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Seven Wonders of Wales

March 23rd, 2017

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There are many reasons to visit Wales, the land of song, scenery and (occasionally) sunshine. But whatever the weather the Welsh landscape is a wonder to behold. Here are just seven wonders of Wales that everyone should visit.

 

1. Snowdonia

The rugged beauty of Snowdonia National Park, in northwest Wales, brings to mind the landscape of Middle Earth from the Lord of the Rings. The focal point of the region is Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and the highest point in the British Isles south of the Scottish Highlands. This dreamy photo illustrates why Snowdonia is such a beautiful place to visit both in summer and winter.

Snowdonia Mountains

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2. St David’s Cathedral

This majestic cathedral is located in St Davids, Britain’s smallest city. Not only is the area beautiful, it also holds a rich history. So highly regarded was the area as a holy place, even William the Conqueror visited St Davids to pray.

St David's Cathedral

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3. Brecon Beacons

Located in South Wales, this beautiful mountain range and National Park is not only visited by people seeking out stunning views, it is also used for a range of different activities, from mountain climbing to military training.

Brecon Beacons

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4. Caerphilly Castle

This medieval castle is located in the town of Caerphilly in south Wales. Constructed in the 13th century it has witnessed many battles over the centuries but is still remarkably well preserved today. As well as a popular tourist attraction and wedding venue it has even been a filming location for the popular British television show Doctor Who.

Caerphilly Castle

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5. Lake Vyrnwy

This beautiful reservoir in Powys, Mid Wales was built in the 1880s. Its stone-built dam was the first of its kind in the world. Today, tourists visit this stunning place partly because of its award-winning sculpture trail, which started in 1995. It is also popular for a range of recreational activities, including sailing, rock climbing, cycling, walking, horse riding and hiking. It also used to be the home to the tallest tree in the UK until storms took its toll. Now another tree in the same area has taken the title of being the tallest tree in Wales.

Lake Vyrnwy

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6. Caernarfon Castle

This is another medieval fortress located in Caernarfon, in Gwynedd, northwest Wales. This World Heritage Site has a rich history. Created by King Edward I, it is considered one of the most impressive castles in Wales. Sitting on the shores of the Menai Strait with views across to Anglesey, visitors to Caernarfon will never short of things to see.

Caernarfon Castle

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7. Portmeirion

This is a well-known tourist village in Gwynedd, North Wales. Designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in the 1900s it is an Italian style village. Many writers and television producers have been inspired by this stunning town, and it provided the backdrop for the classic 1960s series The Prisoner.

Portmeirion

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These are just seven of Wales’ wonders, but there are many, many more to be found across the length and breadth of this beautiful country. Why not visit and discover a few for yourself?

The 10 must-follow Instagram accounts in Wales

October 7th, 2016

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We may be biased but Wales truly has some of the most stunning views, picturesque places and fantastic areas of interest in the UK. There really is something for everyone to visit and stay in Wales. If you can’t get to explore Wales’ beauty in person, the next best way is through pictures. Ranging from professional Welsh photographers with a large fan base, to up-and-coming Instagrammers that offer a glimpse into everyday life in Wales, we’ve selected a handful of our favourite Instagram accounts that show the country in all its glory and are all definitely worth a follow.

 

1. @buxtonc

Understated yet spectacular shots from Chris Buxton who is based in Wales. These images are sure to take your breath away and make you want to visit all the beautiful places Chris photographs, for example Llyn y Fan Fach (right), a lake in South Wales.

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2. @suesmithpics

Focusing on people, nature and landscapes, this Instagram account gives an insight into life in the Rhondda Valleys. Susanne Smith captures this area of Wales beautifully.

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3. @finn

Award-winning photographer Finn Beales is based in the Black Mountains of Wales. Although he posts photos of all his travels, Finn’s posts of his home landscape are truly captivating.

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4. @katieonthehill

On Instagram Katie Jones showcases clear and bright photography of some of the top destinations  to visit in south Wales, including Penarth Pier (image 1) and Caerphilly Castle (image 2).

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5. @willbendall

Will Bendall shows off his skills by picturing secret spots across Wales. Take Mwnt Beach in Cardigan Bay for example (image 2), possibly one of the most beautiful places to visit on West Wales’ Coast.

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6. @arian_fp

Who wouldn’t want to see gorgeous pictures of Wales’ scenery featuring a loveable little beagle? Heddwyn James explores beautiful Wales alongside little pal Megan, such as Dunraven Bay (image 1) and Dunraven Castle Gardens (image 2).

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7. @thedimmick

Steve Dimmick captures family life in Wales in all its glory, focusing on days out with his family in places such as Coed Y Nant Parc (image 1) and the Taff Trail (image 2) in Cardiff.

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8. @nadyacandy

Specialising in stunning sunset and beach photography, Nadya Candy is based in Ogmore-by-Sea, Vale of Glamorgan; we definitely want to stay here! #sunsetstodiefor

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9. @owenwarrell

Wedding photographer Owen Warrell offers a sweet glimpse into everyday life in Pembrokeshire. Little Haven Beach in Pembrokeshire is a must-visit (image 1).

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10. @giddygavin

Giddy Gavin, based in Harlech, adds shots of colour to his posts to bring out the charm of Wales. One of our favourites is his little vintage car in front of Snowdonia (image 2), an ideal place to visit to get the full Wales experience.

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To visit these locations yourself, check out our places to stay