St David’s Day – where to go in Wales

Today is St David’s Day and Welsh people up and down the country are celebrating their culture and heritage. (Featured image by National Assembly for Wales)

St David’s Day offers a chance to celebrate all things Welsh. It may not have quite the same international recognition as the likes of St Patrick’s Day, but it is very important to many people with Welsh roots who are located all over the world.

From St David’s Day parades to street parties and concerts, the Welsh certainly know how to mark their patron saint’s day.

All manner of celebrations will be taking place throughout Wales today and over the weekend, but where should you visit to see the best this country has to offer?

Cardiff

Cardiff. Image by National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff

The Welsh capital city is the place to go if you’re looking for St David’s Day celebrations on a large scale.

The city is a vibrant destination at any time of year, but the party atmosphere really comes to the fore over the St David’s Day weekend.

With a huge parade held in the city centre, attended by the Prince of Wales, along with street parties and food festivals, Cardiff is undoubtedly the place to go this weekend.

But St David’s Day isn’t the only time you should visit; the city’s modern redesign, coupled with its historic buildings and medieval castle, make it a great destination all year round.

Rhossili Bay

Rhossili Bay. Image by Kevin Walsh

Rhossili Bay

If an outdoor escape is more your type of thing, look no further than Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula.

This beautiful stretch of coastline was recently voted the best beach in the UK, and the third best in Europe (attracting a bit of criticism from some Australians).

Defeating some very stiff competition from beaches in France and Italy, Rhossili Bay was praised by TripAdvisor users for its outdoor pursuits and excellent rambling trails.

Snowdonia

Snowdonia. Image by helpingmedia

Snowdonia

A huge national park spanning 823 square miles, Snowdonia has some of the most stunning views in the whole of the UK.

Taking in Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, and many other challenging peaks, Snowdonia can be a fairly unforgiving region.

But that doesn’t put off the millions of visitors who explore what the area has to offer each year. And they’re not short on options.

From walking and rambling to mountain biking and even skiing (for those that are really keen), Snowdonia has something for everyone.

Llandudno

Llandudno. Image by brianac37

Llandudno

The largest seaside resort in Wales, Llandudno has retained that 19th Century charm that had Victorians flocking to the North Wales town.

Today, Llandudno is just as popular as it’s ever been, thanks in no small part to the rise in extreme sports on offer.

With excellent surfing opportunities, along with paragliding and rock climbing, Llandudno has become a Mecca for extreme sports enthusiasts.

But if that’s not really your thing, don’t worry; Llandudno still has all the beach fun you’d expect from a seaside resort.

Brecon Beacons

Brecon Beacons. Image by -Dave Shaw-

Brecon Beacons

This picturesque part of South Wales has some of the most stunning scenery you’ll find anywhere in the country.

With rolling hills and green fields, the Brecon Beacons has the sort of natural wonder that comes to mind when we think of Wales.

With excellent walking opportunities, along with peaceful towns and villages dotted throughout, exploring the Brecon Beacons is a great way to spend a few days. It’s also been made a Dark Sky park, definitely a destination that’s best seen at night.