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Wales is bursting with luscious landscapes, culture and old traditions, there’s nothing better than planning a trip to Wales! But when exactly is the best time to visit?

If you’d like to visit Wales when it’s warm outside, when the days are longer, and when the most attractions are open, the best months to visit are between June and August. 

However, this is also when most of the tourist hot spots are busiest so if you would like to avoid the crowds, you should visit Wales in March, April, May, or September. The weather will be slightly more unpredictable but it won’t be very busy.

Discover more about Wales’ months and what to expect when you visit below. 

When is the Best Time of Year to Visit Wales?

Wales, like much of the UK, has unpredictable weather. But that shouldn’t put you off visiting! 

The better months to visit Wales are: June, July and August. 

This is when the sun should be out, so the air will be toasty, and the days will be lovely and long, so you won’t have to rush your days out. 

In addition to this, schools break up in Mid-July, so from this month on there’ll be an abundance of clubs and events that kids can join during this time. Ideal for holidaymakers in the area!

However, if you don’t like the heat and busyness that the end of school or summertime brings, you might be better off visiting Wales in the shoulder season, this includes March, April, May and September. Not only will the children be back in school, so places will be less crowded and more tranquil, but the temperature will be a tad cooler. 

So it might make day trips more manageable, especially if you’re taking part in walking tours around Wales. 

What’s more, if you visit Wales during shoulder season or off-peak, accommodation and attractions are cheaper too. 

Month by Month Summary

MonthAverage temperature (℃)Average rainfall (mm)Average number of daylight hours (hrs)Average wind speed (kph)
January 4℃38.5mm8.2 hrs21.7 kph
February4℃31mm9.9 hrs20.9 kph
March6℃31.5mm12 hrs20.1 kph
April8℃33.5mm14.1 hrs17.8 kph
May 12℃40mm16 hrs16.9 kph
June14℃47.1mm16.9 hrs15.9 kph
July17℃42mm16.4 hrs15.8 kph
August16℃46.5mm14.7 hrs16.2 kph
September 14℃42.6mm12.6 hrs17.4 kph
October10℃49.5mm10.5 hrs18.8 kph
November 7℃47.7mm8.6 hrs19.4 kph
December 5℃43.7mm7.6 hrs 20.4 kph

(source: WeatherSpark)

Key points:

  • December, January and February are the coldest months, and June, July and August are the hottest months. 
  • October has the most rainfall and February has the least, but it is a shorter month. 
  • June has the most daylight hours and December has the least. 
  • January is the windiest month of the year and July is the calmest month. 

Month by Month Breakdown 

Visiting Wales in January 

January is one of Wales’ coldest months, with an average temperature of 4℃. It’s so cold that you regularly see a blanket of snow covering the green Welsh landscape. Particularly if you’re up near Snowdon1 (source: Weather Spark).

And although freezing temperatures keep a lot of tourists away, and certainly out of the sea, there are a few brave souls who take to the chilling waters along the Welsh coast during this month. Barry Island and Saundersfoot’s New Year’s Day Swims are amongst the most popular of these dips! 

But most visitors and locals alike are happy to go exploring through the Welsh woodlands on foot at this time of year. 

Events in January:

  • Dydd Santes Dwynwen is held annually in January, and it’s the equivalent of Valentine’s Day. On this day cards are exchanged between those in love, love spoons are crafted and it’s the ideal time to take a loved one on a romantic stroll. 

Visiting Wales in February 

If you’re visiting Wales in February, expect the frosty winter weather to still be present so be sure to bring a thick coat with you! Much like January, the outside temperature will be quite cold and there might be ice on the ground.

But in the hearts of the people of Wales a great fire will be burning strong as they celebrate the start of the Six Nations Rugby Championship. 

The Championship, which is held over a few weeks, sees Wales, England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy rugby-it-out to win the Championship Trophy, and hopefully, the Grand Slam and the Triple Crown titles. 

