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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 13, 2016
Any little gems to see in North Wales  (8 Answers)

We are heading off to North Wales this coming weekend (Short notice I know)
Sheila has never been to Wales before so I want to get the best out of what little time we will be here.
Sunday we stay the night in Anglesey and then down to Pwllheli for the next 4 nights.
The only plans I have at the moment are a half day trip to Barmouth and another half day on a train ride up Snowdon.
We are not the best walkers in the World but we can potter round markets and castles and the like.

Are there any little gems or places we should go and see in this general area, transport is not a problem as we will be in our car.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2016
Where is Blaewyciom in Montgomeryshire North Wales  (9 Answers)

Hello all, I have done some searching on the internet and can't locate the town of Blaewyciom (I may not have the correct spelling) in Montgomeryshire North Wales. And any input with regard to hotels in the area would be appreciated. Thank you, Charles

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 21, 2016
Wales for 7 - 10 days  (10 Answers)

Hi there, I am going to the UK for around 3 1/2 weeks in May and plan to spend around 7 - 10 days in Wales. I have been to Cardiff, Newport, Chepstow and Tinturn Abbey/Wye Valley areas before, but I need to see more.....
I am traveling alone and by train and bus only (learner driver).
One of my passions is photography..... I love pretty coastal villages, old ruins/boats, dark stormy skies, flowers.....just beautiful scenery in general.
So far, I am thinking to go from Liverpool to Chester, then to some or all of these places: Conwy, Bangor, Caernarfon, Portmeiron, Aberystwyth, Cardigan, and Tenby. I would also love to go to the top of Snowdonia via the train.
I would like to stay somewhere (maybe Aberystwyth) for at least a couple of nights and use it as a base for walking/busing short distances to explore off the beaten track.
What do you think of my itinerary at the moment? Anything I should maybe skip? Any suggestions for areas of outstanding beauty I should see?
Thanks a lot! :-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 26, 2015
Wales Trip  (18 Answers)

Hi.. I need help and suggestions on a few things. I'll be travelling with my wife and 3 kids (4yrs,2yrs & 1yrs). We be renting a car from Manchester Airport. We be in UK for 8 days and hope to have a wonderful scenery trip there. Someone told me Wales is a mix of both Cornwall & Scotland. The only downside is maybe I'll be travelling in early April where weather is either can be very good or bad. I was thinking of 2 base for accommodation (3 days each). One at the North and the 2nd near South but not sure which area is best to stay.

North Wales
I read that Nant Ffrancon pass and llanberis pass via Capel Curig are both scenic route. Any other route that I can add on to it.

Places of Interest
(1) Would love to hike up to Snowden but with kids I understand that it is impossible. Read that there is a train that went up but it depend on the weather. Any easy hiking trail route apart Snowden. I've heard about Yr Eifl but not sure hows the route there.
(2) Like to try the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways (return trip). Not sure where to start and how long is the trip.
(3) Like to explore Lyn Peninsula,Caernarfon,Anglesey etc. Any scenic route that I can pass. Any place where I can stop for cliff view pictures.

South Wales
Drive via A70 route. Heard that route is quite scenic. Would love to stop by Hay-on-Wyes just to feel the books before moving off to my 2nd base. For South Wales I would like to discover more on Pembrokeshire (St Davids,Solva, Goodwick etc) area. More to the beaches, cliffs with views.

Place of Interest

Basically I am willing to drive any routes that is for picturesque views. Though I understand roads in UK can be congested during peak, I will try to keep it simple and just drive where I can or pass through. This is also not a finalize plan so I am open to suggestions.

Once I am done with Wales, I may travel up back to Birmingham for a day before heading up back to Manchester.

