Planning guide for Holiday Cottages in Wales

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Planning guide for cottage and self-catering holidays in Wales – search for a Welsh cottage to rent, check out holiday attractions, find things to do, places to eat or check on the roads or the weather – the things you need to help plan a great cottage holiday in Wales
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Wales cottage holiday planning guide

map for holiday cottages walesIf you are planning a cottage holiday in Wales the following resources may help. We are building these pages so you will have all the information you need to support your cottage holiday, including weather forecasts and travel information for Wales, Welsh visitor attractions, activity providers and information about where to eat, drink and find entertainment.

If you know of or run a site you think we should list in this section then please contact us with details.

Wales weather

Met Office weather reports for Wales, providing a current general forecast for Wales as a whole, plus 5 day forecasts for areas across the country. Also information on past weather patterns to help you plan the best time for your holiday.

If you are in Wales for the walking then take a look at the Mountain forecasts for the Snowdonia National Park area (or for a closer look and a web cam: Snowdon ECN site) and the Brecon Beacons National Park area.

Travel information for Wales

To check on the roads for South, Mid and North Wales look at the Traffic Wales site for information on routes, travel time estimates, current congestion and roadworks. The South Wales section also has Millennium Stadium travel advice.

If you plan crossing in to Wales on one of the Severn Bridges then the Severn River Crossing site gives up-to-date information on bridge closures.

If you are planning on flying in then Cardiff International Airport is the main airport within Wales.

Bus, coach or train travel in Wales is covered on Public Transport Info which offers information on planning your journey using any of these forms of public transport.

Attractions in Wales

There's always plenty to do in the Wales, here's our 'pick of the bunch':

Discover what shaped Wales, the National Museums & Galleries of Wales website introduces you to some excellent museums such as:
  National Museum and Gallery, Cardiff
  Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans, Cardiff
  Big Pit: National Mining Museum of Wales, Blaenafon, Torfaen
  National Woollen Museum, Llandysul, Carmarthenshire
  Roman Legionary Museum, Caerleon, Gwent
  Welsh Slate Museum, Llanberis, Gwynedd

Wales has more than its fair share of castles some of them windswept ruins out in the hills others intact buildings in busy cities and towns, here's a selection:
Cardiff Castle the capital's own well preserved castle with a history dating back 2000 years.
For a picturesque 13th century with an authentic medieval atmosphere try Conwy Castle in Conwy, North Wales.
On Anglesey in North Wales Beaumaris Castle dates from 1295 and is a very good example of medieval military architecture.

In Swansea, the birthplace of the notable Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, a visit to the Dylan Thomas Centre is a must. Also information on the annual Dylan Thomas Festival.

Wales is know for its sheep and the Cambrian Woollen Mill will allow you to find out about wool and weaving history through the ages. The mill is in Llanwrtyd Wells in Mid Wales.

Wales excursions

Ride to the top of the highest mountain in Wales on the Snowdon Mountain Railway; Snowdon stands at 3,560 ft (1085m) and this rack and pinion railway will take you to within 66 ft of its summit.

Discover the marine life, local history and beautiful landscapes of the Gower Peninsula in South Wales with Gower Coast Adventures, who offer breathtaking boat trips on the South Gower Coast, guided by a professional crew with excellent local knowledge.

A great one for the kids, The Welsh Chocolate Farm in Llanboidy, Carmarthenshire, where you can smell, taste, drink, see, touch, listen to and absorb the full flavours of fine chocolate at the award winning chocolate workshops.

For an unusual excursion in North Wales try a horse drawn canal trips with Llangollen Wharf. They offer horse drawn or motorised canal boat trips along the beautiful Llangollen Canal and also day boat hire.

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