Wondering where the most Instagrammable places in Wales are? From picturesque villages, breathtaking mountains, scenic hikes, fairytale castles and dreamy landscapes, Wales is a travel photographer’s dream.
Being from Wales, I am always proud to shout out about how gorgeous and Instagrammable my home country is.
I’ve compiled a list featuring top travel blogger recommendations of the most Instagrammable places in Wales.
Read this guide to photogenic places in Wales to lean most Instagram-friendly places to photograph in Wales are.
Instagrammable places in Wales
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.
You can pay to visit for the day or stay overnight in one of their stylish hotels or self-catering cottages. It’s one of the best places to go in Wales for a weekend break.
Snowdonia National Park
Snowdonia National park is a incredible photogenic part northwest Wales that contain mountains, glacial landforms and the most incredible hiking tracks and trails.
One of the best hiking trails in Snowdonia is the Pyg Track in Snowdonia National Park.
This is a popular route with families and beginner hikers as it’s not too challenging and has incredible views of the National Park.
Snowdinia is also home to many Welsh speaking, picturesque villages like Betws y Coed and Beddgelert. It’s a living national park that also acts as a tourims hot spot in wales.
Aside from hiking trails, there are plenty of fun things to do in Snowdonia. Activities in the area include, cycling, fishing, horse riding, kayaking and surfing in a man made surf lagoon.
The Mumbles, Swansea
Many Welsh people will be familiar with the concept of the ‘Mumbles Mile’.
A seaside pub crawl that historically went around the many pubs of the Mumbles area of the Gower in South Wales.
These days the Mumbles area is working hard to reinvent itself as a hip seaside hangout in Wales.
They are also striving to become one best places to visit in Wales for families.
Whilst the weather in the Mumbles can often be dark and stormy [thanks to Welsh weather], this still provides you with some awesome moody shots of the Mumbles Pier.
Looking for more South Wales travel inspiration? Check out my fun things to do in the Gower article.
The Elan Valley
Nothing can prepare you for the sweeping landscapes of the Elan Valley in the Cambrian Mountains.
This beautiful area is over 72 square miles and has a range of scenic landscapes includes hills, dams and reservoirs.
There are loads of scenic walks and drives in this area as well as superb off-road mountain bike trails.
The biking trails are a fun mixture of grassy and rocky bridleways, rivers and glorious mountain backdrops.
You can take guided biking tours and around the Elan Valley with MTB Wales. These guys will take you on the gorgeous trails with qualified local guides.
I really recommend you take a tour with these experienced biking guides and be prepared to be blown away by the most dramatic scenery.
Cardiff is famous for many things, and one of them is its Arcades. With the highest concentration of Victorian, Edwardian and contemporary Arcades, Cardiff is known as the ‘City of Arcades’.
Designed to keep shoppers off the cold and the rain, these Arcades are the original shopping centre in Cardiff.
They are a destination in themselves with great independent shops and some of the best foodie places in the city. It’s a great place to eat and shop if you are on a budget weekend in Cardiff.
But aside from their functional side, they are some of the most photogenic spots in Cardiff.
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The charming town of Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire is an Instagrammer’s dream with rows of colourful houses set against a countryside backdrop.
Unlike the colourful streets of Notting Hill, Llandeilo appears to be largely undiscovered by gangs of Instagrammers keen on getting an outfit shot outside of a colourful door.
There’s no pop up changing tents here guys, just quiet streets and friendly residents.
Picturesque streets aside, there are many so many reasons to visit Llandeilo. There are lovely boutique shops, country walks, upscale dining and historic homes.
Looking for more Carmarthenshire travel inspiration? Check out my guide on 7 reasons why you need to visit Llandeilo now.
The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Wrexham
Historic narrowboat canals cover much of England and Wales. These were built during the early years of the industrial revolution to transport goods to the major centres and ports.
Near the cute village of Llangollen in western Wales you will find the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, one of the many astonishing engineering features of the British canal system.
