When it comes to enjoying some beautiful scenery, it’s easy to believe that you’re going to have to head to all corners of the globe into to see some stunning spots. But that’s not always the case. In fact, the UK has some incredible places to soak up just a short stone’s throw away. So whether you want to be able to kick back and relax somewhere incredibly scenic, or take in all of the vibrant cultures that the particular place in question can offer, there’s one area of the UK you have to head to, and that’s Wales. Making up some of the country’s most impressive scenery, here are the five locations to look in on.
First of all, there’s the inland principal area of Powys to discover. And of all our welsh areas, this could be both the vastest, and the most alluring. If you’re a fan of the countryside’s charm, then Powys will have to be the place you hit up first, and for some incredibly good reasons. Not only is there the attraction of two incredible castles, but there’s also the Dan-Yr-Ogof caves, the Black Mountains, the highest waterfall in Wales, Pistyll Rhaeadr, and the town most known for its books – Hay-on-Wye to be discovered.
Then, to the south of Wales, you’ll find the Gower Peninsula. Not too far from Swansea, you’ll enjoy plenty of things to do in Gower that can show you some incredible sights as well as keep you entertained. So much so, that in 1956, it was named the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. And it really has it all. You have the coastline and the countryside to explore, with some incredibly scenic walks to enjoy too.
Moving over to the southwestern region of Wales, we find Carmarthenshire. It’s the largest of the historic counties and is made up of three large towns. Because of this, you know you’re in for a triple dose of beauty. First of all, there’s Llyn Y Fan; the stunning lake that’s both breathtakingly beautiful and dipped in history. But there’s also the National Botanic Garden of Wales to explore, with its beautiful gardens and the world’s largest single-span glasshouse.
And how could we write a list of stunning locations and not include the nation’s capital? The port city is home to a wealth of attractions and some stunning natural sights of its own, like the city’s National Opera House, Cardiff Castle, and the National Museum Cardiff too. In terms of natural beauty, there’s St Fagans and the Castell Coch with its own air of Disney magic about it!
Neath Port Talbot
To the east of Swansea and bordering the Brecon Beacons, we find the borough county of Neath Port Talbot. And it’s another of Wales’ gems. Alongside some incredible countryside views, Aberdulais Falls and a range of museums, there’s also the awe-striking Margam Castle to explore in all of it’s Gothic Tudor glory.
Which one will you be visiting?