Thank you in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 03, 2015
Ferry from Ireland to Wales... Dublin or Rosslare?  (12 Answers)

I'll be in Northern Ireland for a genealogy course in September, then going down to Waterford. To travel back to London, I'm debating between going across at Rosslare, or going from Dublin to Holyhead. Not sure if this is an Irish question or a Welsh question... as I also need to know which would be the best train to London. But I also need to know what is the easiest way for a foot passenger - will be either taking train or bus to ferry terminal... and then train to London - so which would be handiest, or most scenic. I'm retired, have the time, and don't really want to fly... don't see much!
Thanks for your help! I am posting this in the Ireland forum as well.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 01, 2015
Where to stay  (1 Answer)

we'd love to visit Wales over Easter for a week and were wondering where to stay to make the most of it. Our idea is to see both the Brecon Beacons NP and the Pembrokeshire Coast NP, so we'd need accomodation close by. Ideally, there is some small picturesque village with a nice pub, lots of old houses, magnificent views and of course a cosy B&B. It's probably better to stay in both places for about three days each instead of choosing just one base - or is it? Our interests are hiking/walking, but we are also very likely to just drive around by car and discover the area. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 08, 2015
Stay in or outside St Davids?  (3 Answers)

Hi. A friend and I want to visit Wales, including St Davids, and we don't plan to drive. Should we stay in St Davids itself - where central accommodation options seem quite limited - or is there a suitable place nearby on a railway line where we could stay overnight / eat and take a bus to St Davids? (We also plan to spend a few nights in Cardiff, Swansea and possibly Chepstow and do day trips by public transport). Any advice welcome. Thanks! L

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 23, 2014
Scotland or Wales?  (7 Answers)

My daughter and I have enjoyed Ireland and England. We are interested in both Scotland and Wales. Which would you recommend and why?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 29, 2014
getting around  (3 Answers)

is it possible to travel from London to visit St David's and then on to Caernarfon Castle and finally to Holyhead to cross to Ireland in 2 full days?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 20, 2014
Camping and nature in Wales  (5 Answers)


I will be next week in UK - I want to travel to Wales by car and stay in camps over night. What would you recommend to see there - I have on my list Cardiff, Swansea, Snowdenia. Anything else what is important and nice - nature, coast etc.
Which camp would you recommend close to the coast?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 27, 2014
3-4 days in Wales  (19 Answers)

As usual I have less time than I'd like to explore an area but I can always go back, right? We're traveling in mid August which I'm guessing is peak season and this is my rough idea right now

Monday we have tickets to Highclere in the morning and will head to Wales I'm guessing midday, some possibilities for the afternoon, depending on timing getting out of Highclere, are Tintern Abbey (open til 6) or Caerphilly (open til 6). If we were to reach either of these by 4pm, could they be reasonably visited in a couple of hours? Tintern appears to be a slightly shorter drive. Monday night I've prebooked a hotel in Cardiff that can't be changed

Tuesday options include Caerphilly if we don't stop on Monday, visiting sights in Cardiff, Kidwelly Castle, Carreg Cennan, a drive on the Gower Peninsula. Mr. Dabs ears perked up when I mentioned the Big Pit Coal Museum north of Cardiff. Overnight? Not sure yet but maybe in the general area of either Kidwelly or Carreg Cennan

Wednesday drive north, is the west coast route more scenic than the interior route? I have a cancellable reservation at Ruthin Castle but it's looking like it's not going to work. Portmeirion looks like an interesting stop, Caernarfon looks interesting, Harlech looks interesting. That route will go through part of Snowdonia National Park. If I change my overnight, maybe closer to Conwy?

Thursday Conwy Castle in the morning, maybe Bodnant Gardens and then make our way to Liverpool. There's nothing particular I'd like to see in Liverpool, more of a I'd like to say I stopped there so we may just overnight near there and move on Friday morning. Since we have a car, we'll probably look for something just outside Liverpool

Friday morning Blackpool, Mr. Dabs wants to see it and since he's driving me around England and Wales, I'd like to oblige. Friday afternoon, drive to Manchester, drop the car and head to London by train, just going to sleep there so a late train is fine

I know I'm going to have to cut some of these things, I'm also concerned that at some point I'll have castle overload. I was looking at an explorer pass that had almost everything on my list on it so perhaps we can stop at a couple of the castles, take a couple of photos but not spend 2-3 hours at each one.

Have I missed anything really special? Of my Tuesday options, are there any you recommend more highly than the others? Kidwelly got on my list because of Monty Python originally but I'll be seeing Doune up near Edinburgh earlier in the trip so it's not a must. The rest of the trip is 4 1/2 days in Edinburgh, Lyme Park, Chatsworth House, Highclere (aka Downton Abbey, I have tickets) and one full day in London which I've visited many times.

