Top 5 things to do in Wales

Cardiff Castle, photo by candyschwartz/flickr

Bordered by England on the east, the magnificent country of Wales is one of the top destinations for tourists in Great Britain. It is a very attractive country, having spectacular landscapes, gorgeous cultural attractions and colorful history. Wales is home to several national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty, spectacular cities, traditional picturesque villages and wonderful tourist attractions. Known as “the land of castles”, Wales is home to 641 impressive fortresses. The country is rich in history, culture, myths and legends. Wales is also home to 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I am absolutely sure that you find this description very convincing. If you decide to spend a couple of days or even weeks in this wonderful country, you will surely get a memorable experience! There are dozens of attractions and numerous things to do here. The following article will present you the top 5 things you should do while on a holiday in Wales.

 

Visiting some of the Welsh castles

 

The numerous castles of Wales are some of the most spectacular ones in Europe. They attract dozens of visitors every year. If you love to visit historical attractions during your vacation, Wales is the perfect place for you. There are 641 castles and fortresses in the country. Thus, unfortunately, you won’t be able to visit all of them. Some of the most impressive Welsh castles are the following: Cardiff Castle, Caerphilly Castle, Bodelwyddan Castle, Castell Coch, Powis Castle, Beaumaris Castle and so on. Located in the heart of the capital city, Cardiff Castle is a remarkable site with a history that looks back 2000 years in the past. The Bute family, with extraordinary wealth and vision, transformed the castle into a romantic Victorian masterpiece. The medieval Caerphilly Castle is a great place for families. The annual Big Cheese Festival is one of the events that are held here. It provides a free weekend of entertainment for all the family. If you are looking for a romantic castle, the 13th century Castell Coch is the right choice! For the garden-lovers Powis Castle is the best castle to visit! There are spectacular terraces, exotic plants and beautiful statues in the surroundings of the building.

 

Cardiff Castle, photo by candyschwartz/flickr

 

Climbing the Snowdon Mountain

 

The highest mountain in Wales, Snowdon Mountain is a great place for climbers and nature-lovers. There is a national park called Snowdonia here. There are also numerous activities you can practice in the mountains, such as rafting, mountain biking, climbing, walking, horse riding or even the interesting geocaching activity. Snowdonia has spectacular natural attractions like lakes and waterfalls. You can also camp here with the family or take the children to one of the entertainment facilities, such as the Children’s Farm Park, the Greenwood Forest Park, the National Mountain Centre or the Tree Top Adventure Snowdonia. As you can see, there are dozens of things to see and to do in the Snowdon Mountains, all these making them worth visiting.

 

Snowdon Mountain, photo by Andy Pearce/flickr

 

Visiting Cardiff

 

The spectacular capital city is an important tourist centre and the most popular visitor destination in Wales. It has dozens of magnificent and popular attractions and landmarks, such as the Millennium Stadium, Pierhead Building, the Welsh National Museum, Cardiff Castle, St David’s Hall, Llandaff Cathedral and the Wales Millennium Centre. Another spectacular attraction, the National History Museum at St Fagans is a large open air museum which houses numerous buildings from throughout the Welsh history that have been moved to the site in the city. The Civic Centre in Cathays Park contains a collection of Edwardian buildings such as the City Hall and the National Museum and Gallery of Wales. Another major attraction of the city is the Cardiff Bay. As you can see, the city is a mecca for tourists.

 

Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, photo by gordonplant/flickr

 

Attend a green event of Wales

 

There are some spectacular but weird outdoor activities in the small city of Llanwrtyd Wells, located in the heart of the country. The Green Events was born in the late 1970s, when a group of local business people tried to bring tourists to the town. In 1979 the Tourist Association of Llanwrtyd Wells was created. Its main objective was to organize a new event each year. Green Events include the following: Bog Snorkelling, the Roman Festival of Saturnalia, Red Kite Mountain Bike Bash, the Winter Warmer Beer Festival, the Real Ale Wobble or Ramble, Man versus Horse Marathon and so on. These are fantastic entertainment possibilities for the whole family.

 

Coasteering

 

If you haven’t heard about this outdoor activity, I will explain what it means. The adventurous coasteering is practically working your way round a coastline at sea level. It may involve swimming, diving, jumping, climbing, scrambling and rock hopping, all designed to be challenging and enjoyable at the same time. The best sites for coasteering in Wales are the following: Isle of Anglesey, Llyn Peninsula, Pembrokeshire Coast and Gower Peninsula.

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