Short breaks in Wales

Long weekend? Forget the air miles, head straight for Wales

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Jules Pearson

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert

PembrokeshireSometimes we all need a little respite from the pressures of day-to-day life: a getaway bolthole where we can relax and forget about our responsibilities just for a few days. If you don’t have a whole week’s holiday, it’s usually best not to stray too far afield, and Wales is a figurative goldmine for visiting travellers. Displaying miraculous levels of diversity for such a small country, you’ll find a rich mixture of history, natural beauty and hospitality almost anywhere you visit. Factor in the proximity, and miniscule costs involved, and you may just begin to wonder why you haven’t considered it before.

There are many different sides to Wales. From the luscious mountainous peaks in the north of the country to the metropolitan pleasures of cities like Cardiff and Swansea in the south, there’s far too much to squeeze into one short trip. Before you pick and choose your preferred Welsh adventure, take a look at our guide to some of the top suggestions. After whetting your appetite, you’ll find the perfect rental from our extensive catalogue of Wales rental properties at HomeAway.


Short breaks in Wales: top five attractions


Snowdonia National Park Snowdonia National Park short breaks

What finer place to start that in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful regions in all of the United Kingdom? Picture the Lake District with more rugged landscapes and you’re probably not far off the mark. Mount Snowdon itself, the second largest mountain in Britain, dominates the horizon but the lakes and ridges contribute equally to its photogenic nature. Energetic visitors will enjoy tackling the moderately challenging trails to the summit, but if you want to avoid the inevitable blisters, you can always jump on the railway. The views from the top are truly awe-inspiring.

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Rhyl Rhyl short breaks

Situated on the north coast of the country, Rhyl is effectively the Welsh equivalent of Blackpool. Admittedly the seaside resort is significantly more peaceful than its English cousin, but this is a decidedly positive attribute. The seafront has managed to maintain the traditional features that give one the impression of stepping back in time, with the beach as pleasant as you’ll find anywhere in the country. The town is a particularly good choice if you’re travelling with children, who’ll love the seemingly endless procession of amusement arcades that populate the main street along the shore. For a bird’s eye view of the north coast, head for the top of the Sky Tower – Rhyl’s modest answer to the Seattle Space Needle.

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Cardiff Cardiff short breaks

A historical city that is constantly growing in stature as a major urban centre, any country would be proud to call Cardiff its capital. For sports fans, the tour of the gargantuan Millennium Stadium is a must, and if you’re lucky your trip may even coincide with a rugby or football fixture. The ancient castle that stands in the heart of the city is a fascinating attraction, as is the National Museum. The latter is home to one of the most impressive art collections in the continent, as well as the intriguing “Evolution of Wales” exhibition; the latter boasts woolly mammoths and dinosaurs among its colourful displays.

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Portmeirion Portmeirion short breaks

Let’s get things straight, this is not your average Welsh town. It’s not your average British town. Portmeirion is unique. Older visitors may recognise it as the setting for surreal ‘60s television show “The Prisoner”, instantly distinguishable by its quaint pastel coloured buildings and Mediterranean style layout. The town is non-residential and demands a modest entry fee of £7.50, but this is a small price to pay to step into this charming world. The peninsula it occupies is in itself a wonderfully scenic environment, with Snowdonia just a short drive north. If you love the great outdoors, some 70 acres of exotic woodland awaits, as well as mile after mile of scenic coastal walks.

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Gower Peninsula Gower Peninsula short breaks

It speaks volumes that this region was the first in the UK to be given the title of “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.” Located on the south coast near the city of Swansea, the Gower Peninsula is land of golden sands, shifting blue seas and medieval castles. The waters have become something of a haven for surfers throughout the summer months, but the wildlife and mysterious Celtic aura can be enjoyed at any time of the year. The dramatic sunset over the headland at Rhossili Bay is renowned as one of the most dazzling sights in Wales, and a photo opportunity not to be missed. 

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Holiday Rentals in Wales

Beach House With 11 En-suite Bedrooms Sleeps 22-28. Direct Access To Beach

Waterwynch House provides over 11,000 square feet of living space with 11 en-suite bathrooms. It makes an ideal getaway for family holidays and special occasions. The house offers something for everyone of all ages, from a music room equipped wi...

Traditional Stone Cottage in Snowdonia near to Cadair Idris and nice beaches.

This pretty stone cottage, built in the 1860's, is in the lovely village of Abergynolwyn, which was featured in the BBC TV program ' Weatherman Walking'. Abergynolwyn nestles in the beautiful Dysynni valley, and is surrounded by the spectacular...

Premium Apartment in Superb Location. New for 2014/15.

Modern, one bedroomed apartment created in the summer of 2014 in one wing of the owners' property. Ian and Tricia trust that you will appreciate the careful thought and effort invested in developing the perfect holiday hideaway in an unbeatable s...

Spectacular accommodation. Yards from some of the best beaches in Britain

A cutting edge, eco friendly beach house situated in the original part of Rhosneigr and close to the beaches. This avant garde residence offers stylish, chic, spacious accommodation and innovative technology to make your stay very comfortable. Th...

Welcome to Hafod Grove a Stunning, Georgian Mansion House with Sea Views

Welcome to Hafod Grove a gorgeous, self-catering Mansion House and Cottage enjoying an idyllic coastal setting within the Pembrokeshire National Park. This lovely old property affords spacious and gracious accommodation, with comfortable furnis...
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