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There are never enough days to fully experience all of what Wales has to offer. Even for those that live here, we’re still discovering hidden gems constantly. That said, if you want a rich experience of Wales, I’d say 5 days is a good amount of time to get a feel for the country.

Here are some bespoke five-day itineraries I’ve put together based on my own trips to different parts of Wales along with some of my top picks for where to stay and what to eat.

How To Spend 5 Days in Wales

Itinerary 1: 5 Days in North Wales & Anglesey

Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey

North Wales is home to some striking coastlines and scenic views, not to mention the idyllic Anglesey to the west of the area. Here you’ll start your trip in Conwy, enjoy the seaside in Llandudno, and then uncover the many secrets of the isolated Anglesey.

Where to Stay? Conwy (2 nights) and Anglesey (3 nights)

 What To Do
Day 1Conwy (stay in Conwy)
Day 2Day Trip to Llandudno (stay in Conwy)
Day 3Explore Anglesey – Holy Island (stay in Anglesey)
Day 4Explore Anglesey – Beaumaris (stay in Anglesey)
Day 5Explore Anglesey – Newborough (stay in Anglesey)

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Acquaint yourself with Welsh village living in Conwy. Explore the impressive Conwy Castle and be sure to visit Plas Mawr, a fully preserved merchant’s house from the Elizabethan period. There are also stunning gardens and an entire nature reserve for you to wander around in Conwy.

Where to Stay in Conwy? The 4-Star Castle Hotel is always well recommended to those staying in Conway. There are plenty of harbourside options, too, such as Johnny Dough’s, a fun B&B that’s a former pizza parlour. 

Where to Eat in Conwy? If you’re looking to sample some of the best welsh cooking, visit Michelin-Star-rated Signatures, located a bit out of town towards Morfa beach. For something more accessible, try Watson’s Bistro

Day 2: On day two, you’ll take a quick trip to the seaside in Llandudno. Here you can have fun on the beach or walk across the breezy pier. With it only being a 10-minute drive from Conwy, you won’t have to worry about packing up early to get back.  

Day 3: On day three, you’ll travel by Bognor and into Angelsey, where you’ll first explore Holy Island, the most western point of the area. Here you’ll be able to explore stunning views, including Treaddur Bay and Holyhead Mountain.

Where to Stay in Anglesey? I recommend staying in Llangefni because it’s centrally located so you’ll minimise travel time. However, the island is enormous, and there are many more attractive options. See my guide on where to stay in Anglesey for more recommendations.

Where to Eat in Anglesey? Menai Bridge is one of the hotspots for good restaurants in Anglesey. I can recommend Dylans for seafood and Sosban for Welsh cuisine. The island is home to some great fish and chip shops too, including Golden Fry in Benllech, Aran in Llangefni, Scarlett’s in Rhosneigr, and SeaWave in Menai Bridge.

Day 4: In Anglesey, you’ll be able to visit Beaumaris, an old Viking settlement that’s home to the impressive Beaumaris Castle that’s protected by a moat. From Beaumaris, you can take a cruise around Puffin Island, a protected area filled with rare birds and animals. 

Day 5: On your final day in Anglesey, you’ll explore the Southwest area, which is full of magical areas such as Lladdwyn Island and Newborough Forest. Expect a lot of walking as you take in vibrant and diverse scenery. 

Itinerary 2: 5 Days in South Wales

Cardiff Bay

South Wales has the perfect blend of urban experiences and natural wonders. Cardiff is a fantastic hub for day trips to nearby locations like the Brecon Beacons, and Swansea is a great city surrounded by immense bays and seaside areas.

Where to Stay? (Cardiff ( 3 nights) and Swansea (2 nights)

 What To Do
Day 1Visit Cardiff City Centre (stay in Cardiff)
Day 2Day Trip to Brecon Beacons (stay in Cardiff)
Day 3Explore Around Cardiff (stay in Cardiff)
Day 4Visit Swansea (stay in Swansea)
Day 5Day Trip to the Gower (stay in Swansea)

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Starting in Cardiff, check out the famous attractions like Bute Park, the Principality Stadium, and of course, Cardiff Castle, which is easily accessible from the centre of town. Be sure to sample some of the nightlife at Boom Battle Bar, if that’s your thing, or browse through the various quirky stores and coffee shops, such as Uncommon Ground.

