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Across Europe, April is typically the month of spring cleaning and Easter Egg hunts. But, what can you expect when visiting Wales in the midst of spring?

In April, spring is well underway in Wales, so expect fewer rainy days and fields scattered with lambs and daffodils. Being shoulder season, there are few crowds so it’s great for iconic activities such as climbing Snowdon. However, with temperatures around 8℃, ensure you wrap up warm. Avoid visiting during the Easter holidays as places can become expensive and overcrowded.

Keep reading to find out more about the weather conditions and some top tips on where to go (no April Fools jokes I promise!).

What Will the Weather Be Like?

April is actually one of the driest months in Wales, despite the reputation of April showers. On average, there are only nine days of rainfall during the whole month1 (source: Statistica). Although carrying an umbrella is always advised due to the unpredictable nature of Welsh weather, you should expect largely dry days. 

The days continue to stretch, averaging just over 14 hours of daylight2 (source: Weather Spark), meaning that you have plenty of time to enjoy all that this beautiful country has to offer. 

Despite it being dry and bright, temperatures still average 8℃, so wrapping up warm is still a must. Sunglasses and a warm hoodie or jumper is the kind of vibe that we’re roughly going for in April. 

When is the best time to visit? For the weather, the best time to visit Wales is between June and August when it’s warmest and most likely to be sunny. However, to avoid the crowds whilst still having decent weather, I advise visiting in March, April, May, or September.

What Should I Expect?

If planning a trip to Wales in April, you should find out when Easter falls as this can make a huge difference to your trip.

During the Easter break, April can be quite busy in Wales, as it’s a popular destination for families and travellers through the school holidays. The holidays are typically a two-week break covering the week before and the week after Easter Sunday. During this time, accommodation gets booked up quickly and is often a lot more expensive.

Outside of the Easter holidays, April is pretty quiet in Wales and is a great time to explore both indoors and out (with a few layers). It’s especially great for visiting popular attractions such as Snowdon before the hordes descend during summer.

What to Pack

April can be a difficult month to pack for in Wales. You’ll still need layers, but you might not need as many waterproofing items. If you’re doing watersports, you’ll still want a thick wetsuit as the water temperatures can be cold, and if you’re on the trails, sturdy boots and multiple layers are going to be best to ensure you’re comfortable.

This is one of those months when you need to be ready for anything clothing-wise. It might be glorious sunshine in the morning and wet and windy in the afternoon. I recommend bringing a decent-sized day pack with you so you can pack suitable clothing to last throughout the day. 

Best Things To Do in Wales in April

With the weather improving and Easter occurring in April, there are plenty of great things to do in Wales during this month. From events to outdoor excursions to visiting cultural institutions, you’re bound to find something to tick everyone’s boxes.

1. Hike Snowdon (Y Wyddfa)

Wales’s highest mountain is popular all year round, but April marks the start of the dry and bright hiking season.

During the Easter holidays the main Llanberis Path to the summit is always busy with families and groups, but outside of the holidays or on quieter paths like Watkin’s or Ranger’s can be very enjoyable.

The trails vary in length, difficulty, and starting points, so check out this guide to find out which one is right for you. You can always ascend on one trail and come back down another!

2. Check out the Easter trail at the National Museum Cardiff

If you do end up visiting during the Easter break, you can take advantage of many themed activities across the country.

One example of this is the National Museum Cardiff, a wonderful institution that’s free to enter and has exhibits ranging from fine art to installations about dinosaurs.

During Easter, they run an Easter Trail throughout the museum with exciting prizes. You can wander the museum finding clues, stealthily learning about the museum’s contents as you go. It’s educational and engaging – the perfect pairing for a school holiday adventure. 

3. Take the plunge coasteering in North West Wales

Ever wondered what it’s like to cliff jump into the Atlantic Ocean? The warmer temperatures and calmer waters mean that the coasteering season is back on in April. Scramble, climb, traverse, and jump around the breathtaking coast of North West Wales.

It’s an adrenaline-filled way to spend a day, and one you won’t forget in a hurry! There are plenty of well-reviewed companies that will take you out with all the safety briefings and safety gear, so don’t just go out on your own without a professional!

4. Celebrate Easter at St. David’s Cathedral

Away from the egg hunts and rabbits, Easter obviously has its roots in the Church. Learn more about the Easter story and have it brought to life at St. David’s Cathedral.

Located in Britain’s smallest city, St. Davids, which was named after the patron saint of Wales, the cathedral was built in 5AD. Experience the beautiful architecture, history, and atmosphere that come with the Easter festivities.

See my full guide to find out about other great things to do in St Davids.

5. Enjoy the sunset at Gower Brewery

The Gower is a beautiful peninsular near Swansea, and the longer days mean that you can enjoy the sunset with a pint in hand.

Wales has a ton of great breweries and distilleries, but Gower Brewery is located right alongside the coast and offers tours all year round.

With the tagline “ales of outstanding beauty”, this brewery recognises that they’re located in one of the prettiest places in the UK. Try a few brews on the tour, buy a couple in the shop, and head to the beach for the sunset – sounds perfect, right?

6. Mountain bike at Coed Llandegla, North Wales

Warmer temperatures mean that if you’re planning on working up a sweat, you don’t need quite so many layers. The drier weather also means that the mountain biking trails at Coed Llandegla are in prime condition to improve your skills.

Even on the wetter days in April, Coed Llandegla has a designated wet weather track to test your mettle. Centres like these are great in April to hone your skills before hitting the trails in the national parks in the Summer months. 

Events in April in 2023

Wales International Harp Festival in Caernarfon – 5th – 11th April 2023

Wonderwool at the Royal Welsh Showground –  22 – 23 April 2023.

National Laverbread Day – 14 April 2023

Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza – 29 April – 01 May 2023.