Perfect picnic spots in Wales

Pick your view…coast, countryside or the grounds of a castle, house and garden? Whether you're taking a grown up getaway or holiday with the family, there’s a perfect picnic spot for you in our many special places around Wales.

Aberdulais's towering chimney stack

Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall, Neath 

There are a wealth of things to discover while exploring this picturesque gorge with its waterfall and industrial works, dating from the days of Elizabethan copper smelting to the present day hydro-electric scheme. The surrounding countryside is perfect for walking, picnicking or just lying on a blanket in the sun.

Looking down to Barafundle Bay from coast path

Barafundle, Pembrokeshire 

Only reached by a cliff path from Stackpole Quay, Barafundle is well worth the walk. The clear waters are perfect for a dip or paddle to work up an appetite for a picnic and the crescent-shaped sandy beach has plenty of space for games. Complete your visit with a walk around the lily ponds at nearby Bosherston Lakes.

Children playing on logs in woodland at Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden, Conwy 

With 80 acres of garden to explore a refreshment stop is a must, and there are plenty of places to unpack your picnic basket. Lay out a blanket in the sunshine of the Old Park meadow, seat yourselves on rustic log table and chairs in the wooded Yew Dell or head for the picnic area beside the lake in the Far End.

Children enjoying a bushcraft lesson

Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire 

Explore the formal garden and wooded grounds, transformed from an industrial past into a haven of nature. Enjoy your own leisurely picnic or you can even go a bit wild and join in with camp fire cooking at an outdoor survival workshop.

Vew of the Dolaucothi countryside

Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Carmarthenshire 

You’ll earn your refreshment on the estate trail, but it’s worth the effort. This 3-4 hour walk takes you to the highest spot on the Dolaucothi estate rewarding you with spectacular views, and maybe a sighting of a red squirrel or pine marten on your journey. If you're visiting the mines you'll find many other picnic spots nearby.

A family sitting within the gardens

Dyffryn Gardens, Cardiff 

These 55 acre gardens feature intimate garden rooms including a rose garden, Pompeian garden, several ponds and an arboretum. Choose your spot on the great lawn to take in the display of colourful seasonal bedding and the gentle sound of croquet – the perfect accompaniment to a good old-fashioned picnic.

Apples growing on trees in orchard with conical topiary in background

Erddig, Wrexham 

You can enjoy a picnic in the pretty Orchard Car Park, beside the pond or out in Big Wood – that’s before you even enter the ticket office. Once inside the grounds there’s seating in the Midden Yard, in Wolf’s Den natural play area and along walled garden, lined with spring blossom and autumn fruit. If it’s sunny, why not bring a blanket and picnic on the great lawn?

Picnic on the grass by an apple tree

The Kymin, Monmouthshire 

The grounds of this romantic Georgian round house, with its naval history, have always been popular with picnickers in times past who enjoyed famously lavish spreads. If you can’t fit the chandeliers in the boot of the car, why not bring a period-inspired dish and recreate your own aristocratic culinary experience?

View of Porthdinllaen fishing village

Porthdinllaen, Llŷn Peninsula 

Relax on the sand outside a historic fishermen’s pub taking in the sights and sounds of the seaside. After lunch, you could dip your toes in to the water or set off on a walk to explore the beautiful and wildlife-rich Llyn coastline. Or simply sit back and enjoy the picture postcard view.

Picnics at Penrhyn Castle

Penrhyn Castle, Bangor 

After exploring the 19th century castle, railway museum and 60 acres of garden and grounds the sweeping lawns are a perfect place to relax with a picnic. Enjoy breathtaking views over Conwy Bay and Snowdonia while young explorers run, roll and cartwheel nearby to their heart's content.

A red squirrel in the woods at Plas Newydd

Plas Newydd, Anglesey 

For stately surroundings, it's hard to beat Plas Newydd with its backdrop of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia’s mountains. Stroll through the ornate terrace gardens and wander along the garden paths to find at your picnic spot…you may even see the resident red squirrels dining at their very own feeding stations.

A gardener on a hydraulic cherry picker trimming the yew hedge behind a statue of Hercules. Powis Castle and Garden, Powys, Wales

Powis Castle and Garden, Welshpool 

Perched high on a hillside, this medieval fortress looks down on world-famous Italian and French styled terraced gardens, filled with dramatic yew topiary and classical statutory. There’s much to take in, and plenty of places to sit and picnic outside the castle grounds as you plan your visit or gather your thoughts...

Girl tucking into a picnic

Tredegar House, Newport 

The extensive wooded parkland, sweeping lawns and lake are a perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Tredegar's grounds are popular with picnic lovers, runners, those who want a relaxing kick about, or just a moment of quiet and a breath of fresh air.