Wales lies just two hours north of London. In the capital city, Cardiff Castle offers guided tours, and guests are invited to climb to the top of the 12th-century Norman Keep to witness incredible views of the city. The Millennium Stadium features a full calendar of year-round events, from rugby and boxing to opera and concerts. And, the National Museum showcases a wide variety of art and science displays, including works by the Impressionists, an interactive area where guests can examine some of the museum's more rare collections, and archaeology galleries with displays from the Bronze Age, along with early Christian and Celtic treasures.
The South Stack Lighthouse on the Isle of Anglesey affords spectacular views of the land and sea. On the ground, 650 miles of trails and paths invite sightseeing by bicycle or on foot. Underwater, shipwrecks lure adventurous divers, while the surface is perfect for fishing and sailing.
With a single major road crossing their green, hilly expanse, the Cambrian Mountains are prime hiking terrain, and much of the region is accessible solely on foot. Mid Wales is also known for its labyrinth of caverns and underground rivers, as well as dolphins in Cardigan Bay.
North Wales claims many castles, of which Beaumaris and Caernarfon are two of the most popular. While castle tours are a cornerstone of tourism here, there is plenty more to do, such as golfing, water sports and taking a scenic railway through the Snowdonian Mountains.
The South Wales landscape transitions gently from the forests and mountain peaks of Snowdonia through rolling pastures to the coast of the Irish Sea. Cardiff Castle in the capital city bears scars of a conflict-filled past, as well as fanciful additions contributed by eccentric owners.