Explore Wales

Explore Wales

Croeso I Cymru – Welcome to Wales!

A jewel of a country situated on the western side of the British Isles, Wales, packs an impressive amount into its 8000 square miles; rugged, sweeping golden coastlines, ancient castles, lush valleys, mountains and picturesque towns and cities.

This is a unique and very beautiful country, one of which that has successfully held on to its traditions and Welsh language which is testament to the proud and welcoming people who hail from this green and mountainous land where hills are truly alive with the sound of music!

Our Tour Highlights

North Wales –Ancient castles, Mountain railways and Coastal retreats

North Wales is a popular holiday region passionate about language, music and ancient history, with magnificent castles, railways and festivals set against the backdrop of thrilling mountainous scenery ...more

Majestic Mid Wales

Mid Wales is home to rich, rolling green landscapes, the unspoilt Ceredigion coastline, the stunning Cambrian Mountains and glorious castles, gardens and railways. ...more

South Wales – Captivating capital Cardiff

The city of Cardiff offers a great range of unique attractions and quality shopping all within walking distance of each other. Innovative architecture sits alongside historic buildings and, with a rich cultural and sporting heritage, the city is vibrant and the perfect place for a holiday. ...more

West Wales – Historic Treasures of Tenby & Pembrokeshire

West Wales has it all – stunning scenery, a spectacular coastline, beautiful beaches, amazing wildlife, great attractions and good food! ...more

Performance Venue Highlights

Llangollen International Eisteddfod of Music and Dance

The International Eisteddfod of Music and Dance has been bringing nations together every summer for over 70 years to the idyllic town of Llangollen. This internationally renowned competition attracts around 4,000 performers and as many as 50,000 visitors each year to celebrate friendly competition, performance, and international peace and friendship. The week-long festival offers opportunities to perform in front of crowds of thousands at one of Wales’s most beautiful performance venues, the Royal International Pavilion.
  • Perfect for: All performance groups and music ensembles
  • Repertoire: Mixed
  • Performance times: Annual event during the first week of July. 2024 dates to be confirmed.

Portmeirion Village, North Wales

Delighting visitors since 1926, experience the magic of the beautiful Italianate village of Portmeirion with its vivid Mediterranean colours providing a unique backdrop for a performance setting. The subtropical forest features some of Britain's largest trees, secret gardens, a derelict castle and rare flowers. Include a concert as part of your visit and delight other guests with your performance on the outdoor stage of the stunning Bristol Colonnade.
  • Perfect for: All musical ensembles and choirs
  • Repertoire: Mixed
  • Performance times: Open March-November. Performances on request.

St John’s Church, Llandudno, North Wales

St John's Methodist Church is housed in a beautiful listed building on Llandudno's vibrant Mostyn Street, in the heart of the lovely coastal town and popular holiday resort of Llandudno. The Church enjoys a reputation for sound preaching, good singing and a warm fellowship. A popular concert location for Male Voice Choirs, the church is a welcoming venue and has music at its very heart.
  • Perfect for: Male Voice Choirs, bands and choirs
  • Repertoire: Sacred and classical preferable but some secular repertoire accepted ideally sung in both English and Welsh. Thursday evening concerts for Male Voice Choirs.
  • Performance times: Bi-weekly evening concerts

Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff

Lying in the ancient ‘city of Llandaff’ and on one of the oldest sites in Britain, the Cathedral is a place of calm and tranquillity on the edge of the bustling and cosmopolitan city of Cardiff. Restored to its former glory over the course of the last two centuries, more recently due to damage sustained during World War I, the interior blends the new features with the traditional effortlessly.
  • Perfect for: Choirs
  • Repertoire: Sacred
  • Performance times: The Cathedral welcomes visiting choirs to sing services during holiday periods. For a very special concert experience, the cathedral can be hired for an evening concert.

St David’s Cathedral, West Wales

Situated on the stunning Pembrokeshire peninsula and most westerly point of Wales, St David’s, has been a site of pilgrimage and worship for more than 800 years. This architectural gem is located on the site of an earlier sixth-century monastery built by St David, the patron saint of Wales. Today it provides a vibrant community of worship and place for prayer as well as a centre of musical excellence playing a pivotal role during the St David’s Music Festival.
  • Perfect for: Choirs
  • Repertoire: Sacred, classical
  • Performance times: Visiting choirs are welcomed to sing services during holiday periods. Informal lunchtime recitals and evening concerts are also possible.

Elan Centre, Mid Wales

A unique performance venue on offer in the rolling hills of mid Wales! Sing your heart out in the Elan visitor centre situated in a beautiful setting of the Elan Valley overlooking the Cambrian Mountains, stunning views guaranteed! Granted ‘International Dark Sky Park’ status in 2015, the park is not only protected against light pollution across its 45,000 acres but also provides sanctuary for the abundance of wildlife and nature which can be found by day or night.
  • Perfect for: All musical ensembles and performance groups
  • Repertoire: Mixed, appropriate for the tranquil setting
  • Performance times: On request. Best in the spring and summer months.

Where To Stay

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Royal Victoria Snowdonia, Llanberis, North Wales

  • Set in a picturesque location with breath-taking views, the hotel is in a superb location for the many amenities, attractions and walks within the Snowdonia National Park.
  • Refurbished in 2016, the hotel offers 104 well decorated bedrooms with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
  • Hotel facilities include a stylish restaurant, a cosy pub-feel bar, an elegant lounge and beautiful gardens with stunning views.

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The Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells, Mid Wales

  • Elegant, family owned town centre period hotel just a short walk from the centre of the Victorian town of Llandrindod Wells
  • Traditional Rooms equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities
  • Hotel facilities include a chic restaurant and an indoor swimming pool, spa bath and steam room.

