Part of the reason so many people opt for a staycation in Wales is because of its central location. Those who opt to stay in our large holiday cottages in Wales, find it a convenient meeting place, particularly if members of the party are travelling from all over the UK. If you’re looking to organise a holiday with a group of friends or family, but are unsure of the logistics on how people will get there, fear not! Here at Quality Cottages, we’ve explored the many means of transport to and from Wales, giving an option for everyone, from all corners of the UK and beyond!
One of the most popular ways to get to and from Wales, and from place to place once you have arrived, is by car. The picturesque nature of the country means that several routes provide some of the most beautiful road trip opportunities in the UK, and will allow you to stop off at secluded towns and villages en route. Travelling from north to south, and vice versa, passes through stunning locations such as the Snowdonia National Park, The Brecon Beacons and The Cambrian Mountains. In terms of specific roads, the A466 along the Wye Valley, the A4069 across the Black Mountain range and the A4086 around Snowdon are just some of the roads that could lead you to your holiday cottages with breath-taking views.
The beauty of a staycation is that when it comes to driving, the rules are the same as what you’re used to, making the journey as stress-free as can be. Sure, the road signs are also in Welsh, and if you’re heading up from the south you might have to pay to go over the renowned Severn Bridge, (though toll charges are being dropped by the end of 2018) but that crossing is one to tick off the bucket list at the very least! Our cottages are sometimes based in tranquil and secluded settings, meaning a car would make it easier for you to negotiate your way around the area. However, there are plenty of other options for either you, or other members of your party to consider.
The main train line in South and West Wales connects Chepstow, Newport, Cardiff, Swansea, Carmarthen and Pembrokeshire, running almost directly parallel to the south coast. The Valleys, the Wye Valley and the Vale of Usk can all be reached via branch lines from Cardiff, Newport and Bridgend. In North Wales, the main line runs right along the north coast, with stops including Prestatyn, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Conwy, Bangor and Holyhead, and there is also a branch line between Wrexham and Shotton. An Explore Wales pass will give you unlimited access to all of the mainlines in Wales, as well as discounted entrance fees in the some of the main tourist attractions.
There are also several slightly more scenic railways in Mid and North Wales in particular, that will allow you to marvel at some of the most beautiful sights in the country throughout your journey. This includes the Heart of Wales line from Shrewsbury to Llanelli, The Cambrian line from Shrewsbury to Machynlleth and the Conwy Valley line from Llandudno, through Snowdonia, to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Both Megabus and National Express offer long-distance coach services to many of the main towns and cities in Wales, offering an economic means of getting to and from Wales from wherever you are. You can check their websites to discover your options and locate the nearest town or village to your holiday cottage. The benefits of travelling by coach means you can sit back and gaze in awe at the spectacular landscapes Wales has to offer while someone else does all the hard work! Many of these coaches will include modern technologies such as Wifi, allowing you to document your journey and ensure arrangements are in place for when you reach your destination.
Wales boasts a network of regular buses that serve most towns, cities and even rural villages. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the bus times, stops and services near your holiday cottage, so you can leave the car at home every now and again, and enjoy a fine Welsh tipple instead!
For those travelling from further afield, Cardiff Airport has more than 900 connecting destinations worldwide, and is likely to be the closest to where you wish to go. From here, you’ll be able to reach other locations by rail or coach, unless you have a kind friend or family member that’s willing to meet you at arrivals.
These are just some of the main ways you can reach Wales, and you can find out more about specific routes via the relevant websites. If you have any questions regarding travel in Wales, don’t hesitate to get in contact with a member of the Quality Cottages team today, and they’ll be able to assist you with your query!
In the meantime, check out any of these fantastic cottages below that are great for larger parties, and could be the ideal retreat for you and your family this Christ