Popular tourist attractions
VisitBritain has conducted a survey asking tourists from abroad about their favourite things to see when on holiday in Britain. The surprise top answer, above Harrods, Glastonbury and Wimbledon, was 'a tour of castles in Wales'. Of the 10,000 adults surveyed in 20 countries, 34 per cent would like to try this activity. According to VisitBritain, "the insights provide new evidence that history and culture – particularly when it is linked to monarchy – are crucial components of this country’s unique appeal as a holiday destination." Indeed, a tour of Buckingham Palace was the second most popular choice, with cultural attractions such as opera, theatre, the Highland Games and locations in the Harry Potter books also making the list. Sport was another big draw, with 19 per cent preferring to view a Premier League football match, and 11 per cent aspiring to watch a tennis match at Wimbledon.
Good news for Welsh tourism
The castles in Wales mostly date back to medieval times, and some have the added attraction of being associated with the monarchy; Caernarfon, for example, was the site of Prince Charles's investiture. There could also be a boost to tourism in Wales this year, as Prince William flies the Search and Rescue helicopter in Snowdonia. Meanwhile, the castle-covered Pembrokeshire coast was recently named the second most beautiful coastal area in the world by National Geographic magazine. Interestingly, the third most popular survey response with 29 per cent was 'spending the night in a Scottish castle'. Of course, many Scottish castles have been better preserved than those in Wales, with roaring fires, bed linen, and even hot water making them akin to a luxury hotel. Spending the night in a Welsh castle is certainly not to be advised; however, nearby guesthouses and restaurants with the right luxury hospitality supplies could benefit from the interest.