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10 reasons Why You Should Visit Wales

Updated on May 19, 2013
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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!

Map of the UK constituent countries- Author:-UKPhoenix79 (more info on the link above)
Map of the UK constituent countries- Author:-UKPhoenix79 (more info on the link above) | Source
Cardiff City at night
Cardiff City at night
Senedd
Senedd
St David's Hotel and Spa
St David's Hotel and Spa
Snowdonia
Snowdonia
Llywelyn Monument Cilmeri
Llywelyn Monument Cilmeri
Brecon Beacons
Brecon Beacons
Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle
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If you don't fancy a walk up Snowdon, why not take the train up Snowdon!
If you don't fancy a walk up Snowdon, why not take the train up Snowdon!
Llandudno beach
Llandudno beach
Bangor University in the City of Bangor
Bangor University in the City of Bangor
Cregennan Lakes
Cregennan Lakes
Bartsey Island from Pen Llyn
Bartsey Island from Pen Llyn
View of the chapel and surrounding area in the island of Bartsey (Ynys Enlli)
View of the chapel and surrounding area in the island of Bartsey (Ynys Enlli)
Cader Idris in the snow
Cader Idris in the snow
small music festivals like this country western music festival takes place in Barmouth every summer
small music festivals like this country western music festival takes place in Barmouth every summer
Come white water-rafting at Tryweryn!
Come white water-rafting at Tryweryn!
Wakeboarding in Glasfryn
Wakeboarding in Glasfryn | Source
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Swansea
Swansea
Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth | Source
Welsh cakes
Welsh cakes
Barmouth rail bridge
Barmouth rail bridge
Talyllyn Railway
Talyllyn Railway
Arriva Bus in Eldon Square Dolgellau
Arriva Bus in Eldon Square Dolgellau

So here they are 10 reasons why you should come and visit Wales!

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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
    2.Aberedw Castle
    3.Abergavenny Castle
    4.Aberllynfi Castle
    5.Aberystwyth
    6.Barland Castle
    7.Barry Castle -
    8.Beaumaris Castle
    9.Beguildy Castle
    10.Betws Newydd
    11.Blaenllyfni Castle
    12.Bleddfa Castle
    13.Bodelwyddan Castle
    14.Brecon Castle
    15.Bronllys Castle
    16.Bryn Bras Castle
    17.Buddugre Castle
    18.Builth Castle
    19.Burfa Castle
    20.Caergwrle Castle
    21.Caerleon
    22.Caernarfon Castle
    23.Caerwedros Castle
    24.Caldicot Castle
    25.Candleston Castle
    26.Cardiff Castle
    27.Cardigan Castle
    28.Carew Castle
    29.Carmarthen Castle
    30.Carndochan Castle
    31.Carreg Cennen Castle
    32.Castell Aberlleiniog
    33.Castell Arnold,
    34.Castell Coch
    35.Castell Crugerydd
    36.Castell Dinas
    37.Castell Du
    38.Castell Moel
    39.Castell Troggy
    40.Castell y Bere
    41.Castle Kinsey
    42.Castle Nimble
    43.Cefnllys Castle
    44.Chepstow Castle
    45.Chirk Castle
    46.Cilgerran Castle
    47.Clyro Castle
    48.Coity Castle
    49.Colwyn Castle
    50.Conwy Castle
    51.Criccieth Castle
    52.Crickhowell Castle
    53.Crug Eryr Castle
    54.Cymaron Castle
    55.Deganwy Castle
    56.Denbigh Castle
    57.Dinas Brân
    58.Dinas Emrys
    59.Dinas Powis e
    60.Dinefwr Castle
    61.Dinerth Castle
    62.Dingestow
    63.Dinieithon Castle
    64.Dolbadarn Castle
    65.Dolforwyn Castle
    66.Dolwyddelan Castle
    67.Evenjobb Castle
    68.Ewloe Castle
    69.Flint Castle
    70.Fonmon Castle
    71.Glan Edw Castle
    72.Grosmont Castle
    73.Gwallter Castle
    74.Gwrych Castle
    75.Gwydir Castle
    76.Harlech Castle
    77.Haverfordwest Castle
    78.Hawarden Castle
    79.Hay Castle
    80.Hen Domen
    81.Hensol Castle
    82.Holt Castle
    83.Kenfig Castle
    84.Kidwelly Castle
    85.Knighton
    86.Knucklas Castle
    87.Lampeter Castle
    88.Langharne Castle
    89.Llanafan Fawr Castle
    90.Llandovery Castle
    91.Llanfair Kilgeddin
    92.Llangibby
    93.Llanrhystud Castle
    94.Llansteffan Castle
    95.Llantrisant Castle
    96.Llantrisant, Monmouthshire
    97.Llanvair Discoed Castle
    98.Llawhaden Castle
    99.Loughor Castle
    100.Maesllwch Castle
    101.Manorbier Castle
    102.Mold Castle
    103.Monmouth Castle
    104.Montgomery Castle
    105.Morlais Castle
    106.Narberth Castle
    107.Neath Castle
    108.New Radnor Castle
    109.Newcastle Emlyn Castle
    110.Newcastle Emlyn Castle
    111.Newcastle, Bridgend
    112.Newcastle, Monmouthshire Castle
    113.Newport Castle
    114.Ogmore Castle
    115.Old Beaupre Castle
    116.Oxwich Castle
    117.Oystermouth Castle
    118.Painscastle
    119.Pembroke Castle
    120.Pen y Clawdd Castle
    121.Penarth Castle
    122.Pencoed Castle
    123.Penhow Castle
    124.Penmark Castle
    125.Pennard Castle
    126.Penrhos, Monmouthshire Castle
    127.Penrhyn Castle
    128.Penrice Castle
    129.Picton Castle
    130.Powis Castle
    131.Prestatyn Castle
    132.Pulyn-Y-Aleg Castle
    133.Raglan Castle
    134.Rhayader castle
    135.Rhuddlan Castle
    136.Roch Castle
    137.Ruthin Castle
    138.Skenfrith Castle
    139.St Donat's Castle
    140.St Fagans Castle
    141.St Quintins Castle
    142.Swansea Castle
    143.Tenby Castle
    144.Tinboeth Castle
    145.Tomen Castle
    146.Trellech
    147.Tretower Castle
    148.Twthill, Rhuddlan
    149.Usk Castle
    150.Weobley Castle
    151.White Castle
    152.Wiston Castle
    153.Wolf's Castle
    154.Womaston Castle
    155.Wrinstone 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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)
    • Cockles
    • Crempogau
    • 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
    • Lobscows
  8. 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.
  9. 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!!
  10. 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!

