Wales is a beautiful country filled with mountains and valleys, the people have a tradition of song and have a reputation for friendliness. If that wasn’t enough to bring you to the country, read on and see some of the best attractions Wales has to offer.
Pistyll Rheadr Waterfall
Near Llanrhaedr-ym-Mochnant at the end of a long rural drive down a single-track road through locations for the Film “The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down A Mountain” you’ll find Pistyll Rhaeadr. The highest waterfall in England and Wales, it stands at 74m tall. There is a paid car park at the falls and you can take a path right to the top. A stunning location.
St Giles’ Church, Wrexham
The Grade 1 listed building is the largest mediaeval church in Parish Church Wales. The tower reaches 135 feet into the air with four hexagonal turrets. The building dates back to the 14th Century and was extensively remodelled by Lord Stanley and Lady Margaret Beaufort (the mother of King Henry VII). The graveyard is the final resting place of Elihu Yale, who Yale University in the USA is named after. Yale was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Welsh parents and made his fortune in the East India Company and as a slave trader. Today the Church represents the best example of Ecclesiastical architecture in Wales.
St Winefride’s Well, Holywell
The legend of Saint Winifred tells how, in 660CE she spurned the advances of Caradoc, a local prince. Caradoc cut her head off and where her head landed a spring started. She then had her head reattached and was restored to life by her uncle, Saint Bueno. It has been a pilgrimage site since the 7th Century and is known as “the Lourdes of Wales.” Richard I visited the site to pray for the success of his crusade, it was visited by Henry V. In the late 15th Century a church was built around the well by Lady Margaret Beaufort. Some of the structures date to the reign of Henry VII, though Henry VIII tried to get the shrine destroyed due to his huff with the Pope. In 1605 many people involved in the gunpowder plot visited the well and it is reported Edward Oldcorne’s throat cancer was healed. James II also visited the site with his wife, Mary of Modena, in 1686 to produce an heir to the throne – shortly afterwards she became pregnant with her son James Francis Edward Stuart. Queen Victoria also visited the site in 1828.
Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo – Pembrokeshire
Folly Farm started life a farm attraction, but over the years it’s expanded to include an indoor vintage funfair (complete with Wurlitzer Organ) and a Zoo. The Zoo has over 200 species of animals and is part of the European Breeding Programme for Eastern Black Rhinos. There is also indoor and outdoor adventure play and go-karts too. Visited by over 500,000 visitors a year it’s one of Wales most well-loved visitor attractions and is a sure-fire way to keep the kids entertained.