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Wales (or Cymru in Welsh!) is one of 4 countries that make up the UK and the smallest country in Great Britain.

Famous for rugby, daffodils, dragons, leeks and sheep (there are more than 🐑 🐑 🐑 sheep for every person living in Wales!) 

Wales has a beautiful, varied landscape with strong contrasts. In the south, flat coastal plains give way to valleys and hills and mountains in the mid and the north.

In fact, the landscape is so magnificent that around a quarter of it is protected and lies within one of its three national parks (Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons and the Pembrokeshire Coast) or one of five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs): Llyn Peninsula, the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley, The Gower Peninsula, Anglesey and the Wye Valley. 

Wales’ weather is mild and variable- with average temperatures of around 20 degrees in summer (June-August) and 6 at low altitude in the winter months (December- February).

Quick Facts about Wales

⛰ Tallest Mountain- Snowdon (1,085m) 

🏞️  Lowest Point- Bristol Channel coastline (0 ft)

🚤  Longest River- River Severn (354 km)

💧  Largest Lake- Llym Tegid, 6km in length.

🏖️  Coastline- 1,370 miles 

☔  Average Annual Rainfall- Around 940mm per year. Wettest season is autumn (September-November).

🌞   Highest recorded temperature- 35.2 C at Harwarden Bridge, Flintshire on 2 August 1990.

❄️   Lowest recorded temperature- -23.3 C in Rhayader (Powys) on 21 January 1940.

Wales is so scenic, it’s the perfect place to escape for a glamping break. No matter where you go, you’ll never be too far from an AONB, a national park or a castle (Wales has more castles per square mile than any other place on earth!) 

Heres’s a rundown of some of our favourite locations and glamping sites in Wales.

Glamping in North Wales

Glamping in Gwynedd

Gwynedd is a county on the north-west mainland of Wales. It extends from the Irish Sea in the west to the mountains of Snowdonia in the east.

Places of interest:

  • Snowdonia National Park- the largest national park in Wales, Snowdonia boasts the highest mountain in England and Wales (Snowdon) and the largest natural lake in Wales (Llyn Tegid).
  • Caernarfon Castle- a royal fortress-palace built on legends and bitter medieval conflict.
  • Llyn Peninsula- an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, famed for beaches, watersports and wildlife.

Fun Fact: Gwynedd has the highest percentage of Welsh-speaking residents- with 65.4% fluent in Cymraeg! Compared to only 11% of the country as a whole.

Yurt in Clynnog-fawr, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

💛 The yurt is located in a secluded, hidden spot between the mountains and the sea on a small family-run organic working farm.

💛  Inside, you’ll find a comfy wooden bed, a wood-burning stove to keep warm.

💛 Outside, there’s a wooden deck with a campfire cooking area, a lake you can go wild swimming in, a woodland to wander in, a stream to paddle in, woodland hammocks for you to swing in, eggs you can collect, lambs you can play with and a beach is less than two miles away. There’s also a compost toilet with amazing views and a converted cowshed with sofas, a fridge, freezer and microwave.

Find out more here.

Glamping in Anglesey

Anglesey is an island off the north-west coast of Wales. Access to the island is via the 19th-century Menai Suspension Bridge and the Britannia Bridge. 

Places of Interest:

  • Beaumaris Castle- built by King Edward I of Wales in 1295, the castle is an unfinished fortress, famous as the “greatest castle that was never built”. 
  • Newborough Forest- the largest area of forestry on Anglesey at 2,000 acres. A red squirrel conservation area, it’s not uncommon to see some!
  • Puffin Island- just off the coast of Anglesey is this uninhabited island- now a bird sanctuary and nesting site for breeding seabirds, you can take a boat tour of the island and spot guillemot, razorbill, shag, kittiwake, ducks and puffins.

Fun Fact: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch- the town with the longest place name in Europe (second longest one-word place name in the world!) is on the island of Anglesey. The name translates to ‘The Church of St Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio’s of the red cave’. The only longer place name in the world is Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukaka­piki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­ki­tana­tahu in New Zealand!

Bell Tent in Ynys Mon, Anglesey

💛  Fully furnished, 5-metre bell tent in a secluded spot overlooking Red Wharf Bay, just below Pentraeth Forest.

💛  The bell tent has a double bed with full bed linen, two armchairs and a wood-burning stove.

💛  There is a separate ‘summer house’ next to the tent, which has cooking facilities. A separate compost toilet and shower room with a gas-powered shower.

