22 Things Wales Has That England Should Get Immediately

Because nothing tastes as good as a Welsh cake.

1. More castles.

Wales has roughly 100 castles still standing, either as ruins or as restored buildings. And loads of them, like Swansea Castle, are in gorgeous Welsh towns.

2. Free prescriptions.

If you have a GP who is based in Wales, you’re entitled to free prescriptions. Plus, hospital car-parking is free in Wales so it doesn’t matter if your appointment overruns.

3. Oggies.

Which are kind of like Cornish pasties, except they’re made of beef, leeks, potato, and onions instead of beef, swede, potato, and onions. Delicious.

4. Affordable housing.

House prices in Wales are far more reasonable than in England, and you typically get much bigger properties with more land for your money.

5. Bara brith.

Possibly the most delicious afternoon snack, bara brith (or “speckled bread”) is a yeast bread containing raisins, currants, and candied fruit peel.

6. More mountains.

There are 15 mountains in Wales taller than 3,000ft. They’re split between Snowdon Massif, Glyderau, and Carneddau. And because they’re all so close together, it’s possible to climb them all in 24 hours. This is known as the Welsh 3,000s challenge.

7. Welsh, the language.

Mae’n hyfryd.

8. More male-voice choirs.

Male voice choirs consist of men who sing with either a tenor or bass voice. They’re very common in Wales and typically perform at weddings and funerals.

9. Welsh cakes.

They’re fried cakes, flavoured with currents, cinnamon, mac, sugar, and nutmeg. Yum.

10. Brains beer.

Brains is a Cardiff brewery that owns 250 pubs across Wales. Brains beer is a light-coloured, malty bitter, and it’s incredibly good.

11. More beautiful countryside.

Welsh countryside is famous all over the world for being breathtakingly beautiful.

12. Laverbread.

Laverbread is made by boiling seaweed and then adding the resultant paste to oatmeal before frying it.

13. Welsh breakfasts.

In addition to the traditional components of a full English, the Welsh variant includes laverbread, eaten fried with bacon and cockles. Of course, all the ingredients are sourced from Wales.

14. Rhossili Bay.

Located on the southwestern tip of the Gower Peninsula, Rhossili Bay was the first place to be named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. Just look at it – it’s dreamy.

15. Welsh rarebit.

Basically posh cheese on toast, this may include ale, mustard, ground cayenne pepper, and/or Worcestershire sauce.

16. The Hay Festival.

Known as “the Woodstock of the mind”, the Hay Festival is a 10-day literature festival in Powys.

17. More beaches.

That’s Caibach. There are 42 Blue Flag beaches along Wales’s coastline, which means they have high standards of safety, water quality, and environmental management.

18. Chips and curry sauce.

The BEST drunk food.

19. Curry half and half.

That’s half chips, half rice, and lots of curry sauce. In north Wales, it’s normal to order chicken-curry half and half or chili-con-carne half and half.

20. Port Merion.

Located in Gwynedd, this North Welsh village was designed to look like an Italian village. Famously, The Prisoner was filmed there.

21. Festival N°6.

Based in Port Merion, Festival N°6 is an annual art and music festival. This year, Pet Shop Boys are headlining.

22. Proper tea rooms.

Nowhere does a tea room quite as well as they do in Wales.

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