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Holidays in Wales

Updated on October 18, 2016
Lake Vyrnwy
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Story of Wales
Story of Wales

A beautifully produced program by the BBC

 

Welcome to Wales: Croeso i Gymru

I am passionate about adventure travel and because I live in the UK I often write about this part of the world.

This is a tribute page to beautiful Wales. I shall run through the main features that Wales has to offer visitors and also talk about great holidays cycling and walking in Wales.

You will also find links to great adventure travel companies and other articles that delve deeper into the wonders of Wales.

I hope you enjoy reading and that you'll make a comment before you go.


Take some time out to see just how beautiful Wales is

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Pembrokeshire Beach
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Cymru, Welsh for Wales, is an independent country in Britain, with it’s own language and traditions. It borders with England to the east and to the west is the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea. It is a very beautiful country with hillsides and valleys and mountains and the highest are found in the north and centre of the country.

The strong winds that travel over the Atlantic Ocean are constantly attacking the western and form incredible headlands and beautiful bays.

This land is made up of carboniferous limestone, which has weaknesses and faults, and so sea arches, caves, and stacks are plentiful all along this beautiful stretch of coastline. It is a fantastic place to explore.

Very romantic ideal for walkers and campers.


Llangernyw Yew - The Oldest Tree in Wales
Llangernyw Yew - The Oldest Tree in Wales | Source

Interesting Facts About Wales

  • It took the Romans over 30 years to conquer Wales, and Roman rule lasted for more than 300 years.
  • It is said that Wales has more castles per square mile than anywhere else.
  • Wales is where you will find the mythical King Arthur, who led the British against the invasion of the Anglo-Saxons.
  • Famous people include Sir Tom Jones, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Richard Burton, Catherine Zeeta-Jones, Shirley Bassey, Dylan Thomas, Ryan Giggs, and John Charles. This list could be much longer of course!
  • Wales' population of sheep is four times greater than its people. Welshpool, Montgomeryshire is home to The Smithfield Livestock Market, which is Europe's largest one-day sheep market.
  • They named Mount Everest after Welshman Sir George Everest who came from Gwernvale, Breconshire.
  • Robert Recorde (c.1512-1558) the Welsh mathematician invented the equal sign and brought the plus and minus signs and algebra to Britain.
  • The Brecon Beacons National Park has Europe's largest cave network. Britain's deepest cave, Ogof Fynnon Ddu is 308 m / 1,010 ft.
  • Wales has more than 1,680 miles of coastline.
  • The Llangernyw Yew, is The oldest tree in Wales, it is between 4,000 and 5,000 years old.


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North Snowdonia Panorama

North snowdonia
North snowdonia | Source
The Beautiful Wye Valley
The Beautiful Wye Valley | Source
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Coal Pit Closures

During the industrial revolution in the mid 19th century the growing demand for coal changed the valleys of South Wales and farming communities in this area were transformed by coal mining.

People from all over Wales moved to where they easily found work, in the pits. Cardiff became the world's biggest exporter of coal and iron. This industry was the backbone of Wales.

However, in 2008 the last pit was closed for ever. A falling demand for coal and political decisions (the miner's union was brutally quashed by the Tory government), led to the collapse of coal mining despite mass protests all over the United Kingdom.

The effect on South Wales was devastating and whole communities were broken apart, unemployment caused much suffering. These were bleak days indeed.

This has a particular personal impact on me because my father was once a coal miner in Llanelly, near Swansea. This was at the end of WWII.

He was very warmly welcomed by Wales and the Welsh people from Italy, and worked in the pits as a miner. His job was to set and detonate explosives. My mother used to wash him down in a tin tub after a day's work. She worked in a factory until my sister was born.

It broke our hearts to witness how the miners were treated - it's something the entire nation should be utterly ashamed of.

Today some pits have been converted into museums and visitors are shown around by ex miners. I took a group of children to a pit a few years ago and I highly recommend it. It is remarkable to think that my father, and so many thousands of other men worked in such frightening conditions. I really couldn't have done that - anyone remotely claustrophobic should not contemplate visiting.

Underground Attractions in Wales : a very interesting site that will tell you about all the trips to the mines and more!

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Welsh Miner: History Of Minersmining In Wales
Welsh Miner: History Of Minersmining In Wales

A fascinating insight into the harsh world of the Welsh miners

 

The Welsh Love Rugby

If you’ve never seen a rugby match before then take a few minutes to watch these highlights. I don’t understand the rules, but the game is incredibly exciting, and you’ll see just how passionate the Welsh feel about it. Forward the film on to when they start playing – it’s worth it.

