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North or South Wales

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North or South Wales

We have about four days to explore Wales, but not sure which area to go to. We will have a rental car which we will pick up in London so we're just up in the air about either North or South. We love castles, small towns and roaming about. Please advise.

thank you.

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1. Re: North or South Wales

For castles it has to be North www.castlewales.com

Train 3 hours London Euston to Llandudno Junction and pick up a hire car.

A good base is nearby Conwy (with castle).

Edited: 25 December 2010, 20:41
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2. Re: North or South Wales

Wales is stuffed with castles. Basically you can't go wrong in which area you finally decide on.

North Wales castles include Conwy, Caernarfon, Beaumaris, Harlech, Criccieth, Dolbadarn, Dolwyddelan, Flint, Ewloe...

There is also the mock Victorian Castle of Penrhyn.

In South Wales there is Chepstow, Caerphily, Castlell Coch, Cardiff, Raglan, Coity, Old Beaupre, Ewenny, Ogmore, Weobley, Pembroke, Manorbier.....

You will also find plenty of small towns to stop and explore where ever you go. There is some great countryside in Wales.

Best advise is to get hold of a book with lots of pictures of Wales which may help you decide.

Edited: 25 December 2010, 21:33
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There are a couple of old threads which you might find useful in helping plan your trip. They do involve more driving but would give you chance to combine the best of South and north Wales...

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g186425-i307-k26…

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g186425-i307-k29…

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4. Re: North or South Wales

In North Wales people are the friendliest and Welsh is their first language. The scenery/walks/hikes/castles are stunning.

Travelling down the west coast is amazing, with many villages to stop and meet the locals.

In the south, Cardiff and Swansea are nice, but everyone is far too busy to stop and have a yarn.

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5. Re: North or South Wales

Welsh is not the first language of everyone in North Wales and vice versa Welsh is the first language for many people in South, Mid and West Wales.

I've had plenty of conversations with people in Cardiff, which of course is a fairly large city.

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