Let's kick-start this new conversation space! What's your favorite destination in Wales and why?
How to pick! For a country so compact, Wales has a surprising amount of wonderfulness packed inside it.
St. David's is (probably) my favorite city, and I am always amazed by its awe-inspiring cathedral!
Cadair Idris has a place in my heart because of a lovely ramble up the mountain one day years ago - I think that was my very favorite picnic ever.
Conwy - if you like Ye Olde stuff, you'll faint. The castle is Most Excellent, and they've got "listed" buildings galore. The world's smallest house it there! OMG!
I love Llandudno - all of it. The promenade is wonderful for romantic walks.
Caernarfon Castle. Just - wow.
Male choirs in Llangollen. Well, male choirs anywhere, but Llangollen has the world famous Eisteddfod where you just float away on a sea of enchanting music.
And I love Wrexham (check out Erddig House). Glyndŵr University is there, so it's not just the admin center of North Wales, it's a college town, with outstanding pubs, great local bands, a couple of fun snooker parlors, and a very friendly, laid-back vibe.
My husband and I are planning to arrive in Wales from Bath in May of this year. Looking for the best things to do for a 2 night stay. Also interested in the Lakes District if anyone can advise me. We were not planning to rent a car - can I depend on public transportation to get to areas of interest.
Thanks for any help,
All of Wales is wonderful, but my favorite place is St. David's. It's just the right size - small but with several good pubs and restaurants. And it has an amazing cathedral. To top it off you are close to fabulous hiking along the coast with convenient bus service all along the way. It's astoundingly beautiful.
I really love Cardiff. A modern city with hidden pockets of 'antique' flavor! The only word that seems to describe it well for me is funky! The people are great, there are good markets, stores, nice pedestrian shopping areas, and good restaurants. We also enjoyed our time at Betwys-y-Coed and the Snowdonia area. Beautiful, quite rural scenery!
I am partial to North Wales. If you like historical fiction, get a copy of "Here Be Dragons" by Sharon Kay Penman. Then go look at all the castles and the lovely countryside the Welsh were fighting for. You will be swept away!
I would advise renting a car in Wales if you plan to visit Edward's Castles; otherwise you have to just be lucky to make any bus connections. You do have a train that goes from Chester to Conwy Castle to Holyhead.
I enjoyed Edward's Castles at Caernarfon, Beaumaris and Harlech. They are all what you would agree are "real" castles in fantastic scenic locations.
Oh gosh. I love Beddgelert and my sister says she'd move to Criccieth.
Portmeirion, dating back from my first trip to the UK 14 years ago. I've been back several times since then -- it's such an odd/surreal place, but so peaceful (and the restaurant serves fantastic food). We're doing a two-week tour of North Wales in May, and I think we're going to stay there a night or two (even thought we've already been there 4 or 5 times).