Wales

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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

Wales Money-Saving Tips

Book ahead

Although last-minute bargains may seem tempting, chances are you will end up in remote, unappealing destinations. You’ll do better to plan your hotel location carefully and book at least three months in advance.

Affordable stay

Affordable bed-and-breakfast accommodations can be found throughout the UK. For a good user-friendly guide, visit www.bedandbreakfasts.co.uk.

Minimum stay

Be aware that in high season many hotels and rental agencies require a three-night minimum stay.

Drive around

Renting a car is the best way to see Wales as much of its charm lies in its remoteness. All major cities have national rental companies that allow you to pick up and drop off in different cities.

Cuisine

Try some traditional Welsh produce on your visit. Bacon, along with leeks and cabbage, combine to make cawl, a traditional Welsh soup. Bara brith is the country’s famous speckled bread.

Hay-on-Wye

The Powys town of Hay-on-Wye is best known for its annual June literary festival. The town also shelters more than 20 bookshops and the ruined 12th-century Hay Castle.

Language

Almost all Welsh people speak English as well as Welsh and most road signs are posted in both languages. Still, locals appreciate key phrases like Croeso (welcome), Bore da (good morning) and Nos da (goodnight).

Tax

Be aware that a 20% Value Added Tax (VAT) charge is levied on most UK purchases. Tourists may get a refund at the airport or by post by filling in form VAT 407.

Music

Wales is known for its love of music and most towns have choirs and musical groups. Consequently, musical events are common and ubiquitous.

Sport

The national sport of Wales is rugby. Visit Cardiff’s impressive stadium, the Millennium Stadium on a match day to see the country at its most nationalistic.

Annual events

The National Eisteddfod is one of Europe's largest and oldest cultural festivals. Alternately occurring in North and South Wales, the National Eisteddfod complements lots of smaller Eisteddfodau all around the country during Eisteddfod week.

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