10 reasons Why You Should Visit Wales
Where is Wales?
Wales (Cymru in Welsh pronounced Kam ree) is in the island of Great Britain, one of the four constituent countries that make up the United Kingdom on the west of the island, sharing a border with England.
Wales is a small country with so much to see! experience one of the british isles most historic beautiful countries!
So here they are 10 reasons why you should come and visit Wales!
- The hills the mountains and the valleys - When ever you go out on a trip one thing you look for is the scenery right? From the hills mountains and the valleys, Wales has plenty of that! Climb up Wales' highest mountain Snowdon and take in that unforgetable view reaching to the coast of the republic of Ireland to the west and England and Scotland to the east if you are fortunate enough to come on a clear sunny day!. Take a walk through Snowdonia National Park through Cregennan Lakes and Cader Idris (meaning Idris' Chair) based in the south of the county of Gwynedd near the town of Dolgellau, take a train across the Mawddach Estuary from Barmouth to Fairbourne and Tywyn or walk the Brecon Beacons National Park another beautiful landscape if you enjoy walking and camping in the countryside on your holiday! Wales has 3 National Parks they are Snowdonia National Park Brecon Beakons National Park and Pembrokeshire Coas National Park.
- Beautiful coastlines From Rhyl to Llandudno to Holyhead Penllyn Ceredigion and down to the Pembrokeshire coast National Park and South Wales! Wales has it all! By Pembrokeshire there are many offshore islands you can travel by boat, here are some lists:
- Caldey - noted for its Benedictine monastery and its ancient priory - short boat trip fromTenby
- Grassholme - 6 miles out with a major gannetry - boats from Martins Haven during summer.
- Ramsey - Good for grey seals and choughs - summer trips from St Justinians.
- Skokholm - Nature Reserve with no day trips but some accommodation (Wildlife Trust) - fine for seabirds.
- Skomer - National Nature Reserve. Excellent for sea birds including what is possibly the world's largest colony of Manx Shearwaters. Summer trips from Martins Haven. Also visit the Lleyn Peninsula and take a boat ride to the historic Bartsey Island (Ynys Enlli in Welsh) said to be the place where all the patron saints of Wales were buried from Abersoch, the island includes a lighthouse and a stretch of small farms and historic buildings, before you reach the island you will see Puffin Island filled with beautiful Puffins (source:Wikitravel) In the north, take a boat from Abersoch to the beautiful Bartsey island!
- Historic Castles and ancient sites- From the day of ancient civiliasation when the first man came to the British Isles to now there's plenty of historic places, Visit Caernarfon Castle Beaumaris Castle two of the most beautiful castles built by Edward I during he's invasion, (Edward built castles in every region he conquered) also Dolwyddelan castle, which is the castle of great Prince of Wales Llywelyn Fawr (fawr meaning great) Pwllheli Castle and many more. There are about 400 castles in Wales here are a list of the 160 castles in Wales which are still standing or ruined(but still remains thanks to the organisation Cadw for keeping the historic sites for the tourists):- 1.Aberdyfi Castle
7.Barry Castle -
16.Bryn Bras Castle
31.Carreg Cennen Castle
40.Castell y Bere
53.Crug Eryr Castle
59.Dinas Powis e
71.Glan Edw Castle
89.Llanafan Fawr Castle
97.Llanvair Discoed Castle
108.New Radnor Castle
109.Newcastle Emlyn Castle
110.Newcastle Emlyn Castle
112.Newcastle, Monmouthshire Castle
115.Old Beaupre Castle
120.Pen y Clawdd Castle
126.Penrhos, Monmouthshire Castle
139.St Donat's Castle
140.St Fagans Castle
141.St Quintins Castle
156.Ystrad Meurig Castle
157.Ystrad Peithyll Castle http://www.britainexpress.com/wales/az/ancient/index.htm has a list of prehistoric sites you can visit . Come to Machynlleth the ancient capital of Wales, this is where the last prince of Wales Owain Glyndwr held he's parliament, other places of interest would be Cilmeri which was once the place where Owain Glyndwr beat the English during the battle of Cilmeri
- Museums representing a history of ancient Britain. Wales has many museams you to visit, fun for learners and those interested in seeing the whole timeline of the country, there are 7 museums of interest AND ARE FREE FOR VISITORS! from the national museum of Wales:-
- The National Museum based in CardiffCardiff
- St Fagans National History Museum Cardiff - includes many historic buildings, relocated from their original site.
- The National Slate Museum Llanberis in north Wales
- Big Pit - the National Coal Museum, Blaenafon
- The National Woollen Museum Dre-fach Felindre, Carmarthenshire
- The National Roman Legionary Museum, Caerleon.
- The National Waterfront Museum Swansea - examines Wales' maritime and industrial past.
