For many people, holidays abroad can be a bit pricey, even in today’s age of cheap flights. Having a holiday in the UK doesn’t have to be a boring trip stuck for a week in a caravan however – Wales offers many beautiful, interesting and fun destinations and with a car, some planning and an adventurous spirit you can have a holiday to remember.
A driving tour of Wales gives you the chance to see a variety of different landscapes including mountains, cities and coasts, and gives you control over where you go and when.
Start off down by Newport, and take the M4 along to Cardiff and Swansea. This will give you the opportunity to sample the famous Welsh nightlife (if you’re feeling brave!) or alternatively just to enjoy some of the culture on offer. Cardiff currently hosts a Doctor Who experience for fans of the show, which is a brilliant interactive adventure great for both families and adults.
Around Cardiff you can visit 3 historic castles – Cardiff, Caerphilly and Castel Coch are all within easy driving distance. Between Newport and Cardiff you will find the Roman town of Caerleon, where you will find an amphitheatre. So you can happily stay in Cardiff and spend a couple of days soaking up the history and entertainment on offer.
From here you have two options: you can drive up to the Brecon Beacons or west to the Pembrokeshire National Park. If you are a lover of the great outdoors and have the time then both areas should be on your list. The Brecon Beacons is a mountain range which is surrounded by the Brecon Beacons National Park, which encompasses more mountains, forests and moorland. The Pembrokeshire National Park is the UK’s only coastal national park, so you can enjoy some spectacular walks along the coast here.
Fishguard on the edge of the Pembrokeshire National Park is a great place to either stay or just park up and refresh yourself with some food by the sea. The Morawel B&B is highly recommended as a friendly, cosy and good value place to sleep.
From here it’s an easy and beautiful drive up the coast towards Snowdonia. The A487 takes you all the way there, but you might want to consider taking the smaller roads up through Clarach after Aberystwyth as this meets up with the coast again around Brynowen, which is a very pretty little town.
For walkers, a trip up to Snowdonia is a must but if you want something a bit more relaxing the surrounding coastal towns are charming and make for a very pleasant stopover.
If you really want to do your trip on a budget it’s not difficult. Booking accommodation ahead means you’ll be able to find some cheap deals. If you’re looking for a proper adventure you could try couch-surfing, as this will mean you get to learn from the locals while saving cash. In terms of your vehicle, renting can be cheap but if you want your own then you can hunt out bargain cars and the best car finance deals online. Petrol will be one of your biggest expenditures, and unfortunately there’s little you can do about this other than research which garages give the best prices.
Gwyliau yn Hapus! (Happy holidays!)
This article was contributed by Car Loan 4U, who provide car credit and loans.