Find out more here.

Glamping in Denbighshire 

Denbighshire is a county in north-east Wales. Right at the top of Wales, it borders the Irish Sea and is only 20 miles from the English border. Denbigh translates to ‘Little Fortress’ in Welsh, a reference to its historic castle.

Places of interest: 

  • Rhaeadr Dyserth Waterfall- 70-foot waterfall in the ancient village of Dyserth on the slopes of the Clwydian Range, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • Castell Dinas Bran- medieval castle ruins on a prominent hilltop site.
  • Dee Valley- Wales’ newest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

Fun Fact: Denbigh is home to Wales' first asylum, the North Wales Hospital, which was built in 1848. Abandoned in 1995, after 147 years of service, the Grade II listed building now lies in a state of picturesque decay. It has a very spooky reputation and has attracted many a ghost hunter over the years! 

Geodome in Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Denbighshire 

💛   Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on a family-run retreat, the geodome looks out to the Clwydian Mountains with panoramic views from all sides. 

💛   Inside there are two separate bedrooms, an en-suite bathroom with hot shower and flushing toilet, kitchen and living area and log burner.

💛   Outside there’s a wood-fired hot tub, large seating area with wooden table and chairs and a fire pit with a dutch oven.

Find out more here.

Glamping in Conwy

Conwy is a walled market town and community on the north coast of Wales. Conwy is one of Britain’s best-preserved medieval towns.

Places of interest: 

  • Conwy Castle & Town Walls- a World Heritage Site, the castle was a key part of the ‘iron ring’ of fortresses built around Snowdonia in the 13th century. 
  • Aberconwy House and Plas Mawr- Built in the 15th & 16th century respectively, these are the only two surviving merchant’s houses in the town and some of the oldest datable houses in Wales.
  • Mynydd y Dref or Conwy Mountain- the remains of an ancient volcano that erupted about 450 million years ago. 801ft high, the top provides spectacular views of Conwy Bay, the Carneddau range of mountains, Llandudno and the Great Orme. At the summit, there are Neolithic Hut Circles and the Iron Age hillfort of Castell Caer Seion.

Fun Fact- Conwy is home to the smallest house in Britain. ‘Quay’ house measures just 3 metres by 1.8 metres and was built in the 16th century. The house was occupied by 6 foot 3inch- Robert Jones until 1900, when the council forced him to move after they declared the house was unfit for human habitation! He was unable to fully stand up inside the house. It is still owned by his descendants today! 

Bell Tent in Conwy

💛  Hidden away in 12 acres of private hill-side woodland just outside Conwy Valley, is this bell tent with breathtaking views across the mountains and valleys of Snowdonia.

💛 Inside you'll find a double bed and two singles (all with full bedding and blankets), rugs, lights, portable gas hob and kettle.

💛 Outside there's a bbq fire pit with a grill for campfire cooking and picnic bench. There's also a separate outhouse with a proper flushing toilet and hot shower.

Find out more here.

Glamping in South Wales 

Glamping in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire is a county in south-west Wales. More than a third of the county is occupied by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Places of interest:

  • Tenby- probably the most iconic seaside town in Wales, known for its medieval history and beautiful beaches.
  • Pembrokeshire Coast National Park- a national park along the coastline in west Wales. The only national park in the UK established primarily because of the coastline.
  • Blue Lagoon- a former slate quarry, known for its bright turquoise waters, perfect for some wild swimming.

Fun Fact- National Geographic voted the Pembrokeshire coast as the second best coastline in the world! With 186 miles of magnificent and varied coastline and over 50 beaches. Second only to Newfoundland in Canada.

The Jet Star in Redberth, Pembrokeshire

💛  The Jetstar is a first-class former private plane, that would have carried up to 9 passengers. Built in the 1970’s, it has retained most of its original features, including a lit up bar area.

💛  Inside you’ll find a double bedroom in an adjoining building at the back of the plane, a small double bed behind the cockpit, a leather sofa, toilet and a separate kitchenette at the rear of the plane.

💛  Outside there is a shared kitchen, a covered bbq area and a fully equipped shower block.

Find out more here.

Glamping in Carmarthenshire

Carmarthenshire is a historic county in the heart of south-west Wales. The county is known as ‘The Garden of Wales’ due to the presence The National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Places of interest:

Fun Fact: On June 18, 1928 Amelia Earhart touched down in Carmarthen Bay after a 21-hour flight from Newfoundland - becoming the first woman to complete a transatlantic flight. The exact location she landed is disputed, with two villages (Pwll & Burry Port) both displaying plaques to mark her landing spot!

