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Fun facts about Wales



  • Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), is the highest mountain in Wales at 1085m – which is the same as placing 241 double decker buses on top of each other!!
  • Britain’s longest and fastest zip wire ride is based in North Wales. You can go as fast as 100 miles per hour, that’s even faster than you’re allowed to drive on a motorway!
  • The Welsh language (Cymraeg) is the oldest language in Britain, with it dating back over 4,000 years.
  •  Rugby Union is seen as the national sport. Did you know that at first the  rugby ball although not totally round was not as oval shaped as it is these days?
  •  Children’s author  Roald Dahl is Welsh. He was born in Cardiff in 1916, Roald Dahl is famous for his books including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Matilda and the Enormous Crocodile
  • Did you know that there are over 600 castles in Wales?
  • There are over 10 million sheep in Wales , outnumbering the amount of people, as the population is just 3 million! That means for every one person there are 3 sheep!
  • Wales has the longest place name in the UK with 58 letters in total. Why not give this place name a go:  Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
  • St Fagans in Wales’ National Museum of History. Did you know that the historic school building in St Fagans was first built in Lampeter, Ceredigion in 1880 and is called the Maestir which means ‘range?’ Children aged 5 to 14 years old would all be taught in one teaching room. Imagine that!