Reasons to visit Wales and the West Midlands
Mountain-lovers hunt out Snowdonia National Park’s peaks from all over the world, and for good reason. The snow-topped, jagged set of mountains is an awe-inspiring sight, with 14 peaks including the king itself, Mount Snowdon. Walkers will roam its heaths and lakes in bliss, and if you have a love of conquering heights, the West Midlands’ Peak District offers famous climbs and rambles, including Black Mountain and a segment of the Pennine Way that reaches all the way to Scotland.
Landscapes can delight in every form in the West Midlands and Wales, from the exquisite Pembrokeshire coast — don’t miss Rhossili Bay, the remote and vast expanse of sand that featured in the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony — to the limestone caves of Castleton and the caverns and hills of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Fonder of gentler landscapes? Wales is also home to the brilliant blooms and charming formal terraces of the Bodnant Gardens, where children can run free and attempt to find the exotic “champion trees” that dot the grounds.
Cardiff and Birmingham are the major metropolitan centres of Wales and the West Midlands, and they offer something for every kind of holiday. Sports fans will love seeing rugby in Cardiff’s stadiums, while history buffs will go immediately for Cardiff Castle or Birmingham’s fascinating Black Country Living Museum. An astonishing recreation of a Black Country village, this attraction comes complete with a working forge and farm animals; children will have to be dragged away from its blacksmith demonstrations and 19th century funfair.
Stratford-Upon-Avon is a city renowned for its most famous resident, William Shakespeare himself, but a visit here isn’t dry or dusty; the venerable Royal Shakespeare Company’s theatre has sprawling child-friendly exhibitions and dress-up boxes to get them into the Shakespearean spirit. And chocolate-lovers can’t go beyond the Cadbury World attraction in Birmingham, a Willy Wonka experience with chocolate treats galore.
Cultural days out
This is a part of the world dotted with amazing museums that will snag everybody’s interests. The Coventry Transport Museum is heaven for car buffs, with British-made vehicles around every corner. Meanwhile, Edgbaston in Birmingham is home to the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, with 20th century masters crammed to the rafters and a coin collection dating back to Roman times. Here too, kids can join special tours and workshops designed to bring out their inner Picasso.
The highlight of the West Midlands, though, might be Chatsworth House, which combines the stunning house and gardens of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire with farmyards, adventure playgrounds and stunning waterworks that entertain kids for hours.
Wales offers everything from “museum village” Portmeirion, which was built from bits of Italian villas and remains one of the country’s most universally loved tourist attractions, to the Airworld Aviation Museum in Caernarfon, where kids can climb into the cockpits of some of the most famous planes in history. For a more science-oriented day out, try the Centre for Alternative Technology, a kooky and fascinating interactive centre that has its own water-drawn cable car.
Why choose Experience Freedom?
Camping and glamping in Wales and the West Midlands is the best way to create the holiday you want, whether it’s romantic wanderings through the Peak District or kid-friendly fun in a theme park. Whatever your tastes, Experience Freedom is here to help. Select a region to learn more about its particular campsites, or use the Search and Book function to check out the availability of specific sites around Wales and the West Midlands.