A good route from the Kidwelly/Carreg Carren area to Portmeirion? Is there a nice coastal drive? A drive that passes through some interesting towns? It looks to be out 3 hours driving by the fastest route but maybe by that point we'd rather see some scenery as opposed to more sights.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 08, 2014
snowdonia hotels?  (3 Answers)

Anyone have suggestions on a place to stay in the snowdonia area?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 07, 2014
where to visit while in Bath  (6 Answers)

While my family and I are visiting the UK, we will have an opportunity to spend a couple days in Bath. While there we were looking at close places to visit that would be worth our while. Is Cotswold a good place to do that we could spend the day then go back to Bath? Anyone have other ideas? Yes we will be getting a rental car.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 06, 2014
Tintern Abby  (7 Answers)

My family and I are going to make a trip to the UK in May. We are wanting to see Tintern Abby. Is this something that can be explored in an afternoon or should we plan more time?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 23, 2013
St. Davids and West/South Wales  (9 Answers)

4 of us are traveling to Wales in early November - are staying in a timeshare in St. Davids. I have been looking for day trips from St Davids but have been unable to narrow down the possibilities. We are 2 couples - Senior Citizens - and so will not be doing strenuous outside activities. We are very interested in visiting as many of the castles as we can and also a coal mine and other interesting sites within a day's drive. I would greatly appreciate suggestions about the best sites to target. We will be in the area for 6 days. Also, any suggestions abut the weather and temperatures that time of the year? Thank you!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2013
itinerary suggestions?  (11 Answers)

we will be spending 3-4 days in Wales, arriving at Holyhead after a tour of Ireland. Prefer to use local transportation (trains, buses) and not have to rent a car. Looking for itinerary suggestions --- what can we realistically see in 3-4 days? is it accessible by bus/train?
is it possible to book a hotel or B&B in a central area, and do day-trips from there? (using bus and/or train connections) -- eg. if we want to stay in the north of Wales, where would you suggest that we stay, in order to do day-trips for sightseeing?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 04, 2013
Visiting Wales in September 2013  (5 Answers)

Hi all, I am going to Wales in September this year and would like to seek your advise on the must see attractions and any tips for Wales visit. I will be there for 2 nights. Appreciate your advise. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 18, 2013
How about it?  (4 Answers)

Hello VT'ers, after answering a few questions , i finally have my due to travel to wales by August 15th (4 days official and 10 exploring days). I'll be staying in Cardiff with a colleague.
-My question is Hows the place (heard its quite boring - i beg to differ) ?
-Travel options - is walking.hiking possible?
-Im a foodie so some nice place to eat as i don't trust my colleague's taste buds, all he had while he was here was hotdogs & subs.
any other suggestion are welcome.

P.S. I got some cheap travel deals for this trip from crystal travel in london, i used them some time back are they are good, i had a conversation bout this so wanted to be sure.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2013
Help plan a surprise trip for a 70th birthday?  (5 Answers)

Would love some advice on a route and places of interest for a couple in their early 70's (my parents), travelling by car, with the following criteria. Open to suggestions here!

1. Arrive by ferry to Pembroke (Day 1)
5. Visit Hay-on-Wye bookshops for (Days 3-5)
10. Leave by ferry in Holyhead (Day 7)

Can you help me fill the gaps? Thanks so much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 24, 2013
jamaican weather.?  (4 Answers)

I am going to jamaica next saturday. I didnt know it was rainy season until my friend said. Iv bin checkin the weather forecast its just showing rain. Could somebody tell me if theyve been away in june? And wat is the weather like? Does it rain here and there? Or all day every day?? Thank u x

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 07, 2013
Touring Wales.  (6 Answers)

Other than Cardiff and Swansea, what sights should I see when driving around Wales. Mainly I am interested in picturesque villages.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 08, 2013
Lost proprty  (8 Answers)

