When you think of your honeymoon, I’m guessing your mind didn’t immediately jump to Wales, and that’s okay! But now take a few minutes, and actually consider visiting Wales in a campervan for your honeymoon. We’ll tell you why to take a campervan, and the most romantic honeymoon destinations within Wales. And why Wales? This stunning country is severely underrated, as many forget the dramatic mountains, breathtaking coastlines and picturesque villages it holds. You get to stay closer to home, avoid time wasted on travel and keep your holiday on a budget. Whether you’re from Wales, live in Wales, or simply feel like trying something new, this is the honeymoon destination for you!
Why spend your honeymoon in a campervan?
Consider a campervan trip to be camping in comfort, like glamping! You get all the perks of camping - freedom, fresh air and fun- without sleeping uncomfortably or struggling over a camping stove. You also get more privacy, which is ideal for a honeymoon… It allows you to explore more than one place, and not be tied down to specific destinations or routes. You’ll be so busy in the time leading up by planning your wedding, so let your honeymoon be planned day by day and take some stress off your shoulders. Whilst hiring a campervan may not be the cheapest travel option, it is far more preferable to hotel and flight costs. Furthermore by combining accommodation and travel, with your own cooking facilities, you’ll certainly save money in the long run. But a campervan trip isn’t just about your budget, it is about adventure, freedom, trying something new together!
1. Lake Vyrnwy
Considered to be one of Wales’ hidden gems, the Lake Vyrnwy area is a little bit of heaven on Earth. It sits on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park and just south of Lake Bala, surrounded by the stunning Berwyn Mountains. This 24,000 acre RSPB Reserve will easily keep you entertained, and will give you fresh air, peace of mind and some exercise!
Things to do at Lake Vyrnwy:
Take a day trip to Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool or Chester. This will allow you to enjoy some time in one of these major cities, shopping and eating out, whilst returning here for a nice calm evening at the end of it!
Treat yourself to a spa day. Elemis is considered to be one of North Wales’ most luxurious spa experiences, and will give you a day of true pampering. Enjoy couple massages and sitting in the delightful jacuzzi - all with an unbeatable view across Lake Vyrnwy.
Activities on the lake itself include canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and boat tours. You can also take an hour each night to enjoy stargazing, as the area around Lake Vyrnwy and the Berwyn Mountains has some of the brightest stars and other sights. The lack of light pollution ensures you see it all, a sight you’ll never forget.
Campsites at Lake Vyrnwy:
Gwaenynog Farmhouse - This campsite is bordered perfectly by woodland and hedgerows to offer seclusion and tranquility, surrounded by country lanes that are ideal for walking or cycling. They’re open from Easter to the end of September - weather dependent. And you have the option to get a nice cooked breakfast or simple bacon buttie - yum!
This charming island is filled with numerous delights and gems, and will tempt you into staying forever! It has stunning scenery, and your eyes will almost not believe what they’re seeing when you visit Parys Mountain, with vivid colourings of purple, orange and green spanning this heritage site. You’ll find plenty to see, do and eat in Anglesey!
Things to do in Anglesey:
Devour the best street food in Wales at Simply Street Bar & Grill. They serve everything from Mexican to American, Korean to Italian, and more!
Visit the largest aquarium in Wales, home to some of the best British marine wildlife from across the coasts of the UK. The Anglesey Sea Zoo will have you feeling like children again, spotting cute fish, cool creatures and more! Spot of crazy golf to follow?
Visit an adorable town with an impressive name, Anglesey is home to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the village with the longest place name in Europe. It is often shortened to Llanfairpwll, and the name translates to ‘St. Mary’s Church in the hollow of white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the red cave’. Be sure to get a couples photo with their lengthy town sign!
Campsites in Anglesey:
Tyddyn Isaf Camping and Caravan Park - A family run park overlooking Lligwy Bay, this campsite will have everything you need. Make use of their on site shop, small restaurant and bar - perfect to cheers to your new beginning!
Price dependent on season and electric hook up, £22-37.50 per pitch/night
Pen-Y-Bont Farm - If you’re looking for a rural retreat, this stunning campsite on the South West coast of the island is ideal for you. It doubles as a working farm, and has stunning views of the Snowdonia mountain range.
£8 per pitch/night, £3 for electric hook up
3. Hay on Wye
Also known as Hay, this small market town is located in the historic county of Brecknockshire. It is situated on the border of England and Wales, which makes it ideal for those with less time to go deep into Wales or wishing to explore a bit of both countries. Hay is so small that you could walk around the circumference of the town in about 20 minutes, so you certainly won’t need public transport to get around! This makes it the perfect escape, taking you back to a simpler time and letting you focus on your love.
