If you love unique cultures, the freedom of being outdoors, breath-taking scenery and history to boot, then Wales is definitely for you.
It’s hard to sum up where to visit as there’s so much going on, but here are my 5 things not to be missed.
Snowdonia National Park
This National Park contains the most famous and recognisable landmark within Wales – Mount Snowdon sits at 1085m, making it the tallest mountain in Wales and England. Over 4000 ramblers head to the mountain each year, and with its stunning views and outstanding scenery it’s not hard to see why.
So how long would it take you to walk a full round route? The average time is between 5 and 7 hours. Or you have the option of the Snowdon Mountain Railway which whisks you to the top in under an hour.
Unusually, Snowdonia National Park has a hole in the middle, around the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog where you can take a fun ride on the heritage Ffestiniog narrow-gauge railway.
Island of Anglesey & Beaumaris Castle
There is nothing quite like crossing the bridge to Anglesey, from the moment you arrive you are surrounded by stunning landscapes, unspoilt coastlines and picturesque towns and villages that are ready to be explored.
Anglesey’s centre, Beumaris Castle, boasts World Heritage Status. A castle, within a castle that was never completed, but is nonetheless worth a fascinating visit. It was the last of Edward I’s great welsh fortresses and was built to control the Isle of Anglesey.
The castle is perfect for history buffs and photographers as it is surrounded by a water moat, and has stunning views over the Menai straits and Snowdonia mountain range. The castle grounds are beautiful and it is pleasantly peaceful and quiet.
There are lots of passageways and rooms within the grounds to discover, but be careful to follow the route systemically as they are easy to miss.
Tenby is affectionately protected from the outside world by an embrace of 13th-century stone walls, which attract visitors from all over the world.
It is a harbour town that has somewhat stayed still over the years of tourism and is filled with the usual pubs and shops you would expect to find in any UK city. However, the appeal of the town comes from the miles of golden sands at Castle Beach. Located just outside Tenby's medieval walls, the beach is set below the colourful pastel homes that line the beach.
A coach trip to this town would not be complete without a visit to Tenby Museum, the oldest independent Museum in Wales that was founded in 1878. It sits overlooking Castle Beach and Caldey Island, making for stunning views out to see as far as the eyes can see.
Pembrokeshire coast – St David’s
Find more wild and windswept beaches, plus towering sea cliffs and abundant wildlife on the Pembrokeshire Coast. Here you’ll also find the smallest city in Britain – St David’s, named after the patron saint of Wales. Despite being tiny and with just 1600 residents, its spectacular medieval cathedral has earned it city status.
The cathedral of St David’s is set back in the town, so you wouldn’t necessarily see it straight away but as you walk towards it, you get a breath-taking view with the Welsh hills rolling in the background and the impressive cathedral in the foreground.
It was made the UK's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956, the landscape is scattered with reminders of history. From castles, medieval churches, iron age defences and prehistoric standing stones. All this and it is set against some of the finest backdrops in the country.
It has everything for people who enjoy water sports to walking several bays were you can surf and sea fish, or just a lazy stroll along the many paths.
The mumbles (Mwmbwls in Welsh) is a fishing village situated at the Western end of Swansea Bay. The small but busy village is host to many attractions and restaurants similar to other seaside towns, but the main tourist attraction is the Mumbles Land Train that can be seen chugging its way along the sea front, transporting people to and from Swansea.
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