If your visiting North and South Wales get ready to plan your trip.
No matter where you go, make the time to connect with Welsh culture. The south, with a less-rugged topography, is where two-thirds of the people live. But the more distant north Welsh coast has the country’s highest concentration of castles, natural beauty, and attractions.
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You will learn some Welsh, sample traditional Welsh food and learn about the ancient history and culture of Wales. In northwest Wales, the intimidating Caernarfon Castle looms above the coast its unusual polygonal towers striking an imposing silhouette against the sky.
Listen to the sound of Welsh, one of Europe’s oldest languages still spoken. Near Tenby, you’ll find the Lovespoon Workshop, where you’ll learn much about the Welsh tradition of lovespoon making. Lovespoons can celebrate many special occasions, including engagements, anniversaries, weddings and births.
A land of centuries-old castles and beautiful beaches.
Head on down to the Gower Peninsula to discover the area just south of Swansea, famous for its sandy beaches, limestone cliffs and wild moors. The south of Wales presents you with a gorgeous coastline, picturesque seaside towns, magnificent hills and beautiful heather moors.
For a fairy-tale castle experience, stop at Castell Coch just north of Cardiff. North of Cardiff is found the award-winning Llancaiach Fawr living history museum.
Get to see waterfalls, rivers, national parks, glorious gardens, a fairy tale castle, and several lovely towns. Behind Cardiff castle is Bute Park, the so-called “green lungs” of the city centre, and the National Museum Cardiff.
- Practice white water rafting within a city.
- The countryside is filled with pretty valleys.
- Roath Park and Lake is a fantastic free day out.
- The Bay is now a popular part of any visit to Cardiff.
South Wales is found the Welsh capital of Cardiff, along with some of the country’s loveliest scenery, and consistently ranks as one of the top places to visit in Wales. Many have visited seaside resorts such as Llandudno, Prestatyn and Rhyl in North Wales. With Aberystwyth and Barmouth in Mid Wales and Barry. Don’t forget Tenby, Swansea and Penarth in South Wales, which were developed to respond to this trend.
Easy, fun and adventurous days that make you feel like you have seen the natural wonderlands of the region. Taking a stroll along the stunning coast and spotting wildlife before ending your day by the fire in a pub can’t be beaten.
Parts of the culture are strongly connected to the language.
On the beautiful West Wales coast, a lovely park is perfect for sea air and sea views. We’re talking mountains, national parks and beautiful Welsh coastline in abundance.
The areas share beautiful, rugged coastlines and unique natural sites where you can explore the remains of the ancient peoples that settled here. And for the lovers of castles there many to discover with Carreg Cennen, Pembroke and Kidwelly being three of the most impressive.
The Welsh culture.
Along the way, you’ll experience Welsh culture, hear the welsh language, see ancient abbeys, immerse yourself in the abundant wildlife and visit a host of ancient castles ruins. Wales is a land rich in history with its’ Celtic culture and traditions showcasing an outstanding natural beauty.
This green and pleasant land, Wales is a source of inspiration for lots of art forms. From the poetry of Dylan Thomas on to the talented singers in the male voice choirs and the local craftspeople of woodwork and textiles.
Get adventurous, try surfing, coasteering, climbing or abseiling.
Quilting, a part of the Welsh culture since at least the 18th Century. Prepare to discover traditional Welsh villages, sweeping coastal towns and hear the unique Welsh language spoken by the locals.
Wales presents the opportunity to explore rugged coastlines, hills and mountains and popular seaside resorts both north and south. Mostly here the prevailing wind is from the southwest, but it may blow from any direction for sustained periods.
What is Wales well known for?
Wales is very well known for its rugged coastline, mountainous National Parks and the Celtic Welsh language. It’s a great country to live in or to visit. First, it not only has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but the Welsh people are also known as one of the friendliest.
Then there are many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Wales has five, the 74 nature reserves and the three national parks. Early incarnations of Welsh rarebit were being made in medieval times, and by the middle of the 15th-century rarebit was considered a national dish.
South Wales stretches from historic Chepstow, with its imposing castle near the English border, to the big skies and epic sea views of the jagged western coast of Pembrokeshire. Among the most stunning waterfalls, Sgwd-yr-Eira is only a couple of miles away from a car park at Dinas Rock. So if you’re not feeling like taking the Four waterfalls to walk, just head to the Sgwd-yr-Eira waterfall during your road trip in South Wales.
Get a glimpse of Roman fortresses, monasteries and other relics of ancient Celtic culture. Explore parts of the Welsh coastline that many visitors overlook starting in Ogmore-by-sea and stop at Dunraven Bay.
Roman work can still be distinguished in the wall facings.
There are fields with sheep, daffodils in the green pasture, castles, natural parks, mountains, sandy beaches and a breathtaking horizon with views to the Irish Sea. There are almost 200 miles of magical shoreline protected as a National Park.
Nature-lovers arriving in Wales will be overwhelmed by the landscape. Here, you’ll be well rewarded with chances to explore a selection of the prettiest, and most striking, landscapes in the UK.