Where to Stay in Cardiff? The Cardiff Marriot is a luxurious stay in the centre of town, or you could stay in the more regal and historic Parkgate Hotel.

Where to Eat in Cardiff? For those looking for big eats, Fat Hippo is a great burger joint offering massive and tasty portions. For something a tad lighter, you could eat at La Pantera, a proudly unauthentic Mexican restaurant with an ever-changing taco menu.

Day 2: From Cardiff, you’ll travel inland to visit the stunning Brecon Beacons, an area filled with rolling hills and peaks. You can hike on foot or explore the area by renting a bike. On your way back to Cardiff, drop by Abergavenny for some food and rest.

Day 3: There’s more to Cardiff than the city centre. Use this third day to explore areas like Cardiff Bay, home to the always interesting Techniquest, and go even further afield by visiting Castell Coch and St Fagans, two amazing places of cultural significance for Wales.

Day 4: Take a trip into the heart of Wales to visit Swansea, another industrial city with a rich Maritime history. Explore the National Maritime Museum or the interactive exhibit for one of Wale’s finest writers, Dylan Thomas.

Where to Stay in Swansea? Morgans Hotel is a great historical hotel to stay at. There are also other options, like Tides Reach Guest House, that offer coastal views.

Where to Eat in Swansea? Sample a Spanish-orientated menu at El Pescador, a waterside restaurant with great views. For a more well-rounded Welsh menu, you can try out Truffle Restaurant.

Day 5: Swansea is surrounded by beautiful seaside areas, with the Gower Peninsula being a must-visit. The location has diverse scenery, ranging from wild moors and sharp cliffs, and deserves its status as the first place to become an area of outstanding natural beauty. If you have time, try to visit some other beaches around the area too.

Itinerary 3: 5 Days in West Wales

St David’s Cathedral

If you want to experience an authentic Wales, travelling deep into the western part of the country will help you uncover a true sense of Wales. In this itinerary, you’ll visit the coastal town of Fishguard, explore various natural and historical sites, and live like a local in Pembroke.

Where to Stay? Fishguard (3 nights) and Pembroke (2 nights)

 What To Do
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)

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Starting in Fishguard, you’ll be able to stroll around the colourful village and see the infamous last battle tapestry which is 100 foot long. For those itching to experience the sea, you can rent a kayak to paddle across the Pembrokeshire coast at your leisure, or you could explore the rocky headland of Strumble Head and check out the views to three striking islands that sit offshore of the peninsula.

Where to Stay in Fishguard? Fishguard is small, so hotel options can be limited. The Ferryboat is a great option, giving you a homely stay with breakfast. You could also stay in the twin town of Goodwick that’s a stone-throw away, with Penrhiw Farm B&B being a more rural option.

Where to Eat in Fishguard? Being a coastal town, you have many seafood options in Fishguard. Hooked At 31 is a charming takeaway with excellent fish and chips, or for a restaurant experience, you can try Peppers

Day 2: Dedicated to stunning day trips, you’ll start your second-day travelling to the awe-inspiring and somewhat intimidating Preseli Hills that rise 536m at its highest point. This jagged landscape is a stark contrast to anything in South Wales, making it a must-visit. Make sure to visit Castell Henllys before dark, an iron-age village set within beautiful woodland for you to explore.

Day 3: On day three, I recommend visiting one of Wale’s most iconic religious sites, St David’s Cathedral. If you’re looking for even more secluded spaces, take a boat to Ramsey’s Island, a world-famous bird reserve that can be visited in the summer. Finally, for crystal clear waters, visit Blue Lagoon in Abereiddy to relax and unwind.

Day 4: Travel to Pembroke, the principal town in the region, and visit the medieval Pembroke Castle to connect with the region’s history. It would be best if you also traversed the nearby Bishops Palace, a haunting ruin of massive proportions. If you can squeeze it into your day, also visit Manorbeir, another Welsh castle that overlooks a pristine bay and a small village filled with delights. 

