon a hillside and looks out over Snowdonia. Its situation means whilst the kids can go explore and feel like knights from days gone by you can relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

Dolphin Watching

Take a boat trip out from New Quay and go find those bottlenose dolphins residing in Cardigan Bay! Not only that but there’s so much more to see out there with seals and seabirds to name but a few animals; it’s truly an amazing nature experience. Tickets can be booked at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre.

National Botanic Gardens of Wales

Situated near Llanarthne in Carmarthenshire these gardens are a must see. In 568 acres of parkland sits a diverse array of gardens, historic and futuristic buildings, and the highlight of which being the great glasshouse. With many walks, things to see, cafes and restaurants to revive you, a great day out is waiting for all the family!

Dr Who Experience

Calling all sci-fi adventurers! Visit the Dr Who Experience in Cardiff Bay for an interactive adventure with Dr Who and all the scary monsters you’d expect to come across with him, but might not want to! There’s also the opportunity to see costumes and props from older episodes, certainly a must see for all Dr Who fans.

Getting there

The easiest ways to get to Wales are by car or train. It depends what area of Wales you are visiting as to which way is easiest to access it by. If visiting the south then the M4 will take you over the Severn bridge and on towards Cardiff and Swansea. If you’re visiting the north of Wales then pick up the A55 near Chester and this goes all the way to the Isle of Anglesey. For central Wales and the west coast then you can find numerous A roads criss-crossing the country, plan your route ahead and you can’t go wrong.

As for trains, then Cardiff and Swansea are the main stations in the south. Bangor is the main station in the north and Aberystwyth on the west coast. Generally it’s easy to access Wales on train from England and Scotland. There is an extensive rail network within Wales and you’ll find a train can get you to most large and small towns in whatever area you choose to visit.

Written by of Family Camping Reviews

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