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Travel to Wales


Wales at a Glance

Tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and England is a tiny country bursting with personality, pride and promise. Many travellers of the United Kingdom sadly overlook Wales, when it should be on the top of everyone’s list. The country is home to more castles than anywhere else in Europe with 641 in total. There are 3 national parks and 750 miles of coastline that leave travellers awe-struck. And His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales resides here on the island of Anglesey.

With so much to see and do in Wales, the list is endless. Here are some of the country’s many highlights:

  • Cardiff: The capital city of Wales, Cardiff has an outstanding nightlife scene with over 350 bars and pubs to experience.
  • Caerphilly Castle: Built starting in 1258, this is one of the largest surviving medieval fortresses in all of Britain. It can be found on Castle Street in Caerphilly.
  • Bog snorkelling: Believe it or not, this is just one of the peculiar activities in Llanwrtyd Wells. This tiny town began hosting unusual events and attractions in the late 70’s as a way to bring tourism. Other events and activities include: Man versus Horse and Mountain Bike Chariots.
  • Hay-on-Wye: Situated on the Wales side of the Welsh/English border, it is known around the World as “the Town of Books”. Over 30 bookstores can be found as well as two impressive Norman castles.
  • St. David’s Cathedral: Dating back to the 6th century, St. David’s Cathedral is the most ancient surviving cathedral settlement in Britain.
  • Postmeirion: Built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 to resemble an Italian village. It has been the scene of many movies and television programs, most famously the television program The Prisoner.
  • Coasteering in the Pembrokeshire Coast: This is a unique adrenalin-pumping sport that combines sea level traversing, rock climbing, cliff jumping and swimming in sea caves.

Wales Essential Facts

  • Capital: Cardiff.
  • Driver’s License: A valid driver’s license from Canada is accepted, but an International Driving Permit is recommended.
  • Entry Requirements: A valid passport.
  • GMT Time: 0hr. Daylight savings time is applied.
  • Languages: English and Welsh.
  • National Airlines: Air Wales.
  • Population: Approximately 3million.
  • Electricity: 230V, 50HZ.
  • Departure Tax: No departure tax to be paid locally at the airport.
  • Taxes: The Value Added Tax (VAT) is 15% and is almost always included in quoted prices in shops, restaurants and hotels. If the VAT is not included it will be clearly marked "exc VAT" next to the dollar amount.
  • Tipping: If the service in a restaurant was good, a tip of 10% of the total bill is recommended, as many wait staff are paid poor wages. Some restaurants will automatically add a service charge of 10% to you bill; in this case additional tipping is not needed. Tipping in bars and pubs is not required. Taxi drivers do not expect tips.
  • Climate: Wales is warmer than Scotland, but colder than Northern Ireland. The average maximum temperature in July is 19°C. Weather in Wales is quite unpredictable, so it is advised to be prepared for anything.

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