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Wales (Cymru in Welsh) has a population of 2.9 million. Cardiff is the capital city.

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Caernarfon, first settled in AD 78 by the Romans, is also the site of Caernarfon Castle, Wales's most famous castle.

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Chepstow is a town built on cliffs overlooking the River Wye. With its medieval walls, gates and stone castle it acted as a border stronghold

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Gower is the name given to a 14 mile peninsula in south Wales which is famed for its beautiful beaches and unspoilt coastline

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Snowdonia National Park takes its name from Snowdon, at 3,560 ft, the highest mountain in England and Wales

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Dolgellau is a popular base for walking, hiking or trekking in the Cader Idris mountain area nearby.

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Wye River runs through some of Wales's most spectacular scenery, notably the beautiful Wye Valley.

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The south and southwest coast of Wales is famous for unspoilt beaches and coastal walks.

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Snowdonia is a mountainous area in the north of Wales. It is an area of volcanic peaks, glacial lakes and wilderness

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St David's Cathedral occupies the site of a religious settlement founded by St David, Wales's patron saint, in the 6th century.

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Tintern Abbey, in the Wye Valley, was originally founded in 1131. It is one of Britain's most impressive monastic ruins.

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