My fellow VTrs know EVERYTHING! Looking for some more help! I was on a train in Wales and left my suitcase on the train when we alit in Conwy. After a couple days, it seems its been turned in to the Newport lost property office. I got the system email to say I can come claim it (I cant, Im back in Canada) or I can send a courier to pick it up and send it to me. I would like that, regardless of cost (somewhat) since it had my phone charger and camera chargers in it and other irreplaceable stuff. So how do I go about doing this from Canada? Which courier service to use thats affordable but doesnt have to be quick that services Newport Wales? thanks!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 19, 2013
Betws y Coed from Conwy  (37 Answers)

We are staying 1 night in Conwy, arriving around noon on one day and leaving again around 10am the next, so not much time. I was wondering if it's possible to hire a taxi to drive us to the Fairy Glen at Betws y Coed (and wait for us while we take some photos) and then drive us back to Conwy? Does this kind of thing happen? Any idea of cost? We are using public transport, no cars (we don't drive). Is it do-able in a couple of hours?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 17, 2013
Southerndown Beach  (2 Answers)

Hello all. I'm a "Doctor Who" fan and wanted to visit Southerndown Beach (famous scene with David Tennant and Billie Piper). Can one traverse to this beach on foot from Bridgend or are there motorways that would create a walking hazard?

Thank you
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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 04, 2013
Arugam Bay in March  (4 Answers)

Hello everyone. My partner and I are considering making a spontaneous trip to Arugam Bay around the 15th March for 4 weeks. We both surf so will plan to spend a lot of time in the water or on the beach. Does anyone know, from experience, what the weather is like at Arugam Bay during March? I've read a lot of conflicting info saying that the 'season' starts in March or April but nowhere really talks much about what the weather is doing.
Also, is it the kind of beach where you can sunbathe and not get hassled?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 21, 2013
Canada Driving Holiday  (3 Answers)

Hi Folks.... We are coming over to Canada on holiday soon...first visiting relatives in Edmonton and Calgary, then planning to drive down/across to London , Ontario way. Thought we might go down into Montana/Dakota and across.... Any tips???? What are good places to stop along the way ? We plan to take up to 10 days or so driving ! Many thanks Stuart

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 04, 2013
What to do/see near Caio, Wales  (6 Answers)


I'm going to be staying near Lampeter/Llandeilo in March for a week. I'll have a car. I'm looking for suggestions of what to see/do. The kind of places I'm looking for are places to visit are monuments/craft shops/Welsh feeling places. As I'll have the car, I don't mind if the place is rural/hard to reach - somewhere even an hour away from Lampeter/Llandeilo is fine. I've found several places on the internet such as Llandovery, Lampeter, Myddfai community centre, Brecon, etc. but I don't seem to be having luck with finding much information despite searching for hours on the internet. Does anybody have any suggestions?

Thank you for your help in advance,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 07, 2012
Brecon Beacons National Park  (2 Answers)

Hi All,

I am planning to visit Wales for the first time with some friends. I am interested in visiting Brecon Beacons National Park. We are planning to do a short hike, so that we can take in the natural beauty of the park. Does anyone have any recommendations for a short five hour hike, which would be ideal for the first time visitor to the park. I looked at the Walking in Britain guide and found the possible hiking options.

1. Ridge Walk (We could do half the walk and double back)
2. Storey Arms to Pen Y Fan (Only 2 hours)
3. Pen Y Fan to Llanfrynach (5 ½ hours)

Any advice would be appreciated. We are very keen on seeing the natural beauty of the landscape and finding some solace on the wind swept trails. We'll be driving, so trail access shouldn't be a problem. Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 27, 2012
Rental car in Wales in September  (5 Answers)

We will be arriving in Holyhead, Wales on the ferry from Dublin.
1. Would it be best to pick up a car in Holyhead, for a trip around Wales or take the train to Cardiff to get a car there? We are mostly interested in the coast and northern Wales. After Wales we will be leaving GB from Heathrow.
2. What is the best way to get to London from Wales? I am assuming by train. If so, where would we get it?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 13, 2012
snowdon  (4 Answers)

any help would be appreciated, i am hoping to walk up snowdon this saturday & the weather forecast is rain around 14 degrees most of the do you think it is advisable to walk snowdon in this weather?

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