If you live in America, particularly in the North, winter can be a pretty brutal season with sub-zero temperatures being quite common. Meanwhile the UK winter, while still cold, tends to be a lot milder, making the UK an ideal destination in the colder months.
It’s never too early to start planning your winter getaway, so if you’re looking for a great escape this holiday season, look no further than Wales. With a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities, there’s something to interest everyone.
For the Family:
Pili Palace Nature World: With both indoor and outdoor enclosures featuring a variety of animals as well as a café, soft play, outdoor play parks and more, this is an activity to keep the whole family busy for the day.
Zip World Caverns: Complete a high rope adventure courses set in an underground cavern. Set in an old slate mine, this course is completely sheltered, protecting you even when the worst of Welsh weather hits.
Cardiff Devils Ice Hockey Game: For the sports fans, a night watching the British Elite Ice Hockey League battle it out on the ice. Plus, if there’s a New Jersey Devils fan in your life, it could be fun to bring them a jersey from their cousins across the pond!
For the Outdoor Enthusiast:
Mountaineering Skills in Snowdonia: Love hiking but find yourself unprepared for doing it in the winter? Build some learning into your holiday by taking a mountaineering course that shows you how to use crampons, ice axes and more.
Dry Slope Skiing: Skiing, snowboarding or tubing is a great choice – even if there’s no snow! There’s even lessons available if you need some extra help.
Star Gazing: In the winter, the night sky tends to be a bit clearer. If you love astronomy or just want to gaze into the night sky, there are plenty of dark sky destinations throughout Wales to discover.
For an Easy Afternoon:
Christmas Markets: A must for anyone visiting Europe in the winter, finding a Christmas market should be on your Winter Wales to do list. Available in a variety of cities, find one near your other destinations or seek out a market based on its additional activities – like sword fighting at the market in Conwy
Penderyn Distillery: Scotland isn’t the only part of the UK that has whisky! If you’d like to tour and some tasting, this tour makes for a great afternoon.