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Wales

Wales

Diversity is the perfect word to describe this small country which offers Celtic culture, and a wealth of riches to explore. In Cardiff, the capital, there’s a refined coastal city vibe with a notable nightlife scene and a medieval castle featuring ornate Gothic Revival interiors. Castles abound in Wales, with plenty of opportunities to brush up on the types of fortresses built long ago—like the 13th-century Caerphilly Castle, the largest in the nation. It was one of the earliest examples to use lakes, draw bridges and a series of circular fortifications for defense. These days the landscape is more suited to hikers than invaders, with a scenic trail that runs the length of country’s rugged coast. Mountainous national parks, and sparkling lakes also provide convincing reasons to experience the great outdoors. In the northwest, Snowdonia National Park has lakes, glacial landforms, hiking trails and even a railway that traverses the mountain peak.
Wales

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Cardiff

Cardiff

Castles are everywhere in Wales, and the capital city is no exception. Cardiff Castle sits atop an ancient Roman fort and is one of the most romantic in the country, and those fortunate enough to visit during daffodil season will be rewarded with stunning golden hues of flowers blooming beneath the storied stones that tower overhead. Some sections of this well-preserved fortress date back to the 10th-century.

This once-coal mining town has slowly transformed into a beautiful city of castles, cathedrals, Victorian-era shopping arcades, and an arts and culture precinct. Sports fans are rewarded with a rugby stadium, and Cardiff Bay, the former industrial port, has undergone a revitalization whereby visitors are able to wander through the old warehouses and wharves, and even enjoy a spot of dining or shopping. A destination in its own right, Cardiff also makes for a great jumping-off spot to explore other important attractions in Wales.