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Wales Fast Facts

 

An insight into Wales

 

 
  • Size
    8,024 sq miles (20,782 sq km)
  • Length
    About 140 miles (220 km) from top to bottom 
  • Population
    3,000,000 people (and 9,000,000 sheep)
  • Capital City
    Cardiff (Population 350,000) 
  • Other Major Towns / Cities
    Swansea, Newport, Wrexham
  • Official Languages 
    Welsh and English
  • Welsh Speakers
    Around 500,000
  • Patron Saint
    St David (Dewi Sant). St David's Day is celebrated in 1 March
  • National Anthem
    Hen Wlad fy Nhadau (Land of my Fathers)
  • National Emblems
    Red Dragon, Leek, Daffodil
  • National Cake
    The Welsh Cake
  • National Drink
    Disgled o de (a nice cup of tea)
  • Highest Mountain
    Snowdon (3,560ft / 1,085m) 
  • Longest River
    Towy (75 miles / 120km)
 
  • Longest Beach
    Cefn Sidan, Carmarthenshire (8 miles / 16km)
  • Length of Coastal Path
    The Wales Coast Path covers 870 miles (1,400km).
  • National Bird
    Red Kite
  • National Park
    Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire Coast, Brecon Beacons
  • Area of Outstanding National Beauty
    Wye Valley, Isle of Anglesey Coast, Llŷn Peninsula, Gower Peninsula, Clwydian Hills
  • World Heritage Sites
    Blaenavon Industrial Landscape, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal, Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd
  • Number of Castles
    641
  • Number of Legends
    Countless
  • National Sport
    Rugby, Football
  • Best Footballer
    Gareth Bale, probably
  • Fastest Zip Wire
    100mph (1690km)
  • Longest Place Name
    Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch   
  • Currency
    Pound Sterling (£)


     
 

 

 

Did you know?

 

 
  • Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country in the world – 641 and still counting! 
  • The tower at Caerphilly Castle out leans the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • The impressionist collection at the National Museum in Cardiff is the largest outside Paris, and includes paintings by Renoir, Van Gogh, Manet and Monet. 
  • Cardiff is often called the Washington DC of Europe, thanks to the white Portland stone buildings in the Civic Centre. 
  • Did you know that on a clear night above the Brecon Beacons, stargazers are able to see the Milky Way, as well as numerous major constellations, bright nebulas and even meteor showers – making it the perfect destination to visit to get a better view of the night sky. Brecon Beacons National Park has become only the fifth destination in the world to be granted prestigious International Dark Sky Reserve status making it Wales' first International Dark Sky Reserve.
     
 
  • The National Botanic Garden of Wales is the first national botanic garden to be created in the UK for over 200 years.
  • Welsh is the oldest living language in Europe and spoken by about 20% of people in Wales.
  • Walking all 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path involves approximately 35,000 feet of ascent and descent – higher than Mount Everest (29,029 feet), but without the altitude sickness.
  • Sir Edmund Hillary and his team trained in the Snowdonia mountains before the first successful ascent on Everest.
  • You can walk now walk the coastline of Wales.  The Wales Coast Path is the world's first uninterrupted route along a national coast.  
     
 

 

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