As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Wales in a way like no other. With towering mountains melting into lakes, and ancient castles on the golden coastline, Wales is impossible not to fall in love with - and the Welsh know it. They often speak of ‘hiraeth’, a Welsh word used to describe a sense of longing for home. The country’s sweet grasslands and Snowdonia mountains move you in ways you could never imagine, and you may find your own feeling of hiraeth once you’ve seen the best of Wales. The country is well-protected, with three national parks, five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 42 per cent of its south and west coastline designated as Heritage Coast. You’ll also find a proudly preserved culture, with centuries-old Celtic traditions, ancient castles like Cardiff Castle, and Welsh delicacies found in Cardiff Central Market. When you travel Wales with Trafalgar, you’ll get to know the country through the locals, sharing stories over a traditional dinner or enjoying Welsh music in an old inn.Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Triploves Highlights.
"A land of stately mountains, verdant valleys, ancient castles and golden-sanded beaches, beautiful yet understated Wales is impossible not to fall in love with"
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With towering mountains melting into lakes, and ancient castles on the golden coastline, Wales is impossible not to fall in love with. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and get to know the country through the locals, sharing stories over a traditional dinner or enjoying Welsh music in an old inn.
Our top 3 things to do in Wales
When you’re not trekking through the mountains and exploring the most beautiful places in Wales, retreat to the city where you’ll find historic castles, old-fashioned markets and a compelling culture. Here are just a few of the ways we'll unlock the magic of Wales for you on your trip.
Go on a Cardiff Castle Tour
One of the city’s biggest draws is Cardiff Castle, a mixture of Roman, Norman and Victorian architecture strewn around the central green. It offers a fantastic insight into the history of Cardiff as for centuries it was the home of the Butes, the family who transformed Cardiff from a small town into the biggest coal port in the world.
Learn about Celtic culture
A trip to Wales offers the chance to dive into Celtic culture with our Local Specialists. They’ll show you the way of the Celts through food, music and humour, with traditional Welsh dinners and an evening of Welsh music performed by magical harpists and the finest local singers.
Walk down to the Cardiff Bay
Enjoy a walk along the old Cardiff docklands, now known as Cardiff Bay, a vibrant waterfront filled with restaurants, boutiques and boats. You can go sailing on the large freshwater lake, enjoy a night of opera at the Wales Millennium Centre, and indulge in exceptional dining along Mermaid Quay.
Best museums in Wales
Wales is home to some of Europe’s best historical and cultural collections and our Wales tours take it all in, from an open-air museum in a 16th-century castle, to an Egyptian mummy’s tomb.
Set in Cardiff’s civic centre, the National Museum is home to a variety of national collections and touring exhibitions of geology and natural history. It also houses one of Europe’s best art collections, with paintings, drawings, sculptures and ceramics from Wales and the world, and one of the finest collections of Impressionist art.
Built in 1841, Swansea Museum is the oldest museum in Wales. It’s home to a fantastic collection of historical objects from the pasts of Swansea and the world. You’ll find six galleries with everything from a Welsh Kitchen to the tomb of an Egyptian mummy.
St Fagans National Museum of History
Located on the grounds of St Fagans Castle in Cardiff, St Fagans National Museum of History is one of the world’s best open-air museums. Along with St Fagans Castle, a 16th-century manor house, you’ll find a collection of more than 50 original buildings from different historical periods that have been rebuilt on the 100-acre parkland.
Best food in Wales
From cheesy toast and spiced fruit cake, to vegetarian sausages and hearty meats, we'll show you how Welsh cuisine turns simple ingredients into memorable meals.
A traditional Welsh dish hailing from the 18th century, Welsh rarebit is a delicious take on the classic toasted cheese sandwich. It’s made from creamy sauce of Welsh cheese, ale or milk, and mustard or spices, poured hot over slices of toasted bread.
Also known as ‘speckled bread’, Bara Brith is a rich fruit cake, originally made as a yeasted bread. Spread with salted butter or drizzled with warm honey, this traditional Welsh dish is a tea-time favourite.
Named after the county of Glamorgan in Wales, Glamorgan sausage is a Welsh vegetarian sausage. Traditionally made with Caerphilly cheese, leek and coated in breadcrumbs, the sausages are fried until crispy. The dish became popular in the Second World War when meat was scarce, and is now a national specialty.
A waterproof coat is an essential item in Wales - there are showers all year round and Cardiff is one of the wettest cities in Europe.
An adaptor plug
Voltage in Wales is 230V and the sockets are of Type G, with standard British 3-pin plugs.
A pair of sunglasses
Summer or winter, a pair of sunglasses is essential. If visiting in the colder months, the reflection of the sun on the white snow will give your eyes a surprising strain.
The mountains of Wales are best explored on foot, and you’ll need a comfortable pair of hiking boots to explore the trails. Make sure you break in your boots before your trip to Wales.
A small digital camera
The picturesque lanes, neoclassical architecture and stunning landscapes mean you’ll be walking a lot to soak it all up. Bring along your own reusable water bottle and stay hydrated the eco-friendly way.
What to pack for Wales
Other things to know before you go
Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.