Recently an American explained in one of my favorite internet forums that they were going on their honeymoon in Wales and needed travel tips. Wales responded to deliver this list of helpful traveling tips in Wales.
10. Visit Bosherston Lily Ponds
One person shared, “My favorite place in Wales is Bosherston Lily ponds. There is a short walk to the beach or a longer one around the lakes. It has a romantic history, too, perfect for a honeymoon!”
“I try to get there at least once a year. Most of the Coast in Wales is breathtaking. Enjoy your honeymoon. I hope the weather is kind to you.”
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9. Corris Craft Center
“If you are traveling from south to Snowdonia. I recommend a quick stop at the Corris Craft Centre. It’s a nice little place with a fantastic cafe around an hour away from Snowdonia ish. During summer, you could also do King Arthur’s Labyrinth. Very fun,” suggested one.
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8. Check Out the Beaches
“Living in Swansea, I am on the doorstep of the Gower Peninsula, which has great beaches, just off the M4 at Penllergaer. So you have Mumbles, a nice place to browse individual little shops, Caswell, Langland, Pwll Du, Three Cliffs (stunning), Oxwich, where there is a nice hotel, Rhossili and the Worm( also hotel and stunning views), all bays.”
“We are also quite near The Brecon Beacons with its breathtaking scenery, another day’s outing. I hope you enjoy your trip to Wales, wherever you decide to go.”
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7. The Weather
“Weather can be hit and miss at any time. However, April and May are far from the worst time of year to visit! Just pack for all seasons,” recommended one.
“The weather will undoubtedly be wet, so pack all your walking gear and waterproofs,’ another suggested. “Spring is not bad, but bring an umbrella because you’ll get occasional showers.”
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6. Have a Look-See at Bit Pit
One person exclaimed, “I’ve seen so many great suggestions, but not one mentioned Big Pit! Well worth the visit if you have the time; you’ll learn all about our mining history in an actual mine!”
“I second this,” said another. “A coal museum doesn’t sound that exciting, but it is fascinating. They will take you to the closed coal mine for a tour, and it’s all free.”
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5. Automatic Transmission Vs. Manual Transmission
“I caution that if you have never driven in the U.K. before, North Wales is tricky to navigate on the other side of the road. Tight lanes, blind bends, lots of hills, etc. Cardiff is a lot better to get around in general. So play that by ear. Also, automatic cars are hard to come by, so hopefully, you’re okay driving a manual,” answered another.
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4. The Driving Experience is Not the Same
“I caution that if you have never driven in the U.K. before, North Wales is tricky to navigate on the other side of the road. Tight lanes, blind bends, lots of hills, etc.”
“Cardiff is a lot better to get around in general. So play that by ear. Also, automatic cars are hard to come by, so hopefully, you’re okay driving a manual,” answered another.
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3. Take into Account the time For Travel
“The key information that needs to be included here is the time you have to travel. Weather is always hit or miss in Wales or the U.K., for that matter, but that time of year is generally decent. You can do Cardiff City in one full day and night, but it’s worth visiting the surrounding area,” replied another.
“St Fagans, Castell Coch, Caerphilly castle, and a walk up the Garth. Going west, pick a place or two to stay in the Gower. Then head up to Portmeirion. Then Snowdonia for a few days.”
“You’ll need a decent amount to do all that, but it will be a trip of a lifetime or pick what suits you. I would add at least one full day in the places I suggested after Cardiff allowing travel.”
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2. Coach Buses are Nice
Someone mentioned, “As a side note, depending on arrival time, jumping a last-minute national express coach straight from Heathrow to Cardiff is often better than the train. Usually Cheaper. And if you’re lucky, it will go via Chepstow rather than Bristol, so you get some excellent scenery.”
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1. Heathrow; Skip the Train
“If you’re flying to Heathrow, consider picking up your car and driving straight to south Wales. Heathrow is west of London and very close to the M4, the motorway that leads directly to Cardiff and beyond,” one suggested.
“Using the train is a hassle because you must travel eastwards away from Wales on the Heathrow express before turning back on yourself from Paddington to Cardiff Central.”
“You also have to contend with busy trains, and if you’ve got luggage, that sometimes could be better with packed carriages. It’s nice to jump straight in the car and get here without worrying about train delays and finding seats.”
We hope you enjoyed this Reddit picks list of best tips for Americans traveling to Wales.