‘Wales is a wonder, and a fascinating one: tantalizing, often ambiguous, sometimes maddening, inspirational to many, inexplicable to some, but never, ever to its sternest critics, never for a moment dull.’ Jan Morris ‘Wales’ Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2009
Wales is a distinctive part of the British Isles, a separate nation to its neighbours England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. From remote mountain valleys to bustling cities, is truly is a land of contrasts. Its broad heritage spans a spectrum which at once encompasses rich creativity through poetry and song, and the grit of long-silenced coal mines. The beautifully undulating landscape has a border with England to the east and boasts an extensive coastline to the west.
Wales has one of Europe’s oldest living cultures with a rich unbroken literary and music tradition that stretches back to the fifth century and beyond. It is a nation built on music, art, legends and literature, with a thriving, vibrant arts scene that reaches from coast to coast.
Visitors come directly to Wales by air or sea, but many travel by road or train from England.
For more information about travelling in Wales, visit
Telephone: For calls to Wales from outside the UK you will need to add dialling code +44
For more information please see the websites below:
Wales Travel Guide, Lonely Planet:
Go Do Wales– a rough guide special:
Selection of WCC cultural profile members
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