With the school holidays upon us it is time to think about summer holiday destinations.
We have been very fortunate this year to have experienced some great sunshine and warm temperatures on par with the rest of Europe rather than the unpredictable grey skies and rain which forces us to book the traditional foreign package holiday.
In recent years more and more of us have been looking closer to home for holiday inspiration and with good reason to do so.
A stay-cation is not only a great way to save money, but also the stress of going to the airport, long waits in departure lounges, taking small children to a very hot climate and there is also the language barrier to overcome.
Wales is renowned for its rugged coastline, impressive castles, mountainous national parks and Celtic culture – here are a few must -visit attractions.
This is one of the genuine modern wonders of Wales. Designed by award winning and world reknown architect Norman Foster, it is the biggest single span glasshouse in the world. It is made of 785 panes of glass – everyone a different size – and has 147 computer controlled air vents. Inside is one of the longest continuous flowerbeds in Europe. Among its wonders are plants that smell of toffee, chocolate, curry and rotting flesh (pollinating flies love it). There’s a wild mushroom that grows out of the body of a caterpillar. And after you’ve finished admiring Foster’s glasshouse, check out the greenhouse made entirely of plastic bottles.
A beach holiday might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of visiting Wales, but perhaps it should be – Wales has some of the finest stretches of sand in the UK, including Tresaith which is set in a small sheltered sandy bay named after the River Saith which cascades as a waterfall over the cliffs to the beach. Tresaith – The Town of Seven – is named after the folk tale that an Irish king sent his seven daughters off on a boat to marry men from seven local families.
With wild landscapes and villages steeped in history, Snowdonia National Park is a breath-taking destination for activity holidays, short breaks or days out with family and friends.
The park’s historic Snowdon Mountain Railway climbs to the summit of Wales’s highest mountain, Mount Snowdon, offering views across the sea to Ireland. The park is also home to an extensive network of trails, over 100 lakes and craggy peaks like Cader Idris and Tryfan.
If the thought of waiting for waves in the chilly Atlantic Ocean is enough to make you flog your wetsuit, you should hit the Conwy Valley, which is home to a new artificial wave lagoon – Surf Snowdonia – a world –first inland surf lagoon and the only guaranteed surf break in the UK. Generating consistent waves all day long, the freshwater facility will help you improve your board riding skills in no time.
Located on a sprawling estate on the coast of Wales, Portmeirion Village is a miniature Italianate fantasy village, the creation of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis who purchased the property in 1925 as a “neglected wilderness.” Williams-Ellis spent most of his life designing and building the tiny elaborate Italian-influenced village of his own creation.
It was made world famous when it was used as the setting for the wonderful 1960s British TV cult classic “The Prisoner” and hosts a Prisoner weekend every year.
There’s no doubt about it, a journey on board one of the many narrow gauge steam trains of Wales is certainly the best way to enjoy the magnificent landscape of the country. From our highest peaks, to our greenest valleys and epic seascapes, Wales has a plethora of vintage railway options available to train enthusiasts, and those who simply like to sit back and watch the world go by from the tracks.
Here are some of the most picturesque options –
Whatever activity you have enjoyed during the day, a visit to one of the many local traditional pubs is a must and join the locals for a drink or two – Iechyd Da!
Whatever you decide to do this summer, we here at Mid Wales Storage wish you a very Happy Holiday!