Explore the coast, enjoy the wildlife and take on some coasteering in Pembrokeshire

Summer holidays are when memories are laid down for a whole lifetime. Just a hint of sunshine brings back memories of catching your first mackerel, seeing the Red Arrows over Rhyl, walking up Snowdon for the first time, pony-trekking in the Brecon Beacons or seeing a red kite – not to mention a few camping trips (where if the odd rain shower did appear, it was simply a wonderful excuse to make a mud slide to play on!).

All these traditional Welsh summer holiday activities are still around today, but they are joined by hundreds of newer additions to this beautiful country. Here's our guide to help you make the most of the long break.

Red Kite feeding, Bwlch Nant yr Arian
Girl playing with toy fish
Red kite flying high and 'catch of the day'

Things to do

The beauty of a holiday in Wales is that there's always a chance to find something new, something different, something special. Whether you want to unearth the treasures of a Pembrokeshire rockpool, taste the lastest craft beer from a Snowdonia brewery, enjoy the spectacular waterfalls at Devil's Bridge or get into some serious retail therapy in our capital city of Cardiff, there are endless ways you can have your own Welsh discoveries this summer as part of a family break, a romantic trip or a get-together with friends.

Enjoy the sunny vibes of summer at one of the many festivals or outdoor events happening. From the heavy rock vibes of Steelhouse music festival to the smaller alternative gatherings such as Gladfest literary festival, all tastes are catered for. There's even a bog snorkelling championship you can watch! August bank holiday weekend is always action-packed in Wales, so make the most of the day off work with time in the great outdoors.

Couple shopping in Cardiff
Couple with two dogs looking towards Llyn y Cadair
Father and child at Steelhouse Festival
Do you fancy shopping in Cardiff, walking in Snowdonia or rocking out at Steelhouse Festival?

If you want to do something a bit educational, or if you've got little ones who love the idea of dragons and knights, rediscover history at one of Wales' many castles. There are more castles per square mile in Wales than any other country in Europe. Where will you start – the traditional and mighty castles or the unusual castles? All promise plenty of adventures.

For those who favour the chance to savour something delicious, there are eating opportunities galore. Head to one of our many food festivals, hold a barbecue on a glorious beach, trace the story of Welsh ice cream or eat your way around some of Wales' best dishes

In the case that we get a rainy day or two, there's no need to panic; we've got fully-prepared guides to weatherproof days out in North Wales, South Wales, West Wales and Mid Wales. There are many, many more ideas for places to go and things to do in Wales, be it National Trust properties, narrow gauge and miniature railways or something else altogether, so get out there and explore!

Sea Kayaker, Llangrannog Coast, Ceredigion
Llangrannog Beach, Cardigan Bay

Places to stay

When it comes to accommodation in Wales, if you can imagine it, we've more than likely got it - five-star hotels with infinity pools, cottages in cowsheds, caravan villages, wild camping sites, yurts, gypsy caravans, lighthouses, working farms – we've got them all and more besides.

Of course, people everyone has their own taste when it comes to where to stay, so we've got a whole host of guides to help you find the perfect place. We've got something for everyone, from treating yourself to a luxury break to sleeping under the stars on a family campsite, or from an active weekend getaway to a longer stay in a self-catering cottage. Or if you're looking for something a bit different, we've got ideas to keep your trip eco-friendly,  a host of unusual places to try and you can even stay on a farm. See - we did say we have a lot of options!

Glamping dome at Fforest Farm
Roch Castle set in the green fields of Pembrokeshire
Row of cosy cottages
Glamping pods at Fforest, little luxuries at Roch Castle and cosy cottages at Treberfedd Farm

Food and drink

After an exciting day of activities (or just a lazy day on the beach!), your thoughts are likely to start drifting towards what delicious delights we have in Wales... Well, you won't be disappointed as we've got a fine array of produce to tempt you! 

If you fancy a bite to eat or are looking for something to quench your thirst, look no further! Here are some places to give you some inspiration to get started - enjoy the views in one of our places to eat along the coast, indulge yourself with an afternoon tea or tuck into a hearty brunch to get your day started in style. 

And, if that's not enough, we've got some world-class options for cheese lovers, or if you've got more of a sweet tooth, check out the creations from on of our artisan chocolatiers. Tuck in! 

A cup of coffee with a barista pouring another behind
Man holding a wheel of cheese

Other helpful information

We take accessibility very seriously here, we want everybody to be able to enjoy our beautiful country. If you're planning a trip and require accessible accommodation or activity information, we've got plenty of both. Whether you're looking for accessible places in North Wales or want to stay somewhere accessible in South Wales, taking a trip in one of our wonderful Mid Wales accessible locations or want to find accessible accommodation in West Wales, we've got something to suit everyone. You may also want to take a look at our round-up of easy access beaches too.

Other sites worth looking at include Open BritainAccessible Countryside For Everyone and Tourism For All.

If you're keen to explore one of our three national parks, read our national park safety advice first to reduce the risk of accidents. Same goes for our beaches, so take a look at this beach safety guide from the RNLI.

There are plenty of great apps that you can use to plan your trip, too. For starters, you could try the Natural Resources Wales app, the Wales Coast App or the Show Me Wales app, all of which showcase different areas and attractions in Wales. 

Child paddling in the sea
There's always time to enjoy a paddle!