Tipi in Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire

💛   Tucked away on the edge of a 20-acre smallholding and woodland in West Wales, you’ll find this amazing tipi on an award-winning eco-retreat. Perfect for an off-grid getaway.

💛   Inside there’s a double bed and two single beds, a wood-burner and blankets to keep warm. 

💛   Outside there’s a seating area, gas stove, cooking equipment, campfires and a separate toilet and shower block.

Find out more here.

Glamping in Monmouthshire

Monmouthshire is a historic county in South East Wales.

Places of interest:

  • Wye Valley- an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the border between England and Wales, the River Wye was voted the nation’s favourite river in 2010! 
  • Sugarloaf Mountain- a mountain within the Brecon Beacons National Park with an elevation of 1,955 ft.
  • Tintern Abbey- a ruined former abbey on the banks of the River Wye, made famous by William Wordsworth in the last poem of Lyrical Ballads (1798).

Fun Fact: World-renowned magician and escape artist Harry Houdini once performed a death-defying stunt in the Monmouthshire town of Newport. On 5 March 1913, he jumped off Newport Bridge in handcuffs and with his feet shackled. Permission to perform the stunt had been denied by authorities- so Houdini devised a cunning plan. He sent a look-a-like in an open top car to act as a diversion. While the police and the public were distracted, Houdini made his way to the opposite side of the bridge and jumped. Miraculously, he resurfaced free from his chains, further down the river and swam to a nearby boat, suffering only a broken toe! 

Restored Train Carriage in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire 

💛  Beautiful restored Victorian railway carriage with star gazing clear roof in a private walled orchard. Stunning panoramic views over the Bryn Awr Valley, the Brecon Beacons and Sugar loaf mountain

💛  The carriage has hardwood floors, a hand-built bespoke kitchen and a wood burner. There’s a double bed, two comfy leather chairs and a dining room and a wet room.

💛  Outside there is a raised wooden deck with a table and chairs, a hammock for two and a menagerie of animals living on the farm.

Find out more here.

Glamping in the Vale of Glamorgan

The Vale of Glamorgan is the most southerly point in Wales and is only a few miles from the country capital, Cardiff.

  • Gower Peninsula- the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it projects westwards into the Bristol Channel. The beaches are amongst the best in the world. 
  • Porthkerry Country Park- 220 acres of woods and meadowland for great walks.
  • Glamorgan Heritage Coast- stretching for 14 miles, from Aberthaw to Porthcawl, with secluded coves, plunging cliffs and breathtaking views. The rocky beach of Llantwit in Llantwit Major is one of the finest in South Wales!

Fun Fact: The Tinkinswood burial chamber in St Nicholas was constructed nearly 6000 years ago, during the ‘New Stone Age’ in Europe. It held 50 bodies inside and is thought to be the largest in Europe. Legend has it that anyone who spends a night at the site on the evenings preceding May Day, St John’s Day (23rd June), or Midwinter Day would either die, go raving mad, or become a poet! 

Log Cabin in Sully, Vale of Glamorgan

💛  A unique log cabin, above the Swanbridge Beach in the village of Sully, directly on the beach. With panoramic, spectacular views across the Bristol channel.

💛  Inside the cabin is a modern open plan living area and a double bed. A small but fully-equipped kitchen and an en suite bathroom.

💛  Outside there’s a private deck directly on the shore, with tables and chairs, so you can sit and enjoy the magical views.

Find out more here.

Glamping in West Wales 

Glamping on Cardigan Bay

Cardigan Bay is a large inlet of the Irish Sea, indenting the west coast of Wales between Bardsey, Gwynedd in the north and Strumble Head, Pembrokeshire in the south. It’s the largest bay in Wales.

Places of interest:

  • New Quay- seaside town on the bay with a pretty harbour and beautiful beaches.
  • Teifi Valley- at 73 miles, the River Teifi is one of Wales’ longest rivers and there’s lots to see along the way especially The Teifi Pools and Cenarth Falls.
  • Ceredigion Coast Path- about 60 miles long. It is often possible to see harbour porpoise, grey seals and bottlenose dolphins- of which the Bay has the largest population in the UK. Sometimes you may even spot whales, puffins and even sharks! 