- So much see and do! You'll never run out of nothing to do in Wales, I've mentioned the walks, but if you're tired of walking up the hills, why not relax by the beach if it's sunny in Rhyl Barmouth or Aberystwyth and the beaches surrounding our coastlines. There are so many shops in the vibrant towns and cities from Bangor, Caernarfon, Llandudno, Rhyl, Wrexham, Aberystwyth, Newtown down to Carmarthen Swansea and the capital Cardiff! There are many adventure activities around Wales.In Bangor North Wales-enjoy the rugged natural surroundings by trying out some Sea Kayaking, Rock Abseiling, Cliff Jumping, Sea Level Traversing, Gorge Scrambling (all £40 per person) or even Mountain Horse Riding. Or come to Gypsy Wood Park in Caernarfon- An outdoor attraction well worth a visit on a sunny day. It's a relaxing attraction, with the UK's largest miniature G Scale garden railway and a great family day out with children who love animals. or try indoor karting also in Caernarfon at the Redline Indoor Karting centre at Cibyn Industrial Estate.If the weather isn't great! or karting outdoor at Glasfryn, other activities include Min Y Don in Arthog south of Gwynedd county or a ride around Coed Y Brenin (in English means trees of the King) on a bike http://hitthehills.com/venues-detail.asp?id=1&gclid=CKKLpYauzLECFSQhtAodJHsAUA Wales hosts the Wakestock Festival in Penllyn every July, bringin in Musicians from Wales and around the world, the festival has its own wakeboard 'Pool Gap' that allows the wakeboarders to showcase the sport up on the festival site. Come to the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay and have fun at Oakwood Theme Park in Pembrokeshire!
- Wildlife on land and sea! Wales has many wildlife birds and animals such as deer otters swallows and buzzards! The countryside is filled with creatures (apart from sheep who may appear wild) Go Whale Spotting off the Pembrokeshire coasts see whales and beautiful bottled nose dolphins!
- Food! - There's nothing like going to a country or region and tasting their food right? Here are a list of national cuisine in Wales you must try during your visit! Wales has a great cuisine and well worth the try during your visit! :-
- Tatws Pum Munud (English: five minute potatoes), a traditional Welsh stew, made with potatoes, vegetables and bacon, and cooked on top of the stove.
- Tatws Popty (English: oven potatoes), a traditional Welsh stew, made with potatoes, vegetables and a joint of meat, and cooked in an oven.
- Teisennau Tatws (English: Potato Cakes), (a potato dish, served as an accompaniment - not a main dish in its own right).
- Welsh rarebit (Welsh Rabbit)
- Bara brith, "speckled bread",
- Cawl is a Welsh stew with lamb and leeks.
- Roast lamb with laver sauce or with mint sauce
- Shepherd's pie, (a type of lamb meat pie made with mashed potatoes, very deleicious meal with carrots and is often associated with Wales)
- Faggots -Welsh meatballs made from lamb or pig's liver, onions and a cereal binder.
- Glamorgan sausage (Welsh: Selsig Morgannwg)
- Laverbread, or Bara Lawr in Welsh,
- Welsh cakes
- Leek soup
- Welsh Culture and Heritage- When some people think of Britain, they think of England, they think of English culture, but Wales like England also has it's own culture and traditions to share with the world like most parts of the British isles. Here in Wales we have our own language too and is one of the oldest celtic languages but also the largest British language spoken apart from English. Visit the Royal Welsh Show and the Welsh culture events known as Eisteddfodau such as the Urdd Eisteddfod, ideal for young people celebrating Welsh youth culture, the International Eisteddfod bringing Welsh culture to the world and international cultures to Wales, people from all countries come to Llangollen singing dancing and giving people a taste of their country, the National Eisteddfod held on August which include Welsh culture dance and music which is a must see and a reason to visit.
- Enjoy the sporting events! Wales hosts loads of sporting events and it's not just rugby and football (soccer) we have big events such as the Ryder Cup and Wales Rally GB which attracts visitors from all over the world. Take part in sporting events like the Snowdon Race in Llanberis or Ras Y Gader (Cader Race) in Dolgellau. Go rock climbing or sky diving in Swansea!!
- Cardiff- The Capital City of Wales! A picturesque city with so much to see like Cardiff Castle, The Millennium Stadium,the National Museam of Wales, Cathay's Park Bute Park Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre and the Senedd (where the Welsh Assembly is based, come visit Caerdydd!
During your visit to Wales you will always be given a warm Welsh welcome/croeso, you as a tourist will always be given the kindness and hospitality wherever you go. The languages spoken in Wales are Welsh and English, although people won't expect you to speak Welsh, but if you'd like to give it a try, why not! I'm sure many native speakers would be impressed.
Cheap B&B hostels and guest houses and campsites are available everywhere you go! even if there is no campsite and you have a tent, feel free to ask the local land owner kindly if you can stay on their land for the night, which would be a lot cheaper!
So how do I go to Wales?
You can go to Wales through Cardiff International Airport:
Here are a list of flights and destinations from Cardiff International Airport: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff_International_Airport#Airlines_and_destinations
You can also fly from Cardiff to Anglesey Airport in North Wales which should cost you about £50, depending on the flight and season etc. Also you may take flights to Manchester or Birmingham in England and take a train to your destination of choice in Wales. Or take the ferry from Dublin or Cork in Ireland to Holyhead in the north or Fishguard n the south.
The best way to get around is either to hire a car/van or take the bus, Arriva bus Wales serves north Wales Chester and also Mid Wales the National Bus Company serves parts of South Wales Swansea and Cardiff and also First Cymru buses.
There are also coach services that operate in Wales taking you to other parts of Wales and also to national events, coaches taking you to Wales are also available from coach services in England Scotland and the Republic of Ireland
Arriva Trains Wales serves all of Wales linking north with south, there are train links between Cardiff and London Manchester to Wrexham or Birmingham to Machynlleth
The best time to come to Wales is from April to October from spring to autumn that's when the big festivals and events start! Many travellers also come in the winter when it's more quiet, but still get a chance to experience Wales