Travel guide for Wales - travel, accommodation and attraction information

Wales travel guide

Journey to the ancient Celtic kingdom of Wales, land of castles

Learn everything about Wales from its beautiful scenery and historic landmarks to its vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. You'll also find useful travel information such as a map of Wales, accommodation booking and information on famous attractions and events.

Memory of Wales

"What a beautiful country...We had such a glorious time and saw so much that I can't pick a favourite. The tour of Cardiff Castle, many other castles, walking on Rhossili Beach, the Gower Peninsula, touring through the Brecon Beacons, down in the mines at Big Pit, etc etc. WoW!."

Barbara, Canada

Packed full of natural beauty

Wales, bordered by England on the east, is a small country with a colourful history and spectacular landscapes, including 3 National Parks and 5 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. At only 170 miles from north to south and 60 miles east to west, it's no surprise that you're never far from a mountain or the sea. But Wales is also home to vibrant cities, traditional villages and great tourist attractions. Welsh - the native language - is spoken by many people in Wales, and is one of the oldest languages in the world.

 

Culture & heritage

Wales is rich in history, culture, myth and legend. Known as 'the land of castles', it is home to 641 famous fortresses - more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Wales is also home to 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and although Cardiff, the capital city, dates back to Roman times, it's actually Britain's youngest city.

Attractions

The history and myths of one of the world's oldest civilisations have created an unforgettable range of sights to explore; Roman forts, 641 castles, and countless sights linked to Kind Arthur and Merlin the magician. And from small country villages to the buzzing cities with their vibrant music and nightlife, there are fascinating local attractions to explore everywhere.

 

Shopping

The completion of the new shopping mall, has elevated Cardiff to 6th in the Shopping league of UK Cities, Queen Street is the city's main shopping area, where you'll find all your favourite high street shops and for unique boutiques and cafés, the Victorian Arcades are a must-see.

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

 

Sport

Like 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.

 

Food & drink

Wales is a haven for food lovers - in every corner of the country you'll find fantastic local flavours. Sample the fresh cockles with your breakfast, and don't miss the chance to try laverbread - seaweed pancakes fried with bacon. At local farms, try the delicious homemade cheeses, and for dinner, try the world-famous Welsh Black Beef or Salt Marsh Lamb.

Buy before you fly

There'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 .

 

Buy SeeWales Tours vouchers

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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Population
2.9 million
Main airports
Cardiff Airport, London Heathrow
Capital city
Cardiff
Languages
English & Welsh
Main towns / cities
Cardiff, Swansea, Wrexham

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