10 amazing facts about Wales

Happy St Davids Day! Celebrate Wales' national day with some weird and wonderful facts about this beautiful country

1st March 2017
10 amazing facts about Wales

Happy St Davids Day! Celebrate Wales' national day by learning some weird and wonderful facts about this beautiful country.

1. Wales contains more castles per square mile than any other country in the world.

2. 42% of the south and west Wales coastline is designated as Heritage Coast.

3. So who was St David? We celebrate Dewi Sant, as he's known locally, on the day of his death in 589AD. Demi founded religious centres across Wales and England and then lived at St Davids in south west Wales, where he established a religious community and is said to have performed many miracles. His remains are buried at St Davids Cathedral. 

4. Wales doesn't actually hold the title for longest place name in the world. The Welsh village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (which means: 'St Mary’s church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool of Llantysilio of the red cave') is beaten to the post by New Zealand's South Island, where Tetaumatawhakatangihangakoauaotamateaurehaeaturipukapihimaunga -horonukupokaiwhenuaakitanarahu, reaches a whopping 92 letters (it means 'the summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the slider, climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one'.

5. The world's largest Welsh cake was cooked up for St David’s Day 2014 in Bala, north Wales. It was an incredible 5ft wide and was cut into 200 pieces to share. 

7. Mount Everest is named after Welshman Sir George Everest.

8. It's true that sheep outnumber people in Wales - and by a whopping three to one. 

9. The monastery of Bangor-on-Dee, near Wrexham, is the oldest in Britain, and was founded in 560AD.

10. The closest relative to ancient Welsh is Breton, spoken in Little Brittany, France.

 

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