February is usually a busy time of year as eager fans travel around Wales to witness the rugby games. So, be prepared for more crowds than usual, particularly in the heart of Cardiff, Wales’ capital city, and where the Welsh team play (and win!), if you plan a visit around this time. 

When the games are on there’s usually a surge in traffic on trains and on the roads. So, factor this disruption in. 

Events in February:

  • Croeso Swansea is a two-day event held in the Swansea city centre. The event celebrates all things Welsh, so be prepared to sample Welsh cuisine and to sing and dance to Welsh music! 
  • Bangor Music Festival is a contemporary music festival where you can immerse yourself in the instrumental talents of performers.  
  • Half term takes place in February. Check what dates this week-long holiday is because it’ll impact how busy attractions get. 

Visiting Wales in March

By March, winter will have decided to leave Wales, and the first signs of spring will start to show. And with this temperatures will start to rise, although don’t expect hot weather, the average temperature for this month is around 6℃2 (source: Weather Spark).

So it’ll be comfortable enough for you to go out and explore the blooming landscapes of Wales. 

March is a popular time to visit Wales because the kids are still in school, so attractions like museums, theme parks and beaches will be quiet. You’ll have ample time to mull over the stunning sights.

Events in March:

  • Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant (or Saint David’s Day) is when Wales celebrates its Patron Saint of Wales, Dewi Sant. On the First of March every year children and adults dress up in traditional Welsh costumes to celebrate this National Day.  

Visiting Wales in April 

In April in Wales, spring has well and truly sprung. With an average temperature of 8℃, and days starting to feel longer, with on average 14.1 daylight hours –  it’s a sure sign that summertime is heading for Wales3 (source: Weather Spark).

April’s longer nights mean you have more time to tour Wales. Or you could find a quaint pub that serves local brews, something like Gower Brew, and you can sit and watch the sun setting.

April is a good month to visit Wales if you are looking to avoid the queues and find affordable accommodation but don’t mind wrapping up warm or spending the occasional rainy day indoors. However, be sure to avoid the Easter holidays because it can get busy as locals take their first staycations of the year.

Events in April:

  • The International Harp Festival is held annually in Caernarfon. Visitors can relax and enjoy the performances of some world-renowned harpists at this two-day event. 
  • Wonderwool is a must-visit event if you love knitting, crocheting and spinning. Over 200 exhibitors show off their hard work at the Royal Welsh Showground – it’s basically heaven for crafters! 
  • Half term usually falls during this month. Check the dates before you start travelling. 

Visiting Wales in May

May is a pretty warm month for Wales with temperatures reaching a comfortable 12℃. Nights are also longer, so expect to see on average 16 hours of daylight4 (source: Weather Spark).

It’s also the time when many key events across Wales start to take place, so for locals it can be quite a busy time. But for visitors it’s the ideal time to lap up everything and all things Welsh. 

Whether it be attending a festival, taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Coastal Path or finding a quirky pub to have lunch in – the month of May is ideal. 

Events in May:

  • The Hay Festival is a week-long festival that is graced by book lovers, artists and performers from all over the world. Workshops and talks are held during the week, and visitors can explore the local area and its many eateries. 
  • FOCUS Wales is held every year in Wrexham. It’s an event that showcases the musical abilities of new and existing talent in Wales and globally. 
  • The Urdd Eisteddfod is a touring festival that celebrates the literary, musical and performing talents of Wales’ youth. 
  • Half term can run into May, so factor these dates in before you travel. 

Visiting Wales in June

June is when summer arrives in Wales, and although you’d expect to see lots of sun, it can often be the opposite. While temperatures are on average around 14℃, there can also be a lot of rain to contend with, an average of 47.1mm of it actually. So, don’t pack away your rain jacket just yet if you’re planning a visit5 (source: Weather Spark).

In addition to this, June is the last full month before schools finish for the summer holidays. So, this is the last time you’ll be able to go on a quieter, slower-paced holiday before term ends. Otherwise you’ll have to wait until September when schools reopen! 

Travelling during June, and over the rest of the summer months, will be more expensive in comparison to other ‘off-peak’ months. 

