Posted by: Carlos | May 27, 2010

A selection of things to do in Wales

People go to Wales for many reasons whether it be the scenery, the coastline or the mountains but there is so much more to enhance your enjoyment. Here I have looked at a few options throughout the country to give you some food for thought before your visit.

Firstly there is history; Wales is full of history and this is perhaps most notably shown by the number of castles and fortresses in the country. Surprisingly there are over 400 castles in Wales and picking the best is a hard choice. Some of the best are Cardiff Castle, obviously based in Cardiff; Caerphilly Castle, the second largest castle in the UK is found just a little further north. If you are in the Brecon Beacons I would recommend a visit to Carreg Cennen. My last choice is Conwy castle which has often been voted the best castle in Wales. This fantastic 13th century castle is in fact the only UNESCO World Heritage Listed castle in Wales.

Cardiff is one of Wales’ must visit places; as the capital of Wales it is a great place to start, being host to a number of great attractions as well as many fantastic restaurants, bars and hotels. Cardiff  is a great family day out. The Museum of Welsh Life gives you an insight into past Welsh life and is an open air living museum that provides fantastic entertainment. Cardiff offers a wide range of other museums, galleries, restaurants, bars and shops.

Pembrokeshire used to be a rarely visited gem but these days more and more people are flocking to appreciate the beauty of this area. This region offers stunning countryside and coastlines where many walks criss-cross its countryside. Pembrokeshire is a great place to relax and take in nature. Why not book a holiday cottage in Wales and appreciate the full value of this region.

Part of Wales’ rich history is of course its mines and there are plenty of opportunities here to visit the old mines to get a feel of the community and experience this dark mysterious underground. One such mine is Big Pit between Cardiff and Brecon, which was only closed in 1980. Here you can understand the hardships the miners faced on a daily basis.

A lot of people like the challenge of a testing walk and Mount Snowdon, in Snowdonia – Yr Wyddfa, in Eryri – is certainly that. Not only the highest mountain in Wales it is also one of the highest in the UK. Despite this it is an achievable target and many walkers reach the summit every year. Snowdonia itself is one of the most beautiful places in the UK if not the world and even if you don’t feel up to getting to the top of Snowdon it is still worth a visit.

Wales is famed for its rugby and the Welsh  have it as one of their main passions. You can watch the Welsh play live at the millennium stadium and soak in the atmosphere or just sit in a local pub and enjoy the experience.

Food and drink is big in Wales, with all that lush farming land there is so much great produce to sample. The country even has a good reputation for Welsh wine these days! Leek soup and welsh cakes come to mind when thinking about food in Wales but nowadays there is so such more to its cuisine. The move to good ingredients has benefitted Wales and in most restaurants around the country you can sample some truly marvellous dining.

We have already mentioned Snowdonia – Eryri – but in the south of the country you will find another stunning national park, the Brecon Beacons; this area of natural beauty is famed for its unspoilt landscapes and is green throughout with miles and miles of walking trails for you to enjoy

Of course, the above are but a small selection of what Wales has to offer. The whole country is filled with wonderful experiences that await you. So book yourself a Wales hotel or a Wales bed and breakfast and enjoy everything Wales has to show you. The best way is to log onto and check out their great choice of accommodation in Wales.


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