Famed for its rugged coastline and mountainous national parks, it’s easy to see why Wales topped the list of the UK places caravan and motorhome owners plan on visiting post-lockdown, a survey we conducted via YouGov has revealed.
If you’re thinking about visiting Wales – which took home 20% of the vote – this summer, we’ve pulled together a handy guide of where to stay, what to do while there, and things to eat and drink.
Alternatively, if you don’t currently have plans, let us try and convince you why you probably should...
Where to stay
Caravan and motorhomes allow you to explore Wales in all its natural beauty. But, of course, you need somewhere to set-up camp.
Riverside Touring Park is located in Conwy, a medieval walled town that is the gateway to Snowdonia National Park. It allows guests to go fishing and golfing or hire a bike – when they’re not exploring Wales and England’s highest mountain, which sits at 3,560 ft above sea level.
If Swansea’s vibrant and multi-cultural vibe is more your cup of tea, Gowerton Caravan and Motorhome Club Site should be on your shortlist. It’s an easy drive away from the Gower Peninsula, as well as being closely-located to sandy beaches that are perfect for surfing or swimming.
Set in 25-acres of north Wales coastline, Ffrith Park is perfect for families, offering an array of on-site facilities, such as a function suite, ten-pin bowling alley, beer garden and live entertainment. The touring caravan site has both hard-standing and grass pitches available.
Things to do
If you didn’t know, a lot of Welsh life has been lived underground, leaving behind incredible cave and mining attractions for people to visit. The National ShowcavesCentre is a must see. It features Dan yr Ogof, a 17-km-long cave system, and the world’s largest award-winning dinosaur park, where visitors can get up close and personal with a terrifying T-rex model.
The magnificent medieval Laugharne Castle is famous for being poet Dylan Thomas’ hideout. In the present day, two giant stone towers guard over the remains of the Tudor mansion, which is set in 19th century ornamental gardens.
If action-packed adventure has tired you out, the beaches in south Wales should be next on your list, with their secluded bays, much-loved coves and bustling promenades. Make sure you visit Dunraven Bay, which has some of the best rock pools around, and Barry Island’s Jackson’s Bay, which overlooks the Bristol channel and has the second highest tidal range in the world.
What to eat
Fish and chips is one of the nation’s favourite takeaway choices and there are plenty of chippies to choose from in Wales. Hooked@31 in Fishguard was named one of the best in the National Fish & Chip Awards 2020 and has incredible views over Fishguard Bay. Irresistible homemade ice cream is also made on-site, using Pembrokeshire milk and Welsh cream.
Ynyshir has been named the best restaurant in Wales by the Good Food Guide and has retained its Michelin-star for the past three years. With its peaceful setting between the coast and mountains, and ingredient-led, flavour-driven, truly memorable food, it’s easy to understand why.
Welsh rarebit is a classic combination of melted cheese and toasted bread. If you’re wanting to sample the traditional Welsh dish, Madame Fromage in Abergavenny is a must-visit. The eatery was established in Cardiff in 2005 and now serves 150 different varieties of award-winning cheeses at its Monmouthshire café.
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