Events in June:

  • Tafwyl is a nine-day event held in Cardiff centre that celebrates the Welsh language. It’s suitable for all the family, there’s plenty to see, do and to eat, and you don’t have to book in advance! 
  • The Unearthed Festival is a spiritual festival that focuses on finding peace and getting to know your inner self better. There’s lots to do including, attending workshops, listening to live performances and sampling the cuisine. 
  • The Slateman Triathlon is an event held in Llanberis. Competitors get to choose which distance they’d like to travel, and then they swim, ride and run the entire gruelling distance.  

Visiting Wales in July

July is one of the warmest months to visit Wales and the best for visiting if you want near-guaranteed good weather (but it’s never a certainty in Wales). With temperatures around 17℃ on average, and long days, it’s perfect for travelling and exploring the country6 (source: Weather Spark).

However, July is also the month when schools finish for the summer holidays, so from the middle of this month until the end of August, attractions, pubs, cafes, and transport are going to get a lot busier. 

But if you don’t mind being in the heart of the hustle and bustle, you’ll be spoilt for choice on what to do in July because the month is packed full of activities and events! 

Events in July:

  • The Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod has been running for over 70 years, and during this time its stage has welcomed over 300,000 musical performers. It’s a feel-good, musical event that’s fun for all ages.   
  • The Royal Welsh Agricultural Show is a major agricultural-based event held annually in Builth Wells. Competitors compete in various competitions over the four-day period, tradespeople are ready and waiting to sell you their goods, there are rows of food huts you can dine in, and you can sit and learn about the agricultural world.  
  • Cardiff Food and Drink Festival is a festival that needs to be sampled by food-lovers! Housed in Cardiff Bay, the festival welcomes stallholders from all over Wales and beyond, and gives them an opportunity to sell their mouth-watering produce to hungry visitors. 
  • The Gower Festival is a travelling event, where musicians perform in churches around the Gower Peninsula over a fortnight. 

Visiting Wales in August 

August in Wales is a busy time! And although the kids are off school, and the average temperature is about 16℃, the weather is still unpredictable. It can rain a fair amount, around 46.5mm on average in August7 (source: Weather Spark).

Naturally, this means that roads are quite congested around this time, it can be tiring queuing up for events in the blistering heat and downpours, and prices are inflated during August. 

So, if a stress-free, idyllic break in Wales is what you’re after, now is not the time to visit Wales. 

Events in August: 

  • The National Eisteddfod of Wales is one of Wales’s biggest events! The ever-moving event celebrates all things Welsh, including artistic, creative and performing talents. 
  • The Pembrokeshire County Show is an annual event held in Pembrokeshire. You can watch the competitions, savour the cuisine, and even try your hand in workshops. It’s fun for all the family.
  • Green Man is a week-long event that’s one of Wales’ best festivals. There are musical performers, comedians, kid’s activity centres and fine dining to enjoy! As well as being a big music festival, it’s suitable for all ages.

Visiting Wales in September 

September signals the beginning of Autumn in Wales, and with it the nights start drawing in and the temperature stays moderately warm, on average 14℃, so not overbearingly hot8 (source: Weather Spark)!

It’s the perfect time to visit Wales if you’re looking for some quiet time and beautiful scenery. With the children back in school, attractions become a lot quieter, so you can take your time as you go exploring. 

September is a great time to walk around the Welsh coast, around the Gower or even up Snowdonia. The lower temperature and less crowded areas make these types of activities much more pleasant. 

Events in September: 

  • Various produce makers descend on Caerphilly Castle yearly for The Big Cheese Festival. Here you can get your hands on locally made cheeses amongst many other Welsh delicacies. 
  • Join new walkers and seasoned walkers as they take a walk around the Gower during The Gower Walking Festival. Not only will you meet new people but you’ll be able to immerse yourself in nature. 
  • Porthcawl’s Elvis Festival goes out of its way on a yearly basis to celebrate all things Elvis. Visitors turn up in the King’s iconic costumes, performers belt out some of his iconic tunes, and people travel from around the world to be at the event. 

