Although none of its cities usually appear on the list of the most important cities in the United Kingdom, it is worth saying that Welsh It has a certain weight in Great Britain, since we are talking about a bilingual country with 3 million inhabitants in which two languages are spoken: Welsh and English.
In this article I will tell you about the most important cities in this nation that has been taking shape since the Romans were expelled from Great Britain. Take note and prepare your route through the country without missing any of the cities that I mention below.
The capital of Wales It is by far the most populous and important city in the country. Some 350,000 people live there, enjoying all the privileges of living in a modern city that continues to evolve thanks to its important commercial activity, which focuses above all on its coal port, which is one of the largest in the world. I recommend strolling down Queen Street and visiting Cardiff Castle, as well as enjoying the city's bay, which is one of the most Mediterranean you will see in those parts.
Swansea is the second most populous city in Wales with some 240,000 inhabitants. It is located in the south of the country, in the swansea bay, and it must be said that it was an important industrial and port center during the last two centuries. Among its attractions we could highlight the Swansea Castle, the Swansea Museum or the Great Theater of Swansea, in addition to the House Museum of Dylan Thomas, the best Welsh poet and writer the world has known. In addition, it is also worth going to Mumbles Pier, a charming old Victorian pier.
Some 120,000 residents live in Newport, which we also locate in South Wales, very close to Cardiff (just 12 miles away). In 2012 it achieved the status of a city, which is logical considering the number of people who live there and how much it has grown in recent years, partly because of how close it is to the capital. The Newport Castle it is its main attraction.
The fourth most populous city is Wrexham, which is located in the north of the country and has about 65,000 inhabitants. It is highly recommended to stroll through its old town, which has been conveniently renovated and attracts many tourists. It is also a good idea to visit the city's church, St Giles Church, and a Renaissance Gothic-style cathedral called St Mary´s Cathedral.
Barry barely has more than 50,000 inhabitants, so it is a rather small city that has made its way onto this list because, despite this, it is the fifth most populous in Wales. It grew tremendously from 1880 thanks to the development of Barry Docks, which in 1913 was the largest coal port in the world. It is located in the southeast of the country and stores a incredible story which can still be seen in places like the ruins of Barry's Castle.
I end up talking about Neath, who like Barry moves around the 50,000 inhabitants. It is close to Swansea and shares space with the Neath River. In its day it was an important roman settlement, who were in charge of creating Fort Nidum, whose name comes from the Nedd River. Neath Abbey, Dulais Valley Quads and the Gnoll Estate Park are some of the most representative places of this small city.
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