Where to Stay in Pembroke? The Coach House Hotel is an attractive option very close to the town centre, which has a history as an old medieval coaching house. You can also stay at the Old King Arms Hotel, a mere 200 yards away from the castle.

Where to Eat in Pembroke? For hearty meals to fill you up, try The Stackpole Inn Restaurant. You can also eat at the friendly and welcoming Wavecrest Cafe.

Day 5: On your final day, get away from the town and head to the coast for the day. Start your day at Freshwater West, a beautiful beach, a popular surfing spot (you can hire a board or take lessons), and home to Dobby’s grave. Take some time to walk along the coastal path, check out the Green Bridge of Wales and St Govans Chapel. Finally, you can end your trip at Bosherton Lily Pond, an incredible lake filled with lilypads as far as the eye can see. 

Itinerary 4: 5 Days in Snowdonia

Snowdon and the surrounding area are dramatic and perfect for those looking for an action-packed holiday. With regions like Llanberis and Betws-Y-Coed, there are a lot of activities to keep you busy.

Where to Stay? Llanberis (3 nights) and Betws-Y-Coed (2 nights)

 What To Do
Day 1Spend the Day in Llanberis (stay in Llanberis)
Day 2Climb Snowdon (stay in Llanberis)
Day 3Day Trip to Beddgelert (stay in Llanberis)
Day 4Spend the Day in Betws-Y-Coed (stay in Betws-Y-Coed)
Day 5Discover Activities Near Betws-Y-Coed (stay in Betws-Y-Coed)

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Start your trip with a relaxed day in Llanberis. Learn about the Slate industry at the National Slate Museum, or hit the water with a laid-back paddleboarding session on Llyn Padarn. Plus, make sure to take in the impressive Blade of Giants figure.

Where to Stay in Llanberis? If you’re looking for comfort before your climb, the Royal Victoria Hotel is a good option. If you’re on a budget, the YHA Llanberis is an energetic and popular hostel that’ll be great for meeting other climbers.

Where to Eat in Llanberis? The Peak is an excellent restaurant for local dishes if you’re after a flavour of Wales. Alternatively, you could also eat at Llygad yr Haul if you need a quick bite. 

Day 2: On day two you will spend all day climbing up and down Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales. The entire climb will be gruelling, but some of the best views you’ll ever experience will accompany you.

Day 3: Day three will be a day of recovery in Beddgelert, a charming village with stone houses and enviable scenery. You can explore the nearby Sygun Copper Mine if you have the energy to do so or just stroll in the hills and parks. There’s also a well-known bridge that adds to the spectacle of the village.

Day 4: Although small, Betws-Y-Coed is a village with a lot to see, especially in the area around the settlement. From here, you’ll be able to explore waterfalls, the picturesque Dolwyddelan Castle, and the Fairy Glen, an enchanting gorge that needs to be seen to be believed.

Where to Stay in Betws-Y-Coed? If you’re looking for a place with breakfast included, Mary’s Court Guest House is a lovely option for you to recharge. As another option, many people stay at Gwydyr Hotel for its practical location. 

Where to Eat in Betws-Y-Coed? Enhance your dining experience by eating at Conwy Falls Cafe, a restaurant with a stunning view. Try Olif and its blend of Welsh-Spanish dishes for something more gastronomically interesting. 

Day 5: On your fifth and final day, you can experience nearby Gwydir Forest where you’ll find different walking trails for all abilities. For those brave enough, you can also try a zipline or alpine coaster at Zip World Fforest, or alternatively, get the adrenaline pumping at Go Below where you’ll abseil and climb through underground caves.

Related Questions

How Many Days Should I Spend in Wales?

Answering the question about how long to spend in Wales is like answering how long is a piece of string. I would suggest 5 days is the minimum amount of time to get a good feel for the country and fit in some towns or cities, countryside, and coastline. However, I would still choose one part of the country rather than trying to see it all in one go.

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.