Wales Road Trip itinerary -15 unmissable places to visit

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Planning a tour of Wales? Want to know the best places to visit on a Wales road trip? Here are 4 unmissable road trip itineraries that will take your breath away.

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Does it cost money to get to Anglesey if its an island?

When is the best time to plan a road trip to Anglesey?

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Why I DIDNT want to plan a Wales Road Trip!

The intense rivalry between England and Wales(that rivalry extends to pretty much all sports, in case you were wondering!)was something I grew up watching- and it just kinda stuck. Ill be honest- it made me a little sceptical about visiting the country, let alone planning a Wales road trip.

But I did and we went and. it was fabulous.

The weather was great (always helps) and the scenery was breathtaking. Wales have created 3national driving routes called the Wales Wayand they are all fabulous. But what surprised me the most was how friendly and welcoming the people were to us.

It was our very first road trip with our motorhome and we stayed at a couple of thebest motorhome sites in Wales. It was fantastic. Weve now been several times and cant wait to go back again.Its one of our absolute favouriteplaces to road trip in the UK.

Weve put together some of the best places to visit in Wales, for every itinerary. If youve only got 2 or 3 days, or a long weekend, stick to one area. If you have a week or longer to explore, you could easily do several places on this itinerary or explore one of them in more depth. However you plan your road trip, youll have a fabulous time.

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One of the reasons we love Wales so much is all the outdoor activities it offers. For that reason, we recommend visiting Wales anytime between Easter and mid-October, to really take advantage of the highlights.

Having said that, Wales is not likeCornwall, and most places do not shut for the winter, so you could go out of season and enjoy the lack of tourists. Its entirely up to you!

This is the entire map of our itinerary. Doing it ALL in a week might be a struggle, although you can if you drive a lot and dont stop often during the day.

We recommend at least 10-14 days to do the entire route. If you have a shorter time, just pick an element of it and come back for the rest later!!

I find it so frustrating when people rattle off the best places to go and you have no idea where any of them are! I hope this Wales road trip map helps you get more familiar with the places we share

The Brecon Beacons are perfect for road trippers looking for an adventure. Its one of the most beautiful places in the UK and yet so underrated. You will find beautifulwild camping spotswhere you can enjoy these wide-open spaces, beautiful landscapes and a sky full of stars!

The Brecon Beaconsis one of three national parks in Wales. They all offer breath-taking landscapes and amazing hiking opportunities for nature lovers.

The highest driving road in Wales is called the Gospel Pass- snaking over the Black Mountains from Abergavenny to Hay-on-wye on the east of the Beacons

From Abergavenny, turn off the A465 at Llanvihangel Crucorney and follow signs for the ruins of Llanthony Priory. From Hay-on-Wye, the Gospel pass is sign-posted.

CAUTION- The Pass is 22 miles of often single track, very steep (1/4) and is rarely cleared in winter. Motorhomes might find it tough and snow chains are essential in winter.

You can also drive the A4069, to the west of the Brecon Beacons- the road made famous by Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear (no, this is NOT the same road as the Gospel Pass!) The road runs from Brynamman to Llangadog (I swear Im not making these names up!) This is another incredible road- and most of it is 2-way youll be pleased to know. We did it on a motorbike- it was spectacular.

What else is there to do on a Brecon Beacons road trip?

Pen-Y-Fan- the highest peak in South Wales (on the road from Merthyr Tydfil to Brecon) Try a Beacons Horseshoe ridge walk which will take you up to the summit of Pen-Y-Fan. From there you will have a 360-degree view on the Cwm Llwch valley. This 3 to 4 hours walk is the perfect way to experience the true beauty of the Beacons.

Waterfalls! There are some incredible waterfalls all over the Beacons. One of the most popular waterfalls is Sgwd Gwladys.

Kayaking, rafting and bouldering are also popular

Show Caves- visit some of the largest showcases in the UK

Visit amazing castles such as Carreg Cennen or Brecon Castle. There are so many legends surrounding the Brecon Beacons and guided tours are a great way to discover amazing Welsh legends and stories.

Visit cute town like Brecon, Crickhowell or Hye-on-Wye.

Gower Peninsula- our first ever Wales road trip destination!

The Gower peninsula is a perfect stop on aWalesRoad Trip.Its a small peninsula on the southern Welsh coast, just west of Swansea. Did you know, it was thefirst region in Great Britainto be recognized as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Gower, as the peninsula is also called, is a perfect place for outdoor/ nature enthusiasts and is super popular with:

Its a short drive from the main motorway down to Gower Island, where youll find an idyllic scene of small shops, quaint houses and traditional pubs. Above all, its topped with the relaxed vibe of a surfing village the ocean is near and so is the fresh air. Its the perfect place to relax.

You can easily spend a whole week on the Gower Peninsula.

Start at Worms Head, a bizarre tidal island on the southwest tip of the peninsula in Rhossili Bay. This is one of the Gowers most famous attractions- although its not entirely clear why!

Definitely put in a stop at Rhossili, where you can rent a surfboard at PJs Surfshop and also enjoy delicious fish and chips at the The Kings Head pub.

Gower also has several nice beaches where you can spend relaxed days in the sun. Our favourites are Caswell and Landland, where you can find everything you need for a day on the beach: ice cream, parking and shops.

Also, dont forget to go on a proper coastal hike. The easiest of them all is actually the hike between the two aforementioned beaches.

The Mumbles is where we spent our very first night off-grid in our motorhome. DEFINITELY worth a visit.

Pembrokeshire Coast- a perfect Welsh road trip idea

The Pembrokeshire Coast is located in the far south-west of Wales. It is easily accessible as you can start the trip from the end of the M4 at Swansea. The road follows the coast with numerous little beaches, beautiful castles and small towns. The further west the smaller the roads become and more rugged the landscape.

