Top picnic spots in Wales

A recent National Trust survey said that families are losing their sense of adventure when it comes to eating outdoors. Here we suggest ten of the top National Trust spots in Wales to experience that great picnic tradition. Whet your appetite for food with a view...

    The Kymin, Monmouth

    Visitors at the Georgian banqueting house, the Kymin, Monmouthshire.

    For a really romantic picnic head for the Kymin. This hilltop Georgian banqueting house in Monmouth is where Lord Nelson once breakfasted with Emma Hamilton.

    Llyn Dinas, Snowdonia

    Llyn Dinas lake and Llyndy Isaf in the distance

    Llyn Dinas, surely Wales’ most tranquil lake, is the perfect place for a peaceful picnic. Experience the landscape at the centre of the our £1m Llyndy Isaf appeal while you eat.

    Barafundle, Pembrokeshire

    View from Stackpole Head looking towards Barafundle Bay beach.

    Enjoy a real bucket and spade, sand-in-your-sandwiches experience at Barafundle in Stackpole, Pembrokeshire - one of the world’s finest stretches of beach.

    Cregennan lakes, Snowdonia

    The lake at Llyn Cregennan, Snowdonia, with Cadair Idris rising up in the background and reflected in the still water

    Juggle packed lunch, camera and binoculars at Cregennan Lakes, Cadair Idris while spotting peregrine falcons soaring high against a stunning ocean backdrop.

    Porthor, Llyn peninsula

    The beach at Whistling Sands, Porth Oer. Sunset reflected in the rock-pools.

    Porthor’s distinctive tuneful Whistling Sands on the Llyn Peninsula will entertain you while you picnic. A favourite with surfers too, so pack your boogie board...

    Plas Newydd, Anglesey

    Early morning view of the East front of Plas Newydd

    For stately surroundings it'd be hard to beat Plas Newydd. The backdrop of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia’s mountains are unrivalled too.

    Cemlyn, Anglesey

    Sunset at Cemlyn Bay with the lagoon and sea on Anglesey

    Enjoy your butties while watching - appropriately - the 1,300 sandwich terns that return to Cemlyn’s lovely lagoon on Anglesey each May and June.

    Dinefwr Park and Castle, Carmarthenshire

    Newton House is a 17th century house with a Victorian facade

    Settle down for sandwiches at Dinefwr Parkland and look out for the resident fallow deer who've been here for 1,000 years. Gaze and graze together.

    Beddgelert, Snowdonia


    Wheelchair and buggy-friendly, the riverside path at the pretty village of Beddgelert is a picnic place that all the family can enjoy together.

    Ty Mawr Wybrnant, Snowdonia

    The sixteenth century farmhouse Ty Mawr Wybrnant with the bridge in the foreground, Conwy, Wales. Ty Mawr was the birthplace (c.1541) of Bishop William Morgan, the first translator of the Bible into Welsh

    For historical settings, Ty Mawr Wybrnant in Penmachno, the remote home of the man who first translated the Bible into Welsh, is in a league of its own.