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11 things you didn’t know about North Wales

North Wales or Gogledd Cymru, really is a place of wonder.

48 hour guide to North Wales

 

1. North Wales inspired one of the most famous books ever written.

Alice in Wonderland in Llandudo (source llandudnopictures.wordpress.com)

Llandudo (source llandudnopictures.wordpress.com)

The Victorian Seaside town of Llandudo influenced Lewis Carroll’s classic ‘Alice in Wonderland’ .

2. It has the oldest language in Europe.

 (source theguardian.co.uk)

(source theguardian.co.uk)

North Wales have two official languages, Welsh and English. Did you know the letters K,Q,V and Z do not appear in the welsh alphabet?

3. It’s a world-class beauty.

Clwydian Range and Dee Valley (source www.clwydianrangeanddeevalleyaonb.org.uk)

Clwydian Range  (sourcewww.clwydianrangeanddeevalleyaonb.org.uk)

Over 25% of Wales is a designated National Park or Area of Outstanding natural beauty.

4.  It has a little piece of Italy.

Portmeirion (Source marlowimagefactory.wordpress.com)

Portmeirion (Source marlowimagefactory.wordpress.com)

Portmeirion was created by architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 – 1976. It’s also the location of 60’s cult Sci-Fi series, The Prisoner. It’s also the home to the UK’s most successful Boutique Festival – Festival No 6.

5. It has the best mud. Fact.

Dee estuary (source personalpages.manchester.ac.uk)

Dee estuary (source personalpages.manchester.ac.uk)

Wales is famous for its slate products and slate is basically squashed mud! The mud in North Wales is also rich in nutrients – perfect for farming!

6. Dolphins can’t get enough of Wales.

(source www.visitwales.com)

(source www.visitwales.com)

Cardigan Bay is home to the UK’s largest Dolphin Pod which can be spotted from many places on the coast of North Wales.

7. They love a castle.

Caernarfon Castle in Gwynedd (source www.anglotopia.net)

Caernarfon Castle in Gwynedd (source www.anglotopia.net)

There are more castles in Wales than any other country in Europe.

8. It’s the latest place to surf.

(source surfsnowdonia.com)

(source surfsnowdonia.com)

Ever fancied surfing Snowdonia? Well now you can. North Wales has the world-first inland surf lagoon – Surf Snowdonia.

9. You can go on some pretty impressive Zip Wires.

(source garmin.blogs.com)

Go on the World’s longest underground Zip Wire, race your friends on Europe’s longest Zip Zone or quicken things up on The World’s fastest Zip Wire, all at Zip World.

10. Bombay Sapphire wouldn’t exist without North Wales.

(source telegraph.co.uk)

(source telegraph.co.uk)

Purified water from Lake Vyrnwy is used to bring down the strength of Bombay Sapphire to 40.0%.

11. You can find the longest place-name in the UK.

(source www.flickr.com)

(source www.flickr.com)

The full name is ‘Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch’. It’s a large village on the island of Anglesey.

Want a walk in Wales? Well you’re in luck! We’ve rounded up the best walks in North Wales right here.

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