Not only does Wales have large bustling towns and cities, such as its capital city Cardiff – voted Britain’s most sociable city – but it’s also got beautiful coastlines, vast valleys, sleepy villages and over 600 castles. To inspire you on your travels, we’ve compiled 5 of the most unique places to visit in Wales.
This picturesque castle is found on the banks of the River Cleddau. Initially built in 1093, Pembroke Castle has a rich history. Notably, it’s known as the birthplace of Henry VII who ruled as the King of England between 1485 and 1509. Visitors can climb the 80 foot (24 m) Great Keep for breathtaking views of the surrounding areas. Alternatively, you can descend into “The Wogan”. A vast cavern under the castle that once contained Paleolithic stone tools and a coin hoard, presumed to have been left behind after the Roman occupation of Britain.
Offering several experiences, from ziplining to bouncing on a huge underground net, Zip World allows visitors to the unleash their inner thrill seeker. Zip World Velocity 2 sees users soar over a quarry at speeds exceeding 100 mph. Achieving a slightly more modest speed of up to 25 mph, the Fforest Coaster sends riders on an extraordinary journey of twists and turns through the trees.
The Ffestiniog Railway traverses a 13 ½ mile (21.7 km) journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. The railway opened in 1836 and is the world’s oldest narrow-gauge railway. The Ffestiniog Railway is a great way of seeing the incredible scenery of Snowdonia National Park.
A favourite amongst nature lovers, Skomer Island is one of the few places in the world where you can get up close to Puffins. There is a daily limit on the number of visitors to the island to prevent erosion and control the impact of humans on wildlife. Puffins aren’t the only residents of the island. Owls, buzzards, peregrine falcons, rabbits and the renowned Skomer Vole can also be seen on the island.
The smallest house in Great Britain
Located on the north coast of Wales, nestled amongst the quayside houses in the town of Conwy, is Great Britain’s smallest house. At just 6-foot (1.8 m) wide, the house had a bedroom and a living area with very basic cooking facilities. The house’s last inhabitant was a 6-foot-3-inch (1.91 m) fisherman named Robert Jones. In 1900 the local council deemed the house to be unfit for human habitation, along with several properties in the area. Admission is only £1 for adults and 50p for children.
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