Updated March 2021

This update was completed prior to the Covid-19 restrictions in Wales.  This gives you an idea of new product at that time. For further information on any of this content please contact us.

The Wales Way continues to be a focus as part of a ten year development programme to increase visitors to Wales. This one epic route includes three distinct journeys that cross the country, showcasing Wales’ fascinating history, coastlines, landscape and attractions. The Wales Way is named among the 25 best trips in the world in 2020 by National Geographic. Travel Trade friendly itineraries highlighting these routes are available.

Aerial image of landrover driving around bend at Nant Gwynant.

Nant Gwynant, Snowdonia National Park

Cadw has launched a new online booking platform for customers to book through an online form direct from Cadw website, The details of existing customers have been transferred to the new system - the generic password is cadwwelcome.  New customers need to contact Cadw Commercial Team - details on the website.  Prices until March 2022 remain the same as April 2019 and as there is now no lower group size, these rates are for both groups and FIT. Visit the Travel Trade group visits information page. 

A large rotating lantern with silhouettes of knights and damsels projecting on the walls.
Inside the stone white walls of a castle with light projecting through the windows.

Caernarfon Castle, and St Quentin's Castle near Cowbridge

National Museum Wales is now taking bookings into 2021 on the understanding that they may change due to COVID 19 regulations.   Group sizes are limited to a total of 30 (20 at National Wool Museum) and need to be pre-booked.  A full set of guidelines will be issued on booking.

vehicles and displays in museum with people walking around looking.
A stone brick building with a red telephone box and benches outside.

National Waterfront Museum and St Fagans National Museum of History

Penderyn Distillery plans to open two new sites - the Llandudno distillery is hoped to be open by 2021 and the new Swansea distillery in 2022 which will be housed in the historic Hafod Morfa Copperworks site, opposite the Liberty Stadium and home to Swansea City football club. There will be an exhibition area, shop, a tasting bar and a conference  suite.

Aber Falls Distillery offers a range of award-winning, premium gins and liqueurs. Their single-malt whisky will be available from 2021. Distillery tours are offered and include master classes, lab experiences, and an opportunity to sample and purchase from the range of premium quality spirits. A new visitor centre and restaurant is due to open in 2021.  

Wales Coast Path has created a range of themed short and longer walking itineraries including cultural and family friendly walks.

Two walkers looking at a map on a coast path with views of the sea and landscape beyond.

Braich-y-Pwll, Aberdaron, Wales Coast Path

Celtic Routes is a new way to discover West Wales and Ireland’s Ancient East. For Celtic inspiration visit their website.

2021 will see the 50th anniversary for the Offa’s Dyke Path. The path is a 177 mile (285km) trail from Chepstow in the south to Prestatyn in the north of Wales. 25 new walking itineraries will be launched on the most iconic stretches, suitable for various abilities and themes will include culture, heritage, family, mindfulness and WOW walks!  There will also be a festival to celebrate in July 2021 with three weekends of walks, both self-guided and guided.

Offa's Dyke, Mid Wales

Boutique Tours Wales is celebrating its 10th anniversary and has launched a new website featuring a range of new itineraries with flexibility to custom design arrangements to suit your clients’ needs. John Hadwin specialises in private small tours for up to seven passengers. A tour with Boutique Wales Tours will allow your clients to visit parts of Wales where coach tours can't go and enable them to experience the real Wales by discovering hidden gems and spectacular scenery.

Boutique Tours Wales

The Refill Cymru has launched a new app to help your clients find where they can eat, drink and shop in Wales without the pointless packaging. Nearly 1700 Welsh businesses have signed up, helping to reduce plastic and save money.  Your clients can also track their environmental impact too.

The Marine Drive Tour by Alpine Travel wins Tripadvisor award, a four mile drive around the Great Orme in Llandudno is recognised amongst the Best 10% of Attractions Worldwide, based on outstanding 2019 Traveller Reviews. 

A coach driver standing next to an old fashioned touring coach full of people.

Marine Drive Tour by Alpine Travel

Lifestyle and luxury travel magazine writers Condé Nast has listed Abergavenny in their top 10 best places in the UK to visit in 2021. The town in Monmouthshire was placed at number five in the list. We have a range of itineraries and fact sheets which feature Abergavenny including Three days in South WalesShopping in our cities and market towns and Wales in three days.

View of indoor market stalls and shoppers from above with models of farm animals hanging down.
A castle surrounded by lush green grass blue sky, with the sun streaming through the tree.

