10 eco-friendly places to visit 

Wales is brimming with open spaces, rising mountains, green valleys, windswept headlands and golden sands.  Here are ten green places to visit to make your holiday footprint a little lighter.

  • Centre for Alternative Technology

    Centre for Alternative Technology, Powys, Mid Wales

    Seven acres of a once-derelict slate mine are now occupied by a sustainable community, founded here in the mid-1970s.  The focus here is on technology and inspiring holidays makers with a range of interactive displays and working examples of environmentally responsible buildings, organic growing and sustainability at home. A must do at the centre is a ride on the water balanced cliff railway with breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys.

  • Family ride the 'Green Dragon' people powered rollercoaster at Greenwood Forest Park
    Greenwood Forest Park, Snowdonia by GreenWood Forest Park

    One of the best family attractions in North Wales, Greenwood Forest Park is a giant playground, from the Jungle Boats to the Green Great Run. The park even has the world’s only people powered roller coaster. Run wild with active adventure play; mazes, archery and jungle boats; constantly changing live shows & crafts; furry and feathered residents; and escape to the playbarn on wet and windy days.

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  • Plas Tan y Bwlch, Snowdonia National Park's environmental study area
    Plas Tan y Bwlch, Snowdonia by Defabled

    Snowdonia National Park's Environmental Studies Centre delivers courses in countryside stewardship and skills in a superb position overlooking the valley of the river Dwyryd in the heart of the National Park. Most courses, except those obviously held indoors, involve walking at various levels of strenuousness. Public courses include orienteering, guided walks and hikes, crafts, history, archaeology, painting, illustration, photography, wildlife and fishing. 

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  • Welsh Wildlife Centre
    Welsh Wildlife Centre

    The banks of the Teifi River, just outside Cardigan, are home to many species of wildlife and a varied collection of trails through their natural habitats. This reserve protects, conserves and sustains a wide range of habitats and species, while raising awareness of the natural world. It makes a great day out for families, whether on foot or by bike, not least for its adventure play area and the activities inside at the Learning through Play area.

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  • Couple cycling through Newport, Pembrokeshire
    Couple cycling through Newport, Pembrokeshire

    There are over 1,200 miles of the National Cycle Network in Wales, with a further 100 miles of mainly traffic free routes underway in the South Wales Valleys. Last year 29 million walking and cycling trips were made on the Network in Wales. Developed by Sustrans, a charity that promotes sustainable transport, these safe cycling routes make Wales not only a sustainable tourist destination, but also a healthy and beautiful one.

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  • The Senedd building in Cardiff Bay
    Senedd, Cardiff Bay

    The architects of the new National Assembly building in Cardiff placed sustainability at the core of their plans for the building. Here, where the debating chamber and committee rooms ring with the issues of the day, the heat is controlled by a passive system, while the structure is ventilated naturally and even harvests rainwater to flush the toilets. As a public building, visitors are free to attend a Plenary or a Committee in the public gallery. Make sure you book in advance.

  • This little secret on the UK festival scene is a family-friendly festival with a green conscience – and awards to prove it! With a relaxed vibe there’s music, circus acts, fun and games in the hills near Usk in Monmouthshire. All the electricity on site is generated by solar panels and wind generators, from the massive sound system and stage lights of the main stage to the strings of LEDs that light the site at night. Everything that possibly can be, is recycled.

  • The 18th century Llanerchaeron House in Pembrokeshire

    Llanerchaeron, Aberaeron, Ceredigion

     by Matt Eves

    The National Trust in Wales has done pioneering work in sustainability, almost halving energy use and CO2 emissions in just two years. Visit the 18 century Welsh gentry estate of Llanerchaeron, The property has two windhager biomass boilers, three solar thermal boilers, water wheel hydro and a host of other energy efficient mechanisms in place.

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  • Two cyclists studying a information board at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre

    Information Board, Coed y Brenin Mountain Biking Centre,

    Snowdonia

    This was Britain's first purpose-built mountain bike centre. The gateway to Coed y Brenin Forest Park offers orienteering routes, trail running, high ropes, geocaching, childrens' playgrounds and world-class mountain biking trails. However, it's not all white-knuckle speed, with plenty of family walks in the area. 

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  • Plas Y Brenin, the National Mountain Sports Centre in the Snowdonia National Park
    Plas Y Brenin, Snowdonia by look lovely

    Based in Snowdonia, Plas y Brenin is devoted exclusively to outdoor adventure. This enviable wilderness location means a year-round programme of mountain sports and outdoor activities for all ages and abilities. This registered charity is committed to providing the best possible opportunities at the most affordable price. 

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