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A Complete Guide to Places to Visit in Wales

Wales - Ross French - January 24, 2021

Places to visit in wales

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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5 Places to Enjoy A Budget Vacation in the UK

Travel Tips, United Kingdom - Ross French - July 17, 2018

They say if you want to enjoy a good vacation, you should make a rough draft, and then double the budget and halve the time. Heartbreaking, is it not? Nevertheless, the idea of a budget vacation is always attractive, especially when you are just starting out in life. And while you may not think of Britain as an inexpensive tourist destination, we are here to burst that myth for you. Let’s talk about five great places in the United Kingdom and help you find a cheap break to go on for you next vacation.

1. York

This charming city in northern England is everything you would imagine of an English town. Filled with medieval castles built around an intersection of two rivers, York used to be England’s passage to Scotland. You can stay at decent bed and breakfast places around the King’s College for mere £20 a night. Food is cheap too, and we suggest you try the local specialties like chips and steak at Cafe No.8 Bistro.

2. Bath

Located less than a hundred miles from London, this city oozes culture. It is a World Heritage Site, and that is obvious when you take the city tour (Bath has two for one city tours, great for your budget trip). The city is dotted with museums and theatres. Lodging is cheap as this is a university town, and you can get a dorm room for as little as £30 a night. If you are travelling in a group, getting a farmhouse B&B is just as cheap per person. There are also many eateries in Bath where you can eat for under £10 a meal.

3. Belfast

If you do not live in the UK, visiting Belfast is a must for an Irish experience. This city has excellent places to shop cheap, delicious cuisine and its own unique place in history. Have coffee and enjoy modern architecture for breakfast at City Hall or go to the medieval Belfast Castle. There are plenty of great fast food options and healthier options around the city where you can eat for £5-8 a meal.

4. Dorset

This south-west coastal English town is a hidden gem. It has been named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by the government, and for good reason. The cliffs of Dorset along the English Channel are full of fossils and are reputedly as old as dinosaurs. Dorset offers the perfect getaway for nature lovers, and you can book four-star hotels offering as low a tariff as £20/night some parts of the year.

5. Liverpool

The only real city on our list, Liverpool is a must-see if you are a Beatles (or football) fan. And for all the city’s culture and beautiful architecture, it is still cheap to stay at (unlike London). You can find cottages for £80 a night that house as many as seven. Also, Liverpool’s pubs are the cheapest, so, if you are a party person, your vacation just got a lot of fun.

These places are definitely magical, and with the right planning, you can have the best British experience at a fraction of the expected cost. Time to pack your bags and start making your bookings then!

Quick tip: You can save some additional money on communication services by buying an international prepaid SIM card.

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SPEND A QUIET, RELAXING VACATION IN ROBIN HOOD’S BAY

England - Ross French - November 10, 2017

Located on the coast of North Yorkshire, the small fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay is a perfect place if you want to spend your vacation away from the hustle and bustle of touristy locations. The village is situated in a cleft between two cliffs, giving the place a striking look. The cliffs tower over a cluster of former fishing cottages, which go on till the edge of the sea. The beautiful location creates a beautiful place which is a perfect getaway for anyone in search of breathtaking scenery and unusual architecture. The raw and elemental coastline of Yorkshire will surely take your breath away, as you spend your leisurely days at this pristine location. Here are some of the things that you can do during your stay in Robin Hood’s Bay besides enjoying the raw nature and untouched beauty, to turn your holiday into a memorable experience.

Enjoy a leisurely day at Robin Hood’s Bay Beach

The Robin Hood’s Bay Beach is not your everyday beach decorated with deckchairs and beach umbrellas. Instead, the beach here is much more untouched, pristine and unadulterated. Accessible during the low tide, the beach here is full of seashells and beach rock pools. You can enjoy a relaxing day walking on the beach, collecting some seashells, have ice cream from the beacon farm and chase crabs. It is truly a different kind of beach experience, and you will surely fall in love with this beach.

Explore the archaeological remains of Alum Works

This industrial archaeological remains located on the Yorkshire Coast was the spot used for producing liquor from 1650-1860, which was then used in dyeing and tanning leather. You can take part in various hands-on activities and exhibitions at the site to explore the local geology and the wildlife. You can also visit the nearby Coastal Centre in Ravenscar village, where you can find out more about the 11 miles of beautiful coastline, which is taken care of and protected by the National Trust.

