Camping in Wales – Popular Places to Visit in Wales

If you are after something a little different this year for your camping holiday why not head west and sample the delights of Wales. We have added two new Welsh holiday parks to the BoB list from which you can explore the mountainous national parks and rugged coastline.

Whether you start off in the capital Cardiff with its nightlife scene and medieval castle, or head up to the northwest and visit Snowdonia National Park and take the railway to the top of Snowdon or hike up one of the many trails – Wales has it all!

Here’s a few ideas to think about if you are considering a camping trip or caravan holiday in Wales.

There is a little known fact that Wales has more castles than any other country in Europe.  The Welsh landscape it scattered with Roman ruins, Iron Age hill forts and castles from Medieval Welsh Princes and English Kings.

With over 600 castles, wherever you go on holiday in Wales, you won’t be too far from a historic castle. You may not have time to visit every single one, but here are some of our favourite castles to visit.

Conwy Castle and its town walls are amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications to be seen anywhere in Britain. It’s no wonder it is a World Heritage site. Why not climb the towers and turrets and follow the Time Detectives Trail to find out how the Welsh captured the castle in the 15th century.

The castle is open daily from 9.30am (10am in the Winter) and costs £7.95 for an adult ticket.

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Raglan Castle was one of the last medieval castles to be built in England and Wales — still formidable, although designed with comfort and luxury in mind. You can climb the Great Tower on its moated island and explore the newly restored undercroft beneath the castle. This cellar housed some of the finest wines in Europe, served at the high table to impress guests.

You will find lots going on throughout the year as Raglan Castle regularly plays host to poetry, plays, singing and dancing.

The castle is open daily from 10.00am and costs £6 for an adult ticket.

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Caerphilly Castle is a big castle, the biggest in Wales. It’s almost complete and it’s surrounded by a series of moats and watery islands. If you climb to the rooftop of the massive east gatehouse you can see the rings of stone and water defences that made Caerphilly so strong. Explore the dark passage known as the Braose Gallery and look out for the south- east tower — which out leans Pisa’s famous tower. And don’t forget the mighty siege engines and special firing events.

The castle is open daily from 10.00am and costs £6 for an adult ticket.

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Closest BoB Holiday Park – Erwlon Caravan and Camping Park

A list of things to do in Wales wouldn’t be the same without a nod to the many wonderful walks that you can take. Whether it is coastal walk, mountains, valleys or hills the choice is yours.

In 2012 the Wales Coastal Path was opened and runs 870 miles along the coast from Queensferry to Chepstow and runs through two National Parks. You will find dramatic castles and other monuments along the route as well as the industrial landscapes such as Port Talbot steelworks or Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey.

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If you are after a fairly easy walk with a stunning view at the end then Aber Falls is one of Wales’s highest and prettiest waterfalls. The Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve is lovely at any time of year, but the waterfall is at its spectacular best after a good rain shower, or when the winter ice sets in.

Length: 3 miles (5km)

Time: 1 hour 45minutes

Coedydd Aber is just off the A55, mid-way between Bangor and Llanfairfechan.

Closest BoB Holiday Parks – Plassey Holiday Park and Home Farm Caravan Park

This action-packed lap of Llangollen and the Dee Valley manages to cram in Llangollen Canal, the Horseshoe Falls, Llantysilio Church, Valle Crucis Abbey, the imperious remains of Dinas Bran Castle – not to mention the pretty town itself.  A great day out for the kids and adults alike.

Length: 6 miles (10km)

Time: 4 hours

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If you have any children in your family that love pirates then the walk to Worm’s Head is an absolute must. Please read the safety board carefully before setting out as the tides times vary from day to day and you could easily get marooned if you ignore them. However, there’s a genuine old shipwreck to exlore on Rhossili’s jaw-dropping beach when you get there.

Length: 3.5 miles (5.6km)

Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Closest BoB Holiday Park – Erwlon Caravan and Camping Park

Those clever chaps at the Cambrian Line have devised three ‘Seaside Strolls’: hop off the train at one stop, walk along the beach, and pick it up again at the next station. The section from Aberdovey to Tywyn is the longest, but still easily ambled by children.

Length: 5 miles (8km)

Time: 3 hours

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The Welsh mountain biking scene has gone from strength to strength over the past few years with substantial investment being made since Dafydd Davies built the first UK purpose built mountain bike trail at Coed-y-Brenin back in the mid-1990’s.

There are somewhere between 500km - 600km of purpose built spectacular way marked singletrack throughout the length of the country.

If you are looking for somewhere with parking, refreshments, toilet facilities and more, all to hand, then riding a trail from one of our Mountain Bike Centres is a great option, for all grades of trail.

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Closest BoB Holiday Park to Coed-y-Brenin - Trawsdir Touring Caravan and Camping park

Zip World is based at Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda, where slate has been mined for over two centuries. This was the biggest quarry in the world at one time and it employed two thousand men. It now employs two hundred people and includes a pair of zip lines a mile long, where riders can exceed 100mph, 500ft high and experience the nearest thing to flying.

If you are looking for a day of fun filled exhilaration then this could be the day out for you. Children aged 7 upwards can also take part but must be accompanied by an adult.

Prices start at £50

You can save time and money buying your tickets online before your visit.
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If jumping off cliffs, scrambling around rocks and exploring caves might seem a bit too devil may care, banish that apprehension immediately. With an experienced guide by your side, coasteering becomes an utterly liberating experience. And where better to do it than in Pembrokeshire, the first place on the planet to offer guided coasteering trips. The options are plentiful, from cliff jumps at Abereiddi, to the whitewater playground around St David’s Head.

If you are aged eight or over and swim doggypaddle then you can take the plunge. Although it helps to be confident in the water, you’ll have a wetsuit and a buoyancy aid for warmth and flotation and you’ll wear a safety helmet. Most operators run short family adventures as well as full-day adventures for older teenagers and adults.

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Closest BoB Holiday Park – Cenarth Falls Holiday Park

There’s plenty of trekking, riding and hacking activities in the Brecon Beacons National Park, with five riding centres working together to provide a range of options for visitors.

One ride even fits pub stopovers into the itinerary! The national park covers 500 square miles (805 square km) and the Beacons are high on the list of any must-visit destinations. So why not explore them on horseback?

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Closest BoB Holiday Park – Erwlon Caravan and Camping Park

There are plenty of paid for boat trips which go out into Cardigan Bay to say hello to the resident dolphins, porpoises and seals – as well as exotic visitors like whales and harmless sharks.  If you want to keep your feet on dry land why not sit on a clifftop somewhere gorgeous – Mwnt, for example – and watch them glide through the waters beneath you.

Closest BoB Holiday Park – Cenarth Falls Holiday Park

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