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Wonderful Wales

I am as English as I can be. I am not ashamed of it - I was born that way. However, I have close family in both wales and Scotland and I should be in trouble if I did not start a list on Wales. It really is wonderful. For such a small country to have three great national parks, fabulous beaches, mountains and so many historical sites and buildings has to mean something. The list may be short (Nov 2010) but it will grow.

Updated July 12, 2012
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  1. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in Bangor, Wales, UK
    Thee is just onr thing wrong here that doesn't sem to be covered by any of the headings - so let's get that out of the way first.Y Bwthyn, the cottage that we took (and hence the one described here) has a very busy road just behind - making ear plugs…
  2. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Moelfre, Wales, UK
    Although a highly recommended free area that has three attractions should attract you, it is unlikely that you will go to Anglessey just for this - but if you do go, please regard it as a must-see if you have any interest in history or archaeology. …
  3. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Rhiw, Wales, UK
    I am sure there are places whch, for you, are very special indeed and yet you would feel that anything you could say to explain this would be quite inadequate. Not nly is that true of Plas yn Rhiw for both of us but we ave met a number of people who …
  4. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Rhiw, Wales, UK
    There are three coastal areas in Wales that for me are about equal in terms of beauty; the Pembrokeshire Coast. Gower and Lleyn. I have a favourite beach in each and Porth Ysgo is my favourite in Lleyn. I can't judge between it and the other two. On …
  5. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Chepstow, Wales, UK
    I have a certain bias about British rivers and I love some of those in my birth county of Devon and in the Yorkshire Dales. However the Welsh river Wye, their second longest, has to be a favourite. Actually it goes through parts of England, Hereford …
  6. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Saint David's, Wales, UK
    A semantic point first. The name of the place is more often used without a hyphen but you would say St David's Cathedral - not entirely logical as the whole thing is only about one St David! Next is it village, town or city? Yes, no , yes respecti…
  7. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Wales, UK
    Why not 5* for one of the best recognised walks in the UK? because basically I have nolove for the idea of organised routes of this sort with records etc. So many involve peaks that I should never ascend for their own sake and so much erosion has bee…
  8. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Bangor, Wales, UK
    This is a small reserve but, if you spend some time there at one of the two hides, you have a good chance of seeing some interesting waterside birds. The 4 rather than 5 for overall rating is based on my view that access for the disadvantaged should …
  9. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Porthmadog, Wales, UK
    Average cost here is taken in the context of independent preserved railways, which are not cheap - or they could never cover their expenses. 'One of the best' means one of the best I have been on anywhere. In the UK it's the best I have been on. P…
  10. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Bangor, Wales, UK
    I had real trouble rating this one. Good points first - the kitchen area and some of the exhibitions in the stable block are absolutely fascinating - as are many aspects of the grounds, including an excellent Victorian walled garden. BUT the 'cast…
  11. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Llanberis, Wales, UK
    I say straight away that for me any ascent of Snowdon direct from Llanberis is not the most scenic route. I may get round to doing a review on preferred routes eventually. However I still say of mountain railways what I said when I was fit to walk up…
  12. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Beaumaris, Wales, UK
    North Wales is a great destination for castle lovers, even for those without their own vehicle. The most spectacular among them were actually built in the 13th century by command of English King Esward I as part of his campaign against the Welsh prin…
  13. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Llanberis, Wales, UK
    Some may not agree with my rating - because as castles go, Dolbadarn is pretty simple and comes nowhere near the quality of Caernarfon, Conway and Beaumaris. Yet for me the title shows why Dolbadarn is just as interesting. 'Welsh' here means 'in W…
  14. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales, UK
    Much of Snowdonia was involved in the slate industry and Blaenau Ffestiniog was a sort of de facto slate capital. Slate was mined here, cut to size for roofing, moved by what is now the Ffestiniog Railway to Porthmadog. Thus the Llechwedd Slate Caver…
  15. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Llanbedr, Wales, UK
    The Rhinogs in southern Snowdonia are not among the best known mountains in the national park. The highest is only about the 50th Welsh mountain. However if you want a day away from any crowds and with some of the best views you can find in Snowdonia…
  16. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Bethesda, Wales, UK
    Tryfan is the lowest peak in Wales to top the magic 3000 feet mark. In fact it is often said that you are wrong to claim it as one unless you have steped between the two huge rocks of Adam and Eve at the top. (How daft can you get?). There are two fa…
  17. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Dolgellau, Wales, UK
    It was some time before I realised that Cadair (or Cader) Idris was in the Snowdonia National Park - it's so far south and isolated from the rest. I refuse to get into any silly argumant about how it cmpares to the three main groups of Snowdon, Glyde…
  18. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Nant Peris, UK
    Snowdon is only one of two mountains (as far as I know, the other being Cairn Gorm in Scotland) in Great Britain whose summit can be reached by train. There are also numerous paths that call for no outstanding ability - just fitness. if you want on…
  19. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Anglesey, Wales, UK
    Ellins Tower is a reserve owned by the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) on South Stack cliffs near Holyhead on the island of Anglessey. It is a very picturesque location near to the South Stack lighthouse. Two of my favourite sea b…
  20. Cheap "General Tips & Advice" in Pwllheli, Wales, UK
    The website will tell you the actual fares, but this is surely a bargain ticket. It allows for unlimited travel at the times given over the lines between Pwllheli, the sort of unofficial capital of lovely Lleyn, and Machynlledd and Aberystwith. It is…
  21. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Porthmadog, Wales, UK
