8 Reasons Why You Should Never Go to Wales

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When most people (and especially most Americans) plan their first trip to the UK, a handful of destinations usually end up on their itinerary: London, Stonehenge, maybe Oxford, Edinburgh, the Scottish Highlands, and perhaps a hop over to Dublin since it's so close.

I don't know of very many people who add Wales to their first UK itinerary.

In fact, it took me more than five visits to Britain before I finally spent any mentionable amount of time in Wales. Everyone knows about London, and Scotland does a great job of marketing itself to tourists. Wales, on the other hand, largely gets overlooked.

But I get it. Because there are so many reasons why you should never go to Wales.

First, watch this video from Wales:

Why you should never visit Wales*

Reasons why you should probably never plan a trip to Wales include…

1. Castles, castles, castles

Caernarfon Castle and harbour at sunset
Caernarfon Castle at sunset

Wales has a ridiculous number of castles – over 600 of them, in fact, which leads many people to call the country the “castle capital of the world.” That seems a bit excessive, doesn't it? I mean, does a small country like Wales really need THAT many castles?

Many of them are in ruins now, and a few are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Seems like a lot of upkeep, if you ask me.

Conwy, Wales at dusk
An adorable street with a castle at the end? Are you for real, Wales??

And, really, who wants to drive around and see a castle on nearly every hilltop? Doesn't that get old after a while?

2. All the legends

Wales has a lot of legends associated with it and its history, from dragons to magic swords to holy drinking vessels.

The legend of Merlin, for example, was based on the Welsh legends of the wizard Myrddin Wyllt, and many historians argue that King Arthur isn't a myth at all, but instead a real figure from Welsh history (though perhaps not actually a king). There's the mystery surrounding the Nanteos Cup, too, which many believe to be THE Holy Grail.

But c'mon, Wales. No need to be putting fairy tales in peoples heads.

Bridge in Betws-y-Coed, Wales
Yet another fairytale-like spot in Wales.

3. Old language

Go home, Wales: your language is drunk.

The Welsh language is an old one – it dates back thousands of years, in fact, and is likely the oldest language in Britain. And yet the language has changed little despite so many millennia passing. It's still ridiculously difficult to speak (well, for us non-Welsh, at least), and don't even bother trying to read signs in Welsh. It's just futile.

This is seriously a place name in Wales:

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch train station

It means “The Church of Mary in the hollow of the white hazel near the fierce whirlpool and the Church of Tysilio by the red cave.”

Yes. For real. It's one of the longest place names in the world.

If the place names aren't silly enough, Tolkien also based one of his versions of the Elvish language (Sindarin) on Old Welsh. So yes, it's so strange-sounding and old that it was actually the basis for a made-up fantasy language.

4. The scenery

Conwy harbour at sunset
Conwy harbour at sunset
Lake Vyrnwy at twilight
Lake Vyrnwy

Wales has all sorts of scenery, from rolling hills (that they call mountains) to crashing coastlines. The roads through some of this scenery are twisting and so narrow that two cars literally can't pass one another. And they're often littered with sheep.

The combination of these two things will probably mean that you'll stop a lot when driving and you'll be late to everything.

Welsh countryside
Welsh roads

And then there are the beaches, which are far too empty and clean compared to ones you'll find elsewhere in Europe. Some have even won awards and stuff, which kind of just makes it feel like Wales is showing off.

Ynys Llanddwyn in Wales
Ynys Llanddwyn
Ynys Llanddwyn beach
Ynys Llanddwyn

5. Adventure sports

People in Wales are a little crazy.

Not only do they do things like surfing and whitewater rafting in frigid mountain water, but they also like to fly down mountainsides on bikes, hurtle over old quarries on zip lines, and even invented a sport that combines swimming, coastal hiking, and cliff jumping in a sport the Welsh have dubbed “coasteering.”

Zip lining at Zip World Titan in Wales
Zip lining in Wales
Gorge hiking in Wales
Gorge hiking in Wales

I know of New Zealand as an adventure-crazy country, but Wales may be just as insane when it comes to inventive (and abundant) ways to hurt yourself.

RELATED: 7 Epic Adventures to Have in North Wales

6. Adorable towns

Little Welsh towns – like the ones you'll find in Snowdonia – are unbearably cute. With old stone buildings and cozy low-ceilinged cafes and pubs, it's just too much.

Dolgellau town center in Wales
Dolgellau town center

Dial back on the quaintness, Wales. Seriously. You're going to leave people very disappointed when they visit other villages after these.

Betws-y-Coed train staion
Betws-y-Coed train staion
Caernarfon, Wales
Street in Caernarfon

7. Welsh humbleness

People in wales are far too humble. Whereas in Scotland they are quick to tell you what a town or loch or island is famous for, in Wales you almost have to force it out of the locals.

They also don't like to brag about their famous Welsh residents (like Tom Jones and Roald Dahl) or about cool accomplishments (they built the first traffic suspension bridge) or fun facts (Wales is home to a 4,000 year old tree!).

Smallest house in Great Britain in Conwy, Wales
For example, the smallest house in Great Britain is in Conwy, Wales!

Stop being so darn sheepish, Wales! (I mean, I know you HAVE lots of sheep, but you don't need to act like them.) A little bragging every once in a while will do you good.

8. Not a lot of tourists

Lastly, since most tourist to the UK go to places like London and Edinburgh, you'll find many parts of Wales virtually devoid of any tourists. You can walk into a pub in many small cities and find only locals speaking Welsh (who will give you a strange look when you start speaking English).