Things to do in Hay:
Why not head to Black Mountain for a good old fashioned hike? There are numerous trails across it, and you’ll get to spend a day sweating it out together. There are also various other Black Mountain Activities, including rafting and climbing.
You can take your love to new heights with an extreme sport like no other; paragliding! This can be done on Hay Bluff and will certainly be a bonding experience. A good way to start married life is by getting your comical fear faces out in the open.
Stroll around Hay Castle, a medieval fortification and 17th century mansion house overlooking the town. It was originally constructed for the Norman invasion of Wales and the majority of it remains and is open to tourists.
Campsites in Hay on Wye:
Black Mountain View Caravan Park - Open from 8th March to mid October, this family run site is located on an organic smallholding in the Wye valley. It is easily reached by a main road, but it’s seclusion ensure it is tranquil and surrounded by stunning nature. The best place to getaway from everything.
£16 for two people/night
Oxford Road Car Park - In case you’re looking for a cheap overnight option on your way to other destinations, you’ll be able to park overnight here for free. It is located right in the city centre, so walking distance from restaurants and bars - perfect if you’ve had a pint too many!
4. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Head deep into Wales to enjoy the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of Ireland across the waters! Established as a National Park in 1952, it is unique in being the only one in the UK awarded this status for its spectacular coastline. This is one of the top honeymoon destinations for beach bums, as you’ll be able to enjoy their sandy beaches, secluded rocky coves, rugged cliffs and hundreds of miles of footpaths. Enjoy the salt in your hair as you splash away, ensuring love is in the waters, if not the air.
Things to do in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park:
Discover the geology hotspots of the park, as Pembrokeshire is well known for these unique formations. You could spend a day hiking and looking out for fossils, erosion and more. There are also specifically designated sites, where you’ll find samples of geological gems.
Ensure that those boots are made for walking! The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail twists and turns through 186 miles of stunning coastal scenery, perhaps the most breathtaking in all of Britain. While you may not be able to complete that entirely, you certainly can spend a good day tackling this challenge - its 35,000 feet of ascent and descent is said to be equivalent to climbing Everest!
Hit some gnarly waves! The coast is renowned for surfing, and you’ll be closer than ever tackling those waves. There are plenty of surf schools for beginners or those looking to touch up their skills, as well as board rental companies.
Campsites in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park:
Shortlands Farm - Enjoy uninterrupted sea views over the stunning St Brides Bay from your grassy pitch, with spacious pitches giving you the privacy a honeymoon craves! Costs include electric hook up and immaculate bathroom facilities. (Caravan Club members only)
£15 per pitch/night
Caerfai Bay Caravan and Tent Park - If you’re not a Caravan Club member, you can enjoy the National Park from this family run site, which is walking distance from the Cathedral city of St Davids and from Caerfai Beach.
Prices range dependent on season and pitch type, £15-24 per pitch/night
If you’re looking to truly immerse yourself in a new culture, then you’ll adore the royal town and port of Caermarfon. Located in Gwynedd, this town is recognised for its high percentage of native Welsh speakers. Fulfil your marine dreams a little closer to home than Nice, and enjoy this seaside getaway. It is also ideally combined with a trip to neighbouring Snowdonia National Park, and will allow you to experience both rural and urban romantic honeymoon destinations.
Things to do in Caernarfon:
Learn a bit of Welsh history with a trip to Caernarfon Castle, a dramatic 13th century structure with stunning waterfront views. You can continue the trend by heading to the Segontium Roman Fort to see the preserved ruins of this once mighty fort.
Head into Snowdonia National Park and switch off your electronics for 24 hours for a romantic escape. You can enjoy hiking the Snowdon mountain, the highest mountain in Wales, and taking a trip across with their railway line.
Soak away at the Blue Flag Beach at Victoria Harbour, where you can swim, sunbathe and treat yourself to an ice cream!
Campsites in Caernarfon:
Bryn Gloch Caravan and Camping Park - Located within the National Park, this campsite is set at the foot of Mount Snowdon on the banks of the river Gwyrfai, providing breathtaking natural views. The foliage within provides excellent privacy, and the staff couldn’t be friendlier.
Price dependent per season, £20-36 pitch/night
Which of out top 5 honeymoon destinations in Wales will you be heading to with your new partner? Whichever it is, you’re bound to start this new phase of your life right in your cosy campervan. You can find plenty of campervan hire options in Wales through Goboony, so start planning your trip to these romantic honeymoon destinations today! Not quite convinced? Maybe check out honeymoon destinations in Scotland instead...