Riverside glamping in Wales

Misty mountains, rugged coastal walks, and a warm Welsh welcome await campers in this Celtic country.

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Digeddi Wildlife Camping

14 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents20 acres · Powys, Mid Wales
Riverside camping and glamping with canoes for hire
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Graig Wen - Wild Snowdonia Escapes

32 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents45 acres · Gwynedd, North Wales
Succumb to the tranquil hills of Graig Wen. Smart, sustainable and quite simply, lush.
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Smugglers Cove Boatyard

7 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · Gwynedd, North Wales
Camping and rustic glamping in a working boatyard with an exceptional waterside location on the Dyfi estuary
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Teifi Meadows

11 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents3 acres · L Ampeter
We are a small, peaceful. secluded campsite bordered by woodland and a stream, set amidst the wildlife country of the Ceredigion countryside on the edge of the Cambrian mountains. With only 20 camping pitches and 'The Bothy' shepherd's hut, Teifi Meadows is a place to relax, unwind and appreciate the calming beauty of nature. This is a dark sky zone with stunning celestial views on clear nights, and near-zero light pollution as well as pristine air and water quality. Our guests tend to appreciate the quiet stillness here and we don't have a lot of disturbances...so all you will hear is the wind, the birds, the rushing streams and perhaps the odd cow! :) Everyone, even the cynical, should have a little romance in their lives. Especially if it includes a scenic setting with easy access to local pubs (a holiday extra that thaws the icy hearts of the cynical even more than blazing sunsets). Teifi Meadows should warm the battery of your camera as well as the cockles of your heart: this is wildlife country – look out for red kites overhead – in the midst of the greenery of the Ceredigion countryside, and close to the walks, dolphin spotting and beaches of the stunning west coast and Cardigan Bay. National Trust sites, River Teifi fishing and canoeing, mountain pony trekking, Roman gold mines and blooming great gardens are in the area too. Lampeter, about three miles away, has plenty of food shops, independent stores and a farmers’ market, and the pub at Cellan, also three miles away, serves food and Sunday lunches - another romantic highlight…
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The Little Retreat

10 units · Glamping12 acres · Pembrokeshire, South Wales
Luxury Pembrokeshire glamping with wood-fired hot tubs, near the Daugleddau estuary
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Nant Bach Retreat

3 units · Glamping5 acres · Wales
Nantbach Retreat offers you the opportunity to step off the conveyor belt of life, reconnect with those most important to you and more importantly yourself. Nestled in our forest with far reaching views over rolling Welsh hills let your attention be focused on the beauty of nature that surrounds you. Choose to stay in either our 2 person bunkhouse with private camp kitchen and shower room, 4 person Landpod with retractable sides or our 5 person Karsten tent, both nestled amongst our forest. Truly unwind with a soak in the 2 person wood fired hot tub looking out to Madryn Garn to the left and Boduan Garn to the right, bookable with the hosts at no extra charge.
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Wild Meadow Camping

5 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · Ceredigion, Mid Wales
Camping and glamping with electric hook-up in a country meadow near the beaches of Cardigan Bay
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Belan Bluebell Woods

4 units · Glamping, Motorhomes60 acres · Llanidloes, Wales
We are a small family farm site hidden in the Cambrian Mountains of Mid Wales, near the lovely town of Llanidloes. Our easy to find, just off A470 location makes a stay with us convenient yet once you wind up to our drive you are on top of the world with spectacular views both day and night - we are a recognised Dark Skies Wales area for outstanding stargazing due to our lofty 1300ft height and un-light polluted sky. With over 60 acres to explore space and quite is guaranteed. Choose from secluded Idris the Shepherds hut with repurposed horsebox shower and woodfired outdoor bath, family glamping geo-domes Willow & Oak and Daisy bell tent each with covered camp kitchens or wild meadow camping plus a campervan spot. Our mission is to rewild the farm, manage the ancient woodland, support the abundant wildlife & finally protect its 5 acre peat-bog (peat bogs are as environmentally important as rain forests – peat holds more carbon than the combined forests of Britain, France and Germany!)
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Twin Bleats Farm

5 units · Glamping, Tents4 acres · Lampeter, Wales
Twin Bleats Farm is set in the Welsh countryside of Llanllwni along the Nant Ceiliog steam. Say hello to our pygmy goats, chickens and farm cat! We are a small site with just three bell tents and one tent pitch and great facilities including fully stocked campers kitchen and proper toilets and showers. WiFi is available! Campfires are welcome in the firepits provided and we sell firewood as well as our chicken eggs. The Belle restaurant and bar is just a 5 min walk, more pubs a short drive away in Llanybydder. Walks from the doorstep plus 10 min drive to Brechfa Forest, 35 mins to sandy beaches, 1 hour to the Brecon Beacons National Park.
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Gardd Afon/River Garden

