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10 best places in Wales announced: public to vote for overall winner

29 July 2016

The first place in Britain to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and stunning landscapes are among the best places in Wales as nominated by the public.

Wales’ Best Places is a competition run by the RTPI Cymru, to celebrate some of our most attractive and inspiring places and the role planners have played in helping to protect or shape them for Welsh communities.

The top 10 best places in Wales have been whittled down by the Wales Best Places Judging Panel from over 200 nominations from the public.


The finalists are:

  • Aberaeron, Ceredigion
  • Caernarfon, Gwynedd
  • Cardiff Bay Inner Harbour, Cardiff
  • Denbigh, Denbighshire
  • Gower, Swansea
  • The Hayes, Cardiff
  • Llandudno Promenade and Mostyn Street, Conwy County Borough
  • Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, Merthyr Tydfil
  • Snowdonia, Conwy and Gwynedd
  • Tenby, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

The public can now vote for their favourite which will be crowned Wales’ Best Place. Voting forms are in English and Welsh

Peter Lloyd, Chair of RTPI Cymru said:

“The competition has reminded us of the passion we have for places we love. The finalists, places clearly loved by the public, have been protected, carefully planned or improved by the planning system. I encourage everyone to get behind their favourite place to ensure it wins!”

The voting for Wales Best Places is being officially launched by RTPI Cymru at this year’s National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny. Similar successful competitions were held last year in England and Scotland in 2014.

Voting is open until Friday 30 September. There are 3 easy ways to vote:

  1. Submit your vote online in Welsh or English
  2. Email it to
  3. Tweet your vote for your chosen place, tagging  @WalesBestPlaces