Welcome to Wales

Millennium Centre

Many places have exquisite beaches, vibrant cities and stunning countryside. However, with an amazing 45 beaches holding a coveted Blue Flag award for environmental excellence (including one voted ‘The Most Beautiful Beach in Britain’), three National Parks, five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and two of the most popular cities for visitors in the UK, Wales really is a special case. Add to this the great transport links and the short journey time from London, the reasons for Wales’ well-deserved popularity are clear.

Cardiff Millennium StadiumHow to get there

If you’re flying into London, onward travel to Wales is least expensive and most convenient with the National Express bus service direct to Cardiff from Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports. The luxury, air-conditioned buses feature washroom and toilet facilities and arrive in Cardiff in just over three hours, when departing from Heathrow. National Express – Airport to Anywhere eTickets can be purchased from the VisitBritain Shop. If you’re staying in London or elsewhere in Britain for a while before heading west to Wales then rail travel is a great way to get around. A BritRail Pass is exclusively available to overseas visitors and offers unlimited travel for a fixed price on any over ground train – and there are huge savings on normal ticket prices.

History, art and sport in Cardiff

When you step off the bus or train in the capital city of Cardiff, don’t travel onwards too soon; no visit to Wales would be complete without delving into this lively, energetic city. The hop-on-hop-off City Sightseeing Cardiff Bus is a great way to explore and get your bearings before making the most of the free museums, art exhibitions, music venues and fantastic shopping. History buffs should be sure to pay a visit to Cardiff Castle and its 2000 years of history, while sports fans can enjoy their time in the 2009 and 2014 European City of Sport by taking a tour of the impressive Millennium Stadium.

Pembrokeshire CoastSmall city, big nightlife

Finish your day out by heading to Cardiff Bay for some waterside dining, with some restaurants offering authentic Welsh cuisine alongside other international options, before heading back to the city center for late-night beers and cocktails on Mill Lane and Greyfriars Road.

Catch some countryside

The next day, get out of the city and explore the famous Welsh beaches and countryside – visitors are certainly not short of choice for their next Welsh destination. SeeWales offer a range of day trips, departing from Cardiff, to showcase the best of the country. Experience majestic ancient ruins, soak up the sun on award-winning beaches and enjoy the astonishing natural scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Celebrity city

If your time in Cardiff has left you wanting more city time, some SeeWales tours visit neighbouring Swansea, the second largest city in Wales and the birthplace of poet Dylan Thomas and hometown of Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Coastal capers

For the real daredevils, the Coasteering Adventure on the Pembrokeshire coast is not to be missed. The half-day experience incorporates rock climbing, sea-level traversing, swimming into sea caves and even cliff jumping, all with guidance from an experienced and qualified instructor. The Adventures take place all year round except December and January, so you’ll be pleased to know that warm wetsuits are provided!

Caernarfon CastleA cluster of castles

There are so many castles concentrated around the southern cities and coastline, but perhaps the most spectacular is located on the north coast. When you’ve warmed up and dried off after your coastal escapades, use your BritRail Pass to head north to the spectacular Conwy Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates from the 13th Century. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Snowdonia National Park, Conwy Castle is far from alone in the area, being surrounded by 12 other castles within 40 miles! Perhaps the most famous and most spectacular of Conwy’s neighbours is Caernarfon Castle, built at the same time as Conwy and still an imposing, grand feature of the small town of Caernarfon.

With so many memories to be created, we’re sure we’ll welcome you to Wales soon – or, as they say on that side of the border, byddwn yn eich croesawu i Gymru yn fuan!

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