2 units · Glamping20 acres · Machynlleth, Wales
Our land is a 20acre small holding with the river Twymyn running through it. On the land we have a productive market garden, young orchard, pastures, wetland and native woodland. We raise chickens, turkeys, cattle, pigs and goats. There’s a lovely swimming spot in the river and walks around available.
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Coastal Glamping @Hillcroft Escapes

5 units · Glamping1 acre · Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, South Wales
A romantic shepherd's hut getaway for two on the Pembrokeshire coast within walking distance of Newgale Beach
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Ty Du Farm

10 units · Glamping, Tents31 acres · Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, South Wales
Our farm is set in the lovely countryside. A stream meanders down to a pond known as Furnace Pond. Here you can walk, cycle or fish. We are nestled within overgrown trees and surrounded by fields with an abundance of sheep and horses. A quiet corner of Felinfoel. You can lie back and enjoy the Pecking of the woodpecker or just watch the soaring red kites over head.
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Riverside glamping in Wales guide

Overview

From wave-ravaged sea cliffs to idyllic country villages, Wales (Cymru in Welsh) packs a lot into its small size. Adventures are easily found, whether you want to explore cliff-top medieval castles, hike through wild mountain valleys, or go coasteering along rocky headlands, and it’s easy to discover the best Welsh campsites, from the coast of Swansea and Pembrokeshire National Park to the mountains of the Snowdonia and the Isle of Anglesey. Welsh weather changes as quickly as the landscapes, but mild temperatures mean it’s still a year-round destination for outdoor explorers, and campers have plenty of options all across Wales, from Llandudno, Powys, and Colwyn Bay in the north to the Gower, Swansea Bay and Glamorgan Heritage Coast in the south.

Pitch up a tent by the beach in summer, enjoy a glamping getaway in a luxury yurt or tipi on an organic farm, or cosy up at a family-run caravan park to experience the famous Welsh hospitality. Most operate with a crowd-pleasing pitch-where-you-like policy, but even at those campsites with set pitches, there’s sure to be a spacious spot suited to your tent and group size. Facilities vary from the rustic (think eco-loos and solar showers) to the refined (proper flush toilets and heated showers), and campfires are welcomed at most places. Just cross the Severn and bid a hearty "shwmae" to the land of song. We’re confident you’ll come back a happy camper from any of the campsites we recommend.

Where to go

North Wales

The craggy peaks and glassy lakes of the Snowdonia National Park tempt hikers to Wales’ northern hills, where camping options range from touring caravan parks in Gwynedd and Bala, to glamping pods hidden away in the forest. Not for nothing has this part of Wales acquired a reputation as the country’s outdoor adventure capital, centred around Betws-y-Coed, the “gateway to Snowdonia.” The perfect springboard for exploring North Wales, the town is a short drive from the Conwy coast too. Rock climbing, gorge walking, abseiling, and coasteering can all be enjoyed, and of course, there’s the not-so-small matter of Wales’ highest mountain—scale the 3,560-foot peak on foot via the Llanberis Path or take the leisurely Snowdon Mountain Railway.

To the west, golden beaches and sea-view camping sites dot the shores of the Llyn Peninsula, while water sports and kite-surfing are the activities of choice along the wind-whipped coast of Anglesey. Set between sea and mountains, the peninsula is a mecca for campers with the seaside resort of Criccieth; the sailing town of Abersoch; Caernarfon’s waterfront; and, just a short boat trip away, hallowed Bardsey Island, home to grey seals and seabirds. Plus, hikers have options in North Wales beyond Snowdon—the Offa’s Dyke Path in Denbighshire and the North Wales Coastal Path are both must-dos.

West Wales

Life is all about the seaside in West Wales, with miles of sandy beaches and rugged coastline to explore—even on foot thanks to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path (which linked up with the 870-mile Wales Coast Path in 2012). The rocky shores and Blue Flag beaches of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park are a natural playground for coastal campers, while Oakwood Theme Park and Folly Farm Adventure Park are among Wales’ most popular family attractions. Cruise through Haverfordwest to pitch your tent by the beachfront in Tenby or St Davids, enjoy short walks and hikes along the sea cliffs, or dare to try coasteering in the place that coined the phrase.

Mid Wales

The verdant landscapes of Mid Wales stretch from the English border to the Cambrian coast, where summer visitors can vacation in Cardigan Bay; go caravanning through the bohemian student seaside town of Aberystwyth by campervan; or visit the harbour towns of Aberaeron and New Quay. Inland, the star attraction is the Brecon Beacons National Park and its imposing peaks (Pen-y-Fan, Corn Du, Cribyn, and Fan-y-Big). There are ample options for campers—choose from lively holiday parks, lakeside cabins, or tranquil country camping sites. You can even spend a night in a traditional gypsy caravan. Explore the park’s hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails; take a scenic canal boat cruise along the Wye River; then stroll around the market town of Hay-on-Wye.

