Aerial view of Strumble Head Lighthouse, near Goodwick, Pembrokeshire

Travelling Wales

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Travelling Wales

There are many reasons to include Wales as a destination for people to visit. Its rich culture and heritage, national parks, gardens, adventure, walking, food and drink makes it a very desirable destination for visitors from around the world. Wales is a Celtic country located to the west of England. It is about 180 miles long and 60 miles wide and as you travel around the country the scenery is constantly changing from mountains to beautiful coastlines.

With around 20% of the population speaking Welsh as a first language there is a strong sense of identity within the bilingual country.

There is a lot to see and experience in Wales from over 600 castles (4 have UNESCO World Heritage Status), 3 national parks, award winning beaches as well as numerous market towns and cities. The vast countryside and coastline can be experienced and enjoyed along a number of walking or cycling trails. Within Wales there is nearly 33,000km of walking paths including three national trails and the Welsh Coastal Path.

The three national parks, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Snowdonia National Park and the Brecon Beacons National Park covers 20% of the land mass of Wales and has 5 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The highest mountain Yr Wyddfa is located in the Snowdonia National Park at a height of 1,085 metres.

Within the capital city of Cardiff there is plenty to see and do from visiting the castle, to the National Museum, St Fagans the National Museum of History and the Principality Stadium the home of Welsh rugby.

The weather in Wales is mild and variable. The average temperature in the summer month is around 20 °C and around 6 °C in the winter months.

Over the years Wales has hosted major global events including the Ryder Cup in the Celtic Manor in 2010, The NATO Wales Summit in 2014, UEFA Champions League in 2017 to the ICC Cricket World Cup at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 2019.

Wales welcomes around 10,000,000 visitors a year, including around 1,000,000 international visitors.

What an amazing place to live! What makes Wales special to you?


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