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Cardiff Even though the city was only proclaimed as the Welsh capital half a century ago, Cardiff is now head and shoulders above its rivals and is a truly international city. Sights include the majestic Cardiff Castle and some excellent museums. There are hundreds of pubs to choose from as well as some excellent restaurants and nightspots.

Caernarfon Castle The mightiest of all Edward I's Welsh castles. This is a very impressive structure with its wall-walks and turrets it offers breathtaking views of the town.

St David's Cathedral Named after the patron saint of Wales, this beautiful cathedral is set in a small town that has drawn admirers for over one thousand years.

Blaenafon In this town you will find a deep mine museum, where you're kitted out with lamp, helmet and very heavy battery pack and lowered three hundred feet into the labyrinth of shafts and coal faces for a guided tour.

Beaches

Saundersfoot A really popular little seaside harbour town in southwest Wales. The beach is sandy and the sea is safe and clean for swimming. The town is noted for its pubs, clubs restaurants and wine bars.

Porthcawl Includes Coney beach with a fairground, candyfloss, amusement arcades and donkey rides. There is a popular surfing beach to the west called Rest Bay.

Barry Island Originally an island, this sandy beach is now joined to the mainland by a causeway. There is a wide promenade, a fair and an amusement arcade here as well.

Penarth Called the garden by the sea, this is one of the last beaches in south Wales that still has Victorian pier.

Outdoors

Snowdonia This is one of Britain's grandest national parks, occupying a large part of northwest Wales; it is focused on the Snowdon massif.

Cycling This has become increasingly popular and is a great way to see the countryside. Certain towns have shops that will rent bicycles.

Walking Wales has some excellent trails for walking and if you are into this sort of thing it is a good idea to get an Ordnance Survey (OS) map, which is exceptionally helpful.

Moving around

Cardiff-Wales International airport is the only major airport in the country with scheduled services from some northern European capitals and some British regional destinations. There are two train lines, one in the north running from Chester in England to the ferry station at Holyhead. The southern line extends from London to the ferry station at Fishguard and incorporates the main towns of Cardiff, Swansea and Newport. Busses are the best form of transport for anywhere not served by rail. There are many car rental agencies but this is an expensive option in comparison to other forms of transport.

National festival and holidays

Swansea Beer Festival Mid April
Europa Caerdydd Mid May. Four days of street entertainment and fireworks in Cardiff.
Cardiff Street Festival July/Aug.
Brecon Jazz Festival Mid Aug
Swansea Festival of Music & the Arts - Oct

New Year's Day Jan 1
St David's Day March 1 (Not a holiday)
Good Friday March/AprilEaster Sunday March/April
Easter Monday March/April
May Bank Holiday May 3
Bank Holiday May 31
Summer Bank Holiday Aug 30
Christmas Dec 25
Boxing Day Dec 26

Useful Wales Links

Cycling Sideways - Cycletouring in Wales and UK
The bicycle-touring guide for cyclists visiting Wales and the Welsh Borders of England, UK.

Cowbridge
Cowbridge is situated within the Vale of Glamorgan. This website provides information for tourists and residents.

Places of Interest in Newport, Gwent, South Wales, UK
an insight into what is available in and around Newport, South Wales.

Places of Interest in Newport, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK
an insight into what is available in and around Swansea, Wales.

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