July 15, 2016 at 9:11 AM
The beautiful country of Wales can be easily accessed from the mainland of England via car. This makes it an excellent location to visit by car. Wales is rich with history and culture, there are many well-preserved castles and natural areas for photographic and picnic opportunities. The countryside of Wales is full of exceptional beauty and Welsh hospitality is every bit as warm as word of mouth might state. Five top places to visit in Wales include a mixture of urban and rural, historical and modern attractions. They are listed in no particular order below.
Hike or Ski Snowdonia
This is a range of mountains, which is located in Gwynedd. There are 14 peaks stretching more than 3,000 feet high, including Snowdon, which can be reached by train. The mountains can be seen from far away, and there are local legends of King Arthur as a Welsh man. Activities include hiking and skiing.
View Rheidol Gorge From the Devil's Bridge
12 miles from Aberystwyth - a town on the sea - the Devil's Bridge can be found. There are actually three bridges, and they span the Rheidol Gorge. They are stacked on top of the other, and the oldest goes back to the 11th century. Far below is the River Mynach. Nature trails run through the area, and hiking is a common pass time.
Stroll the 18th Century Gardens of the Hafod Estate
Nearby to the Devil's Bridge is the Hafod Estate. It is 200 acres of woodland and gardens, and some say the best gardens in Britain. There are waterfalls, ancient trees, and the vacation cottage known as Hawthorn.
Tour Medieval Caernarfon Castle
For a day trip rich in history and architecture, Caernarfon Castle is ideal. It is one of the largest in Wales, and was built by King Edward I for the Prince of Wales. There are two gates and 13 towers at the castle. Nearby are the River Seiont and the Menai Strait. There are also a moat and beautiful gardens.
Relax at Llandudno
This town is located on the north coast and is the biggest seaside resort town in Wales. From the coast looking out is views across the Irish Sea. It is a popular tourist destination, and can be found between the mainland and the Great Orme.