The seven wonders of Wales

St. Giles Church

St. Giles Church, photo by myeralan/flickr

The country of Wales is situated in the south-western part of the United Kingdom. It is bordered by the country of England to the east, the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea to the west and the Bristol Channel to the south. Wales is one of the United Kingdom’s most attractive countries, it has gorgeous landscapes, with about 1.200 km of coastline and beautiful mountainous areas. There are also about 50 islands that lie off the mainland, the largest being Anglesey, in the north-western part. Below I will present you “the seven wonders of Wales” to help you make a decision over your holiday destination. Trust me, after reading this article, you will be amazed be the beauty of this country and will make your packages as quickly as you can.

 

1. The Pistyll Raeadr Waterfall

 

Located in Powys County, about 12 miles west of Oswestry, this breathtaking waterfall is formed by the Afon Disgynfa’s falling, in three stages. It is about 73 meters tall and is located on the Afon Raeadr River. It is fed by plentiful water from the Berwyn Hills. Being one of “the seven wonders of Wales”, it is considered the tallest waterfall of the country. The view is spectacular and you can get close enough to the waterfall to take a wonderful photo at the foot of it.

 

2. St. Giles’ Church

 

The impressive church of St. Giles’ is located in the largest town of North Wales, Wrexham. In fact, the tower of the church makes part of “the seven wonders of Wales”. The church with its steeple is the tallest building in the city and can be seen from miles around. The construction of the church began in 1506. Today the church contains several medieval carvings and monuments. The steeple is richly decorated and the impressive facade makes it a must-see attraction on your “seven wonders of Wales”-tour.

St. Giles Church

St. Giles Church, photo by myeralan/flickr

 

3. The Overton yew trees

 

The twenty one famous and very old yew trees are situated in the churchyard of St. Mary the Virgin, in the small town of Overton-on-Dee. The oldest trees are believed to be around 1.500-2.000 years old. Yes, you’ve read it correctly! The churchyard with the trees offers a peaceful place to take a rest and the perfect sight to make some fantastic pictures.

 

4. Snowdon Mountain

 

Considered the highest mountain of Wales and also England, it is a very popular area with the climbers. Located in Gwynedd, in the north-western part of Wales, Snowdon Mountain is a national nature reserve for its rare flora and fauna. One of the protected plants is the beautiful flower named “Snowdon lily”. The landscape is spectacular and there are also several lakes in the region that make Snowdon Mountain one of the best choices for nature-lovers.

Snowdon Mountain

Snowdon Mountain, photo by Andy Pearce/flickr

 

5. St. Winefride’s Well

 

Considered a holy well, St. Winefride’s Well is located in Holywell, Flintshire. It is believed that the well has healing water, being connected to St. Mary’s Well in Cefn Meiriadog, Denbighshire. Also known as “the Lourdes of Wales”, it has been a  pilgrimage site since the 7th century. The view is also beautiful: there is a gorgeous bathing pool, hand-pumps, stone decorations on pillars and a statue of St. Winefride.

 

6. Llangollen Bridge

 

Situated in the small town of Llangollen, the bridge is considered the first stone bridge over the River Dee. It was built under the direction of John Trevor I, Bishop of St Asaph and it has been upgraded many times, but it has preserved its original design.

Llangollen Bridge at night

Llangollen Bridge at night, photo by cookipediachef/flickr

 

7. Gresford Bells

 

The bells of the All Saints’ Church in the village of Gresford make part of “the seven wonders of Wales”, owing to the purity of their tone. The church has a remarkable size with beautiful interior monuments and spectacular yew trees in the churchyard. The bells are rung regularly for church services, but visiting Gresford on Sunday is the best choice!

 

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