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Travel Guide: Wales - Urban Culture

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Wales may be known as the land of song, but it is also home to a lively and diverse urban culture. If you're of legal age and want to consume alcoholic beverages, the country offers many pubs and bars. You can even try Welsh whisky at the Penderyn Distillery. Cardiff is not only Wales' capital city, but it's also Wales' shopping capital. And if you want to check out the nation's nightlife, you can visit the Swansea city centre's leisure district.In this video, we take a look at the urban culture of Wales. Footage courtesy of Visit Wales.

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Pub Culture

As in other countries in the United Kingdom, Wales has a healthy pub culture. In fact, the country even has its own form of whisky that is now manufactured by the Penderyn Distillery. Though this distillery is considered the world’s smallest, it still houses exhibits for visitors curious about the alcohol creation process. Welsh whisky is also used in the making of the cheese at the Blaenavon Cheddar Company.

Socializing in Bars

You can responsibly enjoy your whisky, as well as other types of alcoholic beverages, at the many inns and pubs in Wales. Real ales and ciders can be found at The Bell in Caerleon and The Priory Hotel has a big bar section that is ideal for socialising. The coastal village of Porthdinllaen hosts the Ty Coch Inn where you can drink beer right near the beach.


Wales certainly has its share of shops and centres that will satisfy any shopaholic. With just about something for everyone, Cardiff is not only Wales’ capital city but also a shopping capital. Be sure to check out St. David’s Dewi Sant, a fashion lover’s dream with its designer and high street brand names. Linked to it is Queen’s Arcade right in the heart of the city centre.

Leisure and Nightlife

More shopping can be done in the Swansea city centre. This is where the leisure and nightlife district resides, as well as the National Waterfront Museum. Visitors may also be surprised to know that chic and unique items can also be found in the small town of Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire.

Welsh Culture

From poetry to lighthouses to whisky and shopping, Wales has much to offer when it comes to culture.

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