PHOTO: Roald Dahl Plaza in Cardiff, Wales. (photo via Flickr/Ed Webster)
Wales is a place where many people head to experience an adventure or a dream vacation—and often find themselves enjoying a combination of both.
Known for its gorgeous natural landscapes and breathtaking views, it boasts rolling green mountainsides and coastlines with spectacular views.
As a vacation destination, Wales has many terrific things to offer. In addition to the awesome scenery and beautiful environment, there are also many exciting sights to see. Historical locations, natural landmarks and cultural centers are all highlights dotting the map of the countryside.
But for those with literary interests, there are also some special events and destinations that would likely be on the itinerary.
Specifically, there are three legends of the writing world who have strong connections to Wales, and fans of their work will want to be sure to visit landmarks and regions with ties to those personalities.
Roald Dahl was a novelist and short story writer whose most famous works include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach.
Dahl was born in Llandaff, South Wales, in 1916, and the country hosted a number of events last year to celebrate the centennial anniversary of his birth. Those events are all completed now, but there are still ways to honor and learn about the famed writer while visiting sites all around Wales. In Cardiff Bay, the Norwegian Church is an important site related to Dahl, as it was where he was baptized. The church hosts an event every year on September 13—known as Roald Dahl Day—to celebrate his birthday.
Dylan Thomas is considered one of Wales’ greatest poets. His radio drama, Under Milk Wood—later adapted into stage and film versions—tells of a day in the life of a small Welsh fishing village.
Thomas lived in Laugharne, in South West Wales, during several periods of his life. He spent his final few years living at The Boathouse, which has now been made into a public attraction. Stroll to the house via Dylan’s Walk, where you will also be able to view the Writing Shed. Browns Hotel was one of the author’s favorite hangouts. You can grab a drink at the pub or spend a night at the hotel part of the property.
Lastly, there are attractions related to Alice Liddell, who as a young girl was said to be the inspiration for the classic Alice in Wonderland stories by Lewis Carroll.
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The town of Llandudno, North Wales — where Liddell spent holidays with her family — honors its claim to fame with wooden statues posted near sites all throughout town. You can mingle with all of the beloved Alice in Wonderland characters before enjoying afternoon tea.
Of course, with all of the amazing sights and scenes you can discover while exploring Wales, you may discover the one incredible, unique place that serves as the perfect backdrop where you can write a literary treasure or create your own masterpiece.