Wales is well-known for being a country that is equal parts agricultural and rural as it is industrial. North Wales in particular is known for its castles, haunting moors, and mountainous terrain, whereas South Wales is known for its verdant valleys. Glamorgan and South Wales are also known for its museums and World Heritage Sites that chronicle Wales`s irrevocable ties to the iron and coal industries. Wales is known for its beaches and seaside resorts, from Llandudno in the north to the Gower Peninsula in the south. It is also known for its exquisite private and public gardens that bloom with flowers from around the world. Finally, Wales is known for its unique and vibrant nightlife, including thousands of bars and pubs.
Springtime is the best time to visit most of Wales, as crowds are not as large at tourist attractions, flowers are in bloom, and prices for accommodations are routinely discounted. The best time to visit Llandudno is during the summer season, which also coincides with the high season there, so crowds cannot be avoided at the seaside.
We recommend approximately 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in Cardiff and North Wales.
Whatever your pleasure, transportation in Wales is modern, easy to navigate and fits a variety of budget ranges. The best way to travel in Wales ultimately depends on your goals: Do you want to travel by train in Wales, or maybe you want to visit as many cities as possible or exploring the towns dotted throughout the country; if so, driving may be the way to go.
By Car: If you want to enjoy the countryside at your own pace, renting a car is a great way to see Wales. Wales`s road network is well-developed, although not to the vast extent it is in neighboring England. Two-lane country streets and avenues are also great for exploring via automobile. It`s a roughly four-hour drive (excluding traffic) from Cardiff to Caernarfon or Llandudno, and a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Cardiff to Aberystwyth.
By Train and/or Ferry: The train system in Wales is administered by Transport for Wales. There are rail lines that connect all the major towns and cities along the southern coast, the north of the country, and many of the towns along Cardigan Bay. Handicapped accessibility is available in most major and mid-sized train stations. A train station is situated in Cardiff International Airport, making travel to your destination from arrival in Wales easier. Rail lines run from Wales directly to Warrington, Manchester, Birmingham, Cheltenham, and Gloucester in England. There are ferry ports in Pembroke and Fishguard that have multiple weekly sailings to Rosslare Europort in Ireland, and one at Holyhead on the isle of Anglesey with multiple weekly sailings to Dublin.
Wales, like the other constituent nations of the United Kingdom, uses the pound sterling (£). US dollars are not accepted. Please be sure to have the correct currency on hand or be prepared to exchange your dollars for pounds upon arrival. Currency exchange desks can be found at the airport and many locations throughout the country. For more information, see Tipping in the United Kingdom.