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Introducing Wales

Make the most of your time in Wales.
Compared to the others, Wales is an oft-overlooked nation within the United Kingdom. This is a shame, as its countryside and coast are just as beautiful as anything in England, Scotland, or Northern Ireland. It has 869 miles (1,400 km) of coastline, in fact, along which you’ll find hidden coves and long tan beaches perfect for sunbathing in summer.

Wales is known as the “Land of Castles” due to its abundance of them—over 100 still remain, either restored to their early glory or in the form of archeological ruins. Then there are all those stone circles that dot the countryside and pre-date written history, physical echoes of the earliest humans who roamed the earth thousands of years before the common era even began.

When is the best time to visit?
If you want to spend time at the beaches in Wales, come during the summer when highs often reach a pleasant 84°F/28C. The days are longer during this season, too, which means you can take full advantage of day hikes in the Welsh mountains.

The drawback to summer travel, however, is that crowds are bigger and you will have to book accommodation further in advance. To beat the crowds while still enjoying decent weather, come during the shoulder months of April/May and September/October.

Where should you go?
The capital city of Cardiff encapsulates Welsh culture and has a lively and convivial Rugby scene. For fun in the sun, visit the beaches of Rhossili, Barafundle, and Tenby, some of the best in the U.K. For day hikes, head to Mt. Snowdon (Wales’ highest peak), Snowdonia National Park, and the Brecon Beacon Mountains and Lake Llangorse in the south.

Wales’ offshore islands are deservedly famous for their beauty, and you’ll find great beaches around Anglesey, off the northwest coast. Castles, such as the Edwardian fortress in Caernarfon, are found throughout the nation, and the oldest of Wales’ stone circles exist in Pembrokeshire. 

Thinking about traveling around the United Kingdom? Learn more about planning a trip to England or Scotland. Many travelers also combine the UK and Ireland

How many days do you need?
You can experience quite a bit of Wales in a short time. In 4-7 days you could laze on a beach, hike in the countryside, and visit some of the major castles and ruins. However, if you’re a history buff planning on seeing each of the nation’s castles, know that you could visit one per day and it would still take you over three months to see all of them.

Wales Tours & Itineraries

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Map of Discover Wales - 7 Days
Discover Wales - 7 Days

Many travelers have heard of Wales, but few have visited its ruggedly beautiful coastline, ancient castles, and national parks. On this seven-day trip, you'll experience these highlights, enjoy delicious regional cuisine, and hike among the peaks of Snowdonia National Park.

Enjoy the beautiful views from the top of Snowdonia, North Wales
Map of Walking in Beautiful North Wales: Snowdonia & Anglesey - 8 Days
Walking in Beautiful North Wales: Snowdonia & Anglesey - 8 Days

Experience the best of North Wales' rugged highlands, beaches, and historic villages on this eight-day self-guided walking tour through Snowdonia National Park, the Llyn Peninsula, and Anglesey Island. Stay in heritage hotels, visit historic castles, learn about ancient battles, and climb the highest peak in Wales. Choose from a variety of walks, take the train, or go for a drive: we provide suggestions and background information, so you can tailor your Wales self-drive walking tour to suit you (and the weather)!

Rolling hills of Wales
Map of Highlights of Wales and Southern England - 18 Days
Highlights of Wales and Southern England - 18 Days

On this comprehensive 18-day trip you'll experience the best of Wales and Southern England. Visit many delightful little towns, coastal promenades, medieval castles and churches, and many other historic sites that encapsulate many visitors' most romantic ideas of Great Britain. Get active with river-side and coastal walks, and relax in the ancient hot spring baths at Bath. This tour is the ultimate introduction to southern England and Wales, ideal for first-time visitors to the country. 

Harlech Castle in North Wales
Map of Legends of Wales - 6 Days
Legends of Wales - 6 Days

This exploration of Wales' history and legends take you deep into a magical country of King Arthur's legends. Explore the Fortress of Isca, hike in Brecon Beacons, and head west to discover the prehistoric landscape of the Preseli hills and the Pembrokeshire Coast. Drive north along the Cambrian coast to the rolling mountains of Snowdonia to explore King Arthur's legendary landscapes and politically rife Caernarfon Castle.

Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales
Map of Culinary Tour of Wales - 5 Days
Culinary Tour of Wales - 5 Days

Explore local cuisine and adventure on this 5-day journey through Wales' intimate landscapes. Hike the mountain grasslands of Brecon Beacons and taste local whiskey, then visit sleepy harbor towns and ancient monasteries in Pembrokeshire. Drive along the spectacular Cambrian coast, then end your trip in the jagged mountains of Snowdonia, where mountain views and medieval castles await.

Coasteering
Map of Nature & History in Wales - 7 Days
Nature & History in Wales - 7 Days

This adventurous itinerary checks off the top historical and recreational highlights in Wales. Hike through the Brecon Beacons National Park, get wet and wild coasteering along the Pembrokeshire coast, and explore ancient Roman ruins. End the trip in the north in Snowdonia, where jagged peaks, whitewater rafting, and the iconic Caernarfon Castle await.

Wales Travel Advice

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Daffodils in a park in Wales
Wales in March: Travel Tips, Weather & More

Wales has a real spring in its step in March, with daffodils in the hedgerows and warmer, lighter days on the horizon. While you can still expect the odd downpour, this is a...

