Although it’s less visited than neighboring England and Scotland, the country of Wales is a part of the United Kingdom that should not be overlooked by travelers.
Wales is home to diverse landscapes, from the mountainous Snowdonia National Park in the north to the rugged beaches of the Pembrokeshire coast in the south. Wales is also known as the “castle capital of the world,” boasting more than 600 castles.
Wales quick facts
- Population: 3.1 million
- Language: English (primary) and Welsh
- Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)
- Capital city: Cardiff
- Country size: 8,006 square miles
- High season: Summer (July and August)
Top 10 things to do in Wales
- Explore the beautiful Snowdonia National Park
- Visit Cardiff Castle, one of more than 600 castles in Wales
- Ride the scenic Ffestiniog Railway through the Welsh countryside
- Learn how to surf on the Gower Peninsula
- Try outdoor adventures in North Wales like zip lining and rafting
- Hike to the top of Snowdon, Wales’ highest peak
- Explore the rugged coast in Pembrokeshire National Park
- Try rarebit, a favorite Welsh snack of cheese on toast
- See the stunning Conwy Castle
- Spend an afternoon in the quaint fishing village of Tenby
Wales is small and easy to get around. Trains and buses connect most of the country and are efficient and reliable.
Renting a car is also an option for exploring Wales. Keep in mind that drivers in Wales, like the rest of the United Kingdom, drive on the left side of the road. (Search for rental cars here.)
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