Wales may be small, but it has a lot of unique places and experiences to offer. Wales has everything you need for an adventure vacation from the world’s fastest zip wire to the UK’s smallest house, and you’ll be amazed by the countless discoveries you can make here. Do you know how many castles there are in Wales? The exact number would be too big to count, but the fact is that there are more of castles in Wales than in any other country around Europe. They are not only remnants of history but also a testament to Wales’ wild past. Or maybe you want to see dolphins? Come to Wales also!
Wales is just under two hours from London, but you get the feeling of being immersed in another world. With three national parks, a lot of untouched nature and only one official highway, you take a lot of time off from people. In this blog, we tell you what not to miss when you visit Wales.
Caerphilly Castle – the Second Biggest Castle in Great Britain
Caerphilly Castle is the second largest castle in Great Britain after Windsor Castle. The area of the court with the surrounding water areas covers more than 12 hectares. Surrounded by large artificial bodies of water, the castle is the first one in the UK to be designed and built as fully concentric with two ring walls. A planned interactive maze and a dragon cave with animated dragons makes the castle one of the top visitor attractions in Wales. There are over 500 castles in Wales, the most beautiful is Conwy Castle, which you also should not miss.
Gwaenynog Hall Gardens – Beatrix Pottes Garden
The beautiful Gwaenynog Hall Gardens in Denbigh are open to the public in the summer. The park is privately owned and belonged to Beatrix Potter’s uncle in the 19th century. From 1895 to 1913, the author, known for the children’s book “Peter Rabbit”, visited North Wales 13 times and fell in love with this estate and its gardens. It was here that she drew her inspiration for numerous book illustrations. Today, the grounds have been restored to how they looked when Beatrix Potter visited, with pear and apple trees, peaches, plums and perennials creating a lush scene. And, of course, rabbits live here too.
What would a visit to Wales be without trying the local delicacies? In September, there are several festivals where you can try Welsh food. The Conwy Honey Fair is said to be one of Britain’s oldest food festivals. Besides trying local honey, you can find many bee products, like beeswax candles, beeswax polish and honey soaps. Newtown’s food festival takes place in September in Newton, and you can find Welsh food and drinks with music by local artists. The festival is free and an excellent opportunity to meet people. Abergavenny Food Festival is the biggest event in the UK’s foodie calendar. Tasting a great menu of cookery masterclasses from celebrity chefs will open up new culinary worlds for you. Additionally, you can find tasting galore and many stalls selling food from both Wales and across the globe