The Best Things to do in Wales in Winter
Even though it’s cold outside, the winter season has a lot to offer if you can wrap up warm and brave the icy weather. There are many fun activities to experience in Wales in the winter, such as hiking up the hills of Snowdonia, visiting small villages, or even admiring the historic charms of local castles where you can learn more about Wales’ fascinating history.
In this blog, we look at the best things to do in Wales in Winter so you can plan your winter trip to Wales, and perhaps even book a stay at our infamous country house nestled in the heart of the countryside by its very own lake!
Places Most Likely to Snow in Wales in the Winter
Everyone loves snow, especially the kids. In Wales, if it’s not forecast snow already, you’re most likely to find snow up in the mountains if you’re brave enough. In the North of Wales, mountains such as Snowdonia, Cadair Idris and the Cambrian Mountains of Mid Wales are usually coated with snow this time of year, making for the most picturesque sceneries you’ve ever seen.
In the South of Wales, you’ll find snow across the Brecon Beacons National Park, near the highest peak in Southern Britain, Pen Y Fan. Snow also often falls around the South Wales Valleys and the Preseli Hills in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, known for becoming a true Winter Wonderland.
Cliff Trails & Walks in Wales
Brecon Beacons National Park is the perfect location for going on long nature walks so that you can reset ready for the new year ahead. The park features stunning scenery and will take you on a wonderful wintry walk past the naturally beautiful Sgwd yr Eira waterfall and to the nearby Penderyn Distillery, which is a great place to stop and warm yourself up with their homemade Welsh whiskey.
Close to Cardiff Bay is Penarth, a seaside town that beholds historic charm and uniqueness. At the very top of the Vale of Glamorgan, you’ll find the perfect location to walk along the Wales Coastal Path past neighbouring villages and towns where you’ll breath will be taken away by the views.
Pembrokeshire bursts with all the great things winter has to offer, from wintry walks to local pubs with mulled wine and open fireplaces. There are also some small beaches and little towns and villages you can explore and make some winter memories.
Adrenaline Activities in Wales
Zip World, Penrhyn Slate Quarry
If you’re an adrenaline junky, then Zip World is the place for you. Nearby Bethesda is Penrhyn Slate Quarry, home to the world’s fastest zip line where you can reach speeds of up to 100mph. This amazing ride will give you the best views of the mountainside quarry as well as the surrounding countryside.
Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog
Located deep inside an old Victorian mine lies a trampoline park with an underground rope course, zip lines, tunnels, and climbing experiences as you descend through the caverns. This activity is great no matter the weather, and something different to do this winter that’ll be sure to keep you warm!
Dry Slope Skiing
This family fun activity is a great idea for the days when you’re not quite sure what to do. There are dry-slope skiing facilities in Cardiff, Pembry and Llandudno. Whether you’re new to skiing or have done it before, this activity is suitable for everyone and will have you laughing and smiling all the way through.
Castles & Manors in Wales
UNESCO World Heritage Site Conwy Castle has been named one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. It has eight towers which stand firmly above the river Conwy before it reaches the sea, perfect for those photographic moments.
Harlech Castle is one of four castles in Gwynedd that form Wales’ first UNESCO World Heritage Site. It holds an incredible setting as it lies upon an old sea cliff in Snowdonia’s Mountain range, painting a scenic picture in the background.
Caerphilly Castle is a great place to visit since it’s only a 20-minute train journey from Cardiff. It’s said to be one of the finest castles in South Wales, and it’s actually the second-largest castle in the UK. During the winter, they usually open Christmas Markets in Caerphilly town along with other events and light shows within the castle.
Museums & Historic Activities
National Museum, Cardiff
During December, you can visit Wales National Museum in Cardiff and experience their Big Museum Winter Trail as you help find the museum elves so that you can take home your very own Christmas decoration. The museum also features some fascinating exhibitions, from contemporary art to dinosaurs!
Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery
This historical attraction holds many artefacts and secrets of the town’s history, dating back to around 2000 years. This museum is housed in Cyfrathfa Castle, which was the home of William Crawshay II in 1824. Its gardens are the perfect place to explore as you will get to see many statues as well as appreciate the architecture of the castle. The museum and art gallery are just a 20-minute walk north of Merthyr Tydfil and are open daily. You can also visit Julie’s Tea Rooms where you can enjoy lunch and other refreshments during your day here.
We hope you get the opportunity to visit us at Lake Country House in Wales this winter, as there are many exciting, festive things for you to do around us. To find out more about availability at our stunning country house beside the lake this winter, get in touch.