It’s summer, and if you’re like me you’re itching for a weekend getaway or two. While I usually look to Europe for my shorter trips, I’ve learned over the years that the UK has as much to offer as the continent. And while most of my British weekend breaks are to Scotland, I’ve had some amazing getaways in Wales. If you’re in the mood for a Welsh adventure, here are A Lady in London’s 5 picks for weekend breaks in Wales.
Weekend Breaks in Wales
There’s no shortage of places to explore in Wales, whether you’re in the mood to discover a city or get out into nature.
From urban exploration to challenging hikes and stunning coastline, Wales has a lot to offer (sheep, too!).
1. Gower Peninsula
One of my favorite places in Wales is the Gower Peninsula. I discovered it last year, and I couldn’t believe the mix of beautiful beaches, coastal views, and romantic castles. I loved walking along the coastal trail on Langland Bay and taking in the sea air by the beach in Rhossili.
I’ve been to Cardiff a number of times, and on each visit I find more to explore. From the Victorian shopping arcades to the castle walls, the city has layers of history and heritage to take in. I had a particularly fun time a few years ago when I went with friends for the rugby, when the city came alive with the revelry.
3. St Davids
St Davids in Pembrokeshire is one of the best weekend breaks in Wales for outdoor scenery. In addition to the lovely city and 12th century cathedral, there are expansive beaches and great coastal paths in the area. And the seafood is hard to beat.
A Victorian seaside resort with lots of charm, Llandudno is worth a weekend if you find yourself up north. The historic pleasure pier is a throwback to times gone by, and the waterfront promenade and good fish n’ chips make it a great vintage getaway.
5. Brecon Beacons
I’ve spent several weekends in the Brecon Beacons National Park, and I can’t get enough of its natural beauty. Hiking Pen y Fan, the highest peak in south Wales, was an amazing experience. But even my less adventurous trips have been filled with good walks, cozy pubs, and fun food festivals.
What are your favorite weekend breaks in Wales?