We're inviting you to enjoy our shores, our mountains, our towns and our cities once again. To experience our landscapes, our culture and our epic adventures. To eat, swim, dance, sing and check-in to the real Wales. And to make a promise to care for each other, for this epic land, and for our communities. 

Join with us and make your promise before you visit, to get the most out of your visit to our unique corner of the world.   

We’re a small country, but we have a lot to offer.

Enjoy the outdoors

Let’s start with five designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB); Anglesey, the Clwydian Range, the Llŷn Peninsula, the Gower Peninsula, and the Wye Valley.

The River Wye surrounded by autumnal trees and fields

Upper Wyndcliff, Wye Valley, Monmouthshire

Plus a few places you may already know. Three spectacular National Parks; the Brecon BeaconsPembrokeshire Coast and Snowdonia.

Then add in the Wales Coast Path. It's 870 miles (1,400km) of linear walking, with endless loops and links. It was the first path in the world to follow a country’s coastline in its entirety. Wales' walking credentials are also boosted by three National Trails: Glyndwr’s WayOffas Dyke Path, and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

A fairytale style tower on a beautiful lake.
A cliff-side path by the sea

Glyndwr's Way trail in Mid Wales, overlooking Lake Vyrnwy and a section of the Wales Coast Path between Three Cliffs Bay and Oxwich, West Wales

Speaking of the coast, Wales is also pretty famous for our beaches. There are 45 Blue Flag award winning beaches. Some of our quieter spots are Green Coast award winners; these are usually smaller and wilder, and highlighted for their environmental credentials.

Mwnt beach and the sea, with the surrounding hillside

Mwnt Beach, Ceredigion is one of Wales' Green Coast award winning beaches

Look up to the sky, and you'll realise our clean seas are matched only by the quality of our starry skies, free from light pollution. There are hundreds of places to stargaze in Wales – as well as a network of International Dark Sky Reserves and Dark Sky Parks that astronomers have singled out as being world class.

Dark skies photo taken in the Brecon Beacons
An image of stars over the Carmarthenshire fans

Dark skies over Bannau, Carmarthenshire and Fan Brycheiniog from Llyn y Fan Fach, Brecon Beacons

Back on the ground, the landscape of Wales is punctuated with more than 600 castles - more per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Some of the headliners are Beaumaris, Caernarfon, Conwy and Harlech in the north, and Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carew, Kidwelly, and Pembroke in the south.

Our reputation as an adventure capital has been strengthened over the past few years, with historic sites and landscapes re-imagined to offer exhilarating experiences. Visit Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda, North Wales and you'll find the fastest zip line in the world. In South Wales, you’ll find Zip World Tower situated at the old Tower Colliery coal mining site, nestled in the Rhigos mountain range and boasting stunning panoramic views.

Dolgarrog aluminium works is now home to a hub of award-winning indoor and outdoor adventures, an inland surfing lagoon and high-thrills Adrenaline Indoors facility. You could even opt to stay over night at the on-site hotel and spa, or in one of the woodland or lagoonside glamping pods.

Three people on parallel zip wires

Titan, Zip World, Blaenau Ffestiniog

If you're a wildlife enthusiast, then you'll find Welsh flora and fauna have a lot to offer, both on land and at sea. Find your sea legs by sailing alongside porpoises and dolphins on our western coast, and then come home to roost with our thriving seabird colonies. Fans of puffins will want to visit Skomer, an island off the coast of Pembrokeshire, which has the first Marine Conservation Zone to be created in Wales. Choose your season and location, and across Wales you can see rare butterflies, bats, dragonflies, lapwings, otters, and ospreys.

Seals resting on the rocks by the sea in Cardigan Bay.

Seal spotting, Cardigan Bay, Mid Wales

If you visit some of our most popular events or attractions in Wales, you’ll appreciate how the outdoors plays its own part in the line-up and the experiences. Nature is all around, as is the spirit of community. It’s easy to join in with a local group of swimmers, runners or cyclists to get the inside track on the best places to go. 

Three ladies in swimsuits running into the sea.
Four cyclists on a narrow mountainous road

Bluetits chill swimmers at Harlech, Gwynedd, North Wales and cyclists at Stwlan Dam, Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales

To get around, we recommend following The Wales Way, our family of three distinct touring routes that plot your course around the country by car, train, bus or bicycle.

Remember to stay safe and respect the environment while you’re having fun. From beach trips to days out in the National Parks, always follow the advice of AdventureSmartUK to have the best experience.

Discover new corners of Wales; a country that offers a warm welcome without walls. Check in to our hotels, visit our campsites, explore our cottages. Then throw open the doors to let the outside in.

Well stocked bar area and dining tables.
Man relaxing in the back of a traveller van.
Fforest Farm Tipi at sunset.

Boutique hotels, Cardiff, South Wales, camping on Anglesey and Fforest Farm, Cardigan

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