10 ways to celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day in Wales

St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of love, is celebrated on January 25th. From the snow-clad mountains of Snowdonia to the wilds of the Brecon Beacons, there are countless ways to celebrate the most romantic date in the Welsh calendar.

  • Llanddwyn

    Llanddwyn, Anglesey

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    Officially an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Anglesey is a stunning location. With unspoilt coastlines for long walks, picturesque towns and plenty of places for a cosy meal or drink, it's a really romantic area. Pay a visit to Llynnon Mill while you're there. It's a working windmill built in the 18th century surrounded by incredible views.

  • If you're looking for a little alone time together, escape to a quant countryside lodge or self-catering cottage in the Welsh hills. Somewhere like Lily Pond Lodge in Brecon would be perfect: a wooden cabin perched beside a pretty wildlife-filled pond, hidden away from everyone else. With walks on your doorstep and dramatic views around every corner, Brecon makes a legendary getaway spot.
  • Fforest

    Fforest, Cardigan

    Combine a stay in the woods with an opportunity to become at one with nature. Fforest fits the bill; at any of its three sites across Cardigan and Ceredigion, you can have a relaxing stay in the forest, swim in natural waters and explore the canopied woodlands. It's a getaway you won't forget. Walk to the cliff top plateau of Ynys Lochtyn nearby for amazing sea views or amble across some of the nearby gorges.

  • Ruthin Castle

    Ruthin Castle

     by Dennis Bailey

    Just a short trip from the northern coast and St Dwynwen's island home, a real legendary experience awaits. Centuries ago, Ruthin Castle provided a luxurious roof over the heads of royalty. It has since been converted into an outstanding hotel, where you can choose to stay in unusually themed and extravagantly furnished guest rooms to suit the king or queen you are hoping to treat!

  • Romance in Preseli

    Melin Tregwynt

    Melin Tregwynt 

     by Melin Tregwynt

    The rolling Preseli hills are wild and winding, and they feel a world away from anywhere else thanks to its sparse population. It's ideal for a private walk in your own giant back garden. Afterwards, pop into Melin Tregwynt, a white-washed wool mill nuzzled in a remote wooded valley, for a glimpse of the traditional Welsh wool industry. You may even want to buy a beautiful fluffy blanket to snuggle up under. If you head to nearby Fishguard, grab lunch at Peppers - a little bistro in an art gallery.

  • Gower Peninsula, West Wales

    Gower Peninsula, West Wales

    The Gower Peninsula boasts plenty of beautiful beaches – it was the first place in Wales to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Many areas of the coast here offer quiet, tranquil spots for lovebirds to sit and ponder. Wrap up warm and join your companion to watch the sunset at Pennard Castle, or have a hot chocolate with a view of Rhossili Bay at The Bay Bistro.

  • Elan Valley, Mid Wales

    Elan Valley, Mid Wales

    Having some alone time is easy in the Elan Valley. There is so much to explore, you won’t even have time to search for 4G. Stretching over 72 square miles, there are endless walks amongst the wildlife, lots of Victorian dams and reservoirs and plenty of cycle paths. It was the first privately owned but publicly accessible park to achieve International Dark Sky Park status. What could be more romantic than gazing at the stars together?

  • The Grove, Narberth.

    The Grove, Narberth, Pembrokeshire

     by Owen Howells

    Whisk your lover away for a romantic weekend in one of Wales' top small boutique hotels. The Grove in Pembrokeshire has a romantic break offer - think champagne, chocolates and a dozen red roses waiting for you on arrival, as well as a romantic cocktail and a delicious dinner menu. The nearby town of Narberth is romantic too, with little independent shops, cosy tea rooms and a slow pace of life.

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  • Visit Cardiff's beautiful Bay

    Fabulous Welshcakes

    Fabulous Welshcakes

     by Fabulous Welshcakes

    Take a step back from the capital's bustling centre and explore the Bay. Treat yourself to a show at the Bay’s cultural cornerstone, Wales Millennium Centre. Or, feast on some of the delicious food sold by the independent eateries. Nata & Co’s Portuguese pastries have a huge reputation, while Fabulous Welshcakes excels at both traditional and contemporary takes on the country’s famous sweet treat. Finish the trip with a romantic boat ride around Cardiff’s waterways.

  • Enjoy a romantic champagne break

    Ynyshir Hall, Machynlleth

    Ynyshir Hall, Machynlleth

     by Ynyshir Hall
    Ynyshir Hall, proud owner of four AA rosettes and a Michelin star, is a luxurious country house hotel and restaurant in Machynlleth that could woo the coldest of hearts. Spoil yourselves with a stay in one of their sumptuously decorated rooms, where you can book a therapist for treatments such as a massage or reflexology. Then, sample one of the tasting menus available at the multi-award winning restaurant with a glass of bubbly. The staff will go out of their way to make your special occasion perfect, so if you’re planning something momentous, just let them know.

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