The Welsh Love Singing -The world's largest ever male voice choir!

Conway Towers and Medieval Walls

Conway
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A Few Unique Things to Do

You can have a truly wonderful holiday in Wales because it is unique in many ways.

  • Exploring the amazing castles that are scattered everywhere is a fabulous thing to do but be sure to give plenty of time to Conway Castle because it is one of the finest Medieval castles in Europe.
  • The Island of Anglesea is very beautiful and it is where William and Catherine live. Anglesea also has the village with the longest name in the world : Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch - this is absolutely true!
  • As for Welsh food and drink - Welsh pubs are great as is the beer, Welsh beef is delicious and so are their mussels. Welsh Cheese is famous throughout the UK, don't miss the goat cheese.
  • Look out for Trefriw woollen mill tweeds and bedspreads.
  • Welsh music and the men’s choir are amazing. I have included a video below.
  • Snowdonia National Park is in north Wales and covers a protected area of 823 square miles. Here is where you will find the highest mountain in Wales, Snowdon, (3,560 ft )
  • Also in Conway, search out Britain's smallest house, it is on the quay. It is truly tiny, with a floor area of 3.05 by 1.8 metres and a height of 3.1 metres!

These are just some of the things there are to do!! It really is an amazing place to visit.


The Smallest House in Britain
The Smallest House in Britain | Source

Would you like to visit Wales? - Please leave a comment

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 7 months ago from London UK

      Thanks for your visit.

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      stella vadakin 9 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Sound like a wonderful place, and I did enjoy the music. Thanks for such an interesting article. Stella

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      Thanks. Wales is a very interesting country - a lot of history. I love it there. Thanks for your visit.

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      Cheryl Paton 2 years ago from West Virginia

      Sounds like an interesting place to visit. There are some old mines in West Virginia and Pennsylvania where people can visit. Pinned to my Travel board.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      Dreams do come true! Thanks very much indeed for your visit.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My dream vacation...to rent a cottage in Wales for a month. The key word there is "dream." LOL Thank you for the mini-tour.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      Thank you so much for your visit and your comment.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoyed reading this hub and looking at the photos. I grew up in Wales, so your article has brought back some great memories for me!

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      Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK

      As I am half Welsh (but 100% Welsh when it comes to rugby!) it's good to see this promotion of a part of the United Kingdom which is possibly the least well known of the 'four nations' to overseas visitors.

      I well remember as a child in the 60s visiting South Wales many times as we had relatives in Neath and also in Carmarthen. Coming from Southeast England, it seemed a bit like travelling back in time as we went along mountainous roads, past coal tips to little towns with narrow streets and little grey terraced houses. But now Wales has modern industries and modern attractions for tourists, as well as many beaches, beautiful countryside and interesting history - especially those castles you mention!

      Giovanna, I hope your page which is a good introduction to the key points about Wales, together with the photos and videos, encourages a few more people to visit. Voted up accordingly. Alun

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      @georgepmoola2: I certainly will add them. There are many more things and people I'm going to add as I get time, such as Dylan Thomas for example! Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      @kindoak: You won't be disappointed! Where are you in the EU? Thanks for your visit and comment. Let us know if you do come over.

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      georgepmoola2 2 years ago

      Excellent lens! You may like to add John Charles and Ryan Giggs to your list of famous Welshmen.

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      kindoak 2 years ago

      I've always wanted to visit GB. maybe I'll have to take the car and do a tunnel ride over from mainland EU.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      @captainj88: You'd be made very, very welcome in Wales that's for sure. What a wonderful place it is. Thanks very much indeed for your visit and comment. Let me know when you come over!

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      Shinichi Mine 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I sure would. Looks like a lovely place to visit.

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      Leah J. Hileman 2 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I absolutely would love to visit. I've been in Great Britain once, but it was for a school trip to Scotland and I had no control over the bus or the itinerary. Would like to go back and explore at my own pace, and see more of the isles.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      @smine27: It really is a lovely place. It sounds like a cliché, but the people are so friendly. My sister was born in Wales! I love it there. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      @Ibidii: Let's hope you make it - let me know! Thanks for visiting and your comment.

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      Ibidii 2 years ago

      Yes, I have a lot of ancestors from Wales!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      @takkhisa: it's a truly beautiful and interesting country full of history and folklore. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      Takkhis 2 years ago

      Yes, why not! I would like to visit Wales.

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