Visit Wales and explore our great mountain ranges, lush valleys and many ancient castles plus much, much more.
Wales is a country that is part of the UK and the island of Great Britain. It is bordered by England to its east and the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea to its west.
In 2014 we were voted Rough Guides’ Best Place in the World to visit. Also in 2013, visitors to travel website TripAdvisor voted Rhossili Bay, on the Gower Peninsula, the best beach in the UK. This helped it rank as the 3rd best beach in Europe and 10th worldwide.
Wales is a popular location for filming. Our landscape has provided the setting to Hollywood movies such as Harry Potter and popular television shows including Dr Who.
North Wales was the backdrop to scenes from the second Tomb Raider movie starring Angelina Jolie and the 1960s cult TV series The Prisoner which was filmed at Portmeirion. Bollywood films have also been shot in locations all across the country such as Caerphilly Castle and Aberystwyth.
The film Ironclad, starring Paul Giamatti was filmed in the South at the Dragon International Film Studios also known as Valley wood.
Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, who died in New York in 1953, has been the focus of a number of films. The Edge of Love a film about the poet’s life starring Matthew Rhys, Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller was filmed on location in the west of the country.
We also have our own National Assembly a devolved assembly Government with power to make Wales, it is commonly also known as the Welsh Assembly. The Assembly was created by the Government of Wales act 1998, which followed a referendum in 1997. The Assembly had no powers to initiate primary legislation until limited law-making powers were gained through the Government of Wales act 2006. Its primary law-making powers were enhanced following a Yes vote in the referendum on 3 March 2011, making it possible for it to legislate without having to consult the UK parliament, nor the Secretary of state for Wales in the 20 areas that are devolved. When you visit Wales you can arrange tours of the Assembly building and also various other attractions at Cardiff Bay.
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