South Wales

Windswept beaches and dramatic sea cliffs run along the Gower Peninsula, which is the starting point of the Wales Coast Path and a hotspot for surfers. Swansea is South Wales’ quintessential beach resort and a favourite for family camping holidays, while Carmarthenshire offers inland pleasures and the Welsh capital, Cardiff, has urban camping for those missing city life. To the east, the Wye Valley is the spot for relaxing getaways, where glampers can sleepover in bell tents and tipis, or you can park up your campervan or motorhome at riverside camping sites.

Top Beaches in Wales

It’s no exaggeration to say that Wales’ beaches are among the best in the world. With nearly 900 miles of coastline, there’s no shortage of Blue Flag beaches to explore—over 40. So whether you seek surfing and watersports or a quiet cove ripe for rock pooling, there’s sure to be a stretch of sand to satisfy your needs. Best of all, many Wales campsites boast a beach within reach.

  1. Starting at the very tip, the soft sand of Anglesey’s crescent-shaped Newborough Beach is well worth the crossing over Britannia Bridge, not least for the secluded gem of Llanddwyn, the island’s tidal peninsula.
  2. For the classic seaside experience, few places can rival Llandudno’s North Shore. Presided over by a beautifully preserved Victorian promenade, beachgoers can enjoy entertainment of old like donkey rides, Punch & Judy, or the amusement arcade on the pier. Hitch a ride on the cable car to the top of Great Orme for the best coastal views.
  3. If watersports are on your agenda, look no further than Abersoch. On the southern tip of the Llŷn Peninsula, this well-heeled resort is an internationally famous centre for sailing and summer regattas. Besides the yachts, powerboats and windsurfers are a regular fixture, coexisting peacefully with bathers thanks to a motorboat exclusion zone. An array of colourful beach huts are available for rent with views across the bay to the St Tudwal’s islands and the Snowdonia mountains beyond.
  4. Cardigan Bay is blessed with an inordinate number of amazing beaches, from mountain-backed Barmouth in the north to the perfect cove of Mwnt further down the coast. In between are plenty of hidden gems along the Ceredigion stretch of coast—seek out the back-of-beyond beach at Llangranog (overlooked by a clifftop dry slope ski centre) or one of our personal favourites, Tresaith, whose beachfront pub, The Ship Inn, makes it a contender for one of the best beaches in Wales.
  5. Wales’ answer to Australia’s Gold Coast, Pembrokeshire is the country’s surfing capital. While the water might be slightly cooler than the balmy waters of the Pacific, the waves are just as intense with scores of surfers flocking to Abereiddy, Manorbier, Maroles, Newgale and Whitesands.

5 Best Pubs in Wales

Everyone knows the best campsites are the ones with a pub just down the road. Finding your perfect plot and pitching up the tent can be thirsty work, so next on the to-do list should be setting off to sample the local libations. Thankfully, Wales boasts some fantastic countryside pubs and beach bars. From atmospheric old coaching inns to swanky gastro-pubs, there’s a pint with your name on it at these wonderful watering holes.

  1. The Ty Coch Inn at Porthdinllaen on the Llŷn Peninsula is a regular on lists covering the world’s best beach bars. The waterside location is peerless, with a front so close to sea you’re almost drinking with the fishes.
  2. The Tafarn Sinc sits proudly atop the Preseli Hills and claims to be Pembrokeshire’s highest licensed pub. It’s an old-school gem, with a quirky beer garden and fascinating ephemera adorning its wood-panelled walls.
  3. There are not many Ceredigion pubs where Dylan Thomas hasn’t propped up the bar at one stage, but the great poet’s one-time watering holes in New Quay (principally the Black Lion Inn) hold a special place in the Dylan myth. Enjoy Cardigan Bay views from the beer garden as you watch fishers land their lobster pots at the harbour.
  4. For foodies, the Inn at Penallt just outside Monmouth is an essential stop on the Welsh gastronomy trail. This gorgeous 17th-century inn is famed for its local menu and decent selection of ales. The beer garden enjoys idyllic views over the Wye Valley.
  5. Perched on the banks of the Teifi estuary, The Ferry Inn St Dogmaels is a candidate for Wales’ best riverside pub. A welcoming interior, a solid menu of pub grub favourites, and a sought-after sun terrace overlooking the water all combine for an incredible experience.

Top 10 Things to Do in Wales

  1. Spot dolphins, porpoises, and seals in Cardigan Bay.
  2. Scale the summit of Snowdon via the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
  3. Dive bomb across the sky at up to 100mph at Zip World.
  4. Learn about Wales' proud mining heritage at the Big Pit.
  5. Take to the waves with a surf lesson at Whitesands Beach.
  6. Sample laverbread, Gower salt marsh lamb, and Caerphilly cheese at the Abergavenny Food Festival.
  7. Cheer on the Welsh rugby team at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
  8. Practise your Welsh and experience the culture at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
  9. Visit the elegant horticultural wonders of Bodnant Garden in Conwy.
  10. And, of course…go camping!

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