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The school holidays are upon us once again and it’s time to pack up the car, round-up the kids and head off for a well-earned summer break. But where to go we hear you ask? It’s no secret that we love a Great British road trip here at Europcar; and this time we’ve taken a closer look at the seemingly endless array of beauty spots in Wales.
Rolling green valleys, mountainous landscapes, charming coastal towns and a heap of outdoor activities makes the Land of the Dragon the perfect destination for a family road trip adventure. So book your cheap car hire online, cast your eyes over our guide to some top Welsh hotspots and start plotting your summer of discovery today.
Kick off your tour of Wales with a visit to the town of Conwy; the home of Conwy Castle, a charming seafront and a spectacular mountain backdrop. The medieval town is situated on the northern coast, just a short drive from Snowdonia National Park. Once you’ve soaked up the intimate atmosphere in and around the town’s cosy harbour area, you’ll no doubt feel compelled to take a closer look at Conwy Castle; a magnificent structure which dates back to 1283. The old castle walls and circular towers remain almost entirely intact, providing visitors with a fascinating insight into hundreds of years of history.
After touring the castle grounds, make sure you return to the quayside for a quick peak at the town’s most unusual property. In addition to its bright red colour, Quay House also stands out due to its size; with a measurement of 10 x 6ft, it is officially recognised as Britain’s smallest house. Its last occupant moved out in 1900, however, visitors are welcome to pop in for a look every day from 10am onwards.
The Welsh countryside lends itself well to family camping excursions, and few places can rival the natural beauty of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in west Wales. So why not explore it for yourself? Book a van hire, load up the camping gear and explore the wonders of the west coast.
Porthclais Farm Campsite has long been a favourite with outdoor lovers due to its enviable sea views and close proximity to nature walks and Porthclais Harbour. Take your pick from 24 acres of campsite space, complete with toilet and shower facilities.
If you’re blessed with nice weather then make the short drive to Whitesands; a hugely popular blue flag beach which lends itself well to walks, sunbathing, surfing and picnics. The nearby Porthclais Harbour, meanwhile, is the perfect place to launch small boats, while walkers can take their pick from some of the country’s best walking trails which hug the cliff tops and sandy beaches along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.
Feel the bounce on the world’s largest underground trampoline
The world’s largest underground trampoline centre opened in July this year and consists of three large-scale trampolines, suspended at varying levels within the cave and connected by walkways and huge slides. Bounce Below offers an hour of unforgettable fun for anyone above the age of seven, all of whom will be equipped with safety gear before hopping aboard an old mining train and venturing into the illuminated cave.
Located in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, Bounce Below is the first facility of its kind anywhere in the world and promises to be an essential destination for thrill-seekers.
Go Ape at Margam County Park
Make the most of the beautiful outdoors in South Wales and make a beeline for Margam County Park; home of the country’s largest deer herds and the exhilarating Go Ape adventure course. Located on the outskirts of Port Talbot, the Go Ape adventure centre is guaranteed to set pulses racing. Put yourself to the test on the tree top obstacle course, featuring high ropes, tunnels, bridges and zip wires, all in the heart of Margam’s dense woodland.
Alternatively, take a leisurely drive through Margam County Park and stop by at Margam Castle and tour the grounds of this marvellous 19th century Gothic mansion. There’s plenty of wildlife to be spotted as well, with large deer herds roaming freely across the park.
Brecon Beacons National Park
The quaint towns, moorlands and spectacular nature trails of Brecon Beacons National Park account for some of south Wales’ most beautiful scenery. Pick up a car hire in Cardiff and make the one hour drive north into some of the country’s most peaceful and remote countryside.
Head into Fforest Fawr Geopark where you’re simply spoiled for choice in terms of scenery and attractions. Take in the ruins of Carreg Cennen Castle or embark on a unique sightseeing tour along the Taf Fechan Reservoir from aboard a vintage steam train. The short rail journey runs from Pan to Pontsticill hour and represents the perfect way for the whole family to admire the surrounding beauty spots.
There’s no shortage of cosy villages and camp sites throughout the National Park for those looking to stay the night. The latter may be of particular appeal to any stargazers in the family, as the park is a well-known hotspot for observing meteor showers and distant planets on a clear night.
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