Is there anywhere as welcoming, wonderful and full of fantastic things to do as Wales? If you and your friends are thinking of heading off on an adventure together, there’s few places better suited than England’s western neighbour. It boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe, a storied history and wonderful culture and plenty of things to keep everyone entertained no matter their age or interests. Don’t believe us? We’ve put together this list the best group activities for grown ups in Wales, and you’ve always got somewhere luxurious to stay thanks to our fantastic cottages in Wales.
1. Go gorge walking with Blue Ocean Adventure
This family-run business offers a range of fantastic outdoor activities in South Wales. While the typical top picks like canyoning, coasteering, kayaking, and bushcraft are all available, we’d suggest taking this chance to try out something more adrenaline-pumping: gorge walking. Also known as canyoning, it involves typically involves scrambling, climbing and crawling your way around Waterfall Country in the Brecon Beacons. With waterfall jumps thrown in for good measure, this is definitely one for the fearless among you.
Location: 2c Heol-Y-Deri Cardiff CF14 6HF
Book: Call 07557913809
2. Abseil with Snowdonia Adventure Activities
Snowdonia’s rivers, lakes and mountains demands to be explored by visiting adventurers, and this company can take you right into its heart. After a day of jumping into lakes, abseiling down cliff faces and kayaking down gorges, you’ll feel like you’ve properly experienced this spectacular mountain range. Join one of their mountain biking expeditions and hurtle down the rocky slopes of the mountains; as with all of their activities, beginners and experienced riders are both welcome as there are a variety of courses to take. Alternatively, you could try rock climbing, canoeing, gorge scrambling or canyoning, where you make your way down a hill in a river, swimming and sliding as you go.
Location: Sarn Hir, Llanbedr, Llanbedr, Snowdonia National Park LL45 2LD, Wales
Book: Online at Snowdonia Adventure Activities
3. Watch wildlife with Bay to Remember
Take binoculars and a long lens camera with you on a journey out to the seas around Pembrokeshire. Bay to Remember will bring you and your group skimming along the waters in search of dolphins and sea birds. Be on extra alert around Mwnt – this is where you are most likely to see a pod of bottlenoses playing and frolicking in the water, a magical experience for all nature lovers. After that, you’ll head to sea bird-covered cliffs and to sheltered areas where seals like to bob in the water. The trip also takes in a series of inlets and caves that the boat can float through. For a particularly memorable journey, head out at sunrise and sunset to see the low sun glittering off the still seas.
Location: Cardigan SA43 1PP, Wales
Book: Online at Bay to Remember or call 01239623558
4. Stand on top of the world with Climb Snowdon
The highest mountain in Wales, Mount Snowdon is an imposing natural landmark that dares all who pass by it to try and reach its peak. The best, and undoubtedly safest, way to do this is with a guide and a group. Climb Snowdon can take you and your fellow travellers on a trip to the top, with qualified mountain leaders helping you plan the route and teaching you new skills as you go. The trip is tailored around the experience of your group, picking a way up that fits your collective skill level so there’ll be no man or woman left behind. The cost of a Climb Snowdon expedition includes all the essentials for a day out, including advice and support beforehand, safety equipment and a certificate and photos afterwards to commemorate your achievement.
Location: Caban Cyf, Yr Hen Ysgol, Brynrefail, Gwynedd, LL55 3NR
Book: Online at Climb Snowdon
5. Step into an old mine at Big Pit
Wales is inextricably tied to its past as a mining nation, a history which is explored in the immersive museum at Big Pit. The coal museum is housed in one of the old mines, so you get to don a hard helmet and descend underground in conditions similar to the miners of decades gone by. Before going below ground, visit the Mining Galleries where you can see all the kinds of technology used for extracting coal and tour the historic buildings that were frequented by miners. Then you can take the underground tour, where you drop 90 metres down a mineshaft with a miner leading the way through all the old routes that they would have followed in work each day.
Location: Blaenafon NP4 9XP
Book: Call 0300 111 2333
6. Go stargazing with Good Day Out
A professional astronomer leads you into the heart of the Brecon Beacons for an evening watching the increasingly rare kind of dark night skies that have yet to be polluted by city lights. The inky canvas bursts into colour as you peer through a telescope into the constellations overhead. The astronomer will explain what see above you, and tell you about the science and stories of the stars. You’ll also learn how to set up a telescope and use a camera to capture the beauty of the galaxy. Best of all, Good Day Out are a charity, who put the price of your experience ticket towards a related good cause, in this case an educational charity that provides science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities for schools across Wales.
Location: Bishop House, 10 Wheat Street, Brecon, LD3 7DG, Wales
Book: Online at Good Day Out or call 01874 749092
7. Visit Ramsey Island with Voyages of Discovery
Skim at high speeds in a motorboat through the waters near St. Davids, heading out to the bird sanctuary of Ramsey Island. This reserve is a hangout for puffins, guillemots and the rare shearwater as well as other seabirds. In addition to the feathered island inhabitants, it’s not uncommon to spy the odd whale, dolphin pod or even a shark during the boat trip. Voyages of Discovery offer a number of different packages according to what your group wants, whether it’s to enjoy the caves and inlets of Ramsey Island itself or to visit the birds that live there.
Location: 1 High St, St David’s, St Davids SA62 6SA
Book: Call 01437 721911
8. Learn about World War II in the quirky Tin Shed Experience
The Tin Shed is a museum with a difference. Once you step into the corrugated metal hangar in which it is housed, you’ll be transported back to the 1940s. The museum is the product of two avid collectors of historical memorabilia, so inside you’ll find all sorts of ephemera from wartime Wales, as well as displays on the events of the war. You can also visit a lovingly reproduced replica of a World War II bomb shelter. What makes this non-for-profit museum stand out is the passion and commitment that is evident in the highly personal exhibits.
Location: Clifton St, Laugharne SA33 4QG
Book: Call 07970 827681
Excited at the prospect of your Welsh break yet? If you’re looking for the ideal place to stay, our concierge team can help you find it – all you need to do is tell them what you’re looking for and they’ll do the legwork! Looking for more Welsh wonderfulness? Why not start by looking through our best family activities in Wales for an unforgettable family experience.