With some of the UK's best coastlines, amazing mountainous areas and all sorts of cool and quirky sights and attractions, Wales is a brilliant place to escape to over the Easter holidays - offering plenty to do even when the weather's not playing ball. If you're thinking of treating yourself and your family to a break this Easter, here are some ideas to get you started!
Explore diverse North Wales
There's certainly a lot to love and do in the north of Wales, all of which are within driving distance of Ty Mawr Holiday Park - which features a pool, flume, sports facilities and family-friendly entertainment. From the dizzy peaks of Snowdonia National Park to the traditional seaside entertainment on offer in towns such as Rhyl, Llandudno and Colwyn Bay, there's something for the whole family to get involved with along the North Wales coast.
History lovers will enjoy sights such as the World Heritage castle at Beaumaris, Elizabethan house of Plas Mawr in Conwy and the epic castle at Caernarfon, alongside a huge number of smaller historical locations and museums. From the National Slate Museum to the Home Front Museum, there are plenty of opportunities to delve back into the past and explore Wales' important role in the history of the British Isles.
If you're looking for a more traditional seaside holiday, Llandudno, with its pretty pier and spotless promenade is a definite must-visit, while Colwyn Bay's fun-filled Eirias Park, beach and the fantastic Welsh Mountain Zoo (don’t miss the Red Panda!) are perfect day trip material.
If you want to get out into the wilderness as well as the expansive Snowdonia National Park – a walker's paradise – exploring the truly beautiful Bodnant Garden, walking and cycling along the remote Mawddach Trail, and discovering the windswept headland of Great Orme are just a few recommendations. Don't forget to bring a pair of sturdy boots to keep you on the right track!
Get close to nature in Mid Wales
More suited for holidaymakers who enjoy getting up close and personal with nature, Mid Wales comprises of the coastline of Ceredigion, the impressive Brecon Beacons and the lush forests, valleys and farmlands of the Powys region. All of these great attractions are accessible from the lovely Brynowen Holiday Park, where guests can enjoy swimming, bowling, sports and a great entertainment line-up.
If your kids love getting close to nature but aren't old enough for long walks and hiking, be sure to visit the Centre For Alternative Technology in the south of Snowdonia National Park. As well as learning about sustainability and environmental living, the centre runs a regular range of events for little ones and offers outdoor fun with its many playgrounds and woodland trails.
Then there's the Ceredigion coast, home to a host of activities including angling, cycling, horse riding, golf, walking and water sports. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you visit Cardigan Bay while you're there – to uncover a range of protected beaches, sheltered coves, old caves and beautiful coastal paths. If you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a seal, porpoise or even a dolphin!
If you're serious about discovering the heart of the wilderness, head a little more inland to the Cambrian Mountains, home to lakes, peaks and huge stretches of untouched natural beauty. There are many beautiful river valleys in the area, too, including the Teifi, Aeron, Rheidol and Ystwyth. Get lost in lush woodland gorges that border babbling fountains before ending your trip with a well-deserved pub lunch!
Relax in South Wales
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For people wanting a varied holiday that combines shopping, sightseeing and the fun of a city with great attractions and inspiring, beautiful natural scenery just out of town, South Wales is a top-notch choice. Visitors wanting to enjoy things like the Wye Valley, cosmopolitan Cardiff and the Glamorgan Heritage Coast can stay at the feature-packed Carmarthen Bay Holiday Park, where you’ll find crazy golf, a nearby beach and plenty of indoor pool fun. Another great option is Trecco Bay Holiday Park in Porthcawl. Here you’ll find a slew of great attractions, including dodgems and a fantastic outdoor wet play area - perfect for families.
If you're in search of a day trip, Cardiff is a great choice. Home to the free National Museum Cardiff, the Principality Stadium and the stately Cardiff Castle, you won't be short of sights to see. On top of this, there’s an eclectic variety of shops, restaurants and bars to be found throughout the Welsh capital.
To learn about the history of the region, head further afield to the ex-mining towns of Caerphilly and Blaenavon, or explore the Wye Valley and Vale of Usk - known for having the most castles per square mile in all of Britain. Don't forget to visit the National Showcaves of Wales, either, which feature a kilometre of passageways, 40-feet high waterfalls and one of the biggest collections of life-sized dinosaur models in the world - almost guaranteed to dazzle the little ones!
This is but a slice of what's on offer to visitors to Wales this Easter, and wherever you choose to visit in this exciting, ancient country, there's sure to be something to entertain the entire family!