Cymru am byth!
It might be the second smallest country in the United Kingdom (behind Northern Ireland of course) but that certainly doesn’t mean it can’t pack a lot of PUNCH!
There are tonnes of cool things about Wales, like:
- Welsh Cakes
- The fact that it has more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world
There are 641 castles in Wales, 3 million people and 11 million sheep. Cool facts.
— Joel Kimmel (@joelkimmel) May 12, 2015
- The fact that JRR Tolkein, creator of Lord of the Rings, based Elvish on the traditional Welsh language
- Wales is the home of the fantastical King Arthur
- And of course, the King of Sass, Tom Jones…
…Seriously though, it really is an amazing place to visit, and it’s actually an even better place in which to live and study. Every year, the country welcomes international students from over 170 different countries, and these savvy students get to pick from the 2,700 courses that Wales has on offer. Welsh Universities are a firmly established part of the history an traditions of the UK’s Higher Education system, and this is reflected in the quality assurance, research culture and positive approach to teaching and learning. The campuses are both beautiful and safe, with a huge range of facilities that are easily accessible, familiarity with bi-lingualism and an emphasis on friendly cultural integration.
In other words, Wales is awesome, and the Higher Education opportunities that are available in this small, yet mighty, country are even more awesome! It’s home to some of the most beautiful landscapes and historic attractions in the world, so if you need any more persuasion as to why you should study in Harrd Cymru (that means Beautiful Wales, of course), here are 16 of the most beautiful places the country has to offer:
1. Portmeirion, Gwynedd
Image via VisitWales.
Portmeirion is a beautiful coastal resort of Gwynedd, North Wales, established in 1925. It certainly looks luke a candy-splurged utopian community, but it’s more like a dazzling creation from a science-fiction novel, mesmerising visitors in oh so many ways! Portmeirion also served as the setting for the 1960s drama The Prisoner, starring Patrick McGoohan as Number 6…”I am not a number. I am a free man.”
2. Crickhowell, Powys
Crickhowell is a picturesque town nestled in the beautiful Usk Valley. This cute little town and all the surrounding villages have plenty of great attractions for people of all ages.
3. Hay-on-Wye, Powys
Hay-on-Wye is uniquely positioned on the border between England and Wales, and is a must-see for anyone with a passion for books.
4. Fairy Glen, Conwy
Fairy Glen is one of the most popular natural attractions in Wales, and if it looks this good on film, imagine just how magical it is in person…
5. Castell Coch, Cardiff
Castell Coch is a Nineteenth Century Gothic Revival Castle, built after 1081 to protect the newly conquered town of Cardiff. It appears to be frozen in time, rich with a history that is part of what makes it so absolutely stunning.
6. Dan-Yr-Ogof, Powys
Dan-Yr-Ogof has got to be one of the natural wonders of the world. These caves are fully accessible to visitors, and a must-see for any tourist, or resident of Wales.
7. Porth Wen Brickworks, Anglesey
On the North Coast of Anglesey, a few miles West of Amlwch, lie the Porth Wen Brickworks. Anglesey is a gorgeous region of Wales, and a picture of the Brickworks is just what you need to finish off that photo album…
8. Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire
PUFFINS! PUFFINS! PUUUUUFFFFIIIINNNSSS!
9. Black Mountains, Powys
It’s called the Black Mountain Range…is that not an epic enough reason for you to go there?!
10. St Fagans, Cardiff
St Fagans National History Museum is a really cool day out, and certainly a place to take your family when they come to visit.
11. National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire
The garden covers 568 acres of Carmarthenshire countryside and the Glass Dome is utterly spectacular!
12. Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire
Just go. No words can describe the haunting beauty of Tintern Abbey ruins.
13. South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey
How much have you always wanted to visit a lighthouse? Well, you should definitely venture to this one- it’s gorgeous by day, but absolutely magical by night.
14. Rhaeadr Ewynnol, Snowdonia
15. Monknash Beach, Vale of Glamorgan
Not even your wild imagination could picture a scene as beautiful as this!
16. Mount Snowdon, Gynedd
Do you like this view? It’s one million times better from up there…
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