Tenby is one of the small seaside towns in Pembrokeshire and has beautiful golden beaches. In the summer months you can take a short boat ride to the monastic island of Caldey Island. This is the perfect escape and you can walk to the lighthouse as well as try the chocolate made by the monks.

A short distance from Tenby is Pembroke. This is one of the larger towns and has a spectacular castle that sits overlooking the river that flows through the town. Pembroke Castle is impressive, but even more impressive is the nearby Manobier Castle that looks over a small bay perfect for surfing.

If seeing puffins is on your bucket list then visitSkomer the summer months this small island is home to thousands of puffins and its practically guaranteed to see them. The boat trip runs in good weather and cannot be booked in advance. You will need to arrive in St Martins Haven very early to get a ticket for the boat.

The final place to visit in Pembrokeshire is St Davids. This is the smallest city in the UK and has a beautiful cathedral and small winding streets- as well as one of the best pasty shops weve ever found!

A road trip around Pembrokeshire needs at least three days to really explore, but the longer you can spend there the more you can see. In the summer months it is busy but the weather is better- especially for the beaches. In the winter it is wild and desolate but attractions are empty.

As with anywhere, there are plenty of routes to drive from South to North. However, in this instance we highly recommend the coastal route around the west coast of Wales.

Head up from Anglesey, you can enjoy the magnificent views of

Cardigan Bay- famous for frequent sightings of bottlenose dolphins

Aberystwyth- an ancient market town and home of the National Library of Wales

Snowdonia National Park- this requires at least 3 days to do it justice, but if nothing else be sure to visit Mt Snowdon- Wales highest peak

Whilst in Snowdonia, be sure to visit Swallow Falls- the single highest continuous waterfall in Wales

Anglesey Beaumaris Castle- Wales Road Trip ideas

Featuring unbelievable hikes, gorgeous green rolling hills, endless seaside coastlines, cool castles, beautiful beaches and cute little Welsh villages (filled with delicious food!), you should definitely include Anglesey on your Wales road trip itinerary.

Anglesey is regularly mentioned as one of thebest places to visit in Wales. Here are some of the highlights you can include in your Wales road trip itinerary:

there are SO many to choose from and all will deliver incredible views over the sea.

an abandoned copper mine that now looks like the surface of Mars.

built during the late 13th century and considered to be the most technically perfect castle (its symmetry is incredibly accurate)

dotted all across the coastline of Anglesey, youll find a number of beautiful lighthouses. You can even stay in one!

Since Anglesey is pretty small, a road trip shouldnt take too long! It could easily be done in 1-2 days (especially if youre not a big hiking fan). Of course, you could slow down and take a few days to see all this island has to offer.

No- theres a suspension bridge (the Menai bridge although sometimes called the Telford Bridge by locals), and its free to cross. Cars and motorhomes can get across no problem.

Wondering what time of the year is best for a visit? Though summers are blissful on Anglesey, its incredible packed at this time with UK vacationers and families. Thus, I recommend either doing an Anglesey road trip in the fall or spring, when its not too cold or overrun with visitors!

Want moreplaces to visit in Europe in Autumn?Here are some of the best!

On your way back from Anglesey, there are plenty of incredible places to visit:

Llangollen Canal we hired a narrowboat from here for a few days to go over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Chester- one of my favourite cities; right on the border between England and Wales- we visited as part of our epicEngland Road trip

Chirk Castle- a National Trust property well worth a visit

Conwy- we stayed here for several nights on a yacht MANY years ago and it was beautiful.

Useful things to know for your Wales Road Trip planning

Yep. All signs will be in Welsh, then English. The Welsh are a small nation but fiercely proud of their heritage and language. However, nearly every person in Wales speaks at least some English, and certainly everyone who deals with tourists.

Yes, Wales does NOT have its own currency. They use pound sterling, just like the rest of the UK.

Yes- if you dont go in high summer. We went in the Easter holidays a few years ago and had no problems finding a campsite, but Ive heard in the summer they get VERY booked- especially near the sea.

Its tolerated, as much aswild camping is anywhere in the UK. Stay away from the main tourist areas and you should be just fine. Having said that, we were in Wales when it all went a little wrong- watch the video below:

If you want afree wild camping checklist, grab it here.

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I hope this post has helped you find incredible places to visit and enjoy. Been already?Wheres your favourite Wales Road trip? Let us know!

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Langland bay on the Gower I assume. I used to surf there as a nipper. PJs surf shop is still there, wow. Pete was a world class surfer back in the day, bought my surf boards and sex wax (look it up, its for your surfboard) from him when it was just a small shed/garage. I camped there for a summer back in the late seventies, early eighties( the year of the fast net disaster(that was windy), beautiful place. Thanks for the wonderful trip back in time

As someone who was born and brought up in Usk, Monmouthshire (now called Gwent) I would also suggest:

1 the Wye Valley from Chepstow to Monmouth en route to Abergavenny and the Black Mountains

2 Lougharne and the Taff estuary which is not only very beautiful but is a place of pilgrimage for anyone interested in Dylan Thomas

3 Portmeirion on the Mawddach estuary with Barmouth at its mouth. Another beautiful spot.

4 There are also number of National Trust houses and gardens that are well worth visiting. Just get on the National Trust website/app. to find out where.

Can I suggest that a trip via Pembrey to visit Wales longest beach (theres also a very nice caravan park at Pembrey Country Park), Burry Port and North Dock are all worth a visit. Its then only 30 mins to the Gower peninsular to pick up the remainder of the trip.

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