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Wales

General Information about Wales

Snowdonia National Park in North Wales

Wales is located in the South Western part of Great Britain, the largest of the British Isles. Great Britain is made up of England, Scotland and Wales. Great Britain is part of the United Kingdom, which also includes Northern Ireland.

England is located on the Eastern border of Wales, the Bristol Channel to the South and the Irish Sea to the North. The capital of Wales is Cardiff and the population is approximately 2.9 million. Over half of the country is coastal plain and valleys with the remaining area hilly and mountainous. Its climate is variable being warm in summer, but quite cold and changeable in the winter with very heavy rainfall.

Wales is popular with walkers, hikers and climbers and offers plenty of choices in the countryside, suitable for all levels of fitness. A new cycle trail has been opened that covers 186 miles, most of which is off-road for the mountain bike enthusiast. There is also plenty to do for the water sport group from kayaking, rafting and sailing on the coast and in some of river systems. Wales is also a land of castles, Cardiff's original city centre has Cardiff Castle, parts of which date back to the Middle Ages.

Accommodation is plentiful and varied and will suit most budgets. Types of accommodation are from cottages, hostels, gypsy caravans, canal boats through to the standard guest houses, farm houses, castles and hotels.

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Climate

Find Out About The Climate In Wales

The climate in Wales is typically temperate with mild summers and cool winters. June through to August are the best months to visit with an average temperatures of 14-20 degrees. Winter days are usually short and cold with averages of 1-5 degrees. The weather throughout the year can be very unpredictable sunny in the morning, raining in the afternoon.

Geography

Geographical Information On Wales

Wales can be found in the western part of mainland Britain in north east Europe with a population of over 5,500,000 people. The country is bordered by sea on three sides and has a total area of 20,764 square kilometres and a coastline of almost 1,200 kilometres long. The capital of Wales is Cardiff and is the largest city in Wales. Snowdon is the highest mountain measuring over 3,650 feet.

Economy

Learn About The Economy In Wales

Wales is a very business friendly country and deal with a lot of international business mainly due to its location, environment and eager workforce. The agricultural industry plays a small roll in the country's centring around pigs, poultry sheep and cattle raising. The official currency is the Pound Sterling.

Festivals and Events

Discover What's On In Wales

The events calendar is always full in Wales with something for the entire family. May is when the popular Fishguard Fold Festival is held with concerts, song sessions, dancing and a real ale bar. Then in June the capital hosts the Gwyl Ifan Dance Festival with visitors from all over the country join to enjoy the festivities. If you like storytelling then you must visit in July to see the international storytelling festival. Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival and St Donat's is set near a medieval cliff-top castle and is the UK's largest gathering of storytellers.

Attractions, Activities and Tours in Wales

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