Journey to the ancient Celtic kingdom of Wales, land of castles.
Strewn with vast green open spaces, mountain ranges and majestic coastlines, its hard to imagine that Wales is quite compact.
With three national parks, 43 Blue Flag beaches and 870 miles of coastline, Wales is a country full of visual splendour and drama, set against a historic backdrop of druids, castles and conquest. This is country steeped in history, with a vibrant 21st century culture.
Want a slice of the alternative? Wales is known for the delightfully quirky and imaginative, like zip lines that soar over Snowdonia and great new adventure sports like coasteering
With a wealth of natural resources, Wales has a landscape begging to be explored. Woodlands and mountainsides ripe for serious mountain biking, hiking and speedy zip lines. Dramatic craggy coastlines are perfect for surfing, paddle-boarding and kitesurfing and calm rivers ideal for kayaking or chugging along on a canal boat.
Every corner of Wales is alive with the echoes of the past. Prehistoric treasure troves, medieval fortresses, staggering abbeys and churches co-exist peacefully among intriguing Victorian towns, industrial villages, modern shopping centres, Edwardian arcades and imposing stadiums and theatres.
It stands to reason that a country surrounded by coastline would be home to outstanding seafood, while its lush pastures and grazing land provide its delicious meats and cheeses. Wales is enjoying a renaissance in organic and artisan foods, many of which are showcased at its premier food event, Abergavenny Food Festival. With a clutch of Michelin stars, Wales is heaven for food lovers.
Wales’ charismatic poets and dramatists like Ivor Novello and Dylan Thomas charmed audiences around the world. Cardiff has since become a thriving hub for creative talent, with Dr Who, Sherlock and Hinterland among its most popular exports.
For a compact country, Wales isn’t afraid of the big challenges. A train line to the top of Wales’ summit? The fastest Zipline in the world? Sounds like a plan! Wales plays host to a number of first class events, from the Ryder Cup and Rally GB to the NATO Summit, but visitors also love the vibe of Wales’ top events and festivals: Green Man, Wakestock, The Good Life Experience and Festival Number 6. Don’t miss more unusual events like the World Alternative Games where you can attend the World Bog Snorkelling Championships or take part in a spot of space hopper racing.
Top daytime must-do's
Top night time must-do’s
Walk a section of the 177 mile or 285km the Offa's Dyke Path, which runs along the English and Welsh border.
Dine at one of the waterfront restaurants in Cardiff Bay
Explore Cardiff Castle , which dominated the city centre
Catch a production by the Welsh National Opera .
Take a trip to Snowdonia and have a go at climbing Mount Snowdon
Visit Llancaiach Fawr Manor, one of the top 10 haunted places in Britain.
Relax with a horse-drawn boat trip along the Llangollen Canal
Wales is the land of castles, so where better to stay than your very own castle?
Visit St Davids Cathedral, which is over 14 centuries old
Lke most of Britain, football and cricket are both popular in Wales, but rugby union is the national sport. The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff is the national stadium for rugby and football matches, and hold up to 75,000 spectators. The Welsh rugby team are hugely successful - they have won the Six Nations 24 times and have qualified for every World Cup.
Tere's so much to see and do in Wales, so don't waste time in queues, buy your travel passes and attraction tickets online! With the BritRail GB Flexi Pass you can hop on a train wherever and whenever you like, and explore the country at your own pace. And make sure you see all the castles Wales has to offer - the National Trust Touring Pass gives you free entry to over 350 of England, Wales and Northern Ireland's finest castles, historical homes and gardens. For more great offers, go to VisitBritain Shop .
SeeWales Tours offers 3 different guided day trips from Cardiff City Centre to Tintern Abbey and Wye Valley, The Sandy beaches of the Gower Peninsula and explores the Valleys and goes underground at the ex coal mine ‘Big Pit’. The tours are designed for all ages and abilities. Buy your SeeWales tour vouchers.
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