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Great walks, enchanting castles, cozy inns, and—if you're lucky—Will and Kate sightings, too

Word of Mouth"Despite Wales's reputation for rain, rain, rain, with a side-order of rain, we had glorious weather the whole time," writes Fodorite nona1. "It was raining as we drove through England but, seriously, the very moment we got through the Severn toll it was replaced by beautiful sunshine, blue skies, just nicely warm temperatures, with a light breeze."

Why Go NowPrince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011 cast a spotlight beyond London to their home in Wales, a quieter part of Britain that’s ready for its star turn. In summer 2012, the completion of the 870-mile-long Wales Coast Path, showcasing rugged cliffs and sandy beaches, will make Wales the first country to have a trail along its entire coast. Add 600 castles, a foodie revolution, and good-value inns, and it’s the perfect place to lace up your walking shoes.

Where to StayAlong with classic charm and good food, Hotel Maes-y-Neuadd near Porthmadog has stunning bay and mountain views. Or choose from the 50 unique inns in the Welsh Rarebits collection. See more Wales hotel reviews.

Insider TipFor Wales in a nutshell, visit the Isle of Anglesey’s White Eagle Pub, favored by Will and Kate. Stay at the island’s Olde Bulls Head Inn and Townhouse in Beaumaris, and hike the Anglesey Coastal Path.

When to GoTravel May to September for the most reliable weather.

Plan Your TripVisit Fodor's Wales Travel Guide for the latest hotel, restaurant, and shopping reviews.

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