Llansteffan Castle

Welcome - A bit about what you’ll find in Wales…

UK MapAround every corner, experience the unexpected. You’ll stumble across cozy inns and restaurants, rustic fishing villages, mountain vistas and cliff-top trails.

Wales is home to 641 castles, more than any other country in Europe. You’re encouraged to visit them: climb towers, walk ancient walls and explore dungeons. This is the land of magic, myth and dragons.

Wales is home to HRH Prince William of Wales. Royal connections abound, and everyone can be spoiled by staying in hotels formerly owned by kings and queens. Across the country, the art of old-fashioned hospitality is thriving, albeit with modern amenities and a contemporary Welsh style.

Escape to a country full of breathtaking views, quaint towns, Celtic heritage and endless culture. We speak Welsh, but we speak English too.

Most of all, you’ll experience a friendly “croeso.” That’s Welsh for “welcome,” and you’ll feel it everywhere you go in Wales.

Two hours from London by train or car you’ll find Cardiff, our capital city of 300,000 people. Four universities and a vibrant population fuel a cosmopolitan city atmosphere. Cardiff Castle stands at the heart of downtown and Edwardian shopping arcades (Britain’s first malls) house charming one-of-a-kind shops.

outdoors-heritagecoastIt’s rare to find three national parks in a country the size of Massachusetts. But in Wales you’ll discover unique landscapes and a world of outdoor adventure. In the  Snowdonia National Park, climb Snowdon - the tallest mountain in England and Wales - or take a historic steam railway to the summit. Explore the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park taking in sandy coves, fishing villages, cliff-top walks and see the rich nesting grounds for millions of seabirds. In the distance, spot dolphins in Cardigan Bay, or journey between islands watching seals basking in the sun. Tour the Brecon Beacons National Park on horseback, bicycle or on foot to really be at one with the enchanting landscape.

641 castles, 3 million people, 11 million sheep, 3 national parks. Countless adventures.

This website

There’s no “how to” guide as Wales is all about doing what comes naturally. Feel free to browse features on the regions of Wales and itinerary suggestions. We’ve listed tour companies that run trips from North America (274 Kb)  (PDF). Or you can search the directory of Welsh tour companies (on our global website). But it’s also easy to be your own tour guide if that’s your thing. Even driving on the left is easy to pick up!

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