This is a navigable bridge, 38 metres high and over 300 metres long, where boats cross the deep valley below.
The structure is so amazing it’s now World Heritage-listed. 18 arched stone pillars support deep cast-iron troughs filled with water, thus forming a “River in the Sky”.
For photo opportunities, walk across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct along the towpath.
The best Instagram location is at the south end, where you can cross under the aqueduct and come up the other side of the towpath. Chosen by Dare2go.
If you’re a bibliophile and are looking for the best book-related instagrammable spot in Wales, then you need to look no further than the beautiful town of Hay-on-Wye.
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.
Hay is best visited in the European shoulder seasons and mid-week, so as to avoid the crowds.
And one of the biggest highlights of this town includes the annual Hay Festival, which is held in late spring.
Elsewhere in the town, there’s pretty much a photo opportunity around every corner! Chosen by Solo Sophie.
Caernarfon Castle is a medieval castle in Caernarfon, an old town in North Wales. The castle was built when the English king Edward I had invaded Wales.
Inside the castle, you won’t find elaborately decorated rooms or old furniture. Nevertheless, you can explore almost every corner of the castle, climb every stair and walk over the fortification walls.
From the towers of Caernarfon Castle, you can see Snowdonia in the distance.
You can take the best Instagram picture of Caernarfon on Aber Foreshore Road, where you’ll have a spectacular view of the castle.
I would also recommend taking photos of Caernarfon castle at night when it’s all lit up. You’ll get the most dreamy shots of the castle if you wait till nght fall.
Goldcliff Beach, Newport
Goldcliff is a shingle and silt beach located just outside of Newport that is popular with fishermen who come to catch sole, rays and seabass.
Whilst it’s maybe not the best place for sunbathing or swimming, it’s a rather bracing seaside stroll for serious walkers.
The beach forms part of the Wales coastal path, you can get some great shots by the shoreline for the gram!
There are a few pubs and cafes nearby including the kooky Seawall cafe.
Goldcliff Beach was featured as part of my ‘Instagrammable places in Newport‘ travel video for BBC Sesh. Why not check it out for some Instagram inspiration?
Craig Goch Dam
One of the iconic images of Wales is the Craig Goch Dam in the Elan Valley. This magnificent dam is part of a series of dams and reservoirs that were built to supply water to Birmingham.
Craig Goch is considered to be the most photogenic of the Elan Valley dams and it’s easy to see why.
The dam has wonderful architecture and is surrounded by a beautiful natural habitat of flora and fauna.
It’s a brilliant place to have a picnic packed full of Welsh produce.
One of the prettiest places in Wales is the town of Llandudno. It’s simply picture perfect!
A small town in the Creuddyn Peninsula (County Borough), so charming it’s nearly Wonderland.
It is the town where Alice (the girl who inspired Alice in Wonderland) spent her summers with her family.
There’s plenty of stunning sceneries in the charming town of Llandudno to please every Instagrammer.
First of all, there’s the blue seas, the mountains, and the cliffs. It can never go wrong there.
If you need something more, there’s the lovely pier that becomes lively on the weekends and holidays.
Then, there are the colourful houses and, of course, the Alice Trail. Chosen by World trip diaries.
The Great Orme, Llandudno
The Great Orme is an extremely photogenic limestone headland above the town of Llandudno in North Wales. It is a great spot for hiking, photography and picnics.
You can even ride all the way up to the Great Orme in North Wales on Britain’s only cable-hauled street Tramway or take the cable car.
This massive chunk of limestone rises 207m straight out of the sea and gives a fabulous view of the ocean and surrounding countryside.
It’s also home to plenty of wildlife, flora and fauna and is a designated country park.
Mount Snowdon, Snowdonia
When it comes to the most Instagrammable places in Wales, Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, is near the top of the list.
It’s arguably the most beautiful spot in Wales and no matter where you go the scenery is outstanding.
