Wales

A proud and beautiful country, Wales boasts some of the UK’s highest mountains and much of its most spectacular scenery. Most of the Welsh population live in the south of the country, with the Snowdonia National Park taking up much of the northern half of the country. The Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire Coast in the south also offer up some unique landscapes that drive the tourism industry. The Welsh capital Cardiff and industrial city of Swansea are also in the south, while other main cities include Bangor, Wrexham and St Davids – the UK’s smallest city.

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Where is Wales?

Wales is a small country in the west of the United Kingdom. The English border to the east is formed by the counties of Cheshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.

What is the population of Wales?

The population of Wales is estimated at 3.1 million for 2019. English and Welsh are both official languages, with over half a million Welsh-speakers in the country.

What are the six cities in Wales?

The six cities in Wales are Cardiff, Swansea, Bangor, St Davids, St Asaph and Newport.

Cardiff

The largest city in Wales is its capital, Cardiff. It is the eleventh largest city in the UK and houses the Senedd – the Welsh Parliament – along with the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle. A major tourist attraction and site of historical interest, parts of the castle date back to the 12th century, although it was constructed on the site of a 3rd century Roman fort.

The Gower in Swansea, Wales

Swansea

To the west of Cardiff lies Swansea – Wales’s second city. Famed as the birthplace of poet Dylan Thomas, the county of Swansea also takes in the Gower Peninsula and Swansea Bay. The city is home to around 250,000 people, many of whom find employment in the service sectors and at companies such as HSBC, Virgin Media and BT.

Newport

Known as ‘Casnewydd’ in Welsh, Newport is located in the south east of Wales. A key industrial centre for the country, the city has its roots in the export of coal but now major employers cover government departments, aerospace and manufacturing. The city is also home to the National Velodrome.

Bangor

The oldest city in Wales, Bangor can trace its roots back to the 6th century, when a monastic community made a home there around the site of Bangor Cathedral. The cathedral is what secures the settlement its city status, despite the population in 2019 being only around 16,000 in 2011.

St Davids

The smallest city in the UK by population (just over 1,600 people in 2011), St Davids Cathedral is what gives this small conurbation its grand title. The Cathedral is the resting place of the patron saint of Wales – St David – and is built on the site of a monastic community founded by him in the 6th century.

Snowdonia National Park in North Wales

St Asaph

Another tiny city, St Asaph has a population of around 3,350. The current cathedral was built in the 13th century after the previous stone building was burned down during the Second Welsh War. St Asaph is known as the ‘City of Music’ and hosts the annual North Wales Festival of Music at the cathedral and other venues around the area.

Things to do in North Wales

The National Park of Snowdonia is the key visitor attraction in North Wales, offering stunning landscapes and many of the highest peaks in England and Wales. Hikers, mountain bikers, paragliders and other outdoor enthusiasts will find the perfect playground here in North Wales.

Other great things to do in North Wales include visits to Caernarfon or Conwy castles. Great Orme and Llandudno also offer a great day out, with a family-friendly beach and a tramway or cable car to take you to the top of this historic coastal peak.

Things to do in South Wales

A visit to Cardiff has to come top of the list for visitors to South Wales, while the mountains and waterfalls of the Brecon Beacons National Park are also a must-visit. The Gower Peninsula offers scenic walks and wild beaches, while St Fagans National Museum of History provides a fascinating overview of the Welsh culture, lifestyle and architecture.

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Area Good but could be a lot better kept

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Review Date Sep 2022

The house is lovely and well built, management company could do more, some areas look untidy and areas dug up have not been re-laid with grass so looks awful. No bins on the development, thankfully there are a handful of volunteers that do litter picking that keeps the area clean. Area is in a good commuter location and has a nice family vibe

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Barely any facilities, one local shop. We have a Asda within walking distance but this area desperately needs a pub, Salon, Barbers etc.
Management company could do a lot better in keeping the area in better shape with landscaping needing in places and bins are a necessity.
Walkways and roads should be completed in areas, no idea why this is taking so long to complete.

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Nothing

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Reasonably quickly, but often issue was not followed up

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Review Date Aug 2022

Range of shops is poor as there is only 1, the space for a pub us still not being used either.

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Property Management and Building management both poor, the houses are nice – but more time spent by building management prior to sale would save time post purchase (I.e. snagging in particular).
Property Manager still have not published accounts for the 3 years we have been here – so not sure what they are spending our service charge on!

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I wish we would have known about the timeline for the Pub/Restaurant. Still don’t know now.

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Yes when first purchases the house, very slow – took over a year for all snagging to be completed.

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Nice place to live… with a bit of annoying petty crime

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Review Date Aug 2022

The shop is fantastic, nice village feel to the area. Close to a shopping complex with Asda, McDonald’s, Subway and some furniture shops.

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We have lived in the area for a year and mostly enjoyed it. The shop is really helpful and well priced. The shopping complex is good and walkable distance. There are some bad points however. Crime rates are quite high with petty crimes like stealing from cars, and kids seem to run the village, causing mischief. We still enjoy living here though.

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The amount of petty crime in the area could put people off. Easy to not be a victim though by being sensible, like locking back gates and making sure cars are locked.

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We had a drain blockage that is actually an issue down the road, reported it 6 months ago with no resolution

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Great estate with a few negatives

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Review Date Aug 2022

Budgens in the village sells everything you need for your everyday essentials. The staff there are absolutely lovely. Plenty of parking although people park ridiculous at times which means the bus has trouble getting through the estate. Lately there’s been a number of burglaries in the village and break ins to cars. Neighbours look out for each other and bin collection is every Friday.

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Building management we haven’t had to deal with as we are in a rented property although I know that anytime my neighbour has needed permissions advice they haven’t had any problems with getting hold of them. Facilities on site are always on hand and always a help line if needed

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The amount of crime in the area is rising. Breaks in to cars and buildings which makes me feel nervous. Security cameras in the village

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

I haven’t had to use building management team but as previously stated my neighbour has without any problems

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