Wales

Wales

There are many great aspects about visiting Wales with a group, one being that with it being such a compact country, you don't have to go far to find something new and interesting to discover.

It has a rich culture and heritage shaped through the major periods in history, from Roman times, to the Normans who built castles and the Tudor dynasty was founded here; signs of which are all clearly evident wherever you visit.

Each of the four regions in the Principality - North Wales, South Wales, Mid Wales and West Wales - has its own qualities and so much to offer.

North Wales is Welsh through and through and this holiday region covering Llandudno and Colwyn Bay, North East Wales, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast and The Isle of Anglesey is passionate about language, music and history.

There are a host of magnificent castles, railways and festivals with something for everyone on a day out here, with superb scenery, fine beaches, elegant rivers and the mountains, lakes and waterfalls of Snowdonia.

The rich, rolling green landscapes of Powys and the fantastic unspoilt coastline of Ceredigion and Cardigan Bay make Mid Wales an ideal destination for a rural holiday. There are great opportunities here for walking, cycling and riding country, from the Brecon Beacons and the Cambrian Mountains to the soft, rolling hills around Llanidloes.

South Wales covers the Wye Valley and Vale of Usk, South Wales Valleys, Glamorgan Heritage Coast and the nation's capital, Cardiff.

This region is a hub of Welsh culture, sport and entertainment. Contrast a city break where you can sample first-class shopping, museums and golf with the rural splendour and gorgeous scenery of The Wye Valley and its gourmet dining.

West Wales covers Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and its National Park and is home to the Principality's second city, Swansea.

It is in this beautiful corner of Wales that you will find some of the best beaches in the UK.

There are around 230 beaches in Wales, the vast majority of which can be reached from the 870-mile Wales Coast Path which runs the whole length of the coastline. It is the only path of its kind in the world and along the way walkers can experience a host of beautiful coves and stunning clifftop views, elegant harbours and Victorian seaside towns.

Wales is also home to three national parks to explore - Snowdonia, the Pembrokeshire Coast and the Brecon Beacons. In fact, a fifth of Wales is made up of designated National Park. Then there are Wales' castles, a staggering 641 of them and more per square mile than anywhere on Earth and three sites with World Heritage Status.

On a similar theme, you will find a wealth of historic gardens spread across Wales offering a visit of unforgettable sights and historic experiences. From the likes of Aberglasny House and Gardens in Carmarthenshire and Picton Castle in Pembrokeshire, Veddw House in Monmouthshire, Dingle Nursery and Bryngwyn Hall in Powys, and Plas Tan y Bwlch House and Gardens in the heart of Snowdonia and Plas Brondanw in Gwynedd, North Wales, the gardens of Wales are lush and green and come in all shapes and sizes; from the least discovered 'hidden gems' to the popular and beautiful, the ancient to the modern. What you will find is that each property you encounter offers a fascinating day out of exploration of flora, fauna and history.

A visit and train journey on one of Wales' 14 heritage railways is also a 'must do' for any itinerary. The likes of the Welshpool & Llanfair Railway in Powys, the Llangollen Railway in Denbighshire, North Wales, and the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways - which stretch for 40 miles through the glorious Snowdonia National Park - are just some examples of these superb and historic visitor attractions.

Several National Museums also tell a different story about Wales and its arts, language, and the diversity of its natural environment. A visit to these sites makes for an experience in themselves when you consider there is opportunity to go underground with a real miner and hear tales of a rich industrial past or visit a living open air museum and explore lifestyles and traditions of times gone by.

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