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Incredible Fairytale Locations in Wales

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Wales is an incredible place with beautiful beaches, ancient castles, gorgeous scenery and so much more.

There are many fairytale locations in Wales if you know where to look. From dreamy castles, intricate gardens, lagoons and tiny chapels.

Spend some time visiting Wales and you’ll find there are lots of storybook locations in Wales to discover.

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These locations in Wales will make you feel as though you just stepped out of a book, and not just any book but a wonderful fairytale book.

Check out our guide to the best fairytale locations in wales and start planning your dream trip today

Castell Coch, Cardiff

Castell Coch, or the ‘Red Castle’, is a 19th-century Gothic Revival fairytale castle in Cardiff, that is set amongst the trees of Fforest Fawr.

It honestly looks like something out of a Disney movie and is one of the must-visit castles in Wales.

The castle was built in the 1870s by Architect and designer William Burges, at the request of the third Marquess of Bute.

The uber-wealthy aristocrat had a vision of creating a medieval fantasy castle and Burges was happy to oblige.

Today the castle is open to visitors to take a step back in time and marvel at the richly decorated rooms.

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South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey


If you enjoy lighthouses and the coastal views of turbulent waves crashing on the rocks below, then South Stack Lighthouse is another fairytale destination in Wales that you shouldn’t miss.

 This small island off the north-west coast of Holy Island, Anglesey, Wales is so picturesque, it like something out of children’s book.

It was built in 1809 to warn ships of the dangerous rocks below in the rough seas.

This lighthouse is fully operational and has been since it’s construction over 200 years ago.

Portmeirion, Gwynedd

This whimsical and enchanting tourist village in Gwynedd is a little slice of Italy in North Wales.

Portmeirion was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis and was the filming location of British television series ‘The Prisoner’.

With pastel-coloured buildings, charming fountains and manicured gardens, it’s a total Instagrammer’s dream.

Spend a day wandering around this dreamy village and make use of the onsite shops, spa, cafes and restaurants.

If you are after fairytale gardens in wales then Aberglasney Gardens is the place for you.

You can spend several hours wandering around these manicured gardens and get some really creative snaps.

If you are after Instagrammable gardens in wales then Aberglasney Gardens is the place for you.

You can spend several hours wandering around these manicured gardens and get some really creative snaps.

Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire


Looking for the perfect tranquil place to have a picnic, or maybe take a swim? Then the Blue Lagoon at Pembrokeshire is the perfect fairytale destination for you.

The colour of the water is stunning, especially against the backdrop of the slate cliffs surrounding the lagoon.

St Govan’s Chapel


Speaking of fairytale locations in Pembrokeshire, while you are there make sure that you also take a moment to explore St. Govan’s Chapel.

This unusual chapel is located St. Govan’s Head, Pembrokeshire in South West Wales.

It is remarkably built into the side of the limestone cliffs that surround it and it is truly breathtaking.

Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall, Powys


While this may not be the only waterfall to see in Wales, it is the tallest single-drop waterfall in Wales. Waters cascades more than 230 ft in 3 stages.

The area surrounding the fall has many beautiful walking trails for those who like to hike and explore in the woods. The whole area is so pretty that it looks like a fairytale forest.

A public footpath will lead you to the top of the falls so that you can get beautiful shots of Wale’s tallest waterfall.

Plas Cadnant, Anglesey


Have you ever wanted to explore your own fairytale secret garden? Well, here is your chance! Plas Cadnant is a historic garden situated between Menai Bridge and Beaumaris on the Isle of Anglesey.

The gardens have been fully restored to their former glory and are now open to the public, but the garden was a secret hidden gem for more than 70 years.

Fairy Falls, Trefriw


Fairy Falls is a charming waterfall in the village of Trefriw in North Wales. The falls are on the river Crafnant, which has its source at Llyn Crafnant.

If you want to visit these picturesque falls, here is a walking path that takes you from the small village straight to the falls.

It’s a peaceful walk and the perfect place for a quiet picnic. The falls got their name from the faeries that have been spotted there, so if you visit
keep your eyes peeled!

Ty Hwnt i’r Bont Llanrwst


If ever there was a mythical flower-covered cottage straight out of a fairytale, then the 15th-century cottage known as Ty Hwnt i’r Bont, or the House Beyond the Bridge, is it.

Tu Hwnt i’r Bont is a 15th-century grade II listed building in the Community of Trefriw, in the county of Conwy, North Wales.

This fairytale cottage in wales is located on the west bank of the flowing River Conwy 

The whole village of Llanrwst is gorgeous, but this area, in particular, has a special, story-book vibe to it.

Hay-on-Wye, Powys

If you are a book lover then this whole town is meant for you! Hay-on-Wye, also known as the town of books is a book lover’s dream.

From classics and hard to find rare books, to new release books this place has it all. Belle, of Disney fame, would have been right at home here!

Once in the settlement, which can be found on the Welsh-English border, you’ll find oodles of bookshops, shelves on the streets, and even an honesty bookstore, housed within the ruins of the old castle walls.

National Botanic Garden of Wales

If you are a flower lover then the National Botanic Garden of
Wales is not to be missed! The impressive structure is a hugely popular attraction in Wales.

Outdoor lovers and plant enthuists travel from all over the place to admire the botanical research and conservation that takes place here.

Visitors are welcome and the garden is home to the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, as well as a centre for botanical research and conservation.

Traditional Travellers Caravan, Wales

Get back to the simple life at Melin Mabes in Pembrokeshire. This fairytale caravan is located on a private site near the pretty town in Narbeth.

This storybook retreat is the perfect romantic accommodation for couples on a Wales holiday.

You can snuggle up in authentic fairytale Romani vardo for a romantic and secluded evening away for two.

This super pretty caravan sleeps two adults in a double bed amongst luxury bedding. There is also a wood-burning stove inside to keep you warm throughout the night.

Just twinkling fairy lights and a reading lamp. It’s a unique glamping site in Wales and is really worth a visit.

Book on Melin Mabes on Airbnb and have £25 towards your first booking!

There are far more gorgeous ‘straight out of a fairytale locations’ in Wales than we could ever list here.

Hopefully, this list will give you a good idea of where to start your fairytale location hunt. What are your favourite fairytale locations in Wales to visit? Let us know in the comments below.

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