What makes for a fairy tale landscape? Would it be Disney looking castles? Historical buildings and landmarks or even breathtaking scenery of little rivers running through moss covered rocks and 1000+ year old trees? You may not realize it now but Wales contains all of these elements that making us a fairy tale world!
TheseÂ 25 Photos That Prove Wales Is A Fairytale showcase some stunning locations you’ll find in Wales! If you’re lucky enough to live in this cozy historical part of the world you should explore these amazing places!
Do you know these Wales facts?
- Wales is called Cymru in Welsh.
- The country of Wales is a part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain.
- Wales has a population of 3 million people as of 2011.
- English and Welsh are the two official languages of Wales. Welsh is a Celtic based language that has seen a resurgence in recent times and is now spoken by over 20% of the population.
- Cardiff is the largest city and also the capital of Wales.
1. The Fairy Glen, Conwy.
As well as its beauty, this atmospheric gorge is a protected wildlife site and has a large population of rare ferns and lichens. Itâ€™s not hard to see where its name comes from.
2. Castell Coch, Cardiff.
Overlooking the village of Tongwynlais, this Disney-esque revival castle was rebuilt in the 19th-century â€“ a whole 500 years after its destruction.
3. Portmeirion, Gwynedd.
The setting of TV classic The Prisoner, youâ€™d be forgiven for thinking this quirky village was actually situated along the Italian coast.
4. Dan-Yr-Ogof, Powys.
Escape the world above and go deep underground with a visit to Dan-Yr-Ogofâ€™s hauntingly beautiful showcaves.
5. Porth Wen Brickworks, Anglesey.
Operating between 1850 and 1914, the abandoned Porth Wen Brick Works now serve as a fascinating piece of industrial history.
6. Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire.
Situated off the beautiful coast of Pembrokeshire, Skomer Island is a natural haven for wildlife â€“ most notably puffins.
7. Powis Castle, Powys.
Originally built as a medieval fortress, this French and Italian inspired castle is home to a world-famous garden.
8. Dinorwic Quarry, Gwynedd.
Dinorwic quarry stands frozen in time as an atmospheric relic of Walesâ€™ once thriving slate industry.
9. Black Mountains, Powys.
This gorgeous mountain range is the most Westerly of the Brecon Beacons National Park uplands and stretches from Ammanford in the south-west to Sennybridge in the north-east.
10. Lladudno North Shore, Conwy.
Llandudnoâ€™s principal beach, the award wining North Shore contains a distinctive, 2,295 ft long Victorian pier
11. Hay-on-Wye, Powys.
A small market town in Powys, Hay-on-Wye is often referred to as â€œthe town of booksâ€, and with over a dozen bookshops and its well-known literary festival, itâ€™s not hard to see why.
12. Llyn Y Fan, Carmarthenshire.
Steeped in Welsh legend, this stunning lake is the location of one of Walesâ€™ best known folk stories: The Lady of the Lake.
13. Llanrwst, Conwy.
Home to the flowering 15th century cottage Ty Hwnt iâ€™r Bont (House Beyond the Bridge), this small Welsh town is steeped in natural beauty, well beyond its famous bridge.
14. St Fagans, Cardiff.
The village of St Fagans is home to St Fagans National History Museum, an open-air museum chronicling the lifestyle, culture, and architectural history of Wales and its people.
15. Margam Castle, Neath Port Talbot.
With its spectacular staircase and sprawling courtyards, this Tudor Gothic mansion is a must see for all lovers of good architecture.
16. National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire.
The National Botanical Garden of Wales serves as both a visitor attraction and a centre for botanical research and conservation. As well as scenes of natural beauty, the garden features the scene-stealing, worldâ€™s largest single-span glasshouse.
17. Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire.
Tintern Abbey dates back to the 12th century, and is said to have inspired poems by William Wordsworth, Lord Tennyson and Allen Ginsberg, as well as at least one painting by J. M. W. Turner.
18. South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey.
Surrounded by the turbulent sea, the charming lighthouse of South Stack Rock still operates to this day, almost 200 years since its erection.
19. Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire.
For a breathtaking view, fresh air, and maybe even a swim, the blue lagoon in Pembrokeshire is the perfect location. The lagoonâ€™s water gets its distinctive colour from the slate cliffs that surround it.
20. Plas Cadnant, Anglesey.
Angleseyâ€™s Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens were a secret for more than 70 years. Having been restored to their former glory, the gardens are now open to the public, so anyone can enjoy their magical landscapes.
21. Pistyll Rhaeadr, Powys.
Pistyll Rhaeadr holds the distinction of being the highest waterfall in England and Wales. Unsurprisingly, the waterfall is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales.
22. St Govans Chapel, Pembrokeshire.
St Govans Chapel dates back to the 14th century and is named after the hermit and saint who is said to have lived on the area many centuries earlier.
23. Rhossili Bay Beach, Swansea.
Thereâ€™s no need to head to Spain during the Summer when thereâ€™s spectacular beaches like Rhossili Bay lining the Welsh coastline.
24. Elegug Stacks, Pembrokeshire.
Rising steeply from the sea, these pillars of rock were once part of the mainland. Elegug os the Welsh word for guillemot â€“ the species of birds that have made the rocks their home.
25. Mount Snowdon, Gwynedd.
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The highest mountain in Wales, Snowdon is worth the strenuous 3,560ft ascent for the views alone.