The 2016 Euros has put Wales firmly on the international map, so here’s a guided tour around this small, but loud and proud, country via the birthplaces and hometowns of the Welsh national team’s top players.
Gareth Bale and Joe Ledley: Cardiff
There is lots to do in Cardiff, the capital of Wales, but some one of the not-to-misses are the Doctor Who Experience, and the Cardiff International White Water Centre. Cardiff is a compact city which is easy to get around. Head to the waterfront of Cardiff Bay and enjoy the views across the city, bay and Bristol Channel from Cardiff Bay Barrage. You can also visit the Principality Stadium where Gareth and his Welsh team mates trained in March ahead of the 2017 Champion’s League final.
Aaron Ramsey: Caerphilly
Caerphilly is famous for its crumbly white cheese and now for being the hometown of top footballer Aaron Ramsey. Here you can visit the majestic Caerphilly Castle with its moats and islands and enjoy the amazing views from the top of beautiful Caerphilly Mountain.
Neil Taylor: Ruthin
Ruthin Castle was originally built for King Edward I and is now an outstanding 5-star hotel. Don’t miss The Myddleton Arms – Ruthin’s most photographed building; Nantclwydd y Dre – Wales’ oldest timber-framed house and Ruthin Gaol – a prison since 1654. Walkers are also spoiled for choice with trails in the nearby Clwydian range.
Wayne Hennessey: Anglesey
Hennessey was raised in Beaumaris on the isle of Anglesey, which plays host to one of Edward I’s ‘iron ring’ of castles. The castle sits among rolling green hills and seascape scenery. Explore the legend of St Dwynwen by visiting Llanddwyn Island (Ynys Llanddwyn) with its holy well. You’ll find spectacular views on South Stack Island.
Chris Gunter: Newport
Here you can stay at the 5-star Celtic Manor Resort luxury hotel and spa and enjoy an 18-hole game of golf. Take in nearby Tredegar House, one of the best examples of a 17th-century Charles II mansion in Britain. Nearby Caerleon’s National Roman Legion Museum is one of 3 Roman sites in Caerleon, along with the Baths museum and the open-air ruins of the amphitheatre and barracks.
Ben Davies: Neath, Port Talbot
Ashley Williams: Gelli
James Chester: Rhyl
At SeaQuarium Rhyl you can see species from around the world as well as meet the delightful harbour seals. The unique seafront position and state-of-the-art exhibit gives you a fantastic underwater view of the seals.
Joe Allen: Narbeth
Sam Vokes: Colwyn Bay
Watersports fans will go mad for Porth Eirias Waterfront Complex with sailing, windsurfing and powerboating. Close to Colwyn Bay, explore Llandudno’s pier and Victorian seaside resort with links to Alice in Wonderland. Don’t miss the views from the Great Orme, too.