Wales is a beautiful country, and nowhere more so than along the coastline. Here, picturesque villages and seaside towns blend seamlessly with verdant countryside and rolling hills. Whether it’s the Gower peninsula or Cardigan Bay, there’s any number of amazing places to visit the Welsh coast. Enjoy the sunshine (or, equally, pack an umbrella), and head off to these fantastic Welsh seaside destinations.
Manorbier Beach, Pembrokeshire
Tucked away right on the very western edge of Wales, Manorbier is a hidden gem of a beach. The sandy coastline is sheltered within a crescent-shaped headland, helping to keep high winds and bad weather away. Not only is this a great place to visit the beach, but with Manorbier Castle just a stone’s throw away you can enjoy a little historical diversion while you’re visiting, too.
The Mumbles, Gower Peninsula
A little further south than Manorbier, this is one of the top tourist destinations in Wales. Visit out of season to avoid the hordes of “grockles” (i.e. tourists) that flock here from Cardiff and Bristol each year. Highlights are the Mumbles Pier, built in the Victorian era, and the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can easily spend a weekend exploring here; why not book a room at an old-fashioned seafront bed-and-breakfast?
At the far end of Wales, there are still plenty of amazing places to visit the coast. Llandudno is famous as a longtime draw for holidaymakers from the Midlands, and with good reason. This area of Wales boasts outstanding beach walks, gorgeous Edwardian-era piers and plenty of seaside attractions.
Barmouth Beach, Gwynedd
If you’re looking for some of the best surfing around, then take a trip to Barmouth Beach. This presents some of the finest challenges around, with plenty of variation in surf conditions to keep things interesting. Low tide exposes a beautiful sandy expanse, perfect for kids and long walks along the shore.
Porth Neigwl, Llyn Peninsula
This fantastic coastline is far out on the Llyn Peninsula, which projects a good 30 miles out into the Irish Sea. It might not be the easiest to get to, but we can promise it’s worth the trip. The intimidatingly named “Hell’s Mouth” beach is a top destination, with a beauty that belies its terrifying name. Popular with experienced windsurfers, Porth Neigwl is the coastal destination of choice for discerning Welsh holidaymakers.
Your pick of the best coastlines around
Wales has so much to offer; with some of the best coastal areas in the UK, it’s not hard to see why it’s such a popular destination. Do yourself a favour and spend some time exploring the glorious Welsh seaside.