From Mount Snowdon to the numerous lakes, there is a lot of scope for taking pictures.
A hike to the top of Mount Snowdon is worth it for the sheer number of pictures you can take! You will be able to get some fantastic shots of the national park from the high vantage points!
If you’re going to Wales, Snowdonia is one place you have to go! Just make sure you pack your camera. Chosen by The Travelling Tom.
Castell Coch, Cardiff
Castell Coch or Red Castle of Cardiff is a 19th century Gothic Revival castle located in the sleepy village of Tongwnglais in South Wales.
The castle is perched atop a small hill and is pretty as a fairytale. It has tall cylindrical turrets and pointed rooftops that peek out from within the hillside and give the castle a magical feel.
This makes Castle Coch exceptionally instagrammable. Not to mention the castle’s medieval appearance and sumptuous Victorian interiors.
Castle Coch was built by the 3rd Marquess of Bute and boasts of untold wealth: ornate ceilings, elaborate chambers, and beautiful murals. It even has a dungeon.
Surrounding beech woods and a moat with a drawbridge only add to the beauty of the place. Chosen by Stories by Soumya.
Cym Idwal, Snowdonia
In Wales, there is truly little that ISN’T Instagrammable! Especially in Snowdonia, where it seems that fantasy novels may suddenly come to like.
A few years ago, we hiked at Cym Idwal, an impressive rocky hill that is reached by an open trail.
During the hike, you arrive at a gorgeous lake. Often, this will be shrouded in mist, which is to be expected in the highlands of Wales. But on a clear day, the views are breathtaking.
Best of all, the spot is totally Instagrammable from start to finish. Amazing scenery and a fun hike, what’s not to love? Chosen by Two Drifters.
Roath Park, Cardiff
Roath Park is a very popular historic park in Cardiff, with a classic Victorian layout and feel.
There is a 30-acre man-made lake that you can go boating on and features the iconic Scott Memorial Lighthouse.
Stroll around the picturesque gardens, feed the swans, have ice cream, or relax with a coffee in the lakeside cafe.
A little further up from the park is Roath recreational park, which also has many Instagrammable spots, especially in Autumn.
Rhossili Bay, Gower
With sandy beaches, wildlife and lovely walks, Rhossili is the crowning gem of the stunning Gower Peninsular in South Wales.
Rhossili Bay is definitely one of the best places to stay in Wales by the sea by far. It has been voted Wales’ Best Beach in 2018 and is riding high off this win.
There are 3 glorious miles of sandy beach here to explore. It’s also a great dog-friendly beach in wales.
Come and take some marvellous photos of its iconic landmark, Worms Head.
If you are into wildlife photography, there are also dolphins and seals here. Remember to bring a decent camera and lens kit if you want to get some incredible wildlife shots!
If you are short of time when visiting Wales, why not book a full-day tour of the Gower Peninsular?
You can do some light hiking and walk throughout this gorgeous area with a local and knowledgeable guide.
Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons
Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons is one of the most Instagrammable places in Wales.
The beautiful thing about this spot is that it’s not just one photo opportunity. The walk up to Pen y Fan is simply stunning and you’ll be taking photos the entire walk.
Plus it’s the highest mountain in all of South Wales so you can add that accolade to your list!
Once you reach Pen y Fan summit, you can take the iconic summit photo but on a clear day, there are views of the Brecon Beacons for miles.
Pen y Fan is so Instagrammable because of its unusual shape and contours, you can get great shots from either side of the mountain.
The Brecon Beacons have some incredible walks but this has to be my favourite. Chosen by Becky the traveller.
If you are short of time in Wales why not go on a Brecon Beacons full-day tour from Cardiff?
Go on an informative Brecon Beacons National Park tour with a local guide and see incredible views of the ‘black mountains’.
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.
Aberglasney Gardens, Carmarthenshire
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.
The gardens made famous by the BBC TV series “A Garden Lost in Time” which documented its brilliant restoration.
