Away From The Course
Aside from the range of renowned golf courses, England offers a wealth of other attractions for you to incorporate into your tour. Visitors to Wales will find that there is much more to see and do than just play golf. Links Golf can recommend a whole range of touring and sightseeing possibilities, but to whet your appetite here are just a few suggestions.
Beaches and Coastlines
Wales is fringed on three sides by coastline, accounting for almost 750 miles. The coastline is much varied with beaches, secluded coves, headlands and estuaries occupying most of it. Much of the Welsh coast is rich in natural beauty and wildlife with large stretches being owned by the National Trust.
(Pictured: Whitesand's Bay, Wales © VisitBritain / Rod Edwards)
Wales is scattered with many great castles and historic houses. Mighty Caernarfon Castle is possibly the most famous of Wales's castles. Its sheer scale and commanding presence set it apart from the rest, and to this day, still trumpet in no uncertain terms the intention of its builder Edward I. Caerphilly Castle in the south is one of the largest in the UK with its' fortress occupying a 12 hectare site. The castle also has a "leaning tower" which actually out-leans the Tower of Pisa! The Romans made their mark in Wales at around 75AD when they came into control in south east Wales. There are several visitor sites, attractions and museums that are worth visiting which give a real idea of how the Romans lived.
(Pictured: Caernarfon Castle © VisitBritain / David Angel)
Historic Houses and Castles
England is scattered with fine historic houses and castles where visitors can relive the past. Windsor Castle in Berkshire is one of the oldest and inhabited castles in the world and has been home to the Royal Family for over 900 years whilst the medieval Alnwick Castle in Northumberland has been in the Percy family for 700 years. Many of the large country estates, including Goodwood, Beaulieu and Chatsworth, are open to the public and are definitely worth a visit.
(Pictured: Changing the Guard, Windsor Castle, England © VisitBritain / Britain on View)
One of the most famous historic sites in the world is undoubtedly Stonehenge. Evidence has shown that this incredible prehistoric monument was erected more than 5000 years ago and is visited by millions. Mystery still surrounds Stonehenge which adds to its charm.
(Pictured: Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England © VisitBritain / Britain on View)
The National Parks of England and Wales are among the most attractive landscapes in the British Isles. There are 11 National Parks in total and their purpose is to conserve and enhance wildlife and natural beauty. The Lake District in north-west England is the largest of the National Parks and is best loved for the variety and contrast of its landscape.
(Pictured: The Lake District, England © VisitBritain / Joe Cornish)
Cardiff, Wales' capital city, has an excellent shopping centre that has delightful canopied Victorian and Edwardian arcades lined with speciality shops. Craftware, including ceramics, glass, textiles and jewellery are some of the most popular gifts and items associated with Wales.
(Pictured: Cardiff's shopping district © VisitBritain / David Angel)
A must-see for first time visitors, as well as those who have been to England before, London is one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting cities. With an enormous range of internationally-renowned museums and galleries – including the Victoria and Albert, the Natural History Museum, the Tate Galleries, and the British Museum – and world-famous landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, you’ll be spoilt for choice if you want to spend some time in London. Of course, if shopping is high on your list, you’ll find the variety of shops in the capital hard to beat. From Harrods and Hamleys, to the designer boutiques on Sloane Street and the markets at Portobello and Camden, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste.