While there are numerous outdoor activities for all the family to enjoy when visiting Wales, stargazing is undoubtedly one of the best. Not only is spending the evening under the stars one of the most magical happenings to experience with a loved one, family or friends but this awe-inspiring activity is the perfect excuse to stay out that little bit later and soak up the beautiful surroundings of the gorgeous Welsh countryside after dark. Below, we have listed just a few of our favourite stargazing spots in Wales to help you catch a better glimpse of those wonderful glistening skies:
Llanelian Community Centre, Llanelian
The village of Llanelian lies just beyond Colwyn Bay, and the local community centre is the perfect place to enjoy some stargazing on a clear night while visiting North Wales. Not only is this a favourite spot for the North Wales Astronomy Society who meet here every month, but the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB (Area of Natural Beauty) is also another prime location for astronomy lovers that isn’t far away! Enjoy an evening of stargazing surrounded by rolling hills, rugged moorland and sweeping valleys.
Broad Haven Beach South, Pembrokeshire
As well as being renowned as one of Pembrokeshire’s best beaches for its golden sand, jagged headlands and spectacular sea views, Broad Haven Beach South is also a superb spot for stargazing! Head down towards the sea for astonishing views of the night sky, which on a very clear night, is usually reflected on the ocean’s surface, making for a truly magical setting. Alternatively, if you want to be a little higher up, venture just beyond the car park and find yourself a cosy spot on the dunes where you can set up camp for the evening and relish staring up at a blanket of stars!
Craig Goch Dam, Powys
Situated in the Elan Valley, the Craig Goch Dam is a popular hotspot for stargazers both visiting and local to the area, as well as others with an interest in astronomy. Wander across the dam itself for a tranquil stargazing experience and listen to the flow of the water as you stare up at the twinkling night sky. For those who want to venture a little further afield, there is a path of the east side of the dam that leads to slightly higher ground; don’t forget your camera!
Llyn y Dywarchen, Snowdonia National Park
This beautiful lake can be found above the village of Drws y Coed and is one of the most picturesque stargazing spots not just in the Snowdonia National Park, but in the whole of Wales! Being in the midst of the Welsh countryside means that Llyn y Dywarchen is incredibly dark, making it a prime location for stargazers to visit all year round. Park in the car park nearby and stroll down to the lakeside to experience an enchanting evening staring up into the glistening abyss above alongside the shimmering water.
Abergavenny Museum and Castle, Monmouthshire
If you’re glamping in Wales with children and want to treat them to a session of stargazing that they will never forget, head to Abergavenny Castle for a night of amazement. As well as being a Dark Sky Discovery Site, the castle also hosts stargazing events, guides and talks throughout the year meaning no matter when you visit, there will always be the opportunity for astronomical exploration! Plus, with the museum located in the castle grounds, you can also spend the day here learning about the history of this ancient fortress before stargazing in the evening!
If you’d like experience stargazing and immerse yourself in nature during your visit to Wales, why not take a look at our gorgeous glamping abodes today to find your dream accommodation? Alternatively, head over to our blog to read our full guide to stargazing or discover some essential dates for your stargazing calendar!