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5 days in Wales

Looking at a surprise trip for the husbands birthday. If we only have 5 days on the ground would Wales be a decent short getaway? Any suggestions for itinerary?

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My surname is Welsh and in 2017 we visited South Wales and the village in Cardiganshire north of St. David that my ancestor left in 1716 with his two brothers to come to America.

South and North Wales are both amazing. For South Wales, I recommend a couple of days in Cardiff. Cardiff Castle, the Museum of Welsh Life and Caerfully Castle (a short train ride from Cardiff) are great. There are several castles near Cardiff as well as Tintern Abbey close to the English border.

Tenby, Wales is wonderful. We stayed there and on our way to St. Davids, we visited Pembroke Castle. There are some very scenic places in S. Wales.
In North Wales, Conwy and its castle are a must see. Snowdonia National Park is great. Caernarfon Castle is another you would likely want to see.

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As Emma stated, it’s what you like to do and whether you’ll have a car or using public transportation.

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We would be renting a car. We are well versed in driving on the wrong side if we had too. I would consider ourselves foodies that love history and scenery. We have enjoyed castles, waterfalls, villas and botanical gardens in a few different countries. Prefer to roam freely and do not like guided tours. Oh yeah we love animals.....did I mention we are animal lovers. Hoping to fly into Manchester from Miami or Orlando and have 5 full days on the ground.

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HI there! Without knowing what time of year you are going - and knowing you are foodies - I'd suggest Cardiff as well with trips out to surrounding areas for day trips. There are SO many great places to eat in Cardiff, plus you are near the coast with small villages and castles around to include in the trip. It sounds like from other comments you may also be visiting England and Cardiff is close to the England/Wales border.