One of my favorite things to do on a Sunday is to drive out into the Welsh countryside and see what I can find. There's nothing like coming over the crest of a hill and then...OMG!!...Something AMAZING!
And there's lots of that...OMG!...in Wales. It's the things you amble upon that are the best. Like finding a garden to sit in out back of a country pub while you daydream and sip your beer. Or finding the book you've been searching for for ages in a tiny bookshop down a side street. Or having a sheep come up to you to eat out of your hand while you're standing on the side of the road.
If you're wondering...here are a few things to do when you're in Wales that will make you want LOTS more...
Ride a Train
Take a ride on the restored, vintage steam train that rolls through stunning countryside. Two to consider are: 1) The Ffestiniog Welsh Highland Railway that rises 700 feet from the harbor at Porthmadog to the slate mining village of Ffestiniog, where there are cafes, pubs & cute little shops to wander through and 2) the Vale of Rheidol Railway a 12 mile ride between Aberystwyth and Devil’s Bridge. In Devil's Bridge, there is the Two Hoots Cafe, a little cafe by the train to have a cup of tea and a bowl of soup or a sausage roll or, if you want something a little more substantial, there's The Hafod Arms Hotel, where an episode of Hinterland was filmed. After you eat, you can wander a little way to Devil's Bridge, three bridges over a spectacular waterfall with a story.
Visit a Castle
Go To The Beach
Visit a Welsh Garden
There are some wonderfully lush gardens hiding in plain sight in Wales. You can find acres and acres of ancient trees, exotic flowers, plants, statues and other romantic and mysterious things in a Welsh garden. While away the afternoon walking, picnicking, reading or daydreaming...or identify plants in a walled kitchen garden. It's all up to you. Here are 5 exquisite gardens to get your nature lover juices flowing: 1) Bodnant Garden, Conwy; 2) National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire; 3) Erddig, Wrexham; 4) Penrhyn Castle, Bangor; and 5) Plas Newdd, Anglesey .
Go to a festival
Glastonbury aside, there are some very excellent festivals in Wales (no...Glastonbury is in England). ranging from music to food to cider and ale to walking to wool to whatever you can think of. Here is a sampling of some of the best. Check them out: 1) The Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye; 2) Fire in the Mountain, Cambrian Mountains; 3) Monmouth Festival, Monmouth; 4) The National Eisteddfod of Wales, Wales; 5) Pride Cymru, Cardiff; 6) Green Man Festival, Glanusk Park, Brecon Beacons; and 7) Abergavenny Food Festival, Abergavenny.
Watch For Dolphins
If you want to watch for dolphins, then your best bet to spot them is in West Wales. You can hire a boat to take you out at Cardigan Bay, St. David's and New Quay. I've never actually gone out to watch for dolphins (I get seasick), but here are three outfits that can help and they got the best reviews on Tripadvisor: 1) A Bay To Remember Wildlife Boat Trips, Cardigan; 2) Voyages of Discovery, St. David's; and 3) SeaMor Dolphin Watching Boat Trips, New Quay. If you're not feeling the whole boat thing (like me), you might find it more fun (and cheaper and less sea-sicky) to just perch yourself on a cliff and watch those dolphins (and seals and porpoises) from afar. You could have a relaxing picnic, read, snooze and laze the day away. Mwnt, Aberporth Bay, and New Quay are all good places for perching, watching and lazing.
Visit One Of The National Museums
What are some fun things that you've done and discovered in Wales?