Explore The Seven Wonders Of Wales

Explore The Seven Wonders Of Wales

If you are in Wales you may hear children sing a traditional song about the seven wonders of Wales they are often taught in primary school. The song is a traditional list of seven geographic and cultural landmarks in Wales. It was written by an English explorer when he/she discovered North Wales and the song soon have become very famous to visitors.

Pistyll Rhaeadr and Wrexham steeple,
Snowdon’s mountain without its people,
Overton yew trees, St Winefride’s well,
Llangollen bridge and Gresford bells.

The seven names mentioned in the song are truly wonders of Wales. They are all beautiful and have attracted thousands of visitors every year. Now, let’s take a quick view of them to see why the song is long-lasting in the mind of visitors.

Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall

Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall

Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall

Pistyll Rhaeadr is the tallest waterfall in Wales with about 75 metres height. It is found in a remote location in Powys, near Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant. Definitely, Pistyll Rhaeadr is the hardest of the Seven Wonders to reach but as soon as you reach there you will immediately realize that the trip is worthy of your efforts. The sightseeing is wonderful and the air is extremely fresh. There is a coffee and gift shop at the site of the waterfall if you want some gifts for your friends. A campsite nearby is available for you to enjoy outdoor activities.

Wrexham Steeple

Wrexham Steeple

Wrexham Steeple

Wrexham Steeple is the 16th century tower of St. Giles Church in Wrexham. In the song “Seven Wonders of Wales”, it is referred to as a steeple but in fact it is a tower. The first of which collapsed in the 13th century but then it was rebuilt in the 15th century. Today, many travelers choose Wrexham Steeple as one of their first stops when in Wales. Many of them still believe the church is at the historic heart of the town.

Snowdon the highest peak in Wales

Snowdon the highest peak in Wales

Snowdon the highest peak in Wales

Snowdon is the highest peak in Wales and England, it comes in at 1085 metres. Snowdon is very popular with walkers and day trippers; they can take easy ways to the top of the mountain. There is a variety of routes to climb up the mountain and travelers can enjoy spectacular views during their journey. Visitors can also have a drink or meal at the Hafod Eriry visitor center and receive the protection from the weather because the weather here sometimes cold up even in the summer.

Overton Yew Trees

Overton Yew Trees

Overton Yew Trees

Overton Yew Trees are ancient yew trees in the churchyard of St Mary’s at Overton-on-Dee. They are old, very old. The oldest are believed to be about 1,500 or 2,000 years old. The youngest was planted in 1992 by Queen Elizabeth II when she visited Overton in its 700th anniversary celebrations Visitors come there to breathe in a very cool and fresh air and live in the ancient atmosphere of one of the oldest churchyards in the United Kingdom.

St Winefride’s well at Holywell in Flintshire

St Winefride’s well at Holywell in Flintshire

St Winefride’s well at Holywell in Flintshire

St Winefride’s well is a pilgrimage site at Hollywell in Flintshire. The well – often known as the ‘Lourdes of Wales’ – is famed for its healing powers and also its mysterious legend. The legend is that a spring suddenly appeared when Winefride’s head struck the ground. Winefride was executed because she refused to reveal a would be rapist. But when her brother, St Bueno, replaced her head, she was brought to the life. The legend has become very famous for centuries and has attracted thousand of visitors. Today, to entry this site you have to pay about 1 pound for an entrance fee; the fee includes an exhibition explaining the history of the site and even displays crutches left by some of the cured pilgrims.

Llangollen Bridge on the River Dee

Llangollen Bridge on the River Dee

Llangollen Bridge on the River Dee

Llangollen Bridge is the first stone bridge built over the river Dee by John Trevor I, Bishop of St Asaph in 1347. It is upgraded many times but still in keeping with the original design. The best time to visit Llangollen Bridge is when the river is high with white water breaking over the rocks above the bridge. It is the time Llangollen Bridge looks the most impressive. Take a trip to Llangollen Bridge will be a must when you are in Wales.

Gresford Bells

Gresford Bells

Gresford Bells

The last site mentioned in the song is Gresford Bells. It is the bells of All Saints. Gresford Bells is a historical landmark in Wales which dates back to 13th century. It was probably a place of pilgrimage for centuries, housing a relic or stature of a saint that has since disappeared. Gresford Bells is famed for its rich history and impressive structure and many visitors choose it as one of their first stops in Wales.

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