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Despite it technically being Winter and the weather not exactly ideal, February offers some great excursions and opportunities across Wales.
February in Wales is one of the coldest months with temperatures around 4℃ although less rain than previous months. By wrapping up warm, you can enjoy hikes or waterfalls and surfers will benefit from strong Atlantic waves. Few tourists mean no crowds at attractions, although locals will be flocking to bars in high spirits for the six nations rugby tournament.
So, with so many great events happening in February, where do you begin? Check out our guide to Wales in February to find out more…
What Will the Weather Be Like?
As February marks the close of Winter, it’s still a very cold and windy month to visit Wales.
Temperatures average out at around 4℃ which makes it one of the coldest months of the year1 (source: Weather Spark) and if you’re heading to the coast, February is likely to be particularly chilly due to the ocean breezes2 (source: Met Office).
You can expect marginally less rain than in December and January with an average of 16 rainy days (where there is 1mm of rain or more)3 (source: Statistica) so you might be able to get out and experience some of the beautiful countryside. Although there is still a strong chance of the occasional snow day.
If you’d prefer warmer days and less rain, consider visiting between June and August which is the best time to visit Wales in terms of weather (although at the expense of lots of other tourists with the same idea).
What Should I Expect?
Although it’s still a quiet month in February for tourism, with the rise of sporting and cultural festivals, you should expect a lot more local crowds than in January.
There is a definite buoyant atmosphere across Cardiff and other cities around the Six Nations rugby tournament which is great to experience, whether you are watching from a packed out pub or the Principality Stadium itself. This does mean that public transport will be busy, and accommodation is likely to be expensive on game days, especially in the capital.
There’s also a school holiday that happens in February meaning that children are off for a week across the whole of the UK. Many families have holiday homes or head to the caravan parks in Wales for a quick respite. Overall, Wales feels busier, but there is much more of an atmosphere than in January.
What to Pack
Even though we’re creeping toward Springtime, the weather in February means that layers still need to be at the top of your packing list. You’ll need a warm and waterproof coat that will help shield you from the Atlantic winds, especially if you’re on the coast.
All the regular Winter knitwear will still be necessary, including woolly socks, scarves, hands, and more. If it’s knitted, bring it! You also might want to bring a red shirt or jumper if you’re going to the rugby or going to the pub on matchday – it’s the colour of the Welsh rugby team.
Best Things To Do in Wales in February
With so much going on during February, it can be difficult to create your Welsh itinerary. Here are some of my favourite things to do in Wales in February.
1. Cheer On Wales at the Six Nations Rugby Tournament
If you’re in Cardiff during February or early March, it’s impossible to miss the fanfare around the Six Nations rugby tournament. This historic competition happens every year and pits England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, and Italy against each other in a five-week round-robin to see which country reigns supreme. With historic grudges – looking at you England – and an international crowd gathering each week, it’s guaranteed fun.
2. Appreciate the Beautiful Waterfalls
With increased rainfall over the Winter period, you can expect the many waterfalls across Wales to be running at full force.
In the north of the country, one spectacular waterfall that’s a favourite with travellers of all ages is Aber Falls, just off the A55 in North Wales. Benefitting from a short walk in along a well-maintained trail, the path opens up to reveal a beautiful waterfall, seemingly cascading down from the sky.
In the south, you have many options to choose from thanks to an area of the Brecon Beacons known as waterfall country for it;;s high concentration of waterfalls. My favourites are the four falls trail or Henrhyd Falls which was used as the filming location for the Batcave in The Dark Knight Rises.
3. Surf Up a Storm at Porth Neigwl
February might be a curious month for outdoor lovers, with the weather being bitter and unreliable, but it does normally mean a reliable Atlantic swell.
If you know your way around a surfboard and love to ride the waves, get yourself over to the Llyn Peninsula, near Caernarfon in North Wales. It’s one of the first places that get great waves in the Welsh Winter storm period, so bring your thickest wetsuit and dive in.
4. Learn About St David at Caerphilly Castle
Although St. David’s Day isn’t until the 1st of March, the last week of February has a lot of events and parades that lead up to the Patron Saint of Wales’ big day.
Journey to the spectacular Caerphilly Castle and experience a custodian-led tour of the castle, learning all about the tale of St. David and his impact as you wander around. There are also a ton of hands-on activities for the little ones to enjoy.
5. Test Out Your Mountain Biking Skills at Coed Llandegla
Nothing warms you up on a cold day like a bit of adrenaline-inducing exercise. Grab your mountain bike, or hire one locally, and check out the trails at Coed Llandegla. Located in the Clwydian range just outside Wrexham on the Welsh border, Coed Llandegla has plenty of tracks and trails depending on your skill level, and even has wet-weather specific trails – ideal for the rainy nature of Wales in February!
6. Ice Climb in Snowdonia (Eryri)
With February still technically being Winter, it’s the ideal time to learn some Winter mountaineering skills, such as ice climbing. Plas Y Brenin, the National Outdoor Centre, is located on the edge of Snowdonia (Eryri) in Capel Curig.
Running adventure-based courses all year round, in February the centre runs multi-day snow and ice-centric courses, designed to educate and hone your skills in the mountains in the snowiest of conditions. If you want to unleash your inner mountaineer, enjoy the beauty of Snowdonia (Eryri), and learn some new skills on your next trip to Wales, this is an awesome way to do it!
Events in February in 2023
Gŵyl Fair y Canhwyllau – 2nd February 2023
Welsh Language Music Day – 10th February 2023
Wales v England at the Cardiff Principality Stadium – 25th Feb 2023
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.