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Wales Attractions

Whether you're a fun seeking family, a chilled out couple, or anything in-between, there are plenty of things to do in Wales, come rain or shine. Choose from a slow paced day seeing castles, museums and tasting our wonderful local produce, or get lively with some outdoor activities or even a music festival or sporting event. We promise you won’t be bored in Wales!

 
Millennium Stadium Millennium Stadium

Millennium Stadium

Since opening in June 1999, the Millennium Stadium has welcomed, on average, over 1.3 million visitors per year. Sporting the first fully-retractable roof in the UK, the venue is at the leading edge as a multi-purpose, multi-faceted event venue. The Millennium Stadium boasts a UEFA 5-Star rating and has hosted matches from two Rugby World Cups including the Final in 1999, witnessed two Wales Grand Slam successes in the RBS Six Nations, staged six showpiece FA Cup Finals plus hosted the major artists of the music business with a plethora of major concerts and motorsports events on its CV.

The installation of a partition drape system in July 2005 now means that the bowl of the Millennium Stadium can be used for multiple concert mode configurations and for staging exhibitions. Millennium Stadium also played its part in the London 2012 Olympics as a host venue for the football competition. The Millennium Stadium is established as a world class must play, must visit venue and has played home to five major sporting bodies over the last eight years.

Hotels near Millennium Stadium
The Riverhouse Backpackers4 starfrom £16.00
NosDa Studio Hostel from £55.00
The Safehouse Hostel from £16.00
Angel Hotel - The Hotel Collection3 starfrom £54.00
Austins3 starfrom £39.00
 
Cardiff Castle Backdrop Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle is one of Wales' leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. Located at the heart of the capital, within beautiful parklands, the Castle's walls and fairytale towers conceal 2,000 years of history. The Roman fort at Cardiff was probably established at the end of the 50s AD, on a strategic site that afforded easy access to the sea. Archaeological excavations made during the 1970s indicate that this was only the first of four forts, each a different size, that occupied the present site. Remains of the Roman wall can be seen today.

The Interpretation Centre is home to an introductory film show, bringing the last 2000 years of Cardiff Castle to life, whilst the audio tour will be your guide around the Norman Keep, the Battlement walk and the Castle grounds. A cafe and gift shop, as well as the newly opened military museum, Firing Line, will complete your visit. Average length of visit: 3-4 hours. Disabled access throughout site, except Keep and Castle apartments due to many steps.

Hotels near Cardiff Castle
Angel Hotel - The Hotel Collection3 starfrom £54.00
A Space In The City @ Landmark Place4 starfrom £65.00
The Safehouse Hostel from £16.00
Holiday Inn Cardiff City4 starfrom £49.00
Hilton Cardiff4 starfrom £76.30

 
Snowdon Snowdon Railway

Snowdon

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, at an altitude of 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) above sea level, and the highest point in the British Isles outside Scotland. It is located in Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd, and has been described as "probably the busiest mountain in Britain". It is designated as a national nature reserve for its rare flora and fauna. The rocks that form Snowdon were produced by volcanoes in the Ordovician period, and the massif has been extensively sculpted by glaciation, forming the pyramidal peak of Snowdon and the arêtes of Crib Goch and Y Lliwedd. The cliff faces on Snowdon, including Clogwyn Du'r Arddu, are significant for rock climbing, and the mountain was used by Edmund Hillary in training for the 1953 ascent of Mount Everest. Snowdon boasts some of the best views in Britain, and the summit can be reached by a number of well-known paths. The summit also houses a visitor centre called Hafod Eryri, built in 2006 to replace one built in the 1930s.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway (SMR) is a narrow gauge rack and pinion mountain railway that travels for 4.75 miles (7.6 km) from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon. It is the only public rack and pinion railway in the United Kingdom, and after more than 100 years of operation it remains a popular tourist attraction. Single carriage trains are pushed up the mountain by either steam locomotives or diesel locomotives. It has also previously used diesel railcars as multiple units. The railway was constructed between December 1894, when the first sod was cut by Enid Assheton-Smith (after whom locomotive No.2 was named), and February 1896, at a total cost of £63,800.

Hotels near Snowdon
Royal Victoria Hotel Snowdonia3 starfrom £53.00
Y Gwynedd Inn and Bunkhouse3 starfrom £91.88
The Heights Bunkhouse3 starfrom £16.99
YHA Snowdon Llanberis from £79.00
Idan House from £30.00
 
Conwy Castle Conwy Castle Bridge

Conwy Castle

This gritty dark-stoned fortress has the rare ability to evoke an authentic medieval atmosphere. The first time that visitors catch sight of the castle, commanding a rock above the Conwy Estuary and demanding as much attention as the dramatic Snowdonia skyline behind it, they know they are in the presence of a historic site which still casts a powerful spell. Conwy, constructed by the English Monarch Edward I between 1283 and 1287 as one of they key fortresses in his "iron ring" of castles to contain the Welsh, was built to prompt such a humbling reaction.

Conceived and created in just four years, Conwy Castle remains one of the outstanding achievements of medieval military architecture. There are no concentric "walls within walls" here, because they were not needed. Conwy's massive military strength springs from the rock on which it stands and seems to grow naturally. Soaring curtain walls and eight huge round towers give the castle an intimidating presence undimmed by the passage of time. The views from the battlements are breathtaking, looking out across mountains and sea and down to the roofless shell of the castle's great hall. It is from these battlements that visitors can best appreciate Conwy's other great glory, its ring of town walls. Conwy is the classic walled town. Its circuit of walls, over one and a quarter kilometres long and guarded by 21 towers and three double gateways, is one of the finest in the world.

Hotels near Conwy Castle
George and Dragon from £120.00
Castle Hotel4 starfrom £75.00
Gwynfryn House Bed and Breakfast4 starfrom £55.00
YHA Conwy4 starfrom £15.00
The Quay Hotel and Spa4 starfrom £84.00
 

Other Attraction in Wales

  • Welsh Mountain Zoo - Set in North Wales, high above Colwyn Bay with panoramic views and breathtaking scenery, beautiful gardens are home to our caring conservation zoo. Roam the wooded pathways, relax on the grassy slopes and spend a lovely day learning about many rare and endangered species from Britain and around the world including Snow Leopards, Chimpanzees, Red Pandas and Sumatran Tigers!
  • Caernarfon Castle - A brute of a fortress. Caernarfon Castle’s pumped-up appearance is unashamedly muscle-bound and intimidating. Picking a fight with this massive structure would have been a daunting prospect. By throwing his weight around in stone, King Edward I created what is surely one of the most impressive of Wales's castles. Worthy of World Heritage status no less!
  • The Chocolate Factory - Swansea's very own Chocolate Factory has recently won Wales Tourist Board recognition, following a rigorous assessment from an inspector from the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Service. As a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction The Chocolate Factory meets certain criteria laid down by the Wales Tourist Board.