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WalesUnited Kingdom

Cardiff featuring a city, modern architecture and a square or plaza

Medieval castles, national parks, unspoiled coastlines and culture-rich cities make this United Kingdom country a thrilling place to visit.

Wales packs a lot of scenic beauty into its compact size. The countryside is characterized by mountain ranges, wide river valleys, attractive coastline and ancient castles. Visit the towns and cities as well to see historic sites and cultural attractions.

Explore Welsh spots of beauty. Go hiking, caving, canoeing and rock climbing at Brecon Beacons National Park. Step aboard the Brecon Mountain Railway for a scenic trip. Climb the peaks of Snowdonia National Park and visit the Gower Peninsula for its coves, cliffs and sandy beaches.

In 2012, Wales opened the Coast Path, an 870-mile (1,400-kilometer) uninterrupted route that follows the country’s entire coastline. Walk or cycle along clifftop paths, visit secluded beaches and look for wildlife, including puffins and dolphins.

Beyond the fabulous scenery, see what the nation’s urban areas offer. Cardiff is the capital, an attractive modern city with numerous attractions. Explore Cardiff Bay, a regenerated docklands area of trendy boutiques, hotels, cafés and restaurants. Watch a concert at the Wales Millennium Center, a striking steel and slate structure. View the art, archeology and natural history collections at the National Museum Cardiff. On the outskirts of the city is St Fagans National History Museum, 100 acres (40 hectares) of parkland that exhibits original houses from different historic periods.

Swansea is another large city in Wales. Visit the childhood home of Dylan Thomas, the country’s most famous poet. Treat the family to a day of aquatic fun at the LC Swansea waterpark and stroll through Clyne Gardens, home to more than 2,000 species of plants.

Wales has more than 600 castles, from Roman defensive strongholds to the fantasy projects of 19th-century millionaires. Tour the 11th-century Chepstow Castle with its 800-year-old wooden doors. See the lavishly decorated rooms of Castell Coch, a late 19th-century building constructed on the ruins of a 13th-century castle. Climb the towers of the 12th-century Dinefwr Castle.

Join other tourists drawn to the history, culture and fascinating scenery of Wales.

Popular cities in Wales

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Cardiff
Known for Friendly People, Shopping and Historical
The capital of Wales is a lively port city, home to medieval castles, pristine parks, modern sporting arenas and a sparkling waterfront entertainment district.

Reasons to visit

  • Principality Stadium
  • Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
  • Cardiff Castle
Swansea featuring a sunset, general coastal views and sailing
Swansea
Known for Friendly People, Poolside Bars and Marinas
This waterfront city is home to impressive cultural centers, urban parks and medieval landmarks. It’s also a gateway to the stunning natural beauty of South Wales.

Reasons to visit

  • Singleton Park
  • Rhossili Beach
  • Oxwich Bay Beach
Llandudno featuring a square or plaza and a small town or village
Llandudno
Known for Friendly People, Sea and Tours
Explore this traditional beach town on Wales’ northern coast. It is framed by sandy bays, surrounded by ancient hills and home to Victoria-era architecture.

Reasons to visit

  • Great Orme Country Park
  • Llandudno Pier
  • Venue Cymru
Caernarfon showing boating, a marina and a river or creek
Caernarfon
Known for Dining, Friendly People and Poolside Bars
Dominated by its huge medieval fortress and surrounded by calm waterways, Caernarfon is one of Wales’ most picturesque towns.

Reasons to visit

  • Mount Snowdon
  • Caernarfon Castle
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Haverfordwest
Known for Castles, Boating and Kayaking
Nestled amid the heart of Pembrokeshire’s patchwork countryside is a town home to castles, centuries-old pubs, golf courses and scenic gardens.

Reasons to visit

  • St. David's Cathedral
Tenby featuring a bay or harbor, boating and a beach
Tenby
Known for Recreation, Churches and Fishing
In the Little Town of Fishes explore historic structures and colored buildings within the town walls and stroll along the scenic beaches.

Reasons to visit

  • Tenby Beach