The top spots to visit in Wales!

Visit Wales By train

When people think about exploring the UK, they often forget about the smallest of Britain’s mainland countries. Wales is a great destination and it’s just a train ride away.

The country has incredible landscapes, stunning coastlines and beautiful national parks. If you can’t decide where to start, here’s some places you shouldn’t miss!

Snowdonia national park

Snowdonia is arguably Britain’s most stunning national park. The park is named after Wales and England’s highest peak that dominates the skyline at 3,560ft.

If you’re looking for an active holiday, look no further as there are over 150 attractions to enjoy from fishing and golfing to world-class water sports. Not to mention it’s home to the fastest zipline in the world.

Getting here by train:

You can access the north-west side of the park via Bangor station. Porthmadog station is on the southern edge of the park.


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Cardiff

With a vibrant mix of history, music and sporting venues it’s safe to say Cardiff is the cultural hub of Wales. Just one day in the capital is not enough when you could spend hours just wandering in and out of the vintage stores.

Cardiff is full of Welsh charm and there’s no better way to experience it than inside Millennium Stadium for a rugby match. If you’re not into sport there’s a wide selection of museums, houses and castles to discover.

Getting here by train:

Just two hours from London, Cardiff is easily accessible by rail.


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Barry

If you haven’t heard already, this year TV show Gavin and Stacey returns for a Christmas special. The show gave a helping hand putting Barry Island back on the map.

Whilst the recently sandy beaches and promenade have attracted visitors since the 1800s the show has attracted a new type of visitor. You can stop by Nessa’s haunt at the Island Leisure Amusement Arcade, head to Gwen’s house or check out many other filming locations!

Getting here by train:

Barry is just 25 minutes from Cardiff by train, so you could even just pop over for a day out!


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Tenby

A picturesque coastal town in southern Wales with a warm atmosphere and an ancient history. Tenby is known for its 13th century town walls and beautiful beaches.

Culture vultures can uncover the mystery of its secret tunnels or check out some of the art inside of the many galleries. Just like any seaside town you can indulge in award-winning seafood or watch out for the wildlife.

Getting here by train:

You can get the train from London to Swansea and then a smaller train to Tenby Railway Station.


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Conwy

Conwy is one of the quirkier towns in Wales. One of the most popular attractions is the smallest house in Britain, a 16th century cottage that is just 72 inches wide and 122 inches tall!

The medieval walls make Conwy a fabulous place for an afternoon walk or you could head to Bodnant Garden for a spot of nature. After a long day of exploring you may just fancy a pint, Conwy is home to many ale houses perfect for winding down.

Getting here by train:

You can get a train to Conwy Railway Station directly from Chester.


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If you’re planning a trip to any of these locations in Wales, NationalRail.com have the cheapest train tickets. If you don’t fancy Wales, check out our blog on exploring the best Scottish cities by rail.