A to Z
Here's a quick A - Z of what makes Wales unique.
is for the prestigious Artes Mundi Prize. The prize is held here every two years and is one of the largest visual Art prizes in the world. The international prize celebrates and recognises artists across the globe. Have a look at our Ancestry pages as well.
is for Dylan Thomas: the Dylan Thomas Prize is awarded every two years to recognise the best published writer in English aged 39 or under from anywhere in the world. The famous writer of Under Milk Wood was born in Swansea, south west Wales in 1914.
is for Eisteddfodau: An eisteddfod (the plural is eisteddfodau) is a Welsh festival of music, literature and performance. The National Eisteddfod is Wales' most important cultural gathering and Europe's biggest travelling festival.
is for Food: our Welsh Black beef and Welsh Mountain lamb are world renowned and our cheeses are award winning. Gorwydd organic Caerphilly is now sold as far afield as the USA. Check out some of our great food festivals too. We were also the world's first Fair Trade Nation.
is for the Hay Festival of Literature (or according to Bill Clinton 'Woodstock of the Mind') during May/June, the largest arts and literature festival in the world. The festival takes place in town of Hay-on-Wye, home to numerous bookstores.
is for James - Evan James and James James of Pontypridd compose 'Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau' (Land of my Fathers) which is now the Welsh national anthem.
is for Llangollen International Musical Festival, a is a colourful gathering of musicians, singers and dancers from all over the world.
is for Myths and Legends: Find out about historical figures such as Owain Glyndŵr or even King Arthur's fabled roots in Wales.
is for Orme: take a tram to the Great Orme and take in the views of the Victorian resort of Llandudno.
is for Quality: find quality accommodation and attractions on our sister site Visit Wales.
is for Royal Welsh Show: Britain's most popular agricultural show isn't just cows and combine harvesters. There's live music, craft stalls and great food too.
is for Sustainability or Stem Cell Research: Cardiff University Professor Sir Martin Evans was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for "a series of ground-breaking discoveries concerning embryonic stem cells".
is for Traditions: discover some of our Welsh traditions including Calennig, Mari Lwyd and Noson Gyflaith.
is for Valleys: coal from the South Wales valleys fuelled the world in the 18th and 19th centuries and shaped the industrial revolution. Go underground at the Big Pit to find out how. We've lots more museums in Wales too and entry to our national museums is free.
is for Whisky: Penderyn Welsh Whisky in the Brecon Beacons has been recognised as one of the finest malt whiskies in the world.
is for [e]xtreme sports: for the adventurer in you, it's all possible in Wales.
is for Ynys Môn which is Welsh for the Isle of Anglesey. There are wonderful beaches and a wide range of attractions. The romantic island is where Demi Moore shot her film Half Light and where Prince William and his wife the Dutchess of Cambridge lived for a time. Catherine learnt Welsh, why not have a go too?
Z is for Zeta. Catherine Zeta Jones, actress, who was born in Swansea. Take a look out our Film and TV page for more famous Welsh stars.