Information & Facts
Wales has a temperate climate, with temperatures rarely reaching
extremes. As with the rest of the UK, the weather is highly
unpredictable. Coastal areas are warm in summer, although the
country receives more rain and less sunshine than England.
Conditions can be changeable, particularly inland, while May to
August is the best time to travel to Wales as it is sunny and
Etiquette in Wales tends to follow British customs. Men and
women will shake hands upon meeting, although good friends may hug
and exchange a kiss on the cheek. Politeness is important, to the
point that many Welsh will be indirect. Bluntness can be considered
rude. During conversation, a distance of 2-3 feet is kept. It is
considered rude to look away while someone is speaking. The Welsh
are prompt, and it is not polite to keep a person waiting in
business or social settings. True to British form, cutting to the
front of queues or creating a public spectacle are major taboos in
Wales. The Welsh are fiercely proud of their language and culture,
and will be offended if referred to as British or English. Wales is
a predominantly Protestant nation, with Methodism and Anglicanism
the largest denominations.
Getting around in Wales is relatively easy thanks to its small
size. There are three major railways lines, running to Holyhead in
the north, Aberystwyth in central Wales, and South Wales. The rail
lines link to the British system, which means that you can take the
train all the way to London. There are also railways linking
Cardiff, Swansea and Newport, running every half hour or more.
Coach bus company Traws Cambria operates buses that crisscross all
English is the official language, though visitors will be
astonished by the variety of regional accents.
The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100
pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and
American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards
should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign
currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels,
however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks.
Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by
tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid
Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last
Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).