Are you planning a trip to Wales?
For many families travel abroad just is not a feasible option, however that doesn't mean that exploration and excitement cannot be had in the UK. One of the most exciting holiday areas of the country must be Wales, a country in its own right that was voted the 3rd most beautiful country in the world! There are several traditionally notable areas of Wales that are worth visiting, but there are also areas of less esteem that are equally as culturally interesting and beautiful.
Also, another alluring factor is the fact that you will see more sheep than ever before thought possible
How to get to Wales from London
If you are coming from London to Wales your main options are to drive, take a coach or train.
Prices will depend on what part of the country you're heading from however, if you're coming from South East prices will be roughly as according:
- Train - £48.50 from Victoria to Cardiff Central return: See prices here
- Car - £40-50 (Depends on the cars fuel economy) but there is no longer a toll fee!
The journey can usually be done in 3 hours from London to cardiff on a good traffic day. It is best to drive to Wales in the evening after 7pm to avoid traffic on the M4 but the journey can usually be made without too much time being added on once you're past the M25.
- Bus - £20 round trip from London to Cardiff - prices vary depending on times but average around: See prices here
Best time to visit Wales
The best time to visit Wales are the summer months because even in the driest months it often rains. August is the hottest average month of the year but you should be expected at least a few good dry days from June to September.
What is the average temperature in Wales
The average annual temperature is 9.4°c. During the driest months it is still known to rain, this rain gives wales its scenic countryside views but can cause a damper on a day out. The driest months are from June to August which see temperatures averaging around 20°c.
The wet season is from October to January and whilst you’ll need a raincoat or umbrella the weather allows for some absolutely stunning views around the mountains.
What currency is used in Wales
Wales holds the same currency (Pound Sterling) as the rest of Great Britain, however certain things may be cheaper than in London.
What to eat in Wales
Naturally you cannot see wales properly without tasting the traditional food - specifically and most importantly, homemade welsh cakes with some clotted cream, jam and a decent cup of tea..
Otherwise, Glamorgan Sausage and Welsh Rarebit must be tried to ensure a well followed trip.
Eating out in wales averages about £20-£25 a day for 3 meals however depending on food tastes this will differ.
There is no obligation to tip in Wales but you may do so if you feel the food was satisfactory, some service charges may be applicable in some restaurants but this is often disputable.
How much are the attractions?
Many points of historic and cultural interest are free of charge to enter - this is true for most of the plentiful castles and museums. However there will be area specific activities that cost.
The pride of the nation is their universal interest in rugby, depending on your interest in sport it is often an emotional and charged atmosphere, a truly great example of welsh unity and always a great day. The 2020 6 Nations starts in February and the Summer Tour commences on the 27th June.
What are Welsh people like?
The welsh populous are stereo-typically known as kind and well meaning farmer folk, and in many cases, especially in the less populated areas of Wales, this is true.
Since the collapse of the industrial industries much of the welsh revenue is generated through tourism. This means that nearly everyone is friendly.
Moreover, if you're finding your way through navigating the locals we have a list of suggestions to help you through every scenario:
- Welsh nationalism is very prominent, do not refer to football as superior to rugby
- Never ask a welsh person to pronounce the longest place name - (Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwy rndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch)
- Avoid sheep mocking references, they are already very aware of the sheep to human ratio
- Make sure to acknowledge wales for its significance other than being featured in Gavin and Stacey
Places of interest in Wales
If you are considering visiting Wales, I would suggest you visit any of the below to appreciate the Welsh culture:
- Hay on Wye
- Brecon beacons
- Snowdonia national park
I will be writing separate articles on each of the above places very soon, so watch this space!