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Wales: Compact Country Overflowing with Stunning Nature
Thanks to its wonderful mountain ranges, beaches and rural countryside, you will struggle to find a country that is as naturally beautiful as Wales. Behind its looks, you will discover a nation that boasts a rich history – something that can be seen at the various museums and ancient monuments that populate the land. Wales is also not short of attractions for the more modern traveller, with Cardiff – the country’s capital city – a thriving metropolis bursting with shops, nightlife options and points of interest.
Nature to Explore
With an array of beaches, forests, mountains and geologic formations, Wales is delightfully diverse in its nature. As the highest mountain in the country, Snowdon is a great starting point. Situated within the awe-inspiring Snowdonia National Park, Snowdon stands at 3,560 feet – which also makes it higher than any mountain in England! If you are in search of something a little less exhilarating, a visit to the Gower Peninsula in Swansea – with stunning beaches and superb countryside views – is highly recommended. This peninsula also features Rhossili Bay, where you will find iconic landscapes such as Worms Head and three miles of gloriously golden sands. Another famous area of natural beauty in Wales is Great Orme. This world-famous limestone headland is positioned next to Llandudno, and offers an abundance of nature to explore atop its mini-mountain formation. And if you want to take in a wealth of tranquil sights such as magnificent forests, waterfalls and mountains, a ride on the historic Ffestiniog Railway is a relaxing – and splendid – way of doing so when in Wales.
History to Learn
Wales is certainly a suitable destination option if history is your thing. From awe-inspiring castles to world-class museums, the country is inhabited by plenty of culture throughout. Speaking of castles, those that should not be missed include Caernarfon Castle and Harlech Castle – the former provides striking architecture dating back to 1284, while the imposing latter was also completed in the 13th century. Along with restaurants, shops and even hotel choices, Portmeirion Village – thanks to its wondrous Italian-inspired architecture that was the setting for the cult British television classic, The Prisoner – is popular with many for a day out in Wales. As well as many other countless history-centric attractions worth visiting – including St. David’s Cathedral, Tredegar House and the National Showcaves Centre for Wales – the country is also home to a large choice of museums. One of which is the Big Pit National Coal Museum. Free to enter, here you can learn the fascinating history of the industry by exploring a real coal mine at 300 feet underground. Other museums to add to the to-do list are the National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans National History Museum and the National Roman Legion Museum.
Attractions to Experience
A trip to Wales means that there will be plenty of contemporary things to do – no matter which area of the country you are staying in! Now while there are far too many to highlight in a single paragraph, there are plenty of valued attractions that deserve the spotlight. The Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo in Begelly, for example, is one of the best activities available in the country. Combining a zoo, farm and funfair all in one place, this award-winning attraction is an ideal family destination. Further theme park-type fun can be had at the exciting GreenWood Forest Park in Y Felinheli. And if you are a thrill seeker, how about trying out Zip World in Bethesda? This zip wire is not only the longest in the northern hemisphere, but it is also the fastest on the planet! Oh, and the Doctor Who Experience Cardiff Bay is a must-visit if you are a fan of the long-running television series.
Cities to Visit
Now while there are many points of interest that are spread across the country, there are plenty of centralised places to visit when travelling to Wales. This is perhaps best emphasised by Cardiff, which is a capital, port and the largest city in the nation all rolled up into one. And with countless shopping options, regular shows and live sport, popular attractions, and diverse restaurant choices, it is little wonder that plenty book their hotels and base their stay in this area of south Wales. Positioned either side of Cardiff are Newport and Swansea, with both cities featuring their own enticements of a similar vein. In addition, the north of Wales is not lacking in terms of places worth considering when travelling around the country. The seaside resort of Llandudno is one such example, with it offering a fabulous promenade, great views, pristine beaches and one of the UK’s most highly regarded piers.
