The Welsh spirit is the country’s defining feature. Today the spirit of Wales is stronger than ever.
Welsh arts, film and, above all, rock music have taken the world stage by storm and killed off the old stereotypes. The new Wales is a vibrant place where history is alive and Welsh culture finds new forms of expression. The male voice choirs may still keep a welcome in the valleys, but an alternative culture flourishes in urban hubs, like Cardiff with gourmet kitchens and hip hotels. Wales remains a superb outdoors location great for hiking or mountain biking in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park with its stunning scenery and coastal trail, or lose yourself in the pounding surf, sweeping beaches and limestone cliffs of the Gower Peninsula. You can tour villages with tongue-twisting names before settling down in a cosy pub with a pint of local ale in Brecon Beacons, or join the adrenaline junkies in a quest for the ultimate adventure in Llandudno – Welsh style. Wales is a place that becomes an obsession, beckoning back its visitors year after year with its friendly locals, fine food, remarkable landscapes, white-knuckle adventures and admirably green credentials. You won’t be disappointed!
Discover Wales, here are a selection of great reasons to visit.
Wales is a country worth exploring whether you're a fun seeking family, a chilled out couple, or anything in-between, there are plenty of things to do in Wales, come rain or shine. Choose from a slow paced day seeing castles, museums and tasting wonderful local produce, or get lively with some outdoor activities or even a music festival or sporting event.
Wales' Capital city you will find unique attractions, top class entertainment and quality shopping with a difference - all within walking distance. Innovative architecture sits alongside historic buildings and Cardiff Bay offers entertainment for everyone. St Mary Street is Cardiff's main location for clubs and bars For those who prefer live music Cardiff has some great live venues, with a range of up-and-coming and big name bands.
Llanwrtyd Wells is a small town in the parish of Llanwrtyd in Powys, mid Wales, lying on the River Irfon. With a population of 601 people (United Kingdom Census 2001), it claims to be the smallest town in Britain. Llanwrtyd Wells grew as a spa town, based around the Ffynnon Ddrewllyd spring, which still exists. The town was also known as an eisteddfod site, and is the site of both the World Bog Snorkelling Championships and the annual Man versus Horse Marathon, as well as many other eccentric annual events.
Portmerion is a popular tourist village in Gwynedd, North Wales. It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village and is now owned by a charitable trust. Portmeirion has served as the location for numerous films and television shows. This unique coastal resort with hotels, cafes, shops & self-catering cottages is well worth a visit.
Snowdonia National Park
Situated on the west coast of Britain covering 823 square miles of diverse landscapes, Snowdonia National Park is a living working area, home to over 26,000 people. As well as being the largest National Park in Wales, Snowdonia boasts the highest mountain in England and Wales, and the largest natural lake in Wales, as well as a wealth of picturesque villages like Betws y Coed and Beddgelert. Snowdonia is an area steeped in culture and local history, where more than half its population speak Welsh.
The Welsh coastline has many resorts with sandy beaches and picturesque harbours, the Victorian resort of Llandudno being the largest. The popular activity of Coasteering on the Welsh coast offers breathtaking exploits amidst breathtaking scenery.
There are over 600 of them in Wales, from Dolbadarn to Caldicot. The Edwardian castles of Conwy, Caernarfon, Harlech and Beaumaris are all World Heritage Inscribed Sites and the magnificent 700 year old Chirk Castle has been lived in continuously since it was built.
An icon of the 21st Century and a monument to international rugby.
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