West Wales: where stunning beaches meet ancient history, and pretty holiday towns contrast with fantastic family attractions inland.
Swansea, Wales’ second city is found in West Wales, a fascinating place, bursting with things to do and see. Spend a day there visiting The Wales National Waterfront Museum, The Dylan Thomas Centre and Swansea Market, and round off your trip with a show at the Grand Theatre.
For coastal fun, the Mumbles has something for everyone, with tempting seafood restaurants, fabulous shopping and attractions such as Oystermouth Castle and the Victorian Pier. The vast beaches of the Gower are perfect for surfers and walkers.
More stunning coastline is found further along in Pembrokeshire, where the golden arc of Barafundle Bay and the family-friendly Whitesands Bay near St. Davids (to name but two of our favourites) are sure to provide endless hours of seaside fun. Stop at St Davids, the UK’s smallest city, for a bite to eat and the chance to admire its beautiful cathedral.
Tenby and Saundersfoot are extremely popular with visitors, and it’s not hard to see why. The former is a colourful town surrounding a photogenic harbour with a fascinating old town to explore, while the latter is perfect for a relaxing afternoon stroll.
The Preseli hills, in the northern portion of Pembrokeshire, are fine walking territory, and head inland to visit the family attractions of Oakwood Theme Park, Folly farm and the Dinosaur Park.
If there’s one mode of transport you should be sure to incorporate into your West Wales holiday, it’s a journey by steam. Take your pick from the Vale of Rheidol Railway, Teifi Valley Railway or the Gwili Steam Railway all of which offer a unique way to explore the countryside.
West Wales also has a number of fascinating historic attractions, from the Dolaucothin Gold Mines and Dinefwr Castle in Carmarthenshire to Carew Castle in Tenby.
Big Domain have a great selection of large holiday cottages in West Wales, perfect for a special family celebration or big group getaway.