Whether it’s a romantic break for two or a holiday for all the family, there are plenty of places to choose from. You can’t beat some of the locations in Wales, including our dramatic coastline, our majestic mountain landscapes, and our beautiful countryside.To save you some time, we’ve compiled some suggestions for the best dark skies destinations with stellar places to stay.
Snowdonia, the Llŷn Peninsula and Anglesey
With over 2,000 square km of protected terrain, it’s likely that somewhere in Snowdonia National Park will have clear skies to take advantage of the darkness. Like Swallows Nest, just a few miles from the starting point for Snowdon. Or Nature's Point in the Llŷn Peninsula - a timeless luxury cottage with spectacular views of the sea.
You’ll also get to enjoy amazing dark skies on Anglesey, and during winter months you may even get to see the Northern Lights. The view out across the Irish Sea is untarnished by light pollution. Stay at Penrhyn Bay Caravan Park and see this for yourself.
Elan Valley, the Cambrian Mountains and the Brecon Beacons
It would be hard to find a more idyllic destination than the peaceful countryside and dramatic peaks of Mid Wales. Here you will experience some of the darkest skies - it’s perfect for stargazing.
Stay for a short break or for a holiday at the pet friendly Basel Cottage, which is beautifully situated in 17 acres of countryside with private woodland. Lon Lodges is a luxury holiday experience on a family farm where guests have access to their own private wildlife trails.
Enjoy sleeping under the stars? At Brechfa Glamping you could enjoy staying in a luxury Mongolian Gers, cooking over an open fire surrounded by stunning scenery and watched over by a family of alpacas in the field next door!
The Brecon Beacons are a hub for astro-tourism, and there are plenty of idyllic country cottages like Glanyrafon – a streamside cottage with a wood fired hot tub and miles of walks from the door step.
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Pembrokeshire and Gower coast
Pembrokeshire is a nationally-recognised designation for stargazing spots. Places like the sweeping Penbryn Beach near Gwbert, an official Dark Sky Discovery site. For an eco-friendly experience stay at Top of the Woods in Boncath, a spacious camping & glamping nature retreat recently voted the ‘Best Stargazing Campsite in the UK’. Stay nearby in Craig Silian holiday house, where there are not just rooms with a view, but a hot tub with a view too - an endlessly changing breath-taking panorama of sea.
Most of Gower’s coast is untarnished by light pollution too, and its one of the best places in Wales to stare into the core of our galaxy, the Milky Way. There are plenty of places to stay, like Gower Cove Cottage, ideally located just a stroll away from Mumbles village and two of Gower's finest beaches. For touring or camping, Pitton Cross Caravan Camping Park has stunning views and scenic coastline walks within walking distance from your pitch.
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