Abergavenny market and Abergavenny castle

Quality Cottages have been named in Rentals United’s annual list of the ‘World’s Top 50 Vacation Rental Property Management Companies‘, in their annual poll of exceptional holiday agencies. Established in 1961, Quality Cottages has grown from a family-owned cottages business to a pan Wales agency specialising in quality Welsh properties.

The founder of Quality Cottages standing outside one of the stone built accommodation.

Leonard Rees, founder of Quality Cottages

The main entrance of Caernarfon Castle, The King’s Gate, will be transformed into a new accessible visitor centre during a two year project. A lift will take clients to a new rooftop deck on the upper level of the gatehouse. There will be new interactive, imaginative and immersive experiences, a refreshment area in the tower, accessible toilet facilities and an improved shopping experience. In the Porth Mawr gatehouse, two new luxury apartments are planned along with new access to the Town Walls.

Lifesize knights, kings and queens set on a chequered floor in a castle.
A view from above of a castle and its lawns with the river behind it.

Caernarfon Castle

We recently took part in the recent virtual IGTM (International Golf Travel Market) and have published new golf itineraries and fact sheets to help you plan golf tours to Wales. Although it was disappointing not to have the event in Wales this year we are excited to be the host for the IGTM 2021 event between 18-21 October.

Explore Wales digitally and discover things your clients can do in Wales with our list of Travel Trade friendly virtual tours and films.

A view of a large conference centre in dusk alongside a motorway.
A view of a golf course and pond with a spraying fouintain.

ICC Wales and Celtic Manor Golf Resort

Hilton Garden Inn at Adventure Parc Snowdonia opens on 26 March 2021. The luxury hotel features 106 bedrooms where clients can dine in the restaurant, relax in the bar, make use of the guest-exclusive fitness centre and book a luxury treatment at the Wave Garden Spa which launches on the same day.

A bedroom at a hotel with views of a surf lagoon out the windows.
An outdoor spa with lounders and egg chairs surrounded by trees and mountains.

Hilton Garden Inn and Wave Garden Spa

The first festival celebrating the art and culture of wild running will launch at Snowdonia's Llechwedd in October 2021. The Wild Thoughts Festival will feature music, literature, photography, conversation and more in Snowdonia National Park.

View of mountains at touching the clouds with a natural slate wall in the foreground.

Blaenau Ffestiniog, Snowdonia National Park

Twr y Felin HotelWales’ first contemporary art hotel located in Britain’s smallest city, St Davids, Pembrokeshire will open twenty new rooms in the summer of 2021. The new Garden Wing will be home to the state of the art rooms - five with coast facing terraces. The Oriel Bar will be extended and there will be a new alfresco area at the Cornel Bar.

A aerial shot of a luxury hotel with a lighthouse tower and the sea beyond.

Twr y Felin Hotel

New bookable visitor experiences celebrating the natural world have been launched at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Mid Wales. Expert tutors and gardeners will be on hand to help clients discover nature for a great day out.

A growing plant shaped like a heart portrayed in an open frame.

Centre for Alternative Technology

A brand-new Outdoor Activity Centre and Waterside Cabin will open at Llys-y-Frân Lake in Pembrokeshire during Spring 2021. The visitor centre and café will also be expanded and refurbished during the redevelopment. The new centre and cabin will be a welcome addition to walkers, cyclists and watersports enthusiasts.

Llys-y-Fran Artist Impression of new visitor centre.

Llys-y-Fran Artist Impression of new visitor centre

BikePark Wales has introduced new beginner packages for clients who wish to experience mountain biking. They will provide everything needed including bikes and all the kit, a personal guide plus lifts back to the top of the hill.

Group of mountain bikers taking a corner trail amongst forestry.
A group of mountain bikers on a hairpin bed surrounded by pine trees.

Beginner trails at BikePark Wales

Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway welcomes new manager James Brett who plans the launch of a new website featuring a wide range of experiences for 2021.

James Brett (front) will be taking over as Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway’s general manager from Charles Spencer who is retiring.

Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway

A new 24 room boutique hotel Plas Weunydd opens at Llechwedd. The accommodation is in a perfect location, not only for clients to experience the numerous Slate Mountain Adventures on site but also to explore Snowdonia and North Wales.

The exterior of a boutique hotel surrounded by trees and mountains.
A bedroom at a boutique hotel.

Plas Weunydd, Llechwedd

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