There really has been a lot of love put into restoring these heritage gardens and the staff are really keen to tell you more about the history and about horticulture.
Definitely bring your camera and walk around exploring the walled gardens, acres of expertly manicured horticulture and the fancy buildings.
Want more Carmarthenshire travel inspiration? Check out my ‘fun things to do in Carmarthenshire‘ article.
Devils Bridge falls
The Devils Bridge Falls is a place of myths and legends in the Cambrian Mountains.
These unique waterfalls have a local legend about when the Devil visited Wales and was tricked by an old woman.
The Devil was never seen in Wales again as he was so embarrassed at being outwitted by the old lady.
There are some beautiful walks around the falls and some perfect photo opportunities as well.
The entered through the coin-operated turnstile using £1.00 coins, making it a total bargain tourist attraction in Wales.
Be warned though, the walks are stunning but can be challenging. This is largely due to steep steps and slippery parts on the trail, so make sure to wear good hiking boots.
Nash Point, Marcross
Nash Point is a headland on the heritage coast in South Wales and is home to the historic Nash Point Lighthouse.
This 19th century, grade 2 listed lighthouse is open to the public and has a small entrance charge.
It is also becoming popular as an intimate an unusual wedding venue, so check they aren’t hosting a wedding that day before you make the trip down.
Once inside the lighthouse, friendly staff will give you more information on its history and significance.
You can then climb up all the steps to the Lantern and be treated to a stunning view of the Bristol Channel.
A little further from Nash point, up you will find Marcross Beach. This striking beach is mostly rocks rather than sand but is extremely photogenic in the sunshine.
Its rocky inlet lays between jagged cliffs and is a lovely sun trap when the sun actually comes out in Wales.
It’s also a great place for a dog walk or a Welsh picnic and is a very dog-friendly place in Wales.
Tenby is a gorgeous coastal town in Pembrokeshire. It’s definitely one of my favourite places to visit in Wales.
The coastline is beautiful with long stretches of golden sand, the colourful stretch of houses leading to the peninsula and the deep blue sea.
The sea is warm enough to swim in during the Summer and the beaches are clean and not overly crowded.
I haven’t been to Tenby in the Winter but I can imagine that the coastline would still be stunning and atmospheric.
Tenby town itself is quaint and charming with bunting-lined streets. There are plenty of photo opportunities with the castle remains which date back to the 12th century.
Or posing with a luxury ice cream in front of one of the many specialist ice cream shops! Chosen by RTW Families.
Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey
Llanddwyn Island has both the looks and the backstory to make it one of the most Instagrammable places in Wales.
It’s a tidal island on the south-west coast of Anglesey, a half-hour walk along stunning Newborough beach.
It’s named after Santes Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers, and one of the first things you see as you arrive on the island is the ruined chapel dedicated to her.
Llanddwyn is less than a mile long, so it only takes about 15 minutes to reach the end, the best part.
There you’ll find two gorgeous small beaches, a lighthouse at the end of each, and the fantastic backdrop of the mountains of the Llŷn Peninsula across Caernarfon Bay. Chosen by Travel with little one.
Cardiff Bay, Cardiff
Cardiff Bay is a gorgeous waterfront development in the Welsh capital. It’s a permanent area of water created by the construction of Cardiff Barrage when the old Cardiff docklands were redeveloped.
It is home to the Welsh Government National Assembly building, waterside restaurants, bars, cafes and shops.
You can walk across the barrage to the neighbouring town of Penarth and take your Insta snaps along the way.
You can also take a boat ride around the barrage or all the way to Cardiff City centre to really get the best views of the waterfront.
Have you visited any of the most Instagrammable places in Wales? If you are looking to see lots of photogenic spots in a day, you could explore Wales by train and take a train from Cardiff to Bangor.
There are some spectacular sites on this route as well as a dining carriage serving a three-course meal if you upgrade to business class.
What else should be added to this list of the most Instagrammable places in Wales? Let me know in the comments below.
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