It’s no surprise this small country has made a big impression on everyone from poets to explorers. With hidden waterfalls and hilltop castles, dramatic valleys and secluded bays, Wales’s landscapes enchant from first sight. After all, it has three National Parks to its name. Set out on the trail of legends or follow your nose to irresistible food. Discover timeless market towns and cosmopolitan cities. Fill your holiday with adventure – or with Welsh cakes, shore-fresh seafood and plenty of relaxation in the comfort of a luxury hotel.
Across its soul-stirring beaches and heart-stealing cities, Wales’s spirit shines.
- Capital city: Cardiff.
- Currency: Pound sterling (in £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes).
- Cuisine: Craft beer producers to Michelin-starred chefs are putting Wales on the contemporary culinary map. But its food heritage is just as strong – with familiar favourites including bara brith and rarebit.
- Tipping etiquette: You may spot a service charge on some restaurant bills. If not, tipping 10-15% for top service is polite – but not essential.
- Saying hello: You’ll hear Welsh (Cymraeg) and English spoken across the country. So you can say “hello” or “s’mae” – or “bore da” in the morning.
WHEN TO GO
Plan your trip to Wales to coincide with a festival. From real ale to fresh oysters, literature to folk music, this country’s calendar is brimming with inspiring events. If you like being outdoors, there’s rarely a bad time to visit. Spring and Summer are made for hiking or sauntering along the coastal paths. But don’t discount the colder months, when frosty days leave Welsh mountains snow-capped – and the pubs particularly inviting.
Look for tell-tale clouds of steam that show you’re near a heritage railway line in Wales. A trip through the countryside on a vintage train is pure romance.
Top tip from SLH