Are you wondering what are the best things to do in Wales you need to include in your trip? Read on to make sure you don't miss out on these big ones, taken straight from our travel guide The Rough Guide to Wales . Also, check out this quick video summary.
One of north Wales’ finest walled medieval towns, Conwy contains over two hundred listed buildings within its tight grid.
The dominant mountain of southern Snowdonia, Cadair Idris is a magnificent beast chock-full of classic glacial features.
Three wonderful days of new folk, American and indie music plus a range of workshops, performance art and comedy in green fields near Crickhowell.
The capital of sparsely populated mid-Wales, Aberystwyth is a breezy and bright university and seaside town surrounded by luscious countryside.
Some of Wales’ finest singletrack and adrenalin-pumping descents through the forest combine with family trails, high-ropes adventures and even geocaching.
Of Wales’ many “great little trains”, the Ffestiniog Railway , winding down through the Snowdonia mountains, is one of the best.
While you're in the area, don't miss seeing Wales' subterranean awesomeness while getting a workout on a giant underground cave trampoline .
The heart of Welsh spirituality, St Davids Cathedral is at Wales’ westerly extremity and has drawn pilgrims for a millennium and a half.
Ride or walk this easy trail beside Wales’ finest estuary, the Mawddach, crossed by the 2253ft rail and foot bridge into Barmouth.
The most romantic ruin in Wales, Carreg Cennen Castle sits in glorious isolation amid pastures grazed by Welsh longhorns.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a long-distance walking path around some of Wales’ wildest coastal scenery. You can break it into a series of day walks, or tackle the full 187 miles in one big push.
An unmissable chronicle of Welsh life, featuring period buildings from all over the country.
Hike one of half a dozen demanding tracks to the top of Snowdon , Wales’ highest mountain – or take the train and sup a beer at the summit café.
The wonderful Wales Millennium Centre and National Assembly Building are just two of many striking modern structures around the rejuvenated Cardiff Bay .
The grandest folly of them all, Portmeirion is a gorgeous visual poem that will melt the hardest heart.
Colourful terraces of housing, hunkered down under the hills, are the hallmark of Wales’ world-famous Valleys , the old mining area in the south.
Plunge into the depths of coal-bearing earth in this superb evocation of what life was like for vast numbers of Valleys miners.
Bog snorkelling, a Man versus Horse Marathon and a Real Ale Wobble bring a wonderful sense of lunacy to Llanwrtyd Wells , a quiet corner of mid-Wales.
Although Wales’ standing in international rugby fluctuates wildly, the game remains nearly a religion here, never more so than when the national team are playing at Cardiff ’s awesome Millennium Stadium.
North Wales’ most genteel seaside resort, Llandudno spreads languidly around the bay beneath the ancient rock plug of the Great Orme.
The rambling moors of the Brecon Beacons are perfect for wild, lonely walks with thundering waterfalls and limestone caverns as destinations.
Rub shoulders with the literati or just come along for music, a few book readings and a great time to the festival in Hay-on-Wye .
Ready to travel to Wales ? Find out about the best time to go , the best places to visit and top things to do in Wales . For inspiration use the Wales itineraries from The Rough Guide to Wales and as well as the bookable itineraries created by our local travel agents in Wales . A bit more hands on, check out the map of Wales , learn about getting there , getting around Wales and where to stay once you are there. And don't forget to buy travel insurance before you go.
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A former Rough Guides Managing Editor, Keith Drew has written or updated over a dozen Rough Guides, including Costa Rica, Japan and Morocco. As well as writing for The Telegraph, The Guardian and BRITAIN Magazine, among others, he also runs family-travel website