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9 Things You Didn’t Know About North Wales

There is a world of discoveries to be had in North Wales, from moving castles to underground zip lines and inland surfing to dolphin spotting! Have you done any of these experiences?

 1. Get front row seats to spectacular scenery

brecon beacons

(Source: www.summitpost.org)

The three national parks in Wales cover almost 20% of the country which means that you can journey through never ending of stunning views.

2. Practice your surfing skills!

(source surfsnowdonia.com)

(Source: surfsnowdonia.com)

North Wales has the world’s first inland surf lagoon at Surf Snowdonia.

3.  Travel to Italy for the day

Portmeirion (Source marlowimagefactory.wordpress.com)

Portmeirion (Source: marlowimagefactory.wordpress.com)

Portmeirion was designed and built by architect Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 – 1976. It’s also the location of the dramatic 60’s cult series, The Prisoner, aswell as being home to the UK’s most successful Boutique Festival – Festival No 6.

4. Experience stunning seagrass meadows

seagrass photoshopped

(Source: www.penllynarsarnau.co.uk)

Hafan y Mor Holiday Park in Pwllheli is home to one of the largest seagrass meadows in the whole of Wales! To showcase this natural wonder and celebrate World Environment and World Oceans Day, Dr Leanne Cullen-Unsworth, a Research Fellow at Sustainable Places, held a number of fun activities on the park.

5. 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 that can be spotted from many places along the coast of North Wales.

6. Wales is home to moving castles!

Harlech Castle

(Source: www.ontheluce.com)

There are more castles in Wales than any other country in Europe. Not only that but just down the road from Portmeirion you will find Harlech Castle which used to sit right on the coast but over 725 years the sea has distanced itself from the great rock on which it stands so it is now over a mile inland!

7. You can go on some pretty impressive zip wires

(source garmin.blogs.com)

(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.

8. 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%.

 9. 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.

Which is your favourite fact? Have you been to North Wales before? Let us know in the comments section below!

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