If you’ve hit the road with Welsh comedian Rob Brydon, hung out with Gavin and Stacey at Barry Island, or traveled to Cardiff with The Doctor, then you may have picked up on bits and pieces of Wales. There’s a lot of fun stuff going on right next door to England, starting at the top of a mountain, down to the coast, and everything else in between. Here are 10 reasons to make a visit to Wales:
1. Snowdonia National Park, in North Wales, is home to the longest and fastest zip-line in Europe. Adventure seekers can find the line on Snowdon mountain, the highest mountain in Wales and England. For a complete list of the highest mountains in Wales, go here.
2. Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula in Swansea, a coastal town, is a great spot for surfing. If you’re keen on the idea but haven’t been on a board yet, you can sign up for lessons at Gower Surfing.
5. Hennighan’s Top Shop in Machynlleth, a town in Powys, Mid Wales, was named the 2014 Wales’ best fish and chips shop in the regional category hosted by The National Fish & Chips Awards. You may have to climb a mountain or two to get there, but it is the best.
6. Barry Island is a resort town located in South Wales, with an amusement park kitty corner to the beach. If you need a break from the sun, you can pop into one of the many restaurants or pubs.
— Barry Island (@_BARRYISLAND_) May 18, 2014
7. Rhyl, in North Wales, is basically a mini Vegas with its lively nightlife. What happens in Rhyl, stays in Rhyl.
8. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is the longest name for a village in Britain. Yes, that really is the name. It’s worth going to the island of Anglesey, where the village is located, just to get the souvenir shirt that says, “My friend went to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch and all I got was this shirt,” and gift it to an unsuspecting pal.
9. For the most part, everyone in Wales speaks English, but the Welsh language is still alive and happening with 19% of the population (approximately 500,000 people) speaking the native language called Cymraeg. While you may not be bumping into Welsh speakers left and right, you will pick up on its influences in road signs, names of shops and towns. Umm, did you see the name of the village above? You have the best of both worlds: the ease of getting around being able to speak the language—and that “foreign” feel.
10. The capital of Wales, Cardiff, is not only home to Doctor Who, but also Cardiff Castle. Wales has been referred to as the “Land of Castles,” because it has over 600 castles, which you can find out more about here. And where there are castles, there are gardens. Wales has 10 National Trust Gardens.
For more suggestions go to VisitWales here.
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