Though Wales forms part of the United Kingdom, make no mistake: this small country has its own distinctive character, and is revered for its spectacular Celtic culture, flower-flanked Pembrokeshire coastlines, and horizons pierced by dramatic mountains. It’s also where you can find some of the UK's most popular tourist spots, like Snowdonia National Park.

What’s so special about Wales?
The beauty of Wales needs to be seen to be believed. From the most-visited waterfall in the UK, Swallow Falls, to the snowkissed peaks of Snowdonia and the tiny city of St David’s, you’ll be completely captivated by this country’s many charms. 20% of it is covered in national parks, too, helping you to escape to nature with the ultimate ease.

things to know
about Wales

  • Population: 3 million+
  • Capital: Cardiff
  • Currency: British Pound
  • Main airports: Cardiff, Heathrow, Bristol, and Gatwick
  • Language: Welsh
  • Timezone: GMT
  • Fun facts: An iconic figure of the Golden Age of Piracy, Bartholomew Roberts, hailed from Wales! In addition, it’s one of just three countries worldwide that features a dragon on its flag.


The history of Wales goes all the way back to Celtic times, and it was part of the Roman Empire before it merged with the UK when it was formed in the 1700s. Despite its association with the island, Welsh people are proud to retain their own strong sense of identity. Notably, Welsh is taught in Welsh schools, and studies show that knowledge of the language is on the rise.

What’s more, Welsh people are natural storytellers, and it’s not hard to get to know their heritage and culture through their traditional music, literature, and art. You’re also likely to notice that Wales is full of sports fans – particularly when it comes to rugby and football – as well as lovers of good food and nature.


Undulating jade-colored hills, three stunning national parks, Pembrokeshire’s heavenly beaches and the dramatic wonders of Snowdonia make Wales a very compelling place to seek out nature-based adventures. 



Welsh landscapes are havens of mist-wrapped peaks, sheep-studded valleys and calm, blue seas… it’s no wonder they’ve inspired so many great writers over the centuries. From the original icon of cool, Dylan Thomas, to childhood favorite Roald Dahl, this country has produced some fantastic wordsmiths that have shaped literature forever.



The Welsh capital is exciting, to put it lightly. With its own castle, Cardiff Castle, along with several museums, galleries, eateries and shops, it’s a great place to get your fix of culture while enjoying the contemporary delights of city living. The Millennium Stadium is home to the Welsh national rugby team, and has hosted some of the biggest sporting events in the world.


Set against striking sea views, Swansea specializes in all-things coastal: from its National Waterfront Museum that dives deeply into Wales’ maritime history, to the neighboring seaside village of Mumbles and photogenic views from the Rhossili Bay, named one of the top 10 beaches in the world.


Newport may no longer be “new”, but it’s been a port since medieval times, as well as a major shipbuilding town during the 19th century. Modern travelers will love this interesting city’s castle and cathedral – and for a more local experience, head down to the Market Hall to sample fresh Welsh cakes and pick up a souvenir or two.

St Davids

St Davids is the UK’s smallest city, named after the patron saint of Wales. It’s a brilliant place to spend a day or two sightseeing – don’t miss its cathedral or the many natural treasures that linger close by. In particular, this one-of-a-kind locale functions as the start and endpoint for wildlife-spotting boat trips, from which you can visit areas like Ramsey Island and Skomer Island to spot puffins, porpoises, whales, dolphins and more.


Wales’ history is one that’s steeped in myths, legends, mystery and drama. Transport yourself back in time with a trip to Cardiff Castle, built by the Normans in the 11th century. Other popular heritage sites include rural Strata Florida Abbey and the austere Caerphilly Castle, the biggest castle in the country.

Regions in Wales

North Wales

The world-famous resort of Llandudno, as well as Snowdonia National Park and Conwy Castle, all sit within the desirable region of north Wales. See some of Wales’ best landmarks, gardens, picturesque railways and more, along with a range of colorful houses in beautiful Portmeirion, an Italian-style village that sits within a lush bed of trees.

South Wales

South Wales includes some of Wales’ most notable cities, such as Cardiff, Swansea and Newport, in addition to both the Brecon Beacons National Park and Gower Peninsula. A region of contrasts, you can fill your holidays here with forays into Wales’ wild heart and cosmopolitan breaks filled with shopping and fine dining.

Central Wales

Central Wales proudly lays claim to Snowdonia National Park, which draws millions of tourists each year to explore its nine epic mountain ranges and hiking routes. Many medieval castles and towns are also based around here, for perfectly balanced days of sightseeing, shopping and cafe-hopping.

West Wales

All of Wales’ finest feats of nature can be found in the west, including valleys textured with trees and rivers, pristine beaches, and stunning mountains. It’s also rich in culture and history, from its Celtic roots to more recent industrial past. Dive into tradition in-between activities like surfing and cycling during your memorable escape.

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