Friday, 7 September 2018

Wake Up To Wales

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Do you still want to try to squeeze one last trip away in before the year is out? If so, you might like the idea of a staycation. You won’t have to travel too far, and they usually aren’t quite as pricey as traveling abroad. Thankfully, there are loads of great destinations you could visit across the United Kingdom, but in this blog post I’m going to focus on Wales.



Although I've never been (yet!), Wales seems like such a great country, especially if you love getting outside and exploring nature. There are so many thrilling hiking routes as well as historic castles and towns for you to explore. It's definitely a place on my bucket list, and not just because I'm 1/4 Welsh!


Ready to wake up to Wales? Here are some of its best tourist destinations...
Cardiff

Cardiff is the Welsh capital and a really fun and vibrant city. You can find out all about the city’s history at Cardiff castle (I'm always up for visiting castles!) and the St Fagans National Museum of History. If you love all things creative, then head down to the colourful Chapter Arts Centre. There are always some fun art exhibitions and theatre shows going down here. When you’re hungry, you can enjoy a gourmet burger in Cardiff as well as many other international cuisines. To work off all that delicious food, head to the Taff Trail where you can enjoy a leisurely walk or a bike ride.



Snowdonia


You will have probably already heard of Snowdonia as it’s also the name of one of Britain’s highest peaks. In fact, that’s one thing you could do while you are visiting the region - hike all the way up to the top of the Snowdonia mountain. This area isn’t just about mountains, though. There are a lot more activities you can do, including sailing, hiking, mountain biking, and horse riding. After a day of physical fun, why not head to a traditional pub for a hearty meal and refreshing pint?

Pembrokeshire

Another of Wales’ most visited tourist destinations has to be Pembrokeshire. In fact, it’s where you will find the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, one of the country’s most stunning locations. When you are there, you could always spend the day at Pembroke Castle soaking up the history. It’s also worth taking a boat trip out to Caldey Island to see the historic monastery.

From my knowledge, I've not yet been to a National Park, but I think they seem like one of nature's greatest gifts, so this would be an ideal trip for me!

The Brecon Beacons National Park

Another really popular national park is the in the Brecon Beacons. If you’ve already climbed Snowdonia by this point, you might want to hike up Pen y Ghent. It’s another tall peak, just not as high as the mountain in Snowdonia! It’s also worth visiting the Big Pit National Coal Museum to learn all about the region’s main industry that has is now sadly on its last legs. You will also find a lot of hiking trails and mountain biking routes in the Brecon Beacons National Park, so it’s another great destination if you want more of an active holiday surrounded by gorgeous nature!
A fun fact for you is that whilst I was completing my Bronze DofE, I found out that quite a lot of students do visit the Brecon Beacons, just at a later stage, so during their Gold or their Silver Award, but I do think it would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that shouldn't be ignored!

So, do you think you want to head to Wales for your next trip? Don’t waste any more time - book it now!

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