Fun Fact: The remains of a sunken ancient forest, thought to be 4,500 years old have been discovered on the beaches of the Welsh town of Borth on Cardigan Bay. The pine, alder, oak and birch trees are thought to have stopped growing between 4,500 and 6,000 years ago, as the world’s sea levels rose and a thick blanket of peat formed, which suffocated the trees. The forest has been linked to a 17th-century myth of a sunken civilization known as Cantre’r Gwaelod, or the Sunken Hundred.

Shepherd’s Hut in Mwnt, Ceredigion

💛  A hand-crafted Shepherd’s Hut set in a stunning coastal location, a stones throw away from the beach and the Ceredigion Coastal Path. 

💛  Inside, there’s a double bed with lots of cosy blankets, a wood-burner, a bathroom with proper shower and toilet and a small kitchenette.

💛  Outside you’ll find a wood-fired hot tub with a view and a private patio with table and chairs.

Find out more here.

Glamping in Mid Wales

Glamping in Powys

Powys is a county in central Wales which borders England, it is by far the largest county in Wales, yet the most sparsely populated.

Places of Interest:

  • Powis Castle and Gardens- a medieval castle, fortress and grand country mansion perched high on a rock above the world-famous garden terraces.
  • Pen y Fan- the highest peak in south Wales at 886 metres and one of the most popular in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
  • Elan Valley- a series of man-made lakes created from damming the Elan and Claerwen rivers with 6 impressive dams.
  • The Cambrian Mountains- a series of mountain ranges, a vast moorland plateau gouged by glaciers and cleft by steep valleys.

Fun Fact: In 2001, a story emerged of a strange creature being spotted in the skies of Powys. A British naturalist and some colleagues visited the area in order to track the creature down. As they stood by a quarry on the edge of some woods, they spotted it! A serpentine dragon, measuring over 2 feet in length with four short limbs and a head shaped like a sea horse. Perhaps most interesting of all, they reported that the creature was airborne but did not have any obvious wings. They observed the creature for 3-4 minutes before it disappeared into one of the quarry's adjacent caves. Several similar sightings of the creature have been reported, all with consistent descriptions!

Tree Tent in Llandrindod Wells, Powys

💛  As featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces- this tree tent is suspended high above the ground for a truly unique experience.

💛  Inside, there’s a comfortable bed and a cosy wood-burning stove.

💛  Outside you’ll find a private deck beside a stream, a clever outdoor kitchen and shower.

Find out more here.

Glamping in Wales with Hot Tub

Converted Horse Box in the Brecon Beacons National Park

💛 Vintage horsebox, lovingly converted into glamping accommodation located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

💛 Inside the horsebox, there's a king-size double bed, cosy wood burner, additional sofa bed and a hand-built kitchen area with gas hob. There's an additional utility annexe- which houses a compost loo and private shower.

💛 The horsebox has a large rear deck with spectacular views and a hot tub!

Find out more here.

Safari Tent in Bedwas, Caerphilly

💛  Luxury safari tent which comfortably sleeps four on the bank of a beautiful river in the Welsh countryside.

💛 Inside you’ll find sofas, dining areas, double beds, LED lighting, electricity and a wood burner to keep you warm. There’s also a luxury en suite bathroom with a flushing toilet nad hot shower.

💛 Outside there’s a huge and well sheltered veranda, plenty of open green space, a lake, a fire pit for campfire cooking and a wood-fired hot tub!

Find out more here.

Treehouse in Denbighshire

💛  Set in 300 acres of Welsh woodland and moorland, Copse Camp is a timber-framed cabin built in the tree tops. 

💛  Inside, there’s a wooden open-plan living space with mezzanine level double bed, a wood-burner to keep warm. The walls are covered in old Beano posters.

💛 Use the rope bridge and wooden steps to climb out of the treehouse. On the ground below, you’ll find an outdoor kitchen area, freestanding toilet and shower shacks and a re-purposed Gypsy caravan- which can double up as a games room or second bedroom! There is also a wood-fired private hot tub!

Find out more here.

Glamping Pod in Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia

💛 Luxury glamping pod located in the Snowdonia National Park, between ancient oak trees with a beautiful stream, running through 15 acres of land.

💛 Inside there’s underfloor heating throughout, wifi, there’s a double bed and two bunk beds and an additional sofa bed. There’s a small kitchen and an en suite bathroom with shower, flushing toilet and sink.

💛 Outside, there’s a private hot tub under a veranda and a patio seating area. The land is untouched with beautiful wild flowers and wildlife.

Find out more here.

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