A lifestyle blog written by a Welsh lady living in Wales.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

10 Photos to Inspire you to Visit Wales

Wales is a fantastic country for so many different reasons; we have beautiful mountain ranges, lush green valleys, gorgeous beaches, ancient castles, friendly people(!)...I could go on. There are so many places in the world that I'd love to visit, and yet, having lived in Wales all my life, it's easy to forget what's on your doorstep and miss some of its hidden treasures. Here are a few of my favourite photos I've taken to inspire you to visit this wonderful country!

Llansteffan is situated on the coast of Carmarthenshire in south-west Wales, and it's such a lovely place to visit. It overlooks the River Tywi estuary, and has a castle which was built by the Normans in the 12th Century. It's a peaceful place with miles and miles of sand and beautiful countryside. You can read more about Llansteffan in my blog post here.

Nestled in the Cambrian Mountains in mid Wales, Elan Valley is a beautiful area made up of large dams and reservoirs, which were built 100 years ago to supply clean water to Birmingham. I've visited Elan Valley many times over the years, and I'm always enchanted by its natural beauty and tranquility. I can't wait to go back!

Cardiff Bay is Europe's largest waterfront development, and is home to a number of attractions including the Welsh Assembly, Wales Millennium Centre, hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops. I love Cardiff Bay because it's a great place to meet up with friends and family, and it has a great holiday atmosphere.

Castell Coch (Red Castle) is something straight out of a fairy tale! You can see the pretty castle on the hillside as you drive past on the A470 below; I think it looks magical! It's a wonderful place to visit, and there are some lovely walks in the surrounding area. 

Sgwd yr Eira (falls of snow) is a stunning waterfall in the Vale of Neath in South Wales. You can actually walk behind the waterfall, which makes it all the more special! You can read more about Sgwd yr Eira in my blog post here.

Mumbles is the beginning of the Gower Peninsula's coastline, and has a lovely beach, pier, and castle. There are also lots of restaurants, bars, and shops. It's a great place to enjoy a walk along the beach, find a bench, and enjoy some fish and chips on the seafront!

Wales has lots of lovely bluebell woods to visit during the Springtime. You can read about my visit to one near Swansea in my blog post here. If you're looking for ideas for other bluebell woods to visit in Wales then check this out.

The Brecon Beacons is a mountain range in South Wales, and it's a beautiful place to visit in all seasons. David and I took a visit there on my birthday last year, and it looked so lovely in the snow! The National Park Visitor Centre is a great spot to enjoy lunch with a view, and go on one of the many walking trails.

Set in the South Wales valleys, Caerphilly Castle looks like something straight out of Game Of Thrones. Caerphilly Castle was built in the second half of the 13th century, and has a sophisticated defence network of moats and dams. The largest castle in Wales,  Caerphilly Castle dominates the small town of Caerphilly and is a memorable day out.

Rhossili is on the southwestern tip of the Gower Peninsula in Swansea, and it is home to a fantastic beach and rugged limestone cliffs. It's a great place to enjoy a walk along the headland to enjoy the dramatic views, and watch the sun going down over the ocean.

Are you inspired to visit Wales?
Where's your favourite place? I'd love to hear!



  1. Well it worked, I now want to visit Wales, just need to convince the rest of the family now.

    1. That's great to hear, Ashley! Wales is a wonderful place to visit :)

  2. Beautiful pictures, love the Rhossili one in particular.
    I missed the bluebells this year - went too early!

  3. Ahh I LOVE these photos! They're incredible. I spent so much of my childhood camping in the Mumbles :) takes me back. I'd love to visit that Elan Valley, what a sight! And the bluebell woods also. So pretty!
    Betty x
    The Betty Stamp

    1. Thank you, Betty :) I would highly recommend a visit to the Elan Valley x

  4. These pictures are so gorgeous!! I visited Cardiff about 10 years ago and I fell in love with the city!


    1. Thank you, Courtney. I'm so pleased to hear that you've visited Cardiff :)

  5. Cardiff Bay by sunset looks totally mesmerising! I haven't visited Wales since I was a child, so it's definitely somewhere I'm keen to return to :)


    1. Thank you, Gabrielle. I took the photo when I went out for an evening run; it was beautiful x

  6. Such gorgeous photos! I've not actually been to the majority of these, but Elan Valley looks like my favourite. So picturesque!! <3

    1. Thank you so much, Tamsin! I'll be doing a post on Elan Valley soon :)


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