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Want to experience Wales from above? Take to the skies and skydive in Swansea!!
Want to experience Wales from above? Take to the skies and skydive in Swansea!! | Source
Come Whale spotting in Wales!
Come Whale spotting in Wales!
Watch spectacular bottled nose dolphins!
Watch spectacular bottled nose dolphins! | Source

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

Useful for travellers!

The Rough Guide to Wales
The Rough Guide to Wales

Useful for first time travellers who want to get by around the country! great information worth the buy!

 
Welsh for Beginners (Languages for Beginners)
Welsh for Beginners (Languages for Beginners)

Love learning languages? Want to try out Welsh before coming to Wales? This book and audio is a great start for beginners! recommended by Welsh language learners

 
Lonely Planet Discover Great Britain (Full Color Country Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Discover Great Britain (Full Color Country Travel Guide)

"Experience the best of Great Britain.

This full-colour guide does the work for you - Lonely Planet's trademark expertise cuts straight to the must-see highlights of the country so no matter what your time frame or budget, you won't miss the best bits."

 

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      livetech 8 weeks ago from United Kingdom

      Great hub, I added it to my recommended reading section on my most recent hub 'Wales 2017, Year of Legends' - hope that is good with you!

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      livingabroad 3 years ago from Wales, UK

      Nice Hub Blaidgoch! Outstanding natural beauty, three national parks, umpteen castles, beautiful beaches and Cawl! What more could you want? Everyone should visit Wales one in their lifetime. Up, interesting and sharing. javascript:void(0);

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      blaiddgoch 5 years ago from Wales

      Yea Welsh and Gaelic are Celtic languages, I'm sure you'd enjoy walking round Snowdonia or going up the mountain next time you visit Wales, it's a beautiful place

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Wow! Beautiful! I have been to Wales for an overnight stay in Anglesey or Holyhead. Just passing through Wales is already an amazing experience as I could see the beautiful coast lines. I love hearing Wales language. It sounds like Gaelic. I´ve been dreaming of going to Snowdonia for a week but until now, it´s a dream. Maybe next time. Voted up and useful.

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      blaiddgoch 5 years ago from Wales

      Thanks everyone for your comments, I'm glad you all like it!:)

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      pinkhawk 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      Wow! Whatta great place to visit, how I wish I could visit this place one day.. ^_^! thanks for introducing this place... very interesting...

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Interesting Hub!!! LOVED the pictures and this definitely seems like a place I would want to visit!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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      deergha 5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Me too have not been to Wales....but htis hub of yours made me wish to see this place. The pics are very beautiful. Voted up and useful.

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      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I haven't been to Wales, but it seems to sometimes get overlooked in comparison to England and Scotland. This is good information. It makes me want to visit it sometime.