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A Complete Guide to Places to Visit in Wales

Wales - Ross French - January 24, 2021

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Wales is one of the most picturesque component countries of mainland Britain. There are uncountable reasons for a traveler to want to come to Wales. Surreal castles, cozy lanes, all make Wales a must-visit place for all the fellow travelers.

At present, travel is a bit restricted due to the pandemic situation. However, with passing time, things are returning to normalcy. The travel restriction is still existing. After the vaccine is in place, it is expected to ease up. But travelers need to plan their trip beforehand. Wales has been one of the most popular destinations.

Wales has more than 400 castles to explore. Innumerable castles and gardens all around, heritage trains and the culture and people of Wales make the country so beautiful. There are many places to visit in Wales. Here is a complete guide to what to do in Wales.

Major cities of Wales

Each city in Wales has its own quality. Each of them is cultural and beautiful in their own way. The most important city of Wales is Cardiff. Cardiff is the United Kingdom’s eleventh largest city and the capital city of Wales. It is the main center for commercial activities in Wales.

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The other important cities are Newport, St Davis, Swansea, St Asaph, and Bangor. These six cities are the most important centers of culture, economy, and all other things. You can stay here in these cities and cover all the best places to visit in Wales easily. The uniqueness of each city will make you fall in love with Wales.

Best Time to visit Wales

The best thing about Wales is that it will welcome you at any time of the year. Wales is beautiful in its own way no matter what month it is. But if you ask me, summer is the best time to visit Wales. Most of the outdoor activities take place during that time of the year. To enjoy Wales’s attraction to the fullest, summer is the best time to visit. If you want to enjoy the wildlife around Wales, you must come during spring.

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Top tourist attractions of Wales

Wales is full of surprises with stunning scenic beauties. Here are 10 top tourist destinations in Wales that you must visit.

Snowdonia National Park

Probably the first tourist spot of Wales that you came to know about. Snowdonia is the mesmerizing range of mountains situated in Gwynedd county. About 14 beautiful peaks accelerate the beauty of Snowdonia National Park. Most of the mountains are above 3000 feet. The highest is 3546-foot-tall Snowden.

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This region is one of the most popular places to visit in Wales. If you look for Wales tourist attractions, Snowdonia National Park is surely going to top the list.
There are many hiking destinations in and around this area. This makes the place one of the most sought-after tourist destinations of the United Kingdom. Apart from hiking, climbing, mountain biking, horse riding is also available here.

Cardiff castle and national museum

Among all the castles that Wales boasts of, this one is one of the most beautiful castles. Cardiff Castle was built more than 1000 years ago. It is one of the most popular things to see in Wales. The State Apartments will give you an idea of the life inside the castle over the years.

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The fantastically preserved Banqueting hall is also a must-see attraction of the castle. The medieval murals and fireplaces are intriguing at their best. While you are visiting Cardiff Castle, make some time for the museum as well.

Brecon Beacon’s National Park

Brecon Beacon’s National Park is definitely one of the best places to visit in Wales. It is bordered by two different Black mountains. To the west is the one where River Usk starts its journey. To the east is the one with wild ponies.

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The mountains are within 1000 feet. There are many parks and caves to explore. Make sure you do not miss them at any cost. Henrhyd Falls at Coelbren is one of the most famous ones. You also can visit the Big Pit National Coal Museum.

Horse riding, mountain biking, canoeing, fishing, climbing, camping are the most exciting activities to do in this region.

Devil’s bridge

About 12 miles from Aberystwyth, a seaside town is Devil’s bridge. It is a splendid bridge stacked on top of each other. The oldest one was built in the 11th century and the newest one was built in 1901. They are built across the Rheidol gorge.

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If you want to enjoy nature’s beauty a bit more, take a trail to the bottom. It is known as Falls Nature Trail. It is a trail that will take you down. However, that means, on your way back you will have to hike up a steep slope. Jacob’s ladder will take you to the oldest bridge. The view from there is just unmissable.

Hafod Estate

It is very close to the Devil’s bridge. If you are visiting Devil’s bridge, keep some time for Hafod estate as well. It is 200 acres of woodlands, restored for tourists to explore. A pleasant hike is guaranteed. If you are interested in hiking and exploring trails, Hafod Estate is perfect for you.

