Holidays in 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
Have you ever been to Wales?
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.
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.
Fancy a Trip to Beautiful Wales?
- Macs Adventure | Walking Holidays and Cycling Holidays
Self guided walking holidays, cycling holidays and active holidays with specialists in self guided walking holidays in Wales, England, & Scotland, and throughout Europe.
North Snowdonia Panorama
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!
A fascinating insight into the harsh world of the Welsh miners
Great Sites with Information about Wales
- RCAHMW | Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
- Current Archaeology Magazine
Do you want to dig in Wales? Find out more on this site.
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
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.