The coastline of Wales.
The coastline – which is now linked by paths, perfect for a walk – is cruelly underrated. There is an ever-changing landscape of mountains, moorland, forests, broad river valleys and small fishing villages, rugged coasts, beaches and towns.
Enjoy the wonderful tranquillity of a Victorian coastal resort, uncover a significant industrial heritage, some prehistoric tombs and much evidence of a rich Celtic culture. Separated by the Irish Sea, each area seems to maintain its own unique culture and heritage.
Swansea is in the top of British University’s sporting leagues.
The sunny, warmer weather beckons travellers to explore the country’s various landscapes—from the lush, green mountains to the stunning coastline. Tenby has got a beautiful coastline, a great sandy beach, a rows of charming pastel-coloured houses, a small island that has a fort, a hill with glorious views of the town and beautiful turquoise water!
There are butterflies and dragonflies to be seen at the many lakes and gardens. On the coast, you have starfish, crabs and other sea creatures in the rock pools, and dolphins, seals and porpoises in the water. It’s a fantastic bird-watching destination too. One of the most unusual activities you can do is a trip to Skomer Island off the Pembrokeshire coast between April and September.
Pristine lakes and rivers, with mountains to climb, such as Snowdon, the world-class beaches and the coastal paths. Scattered all around this country, from the coastline to the hills, you’ll discover ancient fortresses to explore and admire.
- Visit the ruins of the Hay Castle.
- Bangor is the oldest city in Wales.
- Northern areas are generally colder and wetter.
- The 18th and 19th centuries saw a time of unrest in Wales.
The most varied of Wales’s three regions, the south covers an area around Cardiff that reaches southwest to the rugged coastline of Pembrokeshire. There is a vast expanse of countryside for you to explore, pubs on the way to rest tired legs, mountains to ascend and the famous coastal paths to follow.
The Welsh culture came from its’ Celt, Roman, and Anglo Saxon history. There is a Roman fort at Cardiff believed to have been established near the end of the 50s AD, strategically allowing soldiers to be near the sea.
Try the Welsh cuisine including laverbread, rarebit and roast lamb.
Romans settled in, built highly decorated villas resplendent with mosaics, ornate gardens with fine statuary, extensive towns, bathhouses, amphitheatres and temples. The Roman invasion led many Welsh people to move to the much less welcoming uplands, where the only cereal crops that could be grown were oats, barley and rye.
The further west, the smaller the roads become and more rugged the landscape. Meanwhile, the landscape remains stunning, mountains, river valleys, and lush meadows.
Wales a trip to enjoy.
You can visit many of the most stunning castles in Europe, including Harlech and Caernarfon. No matter who you are or even where you are from, you’ll be given a warm Welsh welcome at one of the nearly 200 golf courses that can be found in Wales.
There’s Cardiff, a lively city that’s existed for over two millennia. Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance.
Powys, well known since Victorian times as a spa town.
In the land of castles and dragons, the heart of Welsh culture is found in its myths and legends. The time from June to August is full of exclusive events like the Big Cheese Festival and Eisteddfod, the celebration of Welsh culture.
With picture-perfect coastline, mighty peaks, ancient castles, and an excellent road network, Wales is almost purpose-built for road trips. With its panoramic beaches, varied coastline, attractive parks and ample leisure opportunities, it’s easy to see why the area offers such a desirable quality of life.
Are the Welsh friendly?
The Welsh go out of their way to be friendly. In fact, they’re warm, proud and passionate people, as most small countries are. They will sometimes say, we tilt at the English but the lances are not barbed. One of our most famous songs is We’ll Keep a Welcome” by Mai Jones, and that rings true.
You’ll visit superb modern interpretative centres and see a reconstruction of life under the Romans. Attractions that include Tredegar House and Gardens, the Transporter Bridge, the ancient Roman fortress at Caerleon, and St. Woolos Cathedral.
You can see these fantastic locations and learn a little about the history and beauty of this beautiful nation. There’s also a working recreation of the Lewis Merthyr Colliery from the 1950s and a multi-media exhibit of coal mining history in the area.
The traditional Welsh breakfast reflects the coastal aspect of Welsh cuisine. If you enjoy hearty food, a distinct culture, the outdoors, cosy pubs, fascinating traditions and breathtaking scenery, then Wales is for you.
See history in the magnificent castles across the countryside.
For something more urban, don’t forget the big cities of South Wales – Cardiff is an art and cultural centre, while Swansea has quaint Victorian arcades. Cardiff, with over 400,000 people, benefits from its size, capital status, a area in south-east Wales with good connections to London and the M4 corridor.
Swansea, Wales’s second-largest city, doesn’t get in itineraries often, and it would not appeal to a lot of travellers if you’re limited on time. Attractions include the National Waterfront Museum, Dylan Thomas Centre, Oystermouth Castle, Plantasia, Mumbles Pier and the beach and promenade along Swansea Bay and the adjoining Gower Peninsula.