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Some travelers fall in love with this place and end up spending a lazy day or two over here in Hafod estate. Hawthorn cottage offers tourists to stay back for a vacation. The experience will be unforgettable.

Heritage rail tour

Visiting Wales is incomplete without the heritage rail tour. Wales was once famous for its coal mining. It used to be well connected through a narrow railway track. These tracks are now major tourist attractions. There are about 10 heritage railway tracks.

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These tracks connect most of the most popular places in Wales. One can easily avail of any of the heritage railway tracks. 14 mile-long Ffestiniog Railway is the most popular one running through Snowdonia National Park

Caernarfon Castle

It was built by King Edward 1 for the Prince of Wales. It has 13 towers and two gates and is one of the largest fortifications of Wales. With the royal heritage to boast, Caernarfon castle is one of the most visited castles here. It is one of the most preserved medieval castles of Europe.

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Prembrokshire Coast National Park

To the west of Wales, along the Pembrokeshire coast, the national park is one of the best places to visit in Wales. The national park was established in 1952. Along with Snowdonia and Brecon Beacon, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a wonder-filled national park. It has water on three sides. Enjoy the serenity of the national park with a picturesque view.

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Conwy Castle

The north coast of Wales is crowned with Conwy Castle. The small town of Conwy is very close to Manchester. The beautiful medieval castle will blow your mind away. The annual Pirate Weekend is one of the best times to visit Conwy. It takes place in the month of June. Conwy is one of the best places to visit in North Wales.

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Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden is undoubtedly one of the best gardens in Britain. It is national trust property. The McLaren family had built the garden over many years and generations. If you are in colors, visit the garden during the blooming season to experience the ultimate beauty.

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Anglesey

Probably the most instagrammable location of Wales, Anglesey is another must-visit Wales tourist attraction. It is separated from the mainland by the Menai Strait. The Menai suspension bridge is a hot touristy place. The Holy Island, Salt Island, South Stack Lighthouse are remarkable places to visit in Wales. The town with the longest name is located here, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllandysiliogogogoch.

Local mode of transport

Public transport in Wales is very well connected. Train, buses, bikes, planes are in abundance.
The train journey is definitely one of the most appreciated ones. It is filled with scenic beauty. It connects important places to visit in Wales, that are, Chepstow, Newport, Cardiff, Swansea, and others.

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There are several long-distance bus services that you can avail. Apart from these many of the tourist spots can be covered by walking and on a bicycle.

What to eat in Wales

Cawl is the Welsh national dish. Welsh cuisine has an authentic flavor to it. Dishes like Welsh rarebit, bara brith, Glamorgan sausages, Welsh cakes make the best of welsh dishes. Wales carries a huge history of food weaved in their culture. Drink some beer along with these traditional food dishes, it is pure heaven!

There are many variations in different regions of Wales. However, the Gower peninsula has a distinctive difference when it comes to food. Due to lack of transport, it has a different food habit than the rest of Wales. Whitepot and pumpkins are common in the Gower peninsula and not in the rest of Wales.

Essentials to pack

Visiting Wales is not at all challenging when it comes to packing. Carry your regular clothes and winter wear, depending on the time of visit. Carry the toiletries that you would want to carry. Edibles are widely available in Wales; you need not carry them along. Umbrella and raincoat are must for your trip to Wales. Carry masks and sanitizer along given the COVID situation we are into. Pack your daily medicines if you have any.

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COVID situation in Wales

The UK has been one of the most affected countries with a lot of new cases of Coronavirus. So, there are a lot of travel restrictions right now. However, once the travel restrictions are lifted, Wales will again come back to normalcy in no time. It will be a good time to travel again.

Frequently asked question

How travel friendly is Wales?

Welsh is the most hospitable kind. If you are a solo traveler or a first-time traveler to Wales, it will be absolutely comfortable. Wales is travel friendly and one of the safest place to visit.

What is the prettiest part of Wales?

The coastline is the prettiest part of Wales. It is a cool country to visit for a vacation. Especially the coastlines are stunningly beautiful. It has some of the best beaches in the world. The co-existence of mountains and coast along the coastline make it so picturesque.

