May half term breaks in Wales

Choosing Wales for Your Next Family Holiday


Laura Ginn

Laura Ginn
HomeAway travel expert

Welsh CoastWales is a beautiful country known for its lovely scenery, so when it comes to taking your family on a nice holiday in the UK, Wales is one of the most picturesque places to go. There are magical castles, beaches, cliffs and kilometres of countryside to explore, but the best thing about going to Wales is that it's really quite different to the rest of the UK. It may seem so easy to cross into Wales from England, but it has a completely different culture, cuisine and language: in fact, you may even have trouble asking for directions if you get lost, as many of the places you'll want to see have names that some of the county’s natives have trouble pronouncing! However, despite the fact that the words and names for villages appear so foreign, the fascinating sights make up for that.

Accommodation in Wales is also easy to find, but if you really want to test yourself, why not consider renting a cottage in the village with the longest name? Known as 'Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch', when literally translated it means 'St Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St Tysilio of the red cave'!


Ideal Welsh destinations for that May half term break


Aberystwyth May Bank Holiday in Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth is a great holiday spot for spring, as there are many beaches to explore. You have Clarach Bay, which is an enclosed beach with rock pools, Borth Beach, which is a boat launching and family friendly beach, and then North Beach Aberystwyth, which is the closest to accommodation in town. Unusually, rock fans may find the Led Zeppelin connection fun to see here too: not only does Robert Plant own an estate nearby, but there are numerous historical sites where the likes of "No Quarter" and “Led Zeppelin III” were written! The band flocked to this area of Wales back in 1970, where they spent a great deal of time tuning their musical talent.

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Cardiff May Bank Holiday in  Cardiff

Cardiff is the capital of Wales, and is one of the busiest, if not the busiest, in the country.  It has the highest populous, followed by Swansea, and so you know there'll always be something to keep you entertained. If you’ve travelled with kids, a perfect start to your stay in Cardiff would be a trip to The Cardiff Story. This museum will help educate holidaymakers on just how Cardiff went from being a tiny village to the city it is today. For water sports such as jet-skiing, yachting and more, however, visit the Cardiff Bay Water Activity Centre, and if you want some real fun with the kids, have a laser tag or paint ball war at the Taskforce Skirmish.

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Snowdonia May Bank Holiday in  Snowdonia

Wales' largest national park is situated in Snowdonia, and provides a great spot for those seeking outdoor adventures and activities. With over one hundred lakes, ninety mountain peaks, thirty-seven miles of unspoilt coastline, wetlands and moors, there is never a shortage of things to do or see. Let’s not forget the lily and rainbow beetle you can only see here, the tallest mountain you can hike in Wales, as well as a number of magnificent castles built in the 13th century by warring princes. There is no way to become bored in Snowdonia National Park: even the hardest of children to please will have a great time exploring its landscapes.

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Brecon Beacons May Bank Holiday in  Brecon Beacons

People travelling with youngsters will particularly enjoy the Brecon Beacons, as there are a lot of attractions for little ones. Cantref Farm is an excellent choice for the wee ones, as there are all sorts of farm animals which they can pet, and the opportunity to enjoy a pony ride too. For those looking for some fun on the water, however, the Brecon Beacons National Park offers a full assortment of waterways: whether you enjoy paddling in the shallows, or extreme white water rafting on the River Usk, you'll find plenty to keep you busy!

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Swansea May Bank Holiday in  Swansea

One of the most frequently photographed and scenic beaches of the Gower is Three Cliffs Bay. Unlike anywhere you've ever seen, the closest word you could use to describe it is would have to be breathtaking. Because it's off the beaten path, it's a quiet and tranquil beach set among the ruins of Pennard Castle and fringed by dunes. It's not uncommon to see horseback riders on their horses trotting along the shore here, but you're unlikely to come across anyone else! Do prepare yourself for some serious walking if you plan to walk under the cliffs: the sand dunes are quite steep, but certainly worth the effort.

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Wales Holiday Cottages

Traditional farmhouse accommodation near Snowdon | Perthi-Uchaf

This traditional farmhouse accommodation is just outside Llanberis the popular tourist destination at the foot of Snowdon. A substantial detached property set within 3 acres of land the cottage is the perfect base to explore this mountainous regio...

Spacious Three Bedroom Holiday Cottage Near Criccieth | Dulwyn

Ideally located in a quiet rural location this spacious three bedroom holiday cottage near Criccieth is the perfect location for exploring the mountains of Snowdonia to the east as well as the beaches of the Llyn peninsula to the west. Two separat...

Two Bedroom North Wales Holiday Cottage | Derwin-Fawr

Derwin-Fawr is traditional detached two-bedroom North Wales holiday cottage on a working farm on the western edge of the Snowdonia National Park. It's central location allows guest to enjoy the mountains of Snowdonia as well as the famous sandy be...

Large Self Catering Cottage | Bennar Beach Dyffryn Ardudwy

Pastel painted garden furniture sits on a manicured lawn. Shaded from the midday sun by a clematis, hanging heavily on a nearby trellis. The borders are full of flowers and a noisy finch twitters angrily as I try to photograph it all for the websi...

Self Catering Barn Conversion with Sea Views | Cefn-Isaf

Cefn-Isaf, a self catering barn conversion with sea views, is located in a spectacular position on a Welsh mountain farm. Behind the cottage, ancient oak woodland stand bravely at the foot of the rugged slopes of the Rhinog mountains. In front, hi...

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