    So you thought Portmeirion was a form of tableware - well, you were right but it is also a small village in Wales. That's where I am writing about here. Sir Clough Williams-Ellis bought the site in 1925 for what now seems like a song. What he created…
  22. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Caernarfon, Wales, UK
    I try to mix in some lesser known places among my reviews but this may come closest to being completely unknown. We did not know of it ourselves until we picked up a leaflet in Caernarfon last year! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and it is only £4 …
  23. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Goodwick, Wales, UK
    I am a bit touched on lighthouses, perhaps dating to my childhood visits to Smeaton Tower (review) in Plymouth. It was the knowledge that there was a small lighthouse there that first too us to Strumble Head. I suppose I should still regard that as a…
  24. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Penmon, Wales, UK
    What makes a settlement appropriate? On the Isand of Anglesey the Druids, forced ever backward by the Romans were finally defeated. memories, however, tend to be long in these parts and Anglesey has retained an air of ancient religion and mystery. Th…
  25. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Marloes, Wales, UK
    St Bride's Bay is a wide expanse of sea stretching from the St David's Peninsula (review) in the north to the Marloes Peninsula in the South. In contrast St Bride's Haven is one of the smallest beaches in the whole bay. We liked it as a place to arri…
  26. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Machynlleth, Wales, UK
    The Centre for Alternative Technology was opened in 1973 - when there was concern about global warning and overuse of energy resources but it was not yet a subject on which everybody felt a need to pronounce. Hence the Centre can well claim to have b…
  27. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Llanrwst, Wales, UK
    I am not sure I am even meant to be writing a review on Gwydir Castle because clearly much has been done since I was last there, for which I am indebted to information on the website. What cannot have changed is the beauty of its situation. The Co…
  28. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Trefriw, Wales, UK
    Most of my reviews of Snowdonia are of mountains - not surprisingly. However it is not only lovers of mountain walking who can enjoy the outdoors here and these two lakes, easily accessed on foot from each other or from the villages of Llanrwst, Tref…
  29. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Beaumaris, Wales, UK
    In my review of Penmon I talk about a toll road. For this review we come to the other end of that road, only about a mile away. this is Trwyn Du or Black point but the lighthouse website calls it Dinmor Point - take your pick. Similarly the island ju…
  30. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Llithfaen, Wales, UK
    The Nant Gwrtheyrn Welsh Language and Heritage Centre was formerly a quarrying village in a most inhospitable part of the north coast of the Lleyn Peninsula. The only access was by boat, other than by a steep and tortuous track down the cliff. Not su…
  31. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Llithfaen, Wales, UK
    Wales is a mountainous country and hence there can be little excitement for a mountain well below 2000 feet, especially when it is close to the much higher mountains of Snowdonia. However, look again! This is the best place west of Snowdonia from …
  32. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Abereiddy, Wales, UK
    As you drive from St David's, you see the place in front of you - black - must be mud - - - but what are those people doing on it? - - PLAYING BEACH CRICKET - - and what is the ball doing? - - bouncing! - then that's not mud - - it's black sand!! An…
  33. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Nevern, Wales, UK
    Possibly Pembrokeshire Coast National Park comes second only to Dartmoor for the number of Bronze Age remains in a national park in the United Kingdom. yet the two are not very alike. Dartmoor leads easily on stone rows and stone circles and possibly…
  34. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Porthgain, Wales, UK
    Going east from St David's along the north coast, past the magnificent beach at Abereiddi (review), is one of the most picturesque parts of all the Coastal Footpath. If you can time it so that you arrive at Porthgain as the sun is setting, the ruins…
  35. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Beddgelert, Wales, UK
    Please don't look at the website yet, until I have told you the story of Gelert, the faithful hound. LLywelyn, one of the great Welsh princes was given a hound by (bad) King John of England. It was given the run of the house. One day it remained a…
  36. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Rhyd Ddu, UK
    I frequently comment that mountains should not be judged on height alone and it would seem to follow that mountain ridges should not either. Many reckon this to come second only to the Crib Goch ridge in the Snowdon Group (review - Snowdon Horseshoe)…
  37. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Saint David's, Wales, UK
    So what's great about it? I supose it depends on the age group but there's something for just about everybody. For all age groups there must be some joy in its being a Blue Flag beach, whenso many beaches are badly polluted. For very young childre…
  38. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Croesor, UK
    I received quite a put-down from somebody from Switzerland, when I described Cnicht as a mountain on another site. I see some websites describe it as the Welsh Matterhorn. I should not dream of using such an absurd term myself and I readily concede t…
  39. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Conwy, Wales, UK
    I am never sure where average meets expensive - the entry here is £7-50 so you can decide for yourself. Anybody I know who has been, and that's quite a lot, would agree with the title - well worth the price. Bodnant Gardens are on the true right …
  40. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Cardiff, Wales, UK
    Y Mochyn Du is Welsh for 'The Black Pig,' as you will quickly learn at any visit. It has two major advantages for Cardiff when there is any major sporting event at the Millennium Stadium. 1. it is not too near - nor too far 2. the food is terrific…
  41. Cheap "Hostels" in Cardiff, Wales, UK
    It's a hostel in the main, although it does have private, even en-suite, rooms. I stayed in a 4-bed dormitory. They claim that 'cleanliness' is their watchword and it's very apparent. In particular the showers and toilets are kept much cleaner tha…
  42. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Caernarfon, Wales, UK
    I tend to expect prices to stay low so the 'expensive' rating may be a bit harsh. There is no doubt about value for money. The trip in either direction between Caernarfon and Porthmadog takes about two hours. I have done some walking many moons ago …
Africancrab says:
Incredible indeed. i should love to visit Wales and spend more time exploring.
Posted on: Nov 21, 2010
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