Updated: 07/12/23

Attending the Wheelchair Fencing World Cup 2024? You’re coming to a very special place.

The heart of the United Kingdom, Wales has long beckoned travellers with its breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture. A visit to this enchanting country promises an immersive experience that blends the old and the new.

Wales, with its Celtic roots, has a storied history dating back thousands of years. The country boasts a distinct identity, evident in its language, music, and traditions. Indeed, Welsh is one of the oldest languages in the world.

Long known as a thriving hub of mining and industry, Wales has evolved into a dynamic and resilient nation, preserving its heritage while embracing modernity. It has a thriving cultural scene ranging from traditional poetry to modern music.

From the mystical landscapes of Bannau Brycheiniog to the vibrant cultural scene in Swansea and other cities, a visit to Wales offers a captivating blend of history, nature, and warm Welsh hospitality.


Cardiff’s history is a captivating journey from its Roman foundations to its role as a bustling port during the industrial revolution. The city’s transformation into the dynamic capital it is today is a testament to resilience and adaptation.

In the late 19th century, Cardiff became a major coal-exporting port, and the docks were once among the busiest in the world, which has contributed to Cardiff having a wide and vibrant multicultural community for many generations.

The city’s rich maritime heritage is still visible in the historic buildings of Cardiff Bay, now repurposed into vibrant spaces that reflect the city’s modern spirit; a waterfront haven filled with restaurants, shops, and the striking Wales Millennium Centre, a hub for performing arts. Cardiff seamlessly weaves together its historical roots with a contemporary charm, making it a compelling destination for history enthusiasts and urban explorers alike.

You can immerse yourself in Cardiff’s cultural tapestry at the National Museum Cardiff, home to an impressive collection of art, archaeology, and natural history. The revitalised Cardiff Bay area is also home to the Doctor Who Experience, a must-visit for fans of the iconic British TV series. For a taste of local life, explore the lively arcades, such as the Victorian-era Morgan Quarter, brimming with independent shops, cafes, and boutiques. And of course, the Millennium Stadium is an iconic sporting venue for rugby as well as football – as well as international music acts too.


For more ideas for activities and places to visit ahead of your trip, we recommend:

Visit Wales

Visit Cardiff
Welsh language and easy Welsh phrases

Welsh has many fascinating words such as cwtch, meaning a cuddle or hug, and hiraeth, meaning a deep, homesick longing for one’s homeland. You can find many more here.

Here are some more simple words and phrases to get you started!

Hello is the easily-remembered ‘helo
Thank you is ‘diolch’ (pronounced: Dee-och)

Bore da (pronounced: Boh-reh dah): Good morning
Prynhawn da (Prin-houn dah): Good afternoon
Nos da (nohs dah): Good night
Croeso i Gymru (Croesoh ee Gum-reeh): Welcome to Wales
Iechyd da! (Yeh-chid dah): Good health! (Cheers!)
Tafarn (Tav-arn): Pub
Da iawn (Dah ee-aw-n): Very good


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