If you’re itching to go on a short weekend break, why not go to Wales? Wales re-opens to travellers from across the UK on April 12 and is a wonderful place that’s rich in culture and history. With lots of beautiful scenery crammed into a small country, you are guaranteed to have fun in your Welsh getaway whether you’re here for a few days or only an overnight stay – and we’ve included a few across the border too. To help you plan your break, check out these top weekend getaways in and around Wales.


  1. Weekend Snowdonia Hiking Trip

Snowdonia is a great destination for trekking, whether you prefer a leisurely hike or a more challenging climb. For seasoned trekkers who wanted to climb Mount Snowdon, there are plenty of mountain trails that are waiting for you to conquer. But for those who prefer a gentler pace, walk through the footpaths leading to the stunning lakes and valleys, and take in the stunning views along the way! To make your weekend adventure even more enjoyable, rent a cottage for the weekend. There are plenty of cosy cottages all over Snowdonia you can find at Independent Cottages that cater to all kinds of travellers, from couples to families and groups of friends.


  1. Weekend London Castle Trip

A lot of times, when people think about castles, they would think about those far-flung palaces surrounded by thousands of acres of land in some remote places on Earth. But you do not need to travel far to explore gorgeous castles, as there are plenty of them in bustling cities like London. If you want to spend your weekend visiting as many castles as you can, then head to London as there are plenty nearby. Check out the Travel Aisles list of castles near London for the complete set. The UK’s capital city is brimming with history and home to many beautiful castles dating back to the early centuries. Sone of the best castles to visit in London are Windsor Castle, Highclere Castle, Blenheim Palace, Hever Castle, and Dover Castle.


  1. Weekend Chirk Canal Boat Trip

If you want to get out on the water with friends or family on your weekend getaway in Wales, head to the Chirk Aqueduct and experience a fun weekend canal boat trip. The Chirk Aqueduct is part of the Llangollen Canal World Heritage site, which stretches to the Horseshoe Falls in Llangollen. At 1.43 km long, this canal leads through Chirk Bank to Gledrid Bridge, which is also an ancient monument in its own right. Canal boating in Chirk is a fun activity for your weekend family outings. It’s a fun way to learn more about Welsh history and witness awe-inspiring architecture and stunning scenes along the way.


  1. Weekend City Break in Chester

Chester is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque cities in England, so spending your weekend here is a great idea. Start your day with a leisurely stroll around the ancient city. Check out the Roman Walls and visit the ruins of Saint John’s Church before making your way to Grosvenor Park. After a whole day of exploring, enjoy a delicious meal and drink at the city’s top restaurants and pubs. If one day is not enough, book an overnight stay at one of the stunning vacation rental properties in the city.


  1. Weekend Anglesey Surfing Trip

The isle of Anglesey is one of the most popular surfing spots in North Wales. If you want to spend your weekend practising your surfing skills, then head to Anglesey. Surfing here is truly incredible, especially if you’re visiting in the winter. Some of the most popular areas to surf in Anglesey are Aberffraw and Cable Bay. Aberffraw is an exposed beach while Cable Bay is a small bay that can hold fairly large swells. But for beginners, Broad Beach and Rhosneigr are the most ideal surfing places.