You might feel overwhelmed when it comes to choosing where to visit in Wales as there is so much
on offer, a wealth of amazing places to visit and a huge range of activities available. Known for its
beautiful mountains, national parks, Welsh castles, and stunning coast lines, Wales is quite simply
breath-taking.
Snowdonia National Park
This stunning area covers a huge 823 square miles, is packed with intricate and glorious landscaping,
and holds a population of approximately 26,000 people. Presenting itself as the largest Welsh
National Park, Snowdonia has the biggest naturally occurring lake in Wales and is home to the tallest
mountain in England and Wales – ‘Snowdon’ (‘Yr Wyddfa’) of 3,560 feet.
Coupled with the picture-book villages in the area and scenery of the highest order, Snowdonia is
not to be missed for its strong historical and cultural tourist opportunities and welcomes many
millions of visitors every year.
Brecon Beacons National Park
If you have not visited the glorious Brecon Beacons this area is almost mandatory and provides an
exhilarating experience! The famous sight of the Corn Du (873m), Pen y Fan (886m) and Cribyn
(795m) peaks is sure to dominate any visit. In Brecon Beacons, you can enjoy a tremendous amount
of activities from fishing, horse riding, hang gliding/paragliding, cave exploring, water attractions
(canals, waterfalls, reservoirs) and biking.
If that doesn’t appeal, then marvelling at the beauty of the skies and exploring the many walks,
abseiling opportunities, rock climbing, foraging, and hikes available are sure to get your blood
pumping.
The Castles of Wales
It isn’t possible to think of Wales without a passing thought for its castle masterpieces. Did you know
there is an excess of 600 castles in Wales? Wales has more castles in every mile squared than in any
other location in the world and it can be difficult to know where to start. Many castles are situated
in close proximity to beautiful sand filled beaches and present a visual scene of unrivalled beauty.
Consider Caerphilly Castle, which boasts itself as the second largest castle in Britain. Of 13th century
construction, it was created by Anglo-Norman Gilbert de Clare and is a marvellous medieval fortress
where you can learn its history first-hand.
On any visit to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, an adventure to Cardiff Castle cannot be missed. Built in
the 11th century and bursting with 2000 years of historical significance, Cardiff Castle has housed
soldiers from the Roman empire and has held knights in its walls. Redesigned by the Bute family and
with help of William Burges, architect in 1866, the castle experienced a truly remarkable
transformation with each room enjoying a specific, unique feel. To see the marble, magnificent
carvings of wood, stained glass areas, murals and exorbitant interior features Cardiff Castle is an
absolute must of any castle ‘to do’ list.
Harlech Castle, located in North Wales was built by the King of England, Edward I. It is clearly visible
on Cardigan Bay and presents a magnificent masterclass of castle-building that took six years to
construct, starting in the year 1283. During the Wars of the Roses (1455 – 1485), the castle was
subject to an extensive, ongoing siege and this was the theme of the famously known song ‘Men of
Harlech’.

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