Visiting Wales in October

As the night’s draw in, the weather in Wales starts to turn a little cold and wet. So, it’s the ideal time to rent a cosy cottage with a log burner, so you can cwtch up during the night. 

The average temperature is usually around 10℃, there can be around 49.5mm of rain during October, and it can also be windy, with an average wind speed of 18.8kph9 (source: Weather Spark).

So, if you’re going to visit Wales be prepared to battle the elements! Pack some extra clothes just in case. 

That being said, a lot of events still take place during this month, they’ve just been moved indoors! 

Keep in mind that ‘peak-season’ will have ended, so not all attractions will stay open from this point on. 

Events in October:

  • Llais is a five-day live performance-based event held in the Wales Millennium Centre.  
  • Half term falls towards the end of October and goes into November. Check dates before you travel. 

Visiting Wales in November 

November is when the cold starts to set in and wearing a jacket becomes the norm in Wales! With the weather being roughly 7℃ and the days being short, an average of 8.6 daylight hours, November isn’t exactly the month you want to visit Wales, unless you like the rain and cold nights10 (source: Weather Spark).

However, November happens to be the time of year when places around Wales put their Christmas decorations up. Cardiff and Swansea Winter Wonderland’s have become prominent features over the years, especially as they have gigantic Ferris Wheels, ice rinks and fun fair rides to enjoy. 

Events in November:

  • Luminate Wales is a spectacular after-dark event. Thousands of lights are creatively placed around a specific location to create incredible illuminating patterns in the darkness. It’s magical!  

Visiting Wales in December

By December winter will be well underway in Wales, so the temperature will be about 5℃, there’ll be plenty of rain to manage, and there won’t be much daylight11 (source: Weather Spark).

But, as unappealing as this may sound, December in Wales isn’t that bad. 

It’s actually incredibly charming, especially when all the shops are decorated, when the streets are lined with colourful lights, and the Christmas stalls are in full swing. 

Events in December:

  • Portmeirion Food and Craft Fair is set in Portmeirion itself, the Italian-style village in north Wales. Bakers and crafters alike line the streets to sell their goods during the event.  
  • Hundreds of Boxing Day Swims take place around Wales on the 26th of December. And this is when people dress up and run into the freezing cold sea! 

What is the Best Month to Visit Wales?

It’s difficult to give an exact answer to ‘what is the best month to visit Wales?’ because there are many factors to consider. For example, do you want to attend an event in Wales? Do you want to visit Wales when it’s hot? Are you limited by school holidays? 

The best time to visit Wales depends on what you want to get out of the visit. 

If you’re happy to visit Wales whatever the weather and you don’t mind it being busy, you can come anytime. But if you have preferences, consider these and then make a decision. 

What is the Rainiest Month in Wales?

The rainiest month in Wales is October, and it has an average rainfall of 49.5mm. The driest month, on the other hand, is February, which has an average rainfall of 31mm. But keep in mind that February is the shortest month. 

How Many Days Do You Need in Wales?

Depending on where you’re staying, what activities you have planned and what commitments you have, will determine how many days you need in Wales. 

If you plan on visiting just one area of Wales during a single trip, say the Gower, you could easily spend over a week exploring the sights, visiting the beaches and soaking up the history. 

On the other hand, if you plan on travelling the whole of Wales, a week isn’t enough at all. A month would give you more time to look around and to soak up the culture. Plus, the roads from North to South aren’t exactly direct! 

However, if you’re happy to skip around a particular region South/North Wales, only popping to the main attractions, you could do this in a week. Although, how enjoyable this trip would be is difficult to gauge. 

What is the Hottest Month in Wales?

The hottest month in Wales is July, the average temperature during this month is 17℃. However, it’s not uncommon for temperatures to soar into the late 20s, even early 30s, during this month. But these extra hot days don’t happen too often. 

In contrast, the coldest months in Wales are January and February, they have an average temperature of 4℃, but the temperature can plummet into minus degrees on extremely cold days.