Businesses here in Wales have changed how they operate to make it safe for you and your family to visit. This includes adapting to meet the new 'Good to Go' tourism standard, which lets you know that we're taking your safety seriously.
Welcome to Wales
Wales Covid restrictions apply to everyone living in Wales and those who visit, while they are here. The restrictions are changing frequently, so it’s important that you check the Coronavirus regulations on the Welsh Government website before visiting or travelling to Wales, or within Wales.
How have tourism businesses adapted for reopening?
A new tourism industry standard has been introduced, called ‘We're Good to Go’, which is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow government and industry COVID-19 guidelines.
Any business that shows this logo will have a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing, to ease your mind when you’re looking to book somewhere. Keep an eye out for the logo, and find out more about the We're Good to Go scheme.
Whether you’re looking for high-flying thrills, complete relaxation, or something in between, Wales will have plenty to offer.
The lions, giraffes and penguins have been overjoyed to welcome visitors back to Folly Farm, where similar safeguards have been introduced. Visitor numbers are now limited, bookings must be made in advance, payments are all cashless and handwashing stations have been installed.
There are lots of brilliant family activity providers here in Wales of course. Just one other example is The Dinosaur Park near Tenby which has reopened many of its outdoor activities with timed entry tickets, hand sanitising stations and social distancing procedures in place. The National Botanic Garden of Wales (shown in the header) has also reopened after busily readying the site for visitors.
Cadw oversees many of our historic houses and castles, and is working hard on plans to reopen unstaffed monuments in a safe and controlled way. Tickets are needed for all visitors, including Cadw members and safety measures are in place, such as restricted numbers.
Many of the staffed heritage sites have re-opened, including Beaumaris, Caerphilly, Chepstow, Conwy, Criccieth, Denbigh, Harlech, Kidwelly, Laugharne, Raglan, Rhuddlan castles, Blaenavon Ironworks, St Davids Bishop's Palace, Tintern Abbey and Tretower Court and Castle.
Before visiting the re-opened staffed heritage sites, please read the Staying safe at Cadw sites across Wales guide, to help you prepare and enjoy your visit. You can also take a look at this excellent set of resources for virtual visits on the Cadw website.
Parks and nature reserves
If you fancy going for a walk, the advice remains to avoid popular spots which risk becoming too busy. Luckily, Wales is teeming with options, with plenty of smaller country parks and nature reserves just waiting for you to discover.
The Llanelli Wetland Centre is welcoming visitors again, with timed ticketing and restricted entry to buildings. Many of our country parks - like Gnoll Estate Country Park, Pembrey Country Park and Margam Country Park - are also open for visitors to enjoy some wide open space. Please check details of opening times and whether toilets and cafes are open before travelling.
Wherever you decide to get your fresh air, make sure you follow the Countryside Code to keep our locations beautiful and ready for the next visitors to enjoy. If you are planning to visit one of our National Parks, use the car park checkers before you arrive to ensure there is space and avoid disappointment.
Wales is home to some of the world's great golf courses. Operators have been busy implementing measures so you can play safely. Wales Golf has carried out extensive risk assessment procedures – you can find all the golf courses that are 'Good to Go' by searching our website. It's not just serious golfers who are getting to tee off again - Pitch and Putt and Crazy Golf courses are open at Heatherton World of Activities, with plans to restart other activities based on government advice.
As gathering in person isn't always possible, some events are taking place online. The Hay Festival 2021 takes place on line from 26 May to 6 June.
Tafwyl took place in Cardiff Castle on 15 May 2021 with a 500 limit (socially distanced, of course) as well as streaming live performances from bands and artists on social media and highlights shown on S4C.
As well as festivals, many workshops have moved to online models. Ty Newydd (the writer’s centre of Literature Wales) launched its first Ty Newydd virtual programme, featuring smaller taster sessions and short courses.
There are more online and blended events planned for 2021: search for events in Wales in 2021.
All shops can now open if they comply with the physical distancing duty in Welsh law. Many have been installing safety screens and markings to help people keep their distance. Bonta Deli in Caernarfon is just one of many businesses that have been re-organising their stores to welcome customers back safely.
When I can travel again, where can I stay in Wales and will I be safe?
Accommodation providers across Wales have made preparations for visitors to return. Many are already very experienced with taking extra precautions. They’ve been a safe home for NHS, police and fire service staff during lockdown. They're now experienced in combining world-class hospitality with safety measures like protective screens and social distance reminders at reception, hand sanitiser at touch points and 'Cleaned and Sealed' tags on guest rooms.
Whether you’re looking to escape to the country, breathe in the sea air, or check out a new city, you can relax in the knowledge that your well being is catered for.
Search for accommodation providers in Wales.
If you're looking for more of an outdoors adventure, Wales is now also welcoming campers, caravans and campervans - however, remember that 'wild camping' (setting up camp outside of a campsite) without the permission of the landowner, is not allowed in Wales, so make sure you book a pitch in advance.
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