General Information

Wales forms part of Britain and the United Kingdom‚Äč, and is situated west of England.  Wales is a unique place where the saying "good things come in small" packages rings undeniably true.  From the country's beaches to its amazing mountain ranges, Wales is there for everyone to enjoy.  

History is told through its primaeval monuments.  Castles are about as part of the Welsh landscape as the mountains are - they are everywhere.  Some can be visited while some still have families living in them.

Wales is known for its fairly moderate climate, very similar to the rest of the United Kingdom, but can also be just as unpredictable, with raining showers in the morning and then sunny in the afternoon.

The precipitous nature of the landscape and the shape of the coast means that the weather can be quite different within a short distance.  Winter in Wales can be spectacular with the snowfall, especially on the mountain ranges, the views are breathtaking.  Summer is a chance to laze on the beaches, with the long days only getting dark at about 10.00pm.  During summer the Welsh coast and beaches become hugely popular.

Every part of Wales has something to offer its visitors and with three magnificent national parks to explore;  Snowdonia, the Pembrokeshire Coast and the Brecon Beacons, this country is not to be missed out on.

Wales is one of the few countries in the world where sustainable development is a core responsibility for its government.  The country goes to lengths to keep its people informed and educated on all things "green".  In 2008 Wales was acknowledged as the world's first Fair Trade Nation, which means that six out of ten people recognise the Fair Trade mark and know what it means. 

Activities in Wales

Although a small country, Wales offers countless opportunities for escaping into nature.  There are extensive networks of paths and valleys just waiting to be explored, and is a hikers paradise.  There are even more untamed islands dotted around the coast, some of which are important wildlife sanctuaries.

There are many things to do in Wales to keep visitors occupied:-

  • Hay-on-Wye in mid-Wales - world’s most famous literary and arts festival
  • The National Museum in Cardiff - has a large collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings
  • Centre for Alternative Technology 
  • The National Botanic Garden of Wales
  • Pembrokeshire Coast National Park 
  • Millennium Stadium - a wonderful view
  • Climbing Snowdon - be well prepared with warm, waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear
  • Cardiff City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
  • Clwb Ifor Bach - Cardiff's most eclectic venue, hosting bands performing in many tongues and a good place to catch up-and-coming new acts 
  • Walking in the Wye Valley
  • St Davids Cathedral
  • Llandudno Pier - it is the longest pier in Wales

Wales is a natural playground - walking, canoeing, horse riding, fishing are only a few of the activities on offer here.  Please see the activities directory for more information.

Accommodation in Wales

Wales offers a wide variety of accommodation options from Bed & Breakfasts, Self-catering units, camping, Hotels to staying in grand old Castles.  Please see the Accommodation Directory for more information on what is available.

Business Directory

The Wales Information Directory offers a broad range of information on accommodation, activities, restaurants and businesses in Wales.  Please view the Business Directory for more information, or add your own free business listing.

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