12 days in Wales Itinerary

12 days in Wales Itinerary

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12 days in Wales Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  16​h
1
Swansea
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Tenby
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Machynlleth
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Criccieth
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Llandudno
— 2 nights
+2
train + Fly + bus:  13​h
End: New York City

1
night
Swansea

Swansea ©
Swansea, officially known as the City and County of Swansea, is a coastal city and county in Wales. On the 4th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Dylan Thomas Birth Place, then walk around Cwmdonkin Park, then step into the grandiose world of Pennard Castle, and finally stroll around Blackpill Lido. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Aberfan Disaster Memorial Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Illtud s Church, then visit a coastal fixture at Nash Point Lighthouse, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ewenny Priory Church.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Swansea trip itinerary planning site .

Washington DC, USA to Swansea is an approximately 15-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Swansea is 5 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect nights in Swansea to be slightly colder, around 55°F, while days are colder, around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tenby.

Things to do in Swansea

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Llantwit Major, Ewenny Priory Church, Aberfan Disaster Memorial Garden
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Dylan Thomas Birth Place ©
Dylan Thomas Birth Place
Nash Point Lighthouse ©
Nash Point Lighthouse
Pennard Castle ©
Pennard Castle

3
nights
Tenby

Tenby ©
Tenby is a walled seaside town in Pembrokeshire, Wales, on the western side of Carmarthen Bay, and the name for the local government community of Tenby.Notable features of Tenby include of sandy beaches; the 13th century medieval town walls, including the Five Arches barbican gatehouse; the 15th century St. Carew Castle & Tidal Mill and Picton Castle & Gardens are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Castle Beach and St. Catherine’s Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tenby: Pembrokeshire Falconry (in Haverfordwest), Solva (in Solva) and St Davids Bishop's Palace (in St. Davids). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at The Reptile Experience, step into the grandiose world of Manorbier Castle, steep yourself in history at Tudor Merchant's House, and delve into the distant past at St Govan's Chapel.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tenby day trip website .

You can drive from Swansea to Tenby in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Tenby, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Machynlleth.

Things to do in Tenby

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Haverfordwest, Manorbier, Solva, St Davids Bishop's Palace, Lamphey Bishop's Palace
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Tudor Merchant's House ©
Tudor Merchant's House
Carew Castle & Tidal Mill ©
Carew Castle & Tidal Mill
The Reptile Experience ©
The Reptile Experience

2
nights
Machynlleth

Machynlleth ©
Machynlleth, sometimes referred to colloquially as Mach, is a market town and community in Powys, Wales and within the historic boundaries of Montgomeryshire (Sir Drefaldwyn). Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): kick back and relax at Barmouth Beach, then admire the sheer force of Devil's Bridge Falls, and then browse the collection at Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / National Library of Wales. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Dyfi Osprey Project, then identify plant and animal life at Falconry Experience Wales, and then take in the views from Barmouth Bridge.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Machynlleth trip planner .

Drive from Tenby to Machynlleth in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Criccieth.

Things to do in Machynlleth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Barmouth, Devil's Bridge Falls, Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / National Library of Wales
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Barmouth Beach ©
Barmouth Beach
Falconry Experience Wales ©
Falconry Experience Wales
Dyfi Osprey Project ©
Dyfi Osprey Project

2
nights
Criccieth

Criccieth ©
Criccieth is a town and community on Cardigan Bay, in the Eifionydd area of Gwynedd in Wales. On the 11th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Criccieth Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Morfa Bychan - Black Rock Sands, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Harlech Beach. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Dinas Dinlle Beach, contemplate the long history of Beaumaris Gaol, and then learn about all things military at Tacla Taid - Anglesey Transport and Agriculture Museum and cafe.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Criccieth planning tool .

Traveling by car from Machynlleth to Criccieth takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Criccieth are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Llandudno.

Things to do in Criccieth

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Morfa Bychan - Black Rock Sands, Beaumaris Gaol, Dinas Dinlle Beach, Tacla Taid - Anglesey Transport and Agriculture Museum and cafe, Harlech Beach
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Criccieth Castle ©
Criccieth Castle
Morfa Bychan - Black Rock Sands ©
Morfa Bychan - Black Rock Sands
Harlech Beach ©
Harlech Beach

2
nights
Llandudno

Llandudno ©
Llandudno is a seaside resort, town and community in Conwy County Borough, Wales, located on the Creuddyn peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea. On the 13th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Zip World Fforest, then contemplate the long history of Plas Mawr, and then enjoy the sand and surf at West Shore Beach. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Bodelwyddan Castle & Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Llandudno travel planner .

Traveling by car from Criccieth to Llandudno takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Llandudno can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Llandudno

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Plas Mawr, Zip World Fforest, Bodelwyddan Castle & Park
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Zip World Fforest ©
Zip World Fforest
Plas Mawr ©
Plas Mawr
Bodelwyddan Castle & Park ©
Bodelwyddan Castle & Park

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