Year of Legends
Year of Legends
In 2017 Wales is celebrating its epic past, present and future. We’re bringing the past to life like never before, with attractions, events and activities at legendary locations across Wales. We’re also creating new Welsh legends, immersing visitors in our epic story, and making new legendary experiences. This is our Year of Legends.
Wales is an ancient landscape, with history and myth wherever you look. It’s a land of majestic mountains and mighty skies, fringed with an impressive coastline. But it’s also an epic land of thinking and high adventure. Everywhere you go, there are innovative ideas, in ancient places.
That’s why the world’s fastest zip wire now soars over an old slate quarry at Bethesda, and surfers ride perfect man-made waves down the Conwy Valley. It’s why forests are criss-crossed with mountain bike trails, and the Wales Coast Path runs the whole length of our coastline — the only path of its kind in the world.
Along the way, every cove and clifftop comes with legends of pirates and smugglers, wreckers and saints. We’ve got Roman harbours and Victorian piers, around 230 beaches, and 50 magical islands.
A fifth of the country is National Park. This epic landscape is scattered with standing stones and burial chambers, left there by our Prehistoric ancestors. Then there are our legendary castles: 641 of them, more per square mile than anywhere on Earth.
Our capital, Cardiff, is an exciting, young European city, with culture and creativity coursing through its vibrant streets, bars, museums, theatres and concert halls. It also boasts an energetic nightlife, great food and shopping, and a world-class sports arena: the Principality Stadium.
In June 2017 Cardiff hosted the world’s most watched annual sporting event, the UEFA Champions League Final. It’s just the latest in a series of global gatherings, like the Ryder Cup, NATO Summit and Rugby World Cup. Then there’s our regular crop of home-grown events, like the Hay Festival, Green Man, Festival No.6 and the National Eisteddfod.
You’ll see and hear the Welsh language wherever you go, a living link with the legendary King Arthur and our ancient Celtic ancestors. Above all, Wales is a great place to enjoy here and now. There’s great food and drink, unique places to stay, and a legendary welcome. This year we’re creating new legends. Want to come and find yours?
The LC is proud to be a part of the Year of Legends. Welcome to our Epic Land.