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With 1200 km of coastline and myriad spectacular mountains, it's no surprise that increasing numbers of tourists from around the world are travelling to Wales in search of unforgettable summer holidays. Because of its northern location, summer days in Wales are very long, extending as late as 11 o'clock at night - and, subsequently, allowing for plenty of fun in the sun. Another great reason to visit Wales in summer: from June through August the temperature is downright balmy, reaching up to a pleasantly warm, but not sweltering 28°C; perfect for basking on one of its scenic beaches bordering the Atlantic Ocean or Irish Sea.
Because it is a popular destination for summer holidays, be sure to book your flight, transportation, and accommodation in Wales in advance; this is especially helpful in ensuring that you obtain the accommodation you desire within any budgetary restraints you might have. Wherever you decide to stay in Wales, you can count on HomeAway to offer the perfect home from home accommodation to suit your family's needs - but then, deciding exactly where in Wales to stay, given its natural beauty and cultural diversity, is a big decision! Luckily, HomeAway can help with this, too. Read on, for HomeAway's list of top family-friendly Wales holiday spots!
Five of the best locations in Wales for a summer holiday
Summer breaks in Anglesey
If nothing less than an island getaway will do for your family's summer holiday, you may be surprised to learn that you can find one right in Wales. Anglesey, located off the northwest coast of the country, is a fantastic holiday option. Visit the Pili Palas Butterfly Palace, where you will be surrounded by flying butterflies amidst their natural tropical habitat - something kids of all ages can't help but enjoy. There are also plenty of bird and reptile exhibits there to intrigue any animal lover. If historical sight-seeing is on the itinerary, Beaumaris Castle, which was built in the 13th century, is another can't-miss day trip. And between cultural attractions? The island's beautiful coastline is an event in itself.
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Summer holidays in Porthmadog
The small coastal town of Porthmadog has plenty to offer the entire family during a summer getaway. Tour the area for its unique maritime history, and be sure to stop into one of its many shops and restaurants, all run by locals who are proud of their cultural heritage and happy to share it with you. Spend some time on one of the town’s nearby beaches to soak up some sun. And before you leave, be sure to visit Snowdonia, a massive national park filled with breathtaking mountains practically begging to be hiked, which is easily accessible from Porthmadog.
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Summer breaks in Conwy
If your family is looking for a truly unique summer holiday destination, consider Conwy, a walled town that was constructed in the 13th century on the order of Edward I. Located on the coast, one of the main attractions of this small town is awe-inspiring Conwy Castle. The massive castle is a sight to behold, and a wonderful place to tour with your family, providing spectacular views of the landscape surrounding the area. Aside from the castle, enjoy a hike up Conwy Mountain, and also be sure to check out the Smallest House in Great Britain for fun that the kids, especially, will love.
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Summer holidays in Newport
Located on the River Usk, Newport is the third largest city in Wales, and a great destination for a family summer holiday. If you take a walk to Tredegar Park, be sure to stop at the Tredegar House, which was constructed in the 17th century and has since become famous throughout Britain as one of the most exemplary buildings of the Restoration period. But Newport is also a wonderful spot for outdoor enthusiasts, who can explore the natural splendour of the Newport Wetlands Reserve, where wildlife and birds, many rare elsewhere, are abundant. And of course, in the centre of the city, you can enjoy plenty of fine shopping and eating!
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Summer breaks in Harlech
Harlech is a seaside resort town located in Gwynedd. And while it is, first and foremost, Harlech Beach which makes this location a prime spot for an enjoyable summer holiday, there are also plenty of other things to do and see. For example, Harlech Castle, a medieval construction built in the 13th century: the incredible architecture and palpable history of this castle make it a must-see stop on your journey through Harlech. Within town, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to indulge in - which is important, because you'll want to make sure you eat enough to give you the energy to hike along the many hills of Harlech. The landscape and views are stunning.
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Summer Holiday Homes in Wales
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...
Plas Arfon cottage benefits from a large open plan lounge with log burner & dining area, stunning sea views over Conwy bay towards Anglesey & the Irish sea. Large ground floor master bedroom with a 'super king' double bed (6ft), shower, wc & wash ...
Nantyfelin is a Grade II listed Victorian house built in 1900 and it still has lots of original features but with all mod cons required for modern living . All rooms have stunning sea/ mountain views and some face the two castles of Harlech and C...
With sea glimpses from the lounge and kitchen Fir tree cottage is a small well equipped holiday rental in a superb position in Criccieth. Leave the car and you can walk everywhere, beach is across the road, nearest restaurant (Poachers.) which i...
The Redcliffe apartment has a fantastic vantage point for views of Caswell Bay, voted one of the most beautiful beaches on Gower with its ancient cypress trees, rivers and lush cliffs. It also has the advantage of being close to Mumbles village wi...