Things to do in Wales
Planning a trip to Wales? With its 750 miles of exquisite coastline, large mountainous peaks and beaches, it would keep even the most active of travelers enthralled. Or maybe you are more interested in explore the ancient architecture of the many large and detailed castles that are found all over the country? Or maybe you just want find a quaint little village pub and settle in for a drink or two? Whether you are on a family vacation, romantic getaway, or a solo adventure, there are so many things to do in Wales that it has something for everyone.
Walk the Walls of Conwy Castle
Built in 1238, Conwy Castle formed a crucial link of eight castles in Northern Wales that helped crush the Welsh resistance to King Edward I’s rule. Taking only five years to build, and remaining largely intact, Conwy Castle is surrounded by stunning views of the tidal mud flats were pearl mussels are harvested, right out to the peaks of Snowdonia, a mountain range that was used by the Welsh for refuge from invaders.
A key design feature of the Conwy Castle is how it was integrated with the town so that the two could support each other. From the battlements, a three quarter mile ring of walls loops out from the base of the castle and encircles the town. Inside the town there are beautiful sites, such as the 14th century, half-timbered Aberconwy House and Plas Mawr – Britain’s best preserved Elizabethan townhouse. But the highlight of this castle is walking along the 30 foot high town walls, were you are subjected to beautiful views of majestic town and surrounding area.
Visit the Villiage of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llandysiliogogogoch
This practically unpronuciable villiage is located on the island of Aglesery, and is famous for having, surprise surprise, the longest place name in Europe. The name means “St Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near the rapid whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio with the red cave”.
The name was changed from Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll in the 19th century to try to boost tourism and bring commerce into the villiage. It worked, as tourists now come from all over the world to take a picture of the town’s large name sign. Another nearby tourist attraction is the Marquess of Anglesey's Column, which stands at 89 feet and offers views over all of Anglesey and the Menai Strait.
Listen to the Welsh Choir in Senghenydd
Senghenydd is the home of the famous Aber Valley Male Voice Choir, and although they give concerts all around the world, it is in this village that the choir’s sound is practised and perfected. The men, many of them second or third generation choristers, perform everything from sombre hymns to Queen’s Bohemian Rapsody. The choir sings in both English and Welsh, and can sing in four part harmonies, which sounds as rich and complex as an orchestra.
The choir in Senghenydd practise twice a week, and visitors are welcome to come and view the magic harmony in action.
Take a Tour of Erddig Hall
Located on the outskirts of Wrexham in Wales is Erddig Hall, and it is considered one of the country’s finest stately homes. It was designed in 1683 by Thomas Webb and thenconstructed between 1684 and 1687 for the High Sherriff of Denbighshire, Joshua Edisbury.
A tour of the National Trust property is a must, with the inside a treasure trove of portraits, photographs and a fine collection of 18th century furniture and decorations, including some exquisite Chinese wallpaper that can be found in the State Bedroom. The gardens are also magnificent, and are considered one of the most important surviving 18th century formal gardens in Britain, as it boasts a collection of rare fruit trees, as well as a canal, pond, a Victorian-styled parterre, and beautiful iron gates and railings.
Hike the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path borders Britain’s only coastal national park, so make sure to visit and at least hike along some of the 143 mile trail to see and really appreciate the spectacular edge of Wales. The high sea cliffs offer amazing views of long golden surf beaches, clear seas, and dotted islands or boats sailing past. Along the way there are hamlets, harbours and villages where you can stop and rest and the many pubs, restaurants or hotels present. Take you time to really enjoy the beautiful aspects of this part of nature.
To hike the full length takes around two weeks, and it involves more ascent that if you were to climb Mt Everest, but even if you only spend half a day walking along the trail, the views of the magnificent coastline are well worth it.
Facts about Wales
- The name ‘Wales’ comes from the Cymraeg word ‘Gwalia’, which in English means ‘homeland’.
- The mythical tale of King Arthur was set in Wales.
- Wales doesn't have their own money, they just use the British Pound.
- There a two offical languages in Wales, English and Welsh.
- As of 2010, the population of Wales was 3,006,400.
- There are four times as many sheep in Wales as there are people.
- Roughly only 21 per cent of the Welsh population can speak their native language.
- Wales is believed to have the most castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world.
- The Welsh alphabet doesn't include the letters K, Q, V or Z.
- Famous actors Richard Burton, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta Jones were all born in Wales.
- Wales’s national game is rugby.
- The focus of agriculture is primarily livestock, as most of the soil is poor and unsuitable for growing crops.
- Much of Wales, due to poor soil, is unsuitable for crop-growing, and so livestock farming has traditionally been the focus of agriculture.
There are so many things to do in Wales, it is the perfect holiday destination for anybody and everybody, whether it be families, couples of individuals. So why not make Wales your next holiday destination and visit this beautiful country?