Wales is part of Britain, but looks and feels very different. It even has its own language. Whilst almost everyone speaks English in Wales you will hear Welsh and see signs in both languages which is in fact one of Europe's oldest languages dating back to the 6th century. Today all children learn it at school in Wales. Wales has a rich Celtic history going back to pre-Roman times as far as 1000BC, and has over 600 castles! Throughout Wales you will discover breath-taking scenery, miles and miles of unspoiled, rugged coastline and a rich abundance of wildlife. From Steam Railways to Castles to Dolphins to Mountains, however much time you spend here it simply won't be enough.The Welsh Countryside
For a small country, Wales certainly packs in so many different landscapes inspiring many a myth and legend, such as King Arthur and Merlin the magician. You're never far from a mountain or the sea so it's a real draw for walkers, cyclists and surfers. Nature lovers can spot dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, Atlantic grey seals and leatherback turtles off the Welsh coast. Cardigan Bay has the only summer residence of bottle nosed dolphins in the UK.
Southern Wales' parks and beaches
Brecon Beacons National Park located in South Wales, combines remote wilderness, caves windswept uplands, sheltered ancient woodlands, reservoirs and breath-taking waterfalls. Close by is Wales' 2nd city Swansea, which together with the Victorian seaside neighbour Mumbles makes a great base to explore the beautiful Gower Peninsular - Britain's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with its cliff top walks, golden beaches and wild uplands.
Snowdonia National Park
Snowdonia National park in North Wales contains over 100 lakes, 90 mountain peaks, including Mount Snowdon the highest mountain in England and Wales; and 37 miles of pristine coastline and beaches, moors and wetlands, plus castles, steam railways and more.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park on the South West tip of Wales is a spectacular coastal region, surrounded by the sea on three sides. It is a massive favourite with the Great British Trips Team and has charming little seaside towns like Tenby and St Davids, an ancient cathedral settlement, going back 14 centuries and the UK's smallest city. It's also a fantastic location for spotting some of Britain's marine life such as dolphins, seals, puffins and even whales.
In the 'Valleys', you get a unique blend of industrial heritage and stunning scenery, with a male voice choir thrown in for good measure. Valley attractions include the National Mining Museum of Wales, which includes a world famous underground tour where you can find out what life was like as a miner.
Great for music
It's in the Welsh capital, Cardiff that you'll catch some of the best musical entertainment in Britain. The Welsh National Opera perform regularly at their magnificent home- The Wales Millennium Centre, and many classical and traditional folk events can also be found.
Great for sports
Wales' other passion is sport. A visit to Cardiff's Millennium Stadium to see the beloved national team play a game of rugby is an awe-inspiring experience for the atmosphere inside the stadium alone, as the Welsh fans sing out rugby songs whilst their rugby heroes do battle on the field. Wales also boasts over 200 golf courses amidst some stunning scenery in a country only the size of the state of Massachusetts.
By Ruth Lancey
Date: 2018-01-17 12:18:43