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What is the most visited place in Wales?

Wales is quite popular among fellow travelers with a love to explore the world. The most visited places of Wales are Snowdonia National Park, Cardiff Castle, Conwy Castle, Brecon Beacons national park, Hafod estate. However, the most visited place in Wales in the heritage rail journey.

Where can I go for a weekend in Wales?

Looking for a weekend trip to Wales, there are plenty of options ready for you. You can visit Cardiff on a weekend trip. If you are looking for more of a natural getaway, Brecon Beacons National Park will be a treat to your eyes. Gower Peninsula is also another option for a weekend trip to Wales.

Where can I go for a day out in South Wales?

There is plenty of things to do in South Wales. If you are looking for a day out, visit Cardiff Castle. If medieval structure and architecture excite you, Cardiff Castle will be the best choice for a day out in South Wales. The other options are Rock UK, Infinity Trampoline Park, Raglan Farm Park, Treasure trails, etc.

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How safe is Wales for solo female travelers?

Welsh people are known as one of the friendliest kinds. They are helpful and very respectful towards women. The crime rate in Wales is one of the lowest in the world. One of the least in the world for the crime on women. They respect travelers quite a lot. Moreover, if you a solo female traveler, be rest assured you are visiting one of the safest places on earth.

Is Wales too expensive?

Wales is decently expensive. But if you are a budget traveler, you can definitely travel cheap. You will have to plan your trip and do the budget beforehand.

How many days will be good enough for a Wales tour?

If you ask us, the Wales tour will be complete in about 5 days or so. Covering the whole of Wales will not be possible in less than 5 days.

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Moving To Norway? Here’s what you should know

Norway - Ross French - November 10, 2020

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Are you also thinking of moving to Norway but are uncertain regarding a few things? You may have many questions in your mind, such as immigration rules, learning Norwegian, and finding a job there.

Moving To Norway: All Your Queries Answered

Whether you’re moving to Norway from USA or from anywhere else, you’ll face many difficulties. So to help you out, this article will guide you about moving to Norway and living there.

How Does Living In Norway Feel Like?

Many people think that living in Norway is the best feeling one could ever imagine. While some others think it’s just fine. But to be honest, it depends on your preferences and conditions. When you move to Norway, you will surely leave a lot of friends and family members behind. So you may feel lonely in the first few weeks. But with time, you will learn to make new friends and ultimately move on. If you’re moving to Norway from USA, it can be a bit difficult for you. This is because the Norwegian lifestyle and the American lifestyle are two totally different things. So you can’t expect to suddenly be happy after moving to Norway.

Whereas, as far as living conditions are concerned, Norway has the foundations for a happier life. Norway’s working conditions are great, and you can easily earn a good living by doing a simple job in Norway. Also, the beautiful mountains, fjords, and coastlines will amaze you and give you the vibes of an outdoor lifestyle. Continue Reading

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Top 10 places of Iceland Tourism with details

Iceland - Ross French - October 17, 2020

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Iceland is a land of surprise. Mountains, glaciers, sea beach, everything is there to entice you. Iceland Tourism offers you an amazing experience. Though it sounds like Iceland is a land of snow. It is not. Iceland has volcanic regions. There are active volcanoes that can erupt at any point in time.

Iceland tourism flourishes based on the diverse landscape. It is also a land of myths and legends. Many stories revolve around the valleys, mountains, and beaches of Iceland. If you want to have an experience of a lifetime, visit Iceland. You have no idea what’s waiting for you. Continue Reading

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Travel Smart – Tips to Enjoy your Travels

Europe, Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - July 13, 2020

Wasted travel is unforgivable. Far too many people take a trip to somewhere that would easily be in the top ten of many people’s bucket lists, and they return home with almost nothing to say about the place. As someone who loves to travel, I find this to be among the most outstanding failures of grownups everywhere. The conversation typically goes a little something like this:

“Oh, welcome back, nice trip?”
“ – Yes thanks, lovely weather”
“Did you get out into the old town at all? Or see the famous bridge or the…”
“ – Mmmm no, not really, we don’t really like that kind of thing”
“So, you didn’t see the Cathedral or…”
“ – Oh, yeah, you mean that church thing? We had an ice cream near there. Looked nice.”

