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Wales is a country that’s proud of its heritage and rightly so; it’s small yet beautiful and very much in touch with its unique identity – the Welsh language is still learned in school and spoken by around a quarter of the population, and the medieval castles bear testament to the reign of the Welsh princes.

Many of the campsites in Wales are found along its majestic, rugged coastline with perhaps the best views you’re likely to encounter in the UK. It’s a country of history, jaw-dropping scenery and immense natural beauty.

With an array of outdoor activities, as well as places of interest from Norman castles, Tudor mansions and megalithic stone circles to picturesque villages, characterful fishing ports and vibrant modern towns, there’s plenty on offer for anyone camping in Wales.

Camping and caravanning in North Wales

This is an epic region for camping and caravanning with dramatic castles, brooding mountains, wonderful beaches and loads of activities to keep everyone happy. Castles like Conwy, Caernarfon, Harlech and Beaumaris stand, battered but still iconic, and are the stuff of every child’s imagination.

When caravanning or camping in North Wales it’s easy to discover the history and turbulent times of Wrexham on the English border, or the idyllic empty beaches of Anglesey where, at times, the turquoise waters of the Caribbean somehow meet Wales.

Find a perfect campsite or caravan park in North Wales around Rhyl, Prestatyn or Harlech that ticks all your boxes, or venture around the coast to find more caravan parks. North Wales is ideal for exploring Betws-y-Coed, the beautiful ‘Gateway to Snowdonia’ and a big draw for fans of adventure activities. More sedately, try the Rhyl miniature railway, the Talyllyn railway or the Snowdon Mountain Railway, ferrying passengers to the summit of Snowdon since 1896.

Camping and caravanning in South Wales

With the capital city of Cardiff, South Wales is always going to be a vibrant, energetic place. The city offers a wealth of colourful history, superb shopping, museums and of course a passion for rugby that is unequalled anywhere in the world.

The Vale of Glamorgan is a popular destination for its beaches and local produce. Stretching between Swansea and Cardiff, it encompasses pretty villages, sweeping sand dunes sheltering pick-your-own fruit farms and, yes, vineyards. When camping in South Wales you’ll discover National Trust properties like Dyffren Gardens, enticing rock pools at Ogmore, the lively promenade of Barry Island, quaint towns like Penarth and delicious wines at Llanerch Vineyard.

Camping and caravanning in West Wales

A great place for a great escape. Camping in West Wales is popular with those seeking great surfing beaches, mixed with visits to some of Wales’s most beautiful castles. Carmarthenshire, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur’s wizard Merlin, was also the inspiration for Dylan Thomas. Swansea Bay is a vast arc of sand culminating at Mumbles, a cosy, bustling village full of charm. The Gower peninsula itself is stunning, recognised as the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956.

Camping and caravanning in Mid Wales

There are lots of campsites in Mid Wales, surrounded by the verdant, lush landscapes of Powys with its country houses, castles, gardens and nature reserves and the ragged coastline of Ceredigion where the dolphins frolic in Cardigan Bay. Venture down country lanes, explore hidden villages and secret little eateries and places to see.

Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons, the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere are all big name attractions but don’t ignore the lesser known and the little gems undiscovered by the tourist crowds.

Wales for watersports

Whatever is on your watery wishlist, Wales might be a good place to look for it. World class beaches mean water, seaside in most cases, and here you will find a dizzying array of aquatic activities: sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing, canoeing and kite surfing, just for starters. For many, their motorhome, campervan or motorcaravan is the perfect way to indulge in these activities – the perfect way to travel independently with all necessary kit on board.

Inland there are the tumbling rivers with their own appeal for canoeing and canyoning, or more peaceful waters for messing about in a boat.

Outdoor activities in Wales

Wales is a huge outdoor play area. It’s a destination of choice for mountain biking, climbing, abseiling, canyoning and caving. The natural terrain makes riding a popular activity and an invigorating ride along the beach, kicking up the spray, is a real experience. There are plenty of golf courses and some excellent fishing in the placid lakes or cascading rivers and mountain streams.

Worthy of special note is the Wales Coast Path: the first path in the world that traces a country’s entire coastline. It’s 870 miles long and offers walkers incredible scenery with wraparound views, magnificent seascapes and a fascinating insight in to the nature and history of Wales.

Glamping in Wales

Need a roof over your head? Wales has a wealth of campsites offering great glamping options if you’re leaving the tent, caravan or motorhome behind. Aside from the usual grassy pitches, hardstandings, chalet and rental options, you’ll find a range of yurts, tipis and wigwams to choose from, in wonderfully bucolic surroundings beside bubbling streams and on working farms.

Pods are also available and they come in various shapes and sizes, with or without en suite facilities or private washrooms. These are a great and inexpensive way for friends without camping gear like tents or caravans to come along too. In our experience you’ll receive a warm, Welsh welcome at each one.