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Wales might have a small population, but it’s jam-packed with beautiful national parks, interesting attractions, and picturesque coastlines, so, just how long should you spend there?

You’ll want to spend at least 5-7 days in Wales to enjoy the diversity of coastlines, national parks, and built-up areas. For the best experience, stick to visiting one area such as North, South, or West Wales, rather than trying to see a little bit of everything.

Keep reading for some more tips on planning your trip, along with some sample itineraries.

How Many Days To Spend in Wales?

Although it’s possible to enjoy a weekend break in Wales (see my itinerary for 3 days in Cardiff), I’d recommend that you spend at least 5 days to get a real feel for the country. However, a 7-day trip to Wales is best if you want to experience the variety of coastlines, national parks, and built-up areas.

When visiting Wales, it’s best to choose one part of the country and explore it in-depth. Despite its small population, Wales is a large country so if you try to see little bits of each area, you’ll spend more time travelling than sightseeing.

For your first trip to Wales, I recommend choosing either North Wales, West Wales, or South Wales. If you only have a short amount of time, you could also choose one of the national parks and spend time exploring that.

If you wanted to explore the entire country, you’ll need to set aside at least a full month to do it justice.


Wales Travel Itineraries

1 or 2 Days in Wales

If you only have 1 or 2 days in Wales, I would recommend visiting the capital city, Cardiff. It has good transport links so you won’t spend too much time travelling and everything is nearby so you can make the most of your time.

See my detailed itineraries for 1 day in Cardiff or 2 days in Cardiff.


3 Days in Wales

With just 3 days, I recommend basing yourself in one place and taking day trips to explore the local area. I recommend Conwy (North Wales), Cardiff (South Wales), Anglesey (North Wales), or Llanberis (Snowdonia).

Here’s a sample itinerary for North Wales:

 What To Do
Day 1Conwy (stay in Conwy)
Day 2Day Trip to Llandudno (stay in Conwy)
Day 3Day Trip to Betws-Y-Coed (stay in Conwy)

See my 4 detailed itineraries for 3 days in Wales.


4 or 5 Days in Wales

With 4 or 5 days, you should have time to visit two destinations in Wales. I recommend choosing two places that offer something different such as Fishguard and Pembroke in West Wales or Conwy and Anglesey in North Wales.

Here’s a sample itinerary for 5 days in West Wales:

 5 Days in West Wales
Day 1Explore Fishguard and Strumle Head (stay in Fishguard)
Day 2Day Trip to Preseli Hills (stay in Fishguard)
Day 3Day Trip to St David’s and Ramsey Island (stay in Fishguard)
Day 4Explore Pembroke and its Surroundings (stay in Pembroke)
Day 5Visit the Coast Freshwater West, Coastal Path, Bosherton Lily Ponds (stay in Pembroke)

See my 4 detailed itineraries for 4 days in Wales or 5 days in Wales.


7 Days in Wales

This is a perfect amount of time to spend exploring a region of Wales. You should be able to stay in 3 different places whilst still having time to take day trips.

For example, you could visit Cardiff, Swansea, and the Brecon Beacons to see a mixture of city life and beautiful rural countryside. Here’s a sample itinerary:

 What To Do
Day 1Cardiff City Centre – (stay in Cardiff)
Day 2Cardiff Surroundings – (stay in Cardiff)
Day 3Brecon Beacons (East) – (stay in Brecon Beacons)
Day 4Brecon Beacons (Pen Y Fan) – (stay in Brecon Beacons)
Day 5Brecon Beacons (West) – (stay in Swansea)
Day 6Swansea – (stay in Swansea)
Day 7Day Trip to the Gower – (stay in Swansea)

See my 4 detailed itineraries for 7 days in Wales.


10 Days in Wales

If you have 10 days to visit Wales, you can get to know an area well. I would still stick to a specific area such as North, South, or West, but you can choose 3 or 4 unique places to stay.

See my 3 detailed itineraries for 10 days in Wales.


When is the Best Time to Visit Wales?

When it comes to the weather, the best time to visit Wales is June, July and August when you’ll experience the warmest weather, longer days, and lowest chance of rain (but remember, this is Wales, so you’re never guaranteed a dry day, no matter what time of year it is).

With great weather also comes lots of crowds as both locals and tourists flock to the hotspots, especially from Mid-July until the end of August when it’s the school summer break.

If you want to avoid the crowds but still experience moderately good weather, it’s best to visit during the shoulder months which are March, April, May and September. These are my favourite months to get out and explore Wales. Although you may want to avoid the two-week Easter break as this is also very busy.

Kieren is the founder and editor-in-chief of Wales Guidebook. Originally from rural Mid-Wales, he has lived all over the country from Cardiff to Wrexham. A true Welshman, Kieren created this site to share his passion for Wales and help others discover this beautiful country.