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Hotel ibis budget Cardiff Centre Cardiff
The ibis budget Cardiff Centre hotel is a low-cost option for those staying in Cardiff. Featuring clean guest rooms with en-suite showers, guests can enjoy a relaxing stay. Rooms feature air conditioning, flat screen televisions and spacious bathrooms. The ibis budget Cardiff Centre features a gorgeous "cocoon room," with gentle lighting and an overall relaxing ambiance for a tranquil experience. Dining includes a delicious breakfast that offers plenty of options including a buffet. Nearby attractions include The Cardiff Story, New Theatre, and City Marshall Massage. more
Hotel The Angel - The Hotel Collection Cardiff
The Barceló Cardiff Angel hotel is a four star property located on Castle Street in the city of Cardiff. The hotel is housed in a Victorian building but has modern facilities such as air conditioning. Its centrally located near the Cardiff Castle, The Museum of the Welsh Soldier and restaurants and shops. At the hotel guests can enjoy the onsite restaurant and cocktail bar. The train station is located five minutes away and there is an onsite car parking which guests can use against charges. The hotel offers 102 guest rooms and suites with wireless internet access, ironing facilities, television and free refreshments. The suites have a separate lounge with sofa. There is 24 hour rooms service available. Guests have free access to the nearby premium health club which offers cardio equipment, workout classes, sauna and relaxation rooms. There are 7 rooms available for meeting and conferences with space up to 300 people. The hotel offers the option of holding a wedding at the hotel. There is 24 hour front desk service with luggage storage room and safety deposit box. more
Hotel The Vale Resort Cardiff
The Vale Resort is set amidst 650 acres of tranquil countryside in the Vale of Glamorgan, just a five-minute drive from the M4 near Cardiff. Sporting two championship golf courses, Wales' biggest spa and some exceptional conference and dining facilities, this country retreat makes for a refreshing change of scenery. The 143 en-suite bedrooms include air conditioning, a desk, electronic safe and free high-speed Wi-Fi. The spa area is split into five different zones and offers Indian Ayurvedic treatments. There is also a 20-metre pool, steam room, sauna and gym, not to mention a tennis and squash court. The Vale Resort also offers 13 meeting spaces for up to 700 attendees. Guests can enjoy fresh Welsh cuisine, with ingredients coming fresh from the farm, in the Vale Grill and relax in the Vale and Samamanza bars. The property is about 20 kilometres from Cardiff Bay, Cardiff Castle and the Wales Millennium Centre. Beaupre Castle is about 20 minutes away by car. more
Hotel Premier Inn Cardiff North hotel Cardiff
With an on-site restaurant and conference facilities, the Premier Inn Cardiff North is a great option for tourists and those in Cardiff for business or an event. The city centre is just under eight kilometres from the hotel. All rooms feature a television, free Wi-Fi, a desk and a private bathroom. Premier Inn Cardiff North features four meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 150 people, free parking, elevator access and universally accessible rooms. Full and continental breakfast, snacks, dinner and drinks are served at Thyme Restaurant, where kids eat breakfast at no charge. The hotel is on a key bus route offering easy access to the city centre. Millennium Stadium and Cardiff International Arena are both ten kilometres away, as is Cardiff Central Train Station. Cardiff Airport is 25 kilometres from the inn. more
Hotel Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel & Spa Cardiff
The Mercure Holland House is a four star property located on Newport Road in the city of Cardiff. It’s located in the city center and close to the Cardiff Castle and also near the National Museum. The Queen Street rail station is within walking distance. It’s a large hotel with 165 guest rooms and suites and has an onsite restaurant, a bar and meeting facilities. There are hotel rooms available with air conditioning, satellite cable television, work desk, telephone, ironing facilities, radio, wireless internet connection and safety deposit box. There is room service available. There are rooms for people with a disability and family rooms. There is one onsite restaurant which services international dishes and there is a lounge bar. Guests can enjoy the indoor swimming pool and spa or go for a workout at the gym. There are 15 conference rooms and facilities which can accommodate up to 645 people. The hotel can also host a wedding. Parking indoor and outdoor at the hotel is possible and valet parking is available. more
Hotel Novotel Cardiff Centre Hotel Cardiff
Novotel Cardiff Centre is a 4 star hotel located in Cardiff city centre, near to the Millenium Stadium, the Wales Millennium Centre and Cardiff Bay with its shopping and entertainment area. For guests arriving by car, the hotel has a secured private outdoor car park. Cardiff International Airport is 40 kilometres away, as is Bristol Airport. Cardiff central train Station is just under 2 kilometres from the Novotel. The Novotel has an indoor heated swimming pool as well as a sauna, Jacuzzi, steam bath and a fully equipped fitness centre with flat screen TVs. The hotel restaurant and bar are open 7 days a week. The bar serves snacks, which can also be served in the guestrooms, as can hot dishes. 138 guestrooms include 6 for disabled guests and 5 connecting rooms. Standard facilities include satellite and cable TV, tea and coffee making facilities, a safety deposit box, wireless Internet (for a fee) and ensuite bathrooms with a hairdryer. Ironing facilities can be requested. Meeting facilities for up to 50 guests and in 10 meeting rooms can be reserved. Other hotel services include a 24 hour front desk, a children's play area and shoe shining machines. more
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