'We didn't know there was so much to see in Wales!' is one of the most common phrases we hear from our tour guests, when they visit Cardiff and realise there is so much to see within easy reach of the city. With that in mind, we thought we should put together a list of essential day trips from Cardiff for anyone planning a trip to Wales. From rugged mountains to lush green valleys intersected by waterfalls, and from romantic ruins to dramatic coastline, here's what you need to see when you are visiting Wales!
Brecon Beacons National Park
For lovers of the outdoors, if you're looking for a scenic day out in Wales, head straight to the Brecon Beacons! With unique glacially formed mountains & valleys, incredibly verdant landscapes, abundant waterfalls, woodland & reservoirs, you could spend several days here and still want more!
The Gower Peninsula
The Gower's beaches are some of the most popular in the UK, and it's not hard to see why! A refreshing day trip from Cardiff, visiting the Welsh coastline and beaches is a must-do while you're in Wales. Don't miss Three Cliffs Bay, and Rhossili, undoubtedly amongst the most dramatic beaches in Wales.
The Wye Valley
Home to the romantic ruins of Tintern Abbey, and the magnificent Chepstow Castle, a day tour from Cardiff to the Wye Valley will leave you awestruck by Wales' ancient history. If you choose to take a day trip to the Wye Valley, don't miss out the stunning woodland walks with views down to the river far below. Our River Valley day tour visits both Tintern Abbey and Chepstow Castle, as well as some of the famous viewpoints which inspired Romantic Era painters & poets.
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast & Countryside
Just a short journey out of Cardiff and you arrive in a rural idyll. Humans have been practising agriculture here for more than 5,000 years, and dotted amongst the lush green countryside are traces of the ancient past. Visit Neolithic burial chambers pre-dating Stonehenge, and explore ruined medieval mansion houses, and Norman castle ruins. Don't miss the coastline; the dramatic cliffs of Nash Point & Southerndown never fail to inspire. There's so much crammed in to this tiny patch of Wales that it's possible to see loads of amazing sights in a day trip.
If you can spare another day, then the Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park in the far west of Wales, and Snowdonia National Park in North Wales are within your reach! You could take a two day tour to Snowdonia or Pembrokeshire from Cardiff to explore Wales at its most wild and rugged. Pembrokeshire is home to some of Wales' most dramatic coastline, as well as beautiful beaches and quaint fishing villages. The mountains and lakes of Snowdonia, combined with the amazing castles of North Wales, make a perfect two day tour for those that love the outdoors and adventure.
Looking for a day trip or small group tour of Wales? We offer tours of Wales from Cardiff to the Brecon Beacons, Gower Peninsula, Wye Valley, Glamorgan Heritage Coast & Countryside and more. We also take tours to Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire from Cardiff. Find out more!