Even the touristy places still feel very quiet.

Caernarfon, Wales at sunset

It's a real shock after visiting so many other parts of the UK where you just find busloads and busloads of tourists.

Seaside resort town of Llandudno, Wales
Even the seaside resort town of Llandudno was quiet.

*I don't hate Wales, folks

To address all the angry people leaving comments on this post… of course I don't actually hate Wales!

In case my snarkiness didn't come through, let me state it plainly: this entire post is written tongue-in-cheek.

These are all reasons why you SHOULD visit Wales. I think Wales is an amazing part of the UK, and I'm frankly baffled over why more people don't visit.

With all the castles, beautiful scenery, outdoor adventure, and the fact that there aren't a ton of tourists, there's really no denying that Wales is a great destination.

Harbor in Conwy, Wales

I only spent a handful of days in northern Wales, but it was long enough for me to conclude that Wales is very special (and I'm definitely not saying that just because I have a Welsh surname…).

In fact, I think my next trip to the UK might be JUST a trip to Wales!

Who's ready to plan a trip to Wales?

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*Note: I was a guest of Visit Wales and Visit Britain on this trip, but all opinions – along with replies to all nasty comments left by people who haven't actually read this post – as always, are 100% my own.

"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and, if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might get swept off to." - JRR Tolkien

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  1. Loved this article Amanda! It is so rude that people are over here getting offended by something which is obviously written sarcastically. Even though there are nasty people in da comments. It is still awfuly entertaining. POP OFF QUEEN!! 😘👑
    I’m also from Ohio. 😉

    Frankly I think Amanda that your humor is old and horrible. Don’t make jokes about something that clearly offends people. I asked my 7 year old daughter to read this article and she started crying Amanda! CRYING!

      Well that’s on you for letting your 7 year old use the internet.

        Amanda i just love this artical, me and my 7 cats were wondering visiting wales for a quick romantic getaway. For anyone who is intrested yes we all live in the car, and yes i have slept with all of my cats so what? Like you havent you filthy animals.
        Love the artical amanda we have to catch up soon,
        for a little wine night,
        lots of love from betty and the cats .

    if you have visited north wales then visit south wales becasue we have caerphilly castle 2nd biggest in the world and cardiff which is full of stuff to do

    Hi, love your blog about Wales!
    I’m Welsh, but we don’t all like doing mad outdoor activities.
    Next time you’re over here, make sure you visit Llangollen, it’s beautiful and in July they have the Eisteddfod, which is an international music festival.

    Thank you Amanda this was fun and funny 🤣🤣 Amanda not to many people appreciate Sarcasm. Lol. I did, I found out throught Ancestry that I’m 2% Wales. So I stumbled across this lucky me. Looking to Visit, and see 100 castles.

    I absolutely would love to move to Wales as a permanent resident. I adore the weather, country sides and hills, and a Welsh woman. Seemed like you bashed the country and then tried to say you liked the country in the end. Can`t have it both ways.

    Thank you. I enjoyed this little bit on Wales. The title is misleading, but the clever “snarkiness” was evident early on. You made it more appealing, and it’s now on my bucket list.

    Dave McKeon
    New Jersey

    I laughed hard when I got to the final section where you explained ‘the joke’ to the idiots of the internet. Whether the author wrote it in response to genuine comments or it was just a funny idea included in the original version, very amusing.
    I’m familiar with the claim that sarcasm is hard to detect in written form, and although that can sometimes be true, in this case it isn’t.

      You can see all the comments for yourself at the end of the post – I wrote that section after the fact specifically because I kept getting so many angry ones!

    Don’t forget Caerphilly Bird Rescue. The reason I’ll go in the first place. Amazing lady running that. Someone I need to meet.

    Excellent way to write about Wales. Sorry, but you’ve convinced me to go there! That really backfired.

    They simply don’t get it!

    That is, your approach to, why they should love/hate Wales…

    Don’t be mad at them!

    I would love to visit Wales since my husband’s family is from Wales.

    Thanks to websites like this there are parts of Wales that are getting a bit crowded. If you come here driving a car make sure that you can find reverse gear and that you can use it. Seeing a tractor coming in the opposite direction and backing into a hedge or wall does not impress. Don’t be in a hurry. Of course it is a wonderful country and you will be welcome if all you leave is your footprints (not discarded barbecues, drinks bottles etc. — Oh yes they do!!)

    My family hails from adorable Dolgellau! I can’t wait to visit!
    Thanks for the great post and the fun Tolkien-y site. Love it all. 🙂

      My Grandfather was from Dolgellau, Hugh Hughes, he relocated to Utica NY.

    What a great article! My spouse and I are considering taking our two teenage boys on a trip to Wales in June of 2022; for all the reasons you mentioned! Plus we have a wee bit of Welsh ancestry and have always wanted to see Wales.
    Do you have any recommendations for a two week+ trip for four; we don’t want to attend a lot of official tours; just be in and see the country and meet the people.

      I don’t have any itineraries written up for Wales, as I need to go back myself some day! With two weeks, though, you could easily see most of the country! Renting a car would be the best way to get around. On my first trip to Wales, I mostly spent time around Snowdonia National Park, including towns like Conwy and Caernarfon. Next time, I also want to make sure to spend time in Cardiff, the Pembrokeshire Coast and coastal towns like Tenby.

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