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Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff City Centre

  • Modern, friendly 3-star hotel centrally located, close to the Millennium Stadium and The Capitol Shopping Centre in Cardiff
  • Contemporary rooms equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities
  • Hotel facilities include a bar and grill restaurant, bar and lounge

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Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, Carmarthen, South Wales

  • Historic hotel located in the centre of the Welsh town of Carmarthen and sympathetically modernized to blend its old-world charm with modern facilities. Once the favoured retreat of Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton!
  • Traditionally decorated rooms equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities
  • Hotel facilities include a large restaurant with extensive bar and lounge area and guests can enjoy complimentary use of the sauna

Sample Itinerary

This itinerary is for guidance only and will be tailored to meet your exact tour requirements. The excursions and concerts featured below will be subject to your chosen tour dates, availability and budget. Please get in touch to discuss your potential tour in more detail and other opportunities available to your group!
Day 1Travel to your destination from your chosen collection point.Welcome drink at the hotel and time at leisure.Group evening meal at your hotel in Llanberis and time to socialise!
Day 2Morning visit to one of the many wonderful Welsh Heritage sites, such as Conwy or Beaumaris Castle with concert.Afternoon visit to the Mediterranean atmosphere of Portmeirion village with outdoor concert by the Bristol Colonnade.Evening meal at the hotel and evening activity.
Day 3Morning excursion on the Snowdon Mountain Railway with a singsong at the summit of Mount Snowdon!Afternoon at leisure in Llanberis village. Sample the local Welsh Cakes for your afternoon tea!Evening meal at the hotel.
Day 4Set off for a scenic journey through the Snowdonia National Park to the seaside resort of Aberystwyth with an optional journey on the spectacular Vale of Rheidol Railway.Afternoon departure to your hotel in Llandrindod Wells with free time in this pretty village.Check into your hotel in Llandrindod Wells. Evening meal at the hotel.
Day 5Morning visit to the serene setting of the Elan Valley Visitor Centre in the stunning Cambrian Mountains with indoor concert.Afternoon departure for your hotel in Carmarthen, South Wales.Evening meal at the hotel.
Day 6Full day excursion to the capital city of Cardiff with several indoor and outdoor concert options available for your performance today.Spend the afternoon seeing the sights, exploring the shops and enjoying the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Cardiff.Evening meal and potential concert or see a show/concert in Cardiff. Return to your hotel.
Day 7Morning excursion to Pembroke Castle, birthplace of Henry VII with lunch and potential church concert in the picture postcard seaside resort of Tenby.Visit to the smallest city in Britain, St David’s. Explore the quaint streets and shops with a visit and optional concert recital at the Cathedral. Take a boat trip to see the caves and wildlife around the bay.Farewell meal and function at the hotel.
Day 8Optional morning excursion.Onward journey home.

Sound Escapes did a fantastic job on arrangements for our tour . Would thoroughly recommend Jo to any choir looking to travel . All feedback has been positive from everyone who travelled . The extra care at meeting us at the coach and check in to ensure things ran smoothly went above and beyond .
Don OakleyMalmesbury ChoirOxford 2023
One of the best tours we have ever undertaken – musically, socially and geographically. Would heartily recommend Sound Escapes to any group considering a tour.
Carole Lindsay-DouglasAmici SingersWeston-Super-Mare 2023
Jo and her team came up with a fantastic itinerary for our choir and planned everything to the last detail. We always felt we were in safe hands and that they were on the end of a phone to help us with anything we needed. We couldn’t recommend them highly enough.
Rosie SayersChairperson for Sing It Loud Community Choir
As a Chorister, and eventually Head Chorister in our local church choir for eleven years, Jo was talented, dedicated and could always be relied on to work to the utmost of her undoubted abilities. I would expect that she would apply the same attributes to her professional life
P BuckmasterChoral Director

In May 2020 we were due to tour the Stirling area in Scotland and due to the current coronavirus pandemic we took the difficult decision to call off the tour. I’d like to give our thanks and praise to Jo and her team for all the planning and preparation she had done to put the itinerary together – she was able to provide us with an excellent range of stunning concert venues, plus some great suggestions for our leisure time, and we look forward to working with her again soon.

Sally ColesSecretary, Cantamici
From cathedrals and abbeys, churches and stately homes, all steeped in centuries of history, some in Roman Towns others in quintessential English ‘picture postcard’ villages, every choir and musical ensemble should spend a tour exploring the United Kingdom and Ireland. Whatever part of the country you to choose to visit, by working with a knowledgeable team of people who know the regions inside out from both a tourism and musical perspective, you will be guaranteed the richest of touring experiences
Tim KnightBritish composer and Choral Director
Fantastic tour in Bonnie Scotland, enjoyed by all who went, singing and non-singing. Brilliant organisation from Jo who really made it all look so easy.
Kate HymansTour organiser for Masterworks Chorale
Brilliant tour, expertly organised. Kindness and compassion. Nothing was too much trouble. Colin, our driver, was a complete gem and so knowledgeable about the isle. Lovely hotel staff where nothing was too much trouble
Felicity CourageChoir Director, Courage Choir
Care and attention to detail of the highest degree. The planning with Jo Porter was detailed and meticulous, with nothing being missed, and although she was not involved in the accommodation arrangements, she nevertheless checked it out and acted as an intermediary.
Robin SpencerChoir Secretary, Phoenix Choir
You’ve been patient and kind all the way through this, Jo – especially with it being the first international tour I’ve done, and with all the unforeseen changes to the travel arrangements, so thank you to you and the team.
Sarah MonteithChoir DirectorResound ChoirParis 2023