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Glamping in Wales

It may be one of the UK's smaller nations but there's plenty packed into Wales and it's fair to say its tough to beat as a glamping destination. From the Gower and the south coast, to the isle of Anglesey and the rugged, heigh mountains of Snowdonia National Park, there's a little bit of everything here, with gaping western bays, cute harbour towns and pearly Pembrokeshire beaches along with remote countryside glamping sites in Wales' famous valleys, pronounced, of course, with extra emphasis on the 'e'. Picture-perfect villages, thick forests, high hills, town names you can't pronounce and sandy beaches so long you could walk along them for hours – what's not to love about holidaying in Wales. And, here at Cool Camping, we're always keen to bring you the very best of the nation. Bell tents, yurts and safari tents are all on offer, along with more unusual finds, such as converted aeroplanes, grand tree-houses and quirky hexagonal pods. Wales has it all, and there's no place better to search it, find it and book it than here. Browse our Welsh collection now and book online today.

Stepping Back: Wales' intriguing history

The history of Wales is carved not by humans but by Mother Nature. You can almost imagine where Ireland detached itself from the Welsh coast many millions of years ago, leaving behind a jagged coastal landscape of cliff and rocks where land was torn away. Inland, great glacial landscapes create the rise and fall of the mountains and hills that are so recognisable today and, in turn, left the spoils that humans would later come to use as the foundation of their existence – the verdant hills for farming, the slate, stone and coal for mining and the forest for timber and fuel.

As with any country, though, the geological history may leave its physical marks, but it is the people that leave the stories and tales, written in the annuls of time. Druids, castles and conflicts have also shaped this land as mankind has made the place its home. With it comes industry and innovation, communities and culture, all of which makes Wales the place it is today.

In the valleys of the Brecon Beacons you’ll find the early Roman defensive hill forts, while later years saw sturdy stone keeps take their place in harbour towns around the coast and hillside bastions – in Conwy, Powis, Pembroke, Chirk and many more. Visit Beaumaris Castle, to experience Edward I’s precise concentric design of the 13th century, for a symbol of the battles between the English and Welsh, while Cilgerran, in the Teifi Valley, is the place to go to be reminded of the very last Welshman to hold the title of the Prince of Wales, Owain Glyndŵr. His disappearance in 1412 – he was never captured by the English – remains one of the great historical mysteries to this day.

Glamping Accommodation in Wales

When it comes to glamping accommodation there is no one familiar theme across the nation. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Wales is famed for its great variation, with everything from tiny canvas bell tents to large scale, jaw-dropping treehouses. Really, though, much of the glamping accommodation in the country can be categorised into one of two types. There's summer glamping accommodation that's best suited to the warmer, dryer months – safari tents, bell tents and other canvas structures like yurts and tipis fall into this category. These are usually packed away come the end of October and the glamping sites close during winter. Then there are the cosy year-round sites that you can stay at whatever the weather. These range from traditional shepherd's huts that hark back to Wales' centuries old sheep farming heritage, as well as hard-topped gypsy caravans and insulated wooden pods. Most, but not all, will have the likes of a wood-burning stove to keep you warm, while the most luxurious might feature underfloor heating and en-suite bathrooms so you needn't walk to the loo. When the sun's out, meanwhile, light the campfire and get outdoors – the stars in rural Wales are simply magical!

Our Top Five Things to Do in Wales

– Stargazing around the campfire in the Brecon Beacons International Dark Sky Reserve.
– Walking the beaches, bays and clifftop bluffs of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
– Hiking the mighty peaks of Snowdonia National Park.
– Castle touring in Wales' ancient towns and cities.
– Canoeing through the border lands on the River Wye.

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