Evening light in a bluebell wood near Port Talbot in South Wales
Wales in April: Travel Tips, Weather & More

April is one of the most enticing months to visit Wales: the hills, valleys, and mountains are bursting into new bud and there's plenty of sunshine to break up the showers. This...

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A storm brews over Wales' Cardiff Castle
How Many Days to Spend in Wales

Wales may be smaller than New Jersey and barely one-quarter the size of Scotland, but it's packed full of areas of natural beauty and teeming with fascinating cultural and historical sites. You can explore many of its top attractions in as little as five days; meanwhile, a week allows you to cover a greater area or deep dive into a particular region, like hiking in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. And if you have 10 days or more, you can tour the country in its entirety, from the coastline to national parks and castles to quiet Welsh towns.

Brecon Beacons National Park
Best Time of Year to Visit Wales

Your tolerance for rain could be one factor determining the best time of year to visit Wales, as the climate is temperate and frequently wet. Despite this, Wales can be a delight to see in any season, each of which showcases the country's rugged beauty and cultural appeals in a unique way. Read on to find out more about the best time of year to visit Wales.

Snow in Swansea, South Wales
Wales in February: Travel Tips, Weather & More

The weather is fickle in Wales in February. Conditions change suddenly: from fog to frost, gale-force winds to heavy rain and snow, but days are slowly getting longer and lighter and night skies shine brightly with stars. Read on to learn more about traveling to Wales in February.

Wales Travel Maps

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Wales map: Discover Wales - 7 Days
Discover Wales - 7 Days
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Wales map: Walking in Beautiful North Wales: Snowdonia & Anglesey - 8 Days
Walking in Beautiful North Wales: Snowdonia & Anglesey - 8 Days
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Wales map: Highlights of Wales and Southern England - 18 Days
Highlights of Wales and Southern England - 18 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Owen Davies
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Owen Davies

Growing up in the West Country of England and having lived in Bristol, Liverpool, London and now on the rugged Welsh coastline in Pembrokeshire I know first-hand the diversity of life, history and...

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Travel specialist Alex Rawson
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Alex Rawson

My working life has been consumed with travel in the best possible way. I've come to realise that travelling - quite simply - not only makes people immensely happy but is also incredibly...

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Travel specialist Eleanor Whitticombe
active 18 hours ago

Eleanor Whitticombe

I have been lucky enough to travel to many places, from the USA to Dubai to Thailand. I have lived and worked in the beautiful Canadian Rockies. Eventually the draw of the coast and home,...

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Travel specialist Rachel Long
active 18 hours ago

Rachel Long

Although I have always lived in beautiful Wales, I am passionate about travel. As a child I spent family holidays in Britain, touring the west coast of Scotland and the south coast of England,...

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Trip Reviews for Wales

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim
Diane

Loved everything about our trip. Kim Kim Alex... · Wales - May 23 - May 31, 2022

Traveler: Diane H. - Local specialist: Kate Bloomer

Loved everything about our trip. Kim Kim Alex and the whole team did an outstanding job. Can't say enough good things about Alex. I give them 10 thumbs up..a perfect 10.

Excellent Resource · Wales - May 23 - May 31, 2022

Traveler: Ruth Ann H. - Local specialist: Kate Bloomer

Both Kate and her successor, Alex, went out of their way to create a trip that met our interests. They supported us through the entire process, from planning, to on-the-ground in country, and to the eventual return home.

Highlights of Wales, Cotswolds, Cornwall and Devon.. · Wales - Oct 9 - Oct 24, 2019

Traveler: Jill L. - Local specialist: Louise Lewis

We had an amazing few weeks driving through Wales and England. Louise planned a lovely trip based on our wish to see beautiful coastal walks and pretty villages. We loved Wales which has escaped a lot of the tourist hype. Mountains, villages and beautiful coast. Louise chose lovely hotels with excellent food. We also enjoyed time in The Cotswolds, Bath and Cornwall. Stand out hotels were Tyddyn Llan and Caes Faen in Wales, the Grove of Narbeth in Pembrokeshire, Dormy House in the Cotswolds,... read more

We had an amazing few weeks driving through Wales and England. Louise planned a lovely trip based on our wish to see beautiful coastal walks and pretty villages. We loved Wales which has escaped a lot of the tourist hype. Mountains, villages and beautiful coast. Louise chose lovely hotels with excellent food. We also enjoyed time in The Cotswolds, Bath and Cornwall. Stand out hotels were Tyddyn Llan and Caes Faen in Wales, the Grove of Narbeth in Pembrokeshire, Dormy House in the Cotswolds, Lucknam Park in Bath and Gidleigh Park in Devon. The service was outstanding, accomodation beautiful and food amazing
The only place we found disappointing was a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon. It has become over commercialised and was packed with bus loads of tourists. All the other places we visited were lovely.
Louise also managed to sort out a small problem with the pick up location of our rental car very quickly. Communication with her was easy via Kimkim when we were at home in NZ and directly when we needed help in the UK. Couldn’t recommend her highly enough. Thanks Louise.

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Louise Lewis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Jill,
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and for your kind words, it was lovely to read your comments.
Many Thanks and Happy Travels!
Louise