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Wales

How do we say this? We’re inviting you to a sort of…secret get-together.  We wouldn’t want too many people to know about it, or they could spoil the fun. So be cool. Come to Wales, but just…keep it between us, okay? The British Isles’ best-kept secret is a veritable treasure trove of natural beauty and castle-filled history.  Need a little breathing room on tour?  Wales is a land of sea, cliffs, rolling hills, and three times as many sheep as people. Find out why a country the size of Massachusetts has 641 castles (with dungeons), and why a place full of beautiful beaches and friendly people doesn’t get more press.  It’s just waiting for you to get to the bottom of it.  And if anyone asks, just act confused: “I thought I was in England,” or “I thought you were talking about large, swimming mammals,” will usually do the trick.

Snowdon Mountain Railway:  Mt. Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales and England, reaches upward from Snowdonia National Park, and the view from the top has been the high point of visitors’ Welsh adventures for more than a century.  All aboard the Snowdon Lily, an 1896 steam train that can take you to the “rooftop of Wales!”  Why hoof it when you could ride in (19th-century) style?

St Fagans National History Museum:  If you’re still not sure what sets Wales apart from the rest of the U.K., might we suggest this 100-acre, open-air museum to set you straight?  With over 40 original buildings from throughout Welsh history, including houses, a farm with native breeds of livestock, a chapel, and a workmen’s institute, Welsh culture from throughout the ages is alive and well and making handicrafts at St Fagans.

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