Visit Farsyde Riding Centre

The Farsyde Riding Centre is the perfect place for anyone who wants to enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery of the countryside while riding on a horse. Riders of any skill set can come here and enjoy this spectacular experience. If you are a capable rider, you can enjoy a ride along the beach, moors and the scenic former railway to Scarborough. Novice riders can enjoy a ride on more modest paths along this former railpath which climbs gradually towards Ravenscar while enjoying some breathtaking views of the bay.

Go whale watching

Whale watching is one of the biggest kept secrets of the coast of Yorkshire. The North Sea, just off Whitby, holds a rich variety of beautiful marine life just under its surface. And during the late summer and autumn months, huge groups of herring migrate to these waters. This huge shoals of herring, in turn, attracts a lot of sharks, birds, seals, white-beaked and bottle-nosed dolphins, Minke, humpback, sei and fin whales. You will get the opportunity of spotting all of these beautiful creatures and much more if you go on a whale watching tour while you are in Robin Hood’s Bay.

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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN LONDON

England, United Kingdom - Ross French - September 16, 2017

Activities in London

Situated in the Thames Valley of South-East England, the bustling city of London is home to over 8 million people. Apart from being the capital of UK, London had been an important educational, business and cultural center for hundreds of years. The history of London dates back to Bronze Age, however, the city started thriving after the Romans withdrew in the 5th century. With its age old history, heavy dosage of literature, medieval architectures and a strong sense of culture, taking a trip to London is an absolute must when you are traveling to the UK. Apart from indulging in the various tourist attractions in London or sightseeing in London, people also flock over to this city during the winter holidays to take part in the extravagant Christmas or New Year celebrations in London. Here’s a list of the top 10 among the hundreds of must-do activities in London.

1. London Tower Bridge

Visiting the iconic London Bridge, the picture of which has been etched in our minds since our childhood, is an intricate part of sightseeing in London. The bridge is also an important reminder of London’s expansion during the era of Industrial Revolution.

2. Big Ben at the Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament is an extravagant and well-known structure by itself. However, the world famous clock named Big Ben is truly another one of the most iconic tourist attractions in London known across the globe. Taking a tour just to see this gigantic clock towering over the city is one of the must do activities in London.

3. Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is perhaps the most famous palace in the whole world. Most of your sightseeing in London will consist of these type of iconic buildings and monuments which you have known by your heart. The official residence of Queen Elizabeth, the Buckingham Palace is another one of the most popular tourist attractions in London, offering tours of its staterooms and gardens.

4. Kensington Palace

Located near the Buckingham Palace, the Kensington Palace is another one of the tourist attractions in London, and it is open to public year-round. This stylish royal palace was the home of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, and a visit to the refurbished Palace is one of the must do activities in London.

5. Royal Parks of London

Once reserved as private hunting grounds for the Royal Family, these beautiful lands full of greenery and lakes are open for everyone to enjoy. Many of the eight Royal Parks are located in the Central London close to the Royal Palaces and monuments. Spending a relaxing day in one of them is one of the must do activities in London.

6. The London Eye

Riding the London Eye is another one of the must do activities in London. This 500 feet tall Ferris wheel is the most popular paid-for tourist attractions in London. The views of the whole city that you can get from the top is truly an incredible vista.

7. The London Dungeon

If you had enough of the beautiful, royal side of London, then visit the London Dungeon to learn about the 2000 years of London’s gruesome history. Torture was quite popular during the old ages, especially in Old England. A trip to “the world’s most chillingly famous horror attraction” is surely one of the must do activities in London.

8. Globe Theatre

The Globe Theatre is an integral part of London’s history and culture and is closely associated with William Shakespeare. A trip to this tourist attraction in London is a must for every Shakespeare lover.

9. St Paul’s Cathedral

Visiting the St Paul’s Cathedral to see its world famous dome must be a part of your sightseeing in London. You will get to see some of the most beautiful stone carvings and mosaics. Climb the Whispering Gallery or the Stone Gallery or the Golden Gallery to enjoy some breathtaking views of the city of London.

10. Trafalgar Square

Visiting the Trafalgar Square is one of the must do activities in London if you want to get a feel of what this great city really about. Considered as the center of London, it is a great place to people watch, see some famous monuments and just hang out for some time.

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