8 Best Places to Visit in Wales

8 Best Places to Visit in Wales. A Mind Map by Arpit Banjara.

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1. 1. Caernarfon

1.1. Located in northern Wales

1.1.1. the city of Caernarfon is best known for its 13th-century castle

1.2. Although the 13th-century castle was built as a royal palace

1.2.1. as well as a military stronghold for Edward I

1.2.2. the inner buildings and apartments have all but disappeared

1.3. King Edward’s son was born in Caernarfon

1.3.1. and named the Prince of Wales and the northeast tower now showcases the Prince of Wales Exhibition.

2. 2. Hay-on-Wye

2.1. Hay-on-Wye is a small town on the River Wye

2.1.1. very close to the English border and within the borders of Brecon Beacons National Park

2.2. Hay-on-Wye is probably best known

2.2.1. as the location of a prestigious annual Hay Festival sponsored by the Guardian newspaper

2.3. The festival stated in 1988 and today draws 80,000 people annually

2.3.1. to discuss the arts with well known writers philosophers and other artists

3. 3. St. David's Cathedral

3.1. It is Located in the City of St. David’s in Pembrokeshire county

3.2. St. David’s Cathedral is a beautiful example

3.2.1. of religious architecture in the Middle Ages

3.3. The patron saint of Wales, St. David was a Welsh bishop

3.3.1. of the Catholic Church during the 6th century and was buried in the site’s original structure

3.4. Construction for the existing cathedral was begun

3.4.1. in the 1180s using purple-colored sandstone

3.5. Now part of the Church of Wales

3.5.1. the Norman cathedral houses numerous treasures, including 800-year-old bishop staffs gilded with gold 13th-century silver chalices and a 1620 edition of the Welsh Bible.

4. 4. Aberystwyth

4.1. Aberystwyth is an historic university town

4.1.1. situated on the west coast of Wales

4.2. With 7,000 students attending school in Aberystwyth each year

4.2.1. it’s no surprise that the town is a popular holiday destination as evidenced by the city’s more than 50 pubs

4.3. The seafront features charming Victorian architecture

4.3.1. with a wide promenade where visitors can sit and soak up the sun

4.4. Perched atop one of the surrounding hills

4.4.1. are the remnants of a massive Iron Age fortress

4.5. The remains of the first Norman castle built in Wales

4.5.1. can be found in Aberystwyth too

5. 5. Cardiff

5.1. Located in the southeast corner of Wales

5.1.1. Cardiff became the country’s capital in 1955

5.2. The 74,200-seat Millennium sports stadium and the futuristic Wales Millennium Centre

5.2.1. for the performing arts have now joined Cardiff Castle as the city’s star attractions

5.3. The 11th-century Cardiff castle gives visitors

5.3.1. a great introduction to Welsh history

5.4. the National Museum Cardiff is also a must-see attraction.

5.4.1. With its exhibits of Roman pottery

5.4.2. and gold jewelry dating back to the Bronze Age

6. 6. Pembrokeshire Coast

6.1. Home to the only coastal national park in Wales

6.1.1. Pembrokeshire county encompasses the country’s southwestern peninsula and offshore islands

6.2. the national park is best known for the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

6.2.1. which winds for 300 km (186 miles) along cliff tops overlooking the craggy shoreline

6.3. For adrenaline junkies, opportunities for wind, kite and conventional surfing

6.3.1. abound along the region’s numerous beaches and there are quaint fishing villages and ancient castles to explore as well.

7. 7. Conwy

7.1. Conwy is located in North Wales on the Conwy Estuary

7.1.1. near the forests of Snowdonia

7.2. The dark-stoned fortress of Conwy Castle

7.2.1. dominates the cityscape

7.3. Built in the 1280s by Edward I

7.3.1. the castle’s mammoth curtain walls and eight round towers remain intact and imposing

7.4. Views from the battlements offer visitors a bird’s eye view

7.4.1. of the castle’s Great Hall and of the walls

7.4.2. and towers that surround the medieval town

7.5. the church of St. Mary’s is worth a visit

7.5.1. with its Byzantine processional cross and 15th-century screens

8. 8. Snowdonia

8.1. The mountains of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales

8.1.1. are one of the most popular places to visit in Wales

8.2. Few of Snowdonia’s peaks top 900 meters (3,000 feet)

8.2.1. but their steeply wooded slopes lend them a heightened sense of drama

8.3. Hiking is a popular activity in Snowdonia

8.3.1. and there are Neolithic burial cairns and Roman ruins to explore in the park too

8.4. A cog railway takes visitors to the top of Snowdon

8.4.1. the park’s namesake and highest peak

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