Are you and the family planning a visit to Wales for half term or the summer holidays? If it is your first time staying in our static caravans for sale, North Wales is a great place to go for family-friendly activities. You can get your kids excited for their holiday before arriving with our 12 fun facts for kids about this amazing country.
1. The Welsh for Wales is Cymru, and the motto for the country is “Cymru am byth” which means Wales Forever.
2. Wales has two official languages; Welsh and English. Welsh is a Celtic language spoken by more than 20% of the population, with many people in North Wales having it as their first language.
3. Cardiff is the capital of Wales, though only since 1955, making it one of the youngest capitals in Europe. Wales also has the UK’s smallest city, St Davids, which a population of around 2000.
4. The national emblem of Wales is the leek, or ‘Cenhinen’ in Welsh, though this was regularly confused with another Welsh word ‘Cehinen Pedr’ which is daffodil, so now both the leek and daffodil are considered national emblems of Wales!
5. Children’s author Roald Dahl is Welsh; born in Cardiff in 1916, Dahl is famous for his books Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, The Twits and Matilda.
6. Snowdon is the highest peak in Wales, measuring 1,085 metres or 3,560 ft above sea level. It is also higher than England’s tallest peak, Scafell Pike, and there are six walking routes to the summit.
7. Wales has more castles per square kilometre than any other European country, totalling over 600. North Wales has some very impressive castles such as Conwy and Caernarfon that are great to visit on a day out.
8. The national flag – the Red Dragon or ‘Y Ddriag Goch’ was given official status as the flag of Wales in 1959, but Wales has had an association with the dragon for centuries, with some historians saying it is the oldest national flag still in use, and that it was used by King Arthur!
9. Llandudno is home to the longest-running Punch and Judy show, taking place by the town’s iconic Victorian pier. The show has been running for 150 years, and shows take place on weekends and school holidays between Easter and September.
10. North Wales has the world’s fastest zip wire at Zip World Velocity, where you can travel over 100mph! Zip World is an exciting place to go for families who want some adventure and adrenaline on holiday.
11. There are over 10 million sheep in Wales, outnumbering the amount of people, as the population is just 3 million!
12. Wales has the longest place name in the UK with 58 letters in total; Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, though it is often shortened to Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. Its meaning is ‘St Mary’s Church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool of St Tysilio of the red cave’.
Learn other facts about Wales from our series of fun fact guides: