Wales is a beautiful and vibrant country, a land of lush greenery, dramatic landscapes, myths, and Celtic culture, with an abundance of Wales to see and do. Here are a few must-see things when traveling to Wales.
Wales is the smallest part of mainland Great Britain and offers many wonderful reasons to visit. To the south is cosmopolitan Cardiff, a good destination from which to explore the rest of the country. With its magnificent castle, arcades, and historic buildings, this town offers many Wales attractions and things to do. For casino lovers, Wales offers more than 10 different casinos. Until you get there you may want to check out Free Bets.
When you’re ready to venture into the distance, you’ll find a wealth of attractions including more than 400 castles and fortresses, gardens, breath-taking scenery, and historic railways. No matter how you spend your time in Wales, you are in good hands. The Welsh are some of the most interesting, laid-back people you can find.
Snowdonia is the name of the mountainous region in County Gwynedd in Wales, a region with 14 peaks over 900 meters, including Snowdon itself (1066 m). Other high mountains are Krippe Goch (921 m); Crib-y-Ddysgl or Garnedd Ugain (1064 m); Lliwedd (898 m) and Yr Aran (747 m). So it’s no surprise that visitors to the region, many of whom explore the region’s extensive network of hiking trails, can enjoy many wonderful landscapes. The best view is from the village of Capel Curig, but the peaks, all of which are in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, can also be seen from Porthmadog and the Nantlle Valley.
Wales landmarks in Snowdonia
In addition to natural attractions, Snowdonia offers a variety of man-made landmarks. Some of the most notable are the exhilarating Snowdon Mountain Railway (a great way to climb Snowdon), a cogwheel train that drops you off at the spectacular Hafod Eryri Visitor Center at the top of the mountain, the lovely villages of Llanberis and Beddgelert, and the fascinating National Slate Museum. There are also plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities such as ziplining, white water rafting, rock climbing, and paragliding.
The region also offers a wide variety of accommodation options, from quaint guesthouses and family-run inns to hostels and campsites. Plan your adventure with our list of the Wales attractions in Snowdonia.
2. Conwy Castle – Wales Attractions
Conwy Castle is the most massive-looking link in Edward I’s Iron Ring of Fortresses in North Wales. With 1,500 men, it took James of St. George only five years to erect eight massive towers in a rectangle around the two stations on a strategic hill near the mouth of the river.
In 1401, on Good Friday, when the fifteen-man castle guard was in the church, two cousins of Owain Glynd Ther took possession of the castle and destroyed the town for Glynd Causers. The castle was renovated again for the civil war, after which all iron, wood, and lead were removed, and it was left as it is today.
The 130-meter-long Great Hall of the outer station and the king’s apartments are well preserved, but the only part of the castle that has retained its roof is the Chapel Tower, which was named after the small room built into the wall, its semi-circular shape carved apse is still difficult to see.
3. Brecon Falls – Wales Attractions
Brecon Beacons National Park contains many lovely waterfalls, the most famous of which is the 90-meter high Henryd Falls in Coelbren, the tallest in Wales. An easy hiking trail leads over the stream that leads to the pool at the end of the waterfall. Another waterfall worth seeing in Waterfall Country is Blaen-y-Glyn, which flows through the Caerfanell and Nant Bwrefwr rivers and is accessible via several hiking trails. Finally, you should also visit Sgwd yr Eira, which is a popular place and known for the narrow path that takes you behind the water.
If you have the time (it takes three to four hours depending on your pace … and longer if you have a picnic, of course), the Four Falls Walk is a must. This scenic adventure begins in Cwm Porth and runs through the park. Visit Wales attractions like the Blue Pool, Sgwd Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd y Pannwr, and Sgwd yr Eira Falls.
Llandudno is the largest seaside resort and undoubtedly the most charming seaside resort in the country. It lies between the limestone peaks of Great Orme and Little Orme in North Wales. Llandudno was built in the 1950s by the wealthy Mostyn family and has all of the features wealthy Victorians were looking for in a summer resort, including a promenade that stretches along the city’s northern beach and leads into the bay with a 700-meter pier.
You can climb the 200-meter-high point of the headland via the Great Orme Tramway, built-in 1902, where visitors can put on their hard hats, to tour an old copper mine.
5. National Museum Cardiff
This magnificent neoclassical building, devoted primarily to natural history and the arts, is the centerpiece of the seven buildings scattered across the country that make up the Welsh National Museum.
The Evolution of Wales shows viewers 4,600 million years of geological history. The insane multimedia display puts Wales in a global context
posed. Other Wales attractions at the museum include the volcanic eruptions and aerial views of the Welsh landscape explaining how the landscape was formed while dinosaurs and woolly mammoths keep children interested.
Natural history ranges from brightly coloured insects to the 9-meter-long skeleton of a humpback whale that washed ashore near Aberthaw in 1982. You can also see the world’s largest turtle (2.88 x 2.74 m), a leatherback found on Harlech Beach, dangling from the ceiling of the museum.
One of the large upstairs galleries is devoted to Welsh ceramics, while others are reserved for temporary exhibitions on subjects such as “Women in Photography” and “Japanese Design”.