Portrayed in numerous films, Wales boasts many historic sights, iconic landscapes, and beautiful sceneries perfect for a family holiday or a romantic getaway. The country is famous for its castles from the Middle Ages, interesting historical museums and galleries. Steeped in history, Wales is an attractive place with a living Celtic culture. Most of the country is mountainous terrain which makes it a popular destination for outdoor activities and attracts tourists all year-round.
Choose Auto Europe as your rental broker for your car hire in Wales. With pick-up locations in all major cities, including airports and railway stations, Auto Europe is able to offer you a rental car all over the country. Thanks to a large choice of vehicles Auto Europe helps everyone find just the right car for their needs. Discover everything Wales has to offer at your own pace.
Take a look at our short guide to driving your car rental in Wales. The road regulations do not differ from the rest of the UK. Be careful on narrow countryside roads, where you need to pay attention to live stock; sheep may graze close or come on the road. In the mountains, when the weather becomes wintry, pay attention to slippery roads. Because of the topography of the country, travelling from north to south is time-consuming but very rewarding due to the beautiful scenery.
Wales is mostly known for its rich wildlife and beautiful landscapes. The country's most scenic region, Snowdonia has been portrayed in numerous films, one of them being "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword", for example. Therefore, when visiting Wales you have to go to the mountains and experience first-hand what this country is famous for. All of the below mentioned attractions can easily be reached with your car hire in Wales.
In this section, we would like to present you with a choice of one-day trips in Wales. For the trips in the rest of the UK, please see our road trip page. Our selection includes historic and leisure destinations perfect for a trip with family and friends or romantic getaways.
Conwy Castle: As one of the four Welsh castles listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Conwy Castle is said to be the most beautiful one. Built in the late 13th century, the castle offers its visitors fantastic views over Conwy, mountains and the sea. It was one of the most costly Edward I castles in Wales and is one of the best preserved medieval fortresses in the UK.
Barafundle Bay: And now for something completely different, we would like to draw your attention to Barafundle Bay. It's a small and stunning white sand beach outlined with dunes, pine trees and green hills. It is located in the south west of Wales in Pembrokeshire. Barafundle Bay is the perfect destination for a leisure trip to the seaside.
Although the minimum driving age in Wales is 17, it will depend on the terms and conditions of the supplier if there are any age restrictions. In general, most car hire suppliers have a minimum age requirement of 23. Most suppliers have a young driver surcharge for drivers that are under the age of 25. Make sure to check the terms and conditions, and in case you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our reservation department.
Most of the roads in Wales are toll-free. Two bridges connecting Wales with England are toll-bridges: Second Severn Crossing on the M4 and Severn Bridge on the M48. The third toll-bridge in Wales is Cleddau Bridge on the A477 in Pembrokeshire in the south of the country.
Celtic Wales was occupied by the Romans from the 1st to the 5th century. The Kingdom of Gwynedd was a successor state that occupied the most territories of today's Wales. It was ruled by Celtic kings until it was conquered by Edward I in 1283. In 1301, he named his son, Edward III, the Prince of Wales. Until today the oldest son of the reigning British monarch becomes the Prince of Wales. Owain Glyndwr, who was the last Welsh born Prince of Wales, began the revolt against the English rulers in 1400 which ended 10 years later. In the middle of the 16th century, Wales was united with England and since then was ruled from London. The National Assembly for Wales was created in 1998, and in 2006 it was given legislative powers.
The official currency in Wales is British Pound, just like in the rest of the UK. Unlike in Scotland and Northern Ireland, Wales does not have its own banknotes. ATM's are very common; check with your bank which machines you can use without incurring withdrawal charges.
There is no time difference between Wales and the rest of the UK. Wales observes British Summer and Winter Time.
There are two officially recognized languages in Wales; Welsh (Cymraeg) and English. While the fifth of the population of Wales speaks Welsh, 99 percent speaks English. Below you can find some helpful phrases in Welsh.
Welcome - Croeso
Good Morning - Bore da
How are you? - Sut Ydych chi
Excuse me - Esgusodwch fi
Do you speak English? - Ydych chi'n siarad Saesneg
Petrol station - Gorsaf betrol
Motorway - Traffordd
Street - Stryd
Goodbye - Hwyl
Electrical voltage in Wales is 220-240 Volts. If you are travelling with electrical equipment from outside of the UK, you may need an adapter. Electrical goods produced for the British market do not need any adapters.
Travelling around Wales may become more independent with a motorhome. Campervans in the UK are widely available for rent and Auto Europe has some of the best offers. Give a home on wheels a try and make the most of your travels in Wales.