Glamping at the Slate Caverns, Snowdonia, North Wales
Blaenau Ffestiniog is a fascinating place: it’s a little enclave within the Snowdonia National Park where centuries of slate mining has created a moonscape in the mountains. The locals have enterprisingly turned this to their advantage: it’s now the adventure sport capital of Wales. These six luxury safari lodges are right in the heart of the action, with the slate caverns, Zip World, Bounce Below and Antur Stiniog on the doorstep, and the mountain kingdoms of Snowdonia all around.
Penhein, Monmouthshire, South Wales
It’s the sense of rural seclusion than makes Penhein so magical. Their Persian-inspired glamping tents are tucked away in secluded woodland surrounded by endless countryside – perfect for den-building, paddling and Poohsticks. The farming family who run it put on plenty of family events like bushcraft and campfire cooking, and there’s the glorious Wye Valley and Monmouthshire hills to explore.
Fforest, Cardigan, Mid Wales
The people at Fforest have been quietly creating something utterly magical over the past decade. They operate family ventures in three locations around Cardigan, with a range of domes, shacks, bell-tents, lofts and a coastal campsite to stay in. Every August they hold week-long gatherings – Fforest Gather – that bring together the best of Fforest’s unique ethos for a family holiday that’s full of creative engagement.
Tyddyn Isaf, Anglesey, North Wales
This family-run, family-friendly camping and caravan park deservedly won the AA Wales Campsite of the Year a few years back. Set neatly on the northeast coast of Anglesey, Tyddyn Isaf has an adventure playground for children, a footpath down to Lligwy beach, plus a shop and a small restaurant.
Quay West, Ceredigion, Mid Wales
New Quay is a gorgeous harbour town and the dolphin-spotting capital of Wales, and up on the cliffs above it, this all-action holiday park has its own heated pools, woodland nature walks and on-site restaurant, bar and evening entertainment.
Plassey Holiday Park, Wrexham, North Wales
A former dairy farm in the Dee Valley is the setting for this multi-award winning, five-star leisure park for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents. The facilities at Plassey holiday park are brilliant: heated indoor swimming pool, craft and retail centre, golf course, coffee shop and restaurant, and even its own brewery. There are special activity days for kids and an entire Welsh castle-themed adventure play park.
Three Cliffs Bay, Gower, West Wales
You’ll wake up to arguably the best view of any campsite in Britain here: a glorious hilltop location overlooking the iconic Three Cliffs Bay. All the attractions of Gower and nearby Swansea are on the doorstep, and they take caravans, motorhomes and tents, as well as offering glamping and barn conversions for let.
Cosy Under Canvas, Kington
Caerfai Farm, St Davids, West Wales
Camping, cottages, and yurts, set on a clifftop with direct access to the Wales Coast Path. Not enough? The tiny cathedral city of St Davids is a short walk away, and so is the stunning little port of Porthclais. You want even more? Caerfai is an organic farm and they make their own cheese. There. That settles it.