For a small country, Wales packs a lot in! It’s a Celtic country located to the west of England and is about 250km (or 180 miles) long and 90km (or 60 miles) wide. It’s easy to travel around and the scenery is constantly changing too.
Travelling north to south takes about four and a half hours. From mountains to coastline, small communities to cities, and road signs in Welsh and English, you will have to account for photo opportunities, coffee and local pub stops enroute.
There is a lot to see and experience – over 600 castles, three national parks, eleven great little steam trains, award winning beaches, lots of colourful market towns and Cardiff, our capital city. The more adventurous can zipline down the longest or fastest zipwire in the world at speeds up to 120mph or have a surfing lesson at the first inland surfing lagoon.
Enjoy the views of the local countryside along one of our walking or cycling trails, climb or abseil on one of our mountain peaks. With around 20% of locals speaking Welsh as a first language, there’s a strong sense of place too.
Sample locally produced food and drink at traditional pubs, cafes and restaurants. Try a Welsh cake, Welsh rarebit, salt marsh lamb or Welsh black beef along with a Welsh beer, cider, wine or one of a variety of soft drinks.
3. The National Museum Cardiff houses the best collection of impressionist paintings outside Paris - and it’s free to visit too! There are six other National Museums of Wales as well as over 90 accredited museums and galleries around Wales to explore.
4. Visit Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. It’s a compact city and easy to get around with plenty to see and do including Cardiff Castle, National Museum Cardiff, the Principality Stadium (the home of Welsh rugby) and the waterside developments in Cardiff Bay. Watch the video below for a virtual tour.
5. Take a journey along The Wales Way, our family of three touring routes, each one unique and passing through spectacular scenery.
6. Our three national parks celebrate three different landscapes. The rocky mountains of Snowdonia that contrast with the greener mountains and waterfalls of the Brecon Beacons as well as the rugged Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Wales also has five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
7. Where better to try coasteering than the country it was created in. Get in a wet suit, clamber over and up onto the rocks of the shoreline, only to jump off them into the sea. Professionally supervised that is.
8. Take your time – a garden like Bodnant has taken a century and a half to mature, so don’t rush and enjoy the plants and flowers that are on show throughout the year! There are many other gardens to explore too.
9. Experience life underground and take a tour of caves and mines. Take your pick from any one of our mines from silver, gold, copper, lead, coal and slate.
10 Meet the food and drink producers. Learn to cook and taste a Welsh cake or enjoy our national dishes including Welsh rarebit, salt marsh lamb or Welsh black beef dishes, all cooked by professionals who have had lots of practise! Taste our award winning whiskies, gins, wine, beers and of course, chocolate.