Our guide to West Wales

Loads of ideas about what to see and do whilst in West Wales

What makes West Wales such a great last minute destination?

West Wales - a perfect last minute destination

Encompassing Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, West Wales provides a great wealth of activities, places to visit and things to see and do.

Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire
National Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire

Carmarthenshire is home to the National Botanic Garden of Wales plus Aberglasney Gardens (both within 30 minutes drive of each other). Towards the north of the County you will find Brechfa Forest with miles of walks and mountain bike trails to follow. Head to the south for beaches such as Cefn Sidan and Pendine and also don't miss a visit to Laugharne - once home to Dylan Thomas.

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Approaching Cwmtydu beach on the Ceredigion Coast Path
Approaching Cwmtydu beach on the Ceredigion Coast Path

Ceredigion has miles of coastline to discover with the beautiful but rural beaches of Mwnt, Cwmtydu and Penbryn to search out. There are many other beaches such as at Borth, Tresaith and Aberporth to enjoy too. Head inland to find the desert of Wales - the Camrbian Hills dominate the landscape to the east side of Ceredigion and offer mile upon mile of remote upland walking, apart from the views you may see nothing other than the odd sheep!

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Caerfai beach in Pembrokeshire
Caerfai beach in Pembrokeshire

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is close by and is awash with gorgeous beaches, beautiful coastal walks and of course the Preseli Hills. Visit the north of the park for wild rugged coastline and the Preseli Hills, the west coast for surfing beaches such as Newgale and Whitesands and the south coast for Bosherston Lily Ponds, Barafundle beach and the Towns of Tenby, Amroth and Saundersfoot.

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West Wales really does have something for everyone: you will find eateries, individual shops, pubs and art galleries in some of the most unexpected spots as well as in most Towns and Villages and there are activity providers in all three of the Counties.

We've put together a list of a few great things to do in West Wales below...


  • Aberglasney Gardens & National Botanic Gardens of Wales
  • Visit the Town of Llandeilo for antiques, art galleries and a visit to Dinefwr or Carreg Cennen castles
  • Cefn Sidan beach has stunning views across to the Worms Head peninsula on the Gower
  • The Brechfa Forest trails will please any keen mountain biker
  • Pendine Sands at 7 miles long was home to many land speed attempts and has it's own Museum of Speed
  • Visit Dryslwyn Castle in the Towy Valley for spectacular views to the Brecon Beacons

Ceredigion (formerly Cardiganshire)

  • Take a hike or two along the Ceredigion Heritage Coast on the All Wales Coast Path
  • Visit Aberaeron to see it's Georgian splendour and enjoy fish & chips or a honey ice cream (or both) overlooking the old harbour
  • Definitely take a trip to Borth and Ynyslas in the north of the County for beautiful beaches and sand dunes
  • Drive or walk through the Cambrian Hills and down through the Elan Valley
  • Bask in the sun at Mwnt beach or climb up to the top of the old iron age fort and then visit the pretty little Church
  • Go on a dolphin watching trip from Cardigan or New Quay, you may also spot sun fish and porpoises

Pembrokeshire - West Wales

  • Go coasteering at Abereiddi and jump into the Blue Lagoon
  • Take a trip to Skomer Island to see the Puffins, Seals, Bluebells and Sea Pinks
  • Walk the entire length of the Preseli Hills and enjoy fine views across all of Pembrokeshire
  • Visit Castell Henllys Iron Age Farmstead and step back in time some 2000 years
  • Enjoy strolling through the beauty of Bosherton Lily Ponds and have a picnic on the golden sands of Broadhaven beach
  • Visit the City of St David's (the smallest City in the UK) and enjoy a great variety of local shops and eateries and a visit to the Cathedral

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