And you feel like screaming “WHY DID YOU BOTHER”, but, sadly, if you did scream at people for doing travelling wrong, you’d be screaming most of the time. Part of the problem is that travel, I suppose, isn’t straightforward. There’s a lot of planning. There can be overseas money transfers to navigate (read up all about wire transfers), and you might feel like no matter what you do with your travel time, it could have been spent better by someone else, so, why panic, and just enjoy what comes your way. Let’s look at how to do it right.

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In the days before the internet (I’m showing my age – but I was very young), people going on vacation had to rely on travel brochures and word of mouth. Information was scarce. And what you got when you arrived was never as advertised. Fast forward to modern day access to all the information in the world at your fingertips, and you really have no excuse not to read up on your travel destination – or else you could miss out on something extraordinary.

For example, everyone has heard of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, right? But what you may not have heard about is the catacombs, deep underground, where the walls are made of human bones. There are daily tours and everything. And visitors to Disneyland theme parks will know all about the rides, but may not know about the secretive “Club 33”, where for tens of thousands of dollars, members may walk through the handful of Club 33 doors (visible inside the park but plain and unassuming looking) and experience 5-star luxury dining etc. The more you know, the more you’ll enjoy yourself.

Mix it up

Being a tourist is day one stuff – as the saying goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. So, yeah, I get it, take the guided tour, sit on the open top bus, sail down the river while a guide points out the various historical buildings. But on day two… this is where you need to explore a little. Find restaurants off the beaten track, etc. Don’t leave having not seen the “real” people of wherever you’ve visited.

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Top Things to Do in Málaga

Italy, Travel Blog - Ross French - November 15, 2018

Located in the south of Spain, the city of Málaga is known for its beaches, beautiful cityline and a unique history. A centre of the Moorish empire, Málaga is also where Picasso took his first steps. All this cultural phenomenon has established the city as a global destination, making thousands of tourists visit the place every year. The city is quite tourist friendly, you can hire a car at the airport and getting around is thus quite easy. Read on to know more about the top things to do in Málaga.

1. Hang out with the local flamenco artists at Kelipe

In case you are a fan of the flamenco culture and want to explore the beauty of South of Spain, head over to this beautiful centre of art Kelipe. A tight knit community of musicians and dancers perform here, which means the audiences are a mix of locals and tourists, all of whom are in love with the folklores and the Spanish guitar. The place is located quite close to the city centre, and the ambience inside is finely curated to enable the visitors to feel the grace and frailty of this artform at its best.

2. Witness the regality of the Moorish empire at Alcazaba

Perhaps the most iconic structure in the whole of Málaga, this beautiful castle is so grand that its walls can be seen from the city itself. Many people prefer to walk up to Alcazaba, which makes for a picturesque trek. Its proximity to the historic Roman amphitheatre adds to the whole trip. Imagine courtyards, fountains and acres of lush gardens – Alcazaba has it all and much more!

3. Visit the iconic Catedral de Málaga

Another iconic addition to the beautiful city of Málaga, this grand cathedral is famous for its incomplete project – one of the bell towers which was never finished – which is why it is in fact named La Manquita (One-Armed Lady). The chapels and the domes full with religious art of the time make this place a must-visit on your trip here. You can also visit the museum housing several African artefacts of that period inside the cathedral.

4. Enjoy the early works of Picasso himself

Among other things, Málaga is famous as the birthplace of the iconic artist Pablo Picasso. You can pay a visit to his childhood home, where his parents lived before and after he was born. The city also is home to Museo Picasso, a museum housing many early works of the painter, especially in his early twenties. The museum itself is present inside Buena Vista Palace and holds several exhibitions from time to time.

5. Taste the authentic Asian in the middle of Spain at Óleo

After spending a day roaming in the streets of Málaga, one definitely needs a treat to rejuvenate. Enjoy a filling and delicious meal at Oleo, which is a minimalist restaurant located inside the contemporary art museum of Málaga. You can enjoy everything from sushi, sake, duck breast to unusual mediterranean food. The drinks and food here are sure a welcome distinction from the traditional Spanish fare.

So, how about packing your bags to jetset to Malaga on your next vacation!

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