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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cardiff bay in wales

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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Good location, improvements to be made

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Review Date Oct 2021

Our street is great and quiet as we live in a cul de sac, and it’s good to be so close to the M4. I hear of a lot of anti-social behaviour on our estate though.

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Design of the house is good for a 2 bed house. It took a while for us to be able to move in and we weren’t given a proper tour of our house when we moved in. There were snags when we moved in which took a while to sort out too. I like the different variety of homes on offer here.

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We had an issue where our boundaries were wrong and had to be sorted out. We were unable to use our garden for a year. I hear this has happened again on the estate and it really shouldn’t be.

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It was hard to get anyone to come and see our snags and there are still some minor things that haven’t been sorted

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Well built House

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Review Date Oct 2021

Very little pubs within walking distance or restaurants. Retail park close by with Gym and a large Asda and easy access to the M4. Bus during the day goes regularly to Cardiff Centre.

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House has been built well, Design of house could be better but you always have to compromise. Very well insulated and heating the house takes not very long and it will stay warm. Gardens could easily be levelled off with a little thought for what the owners will do. But overall, we have had a very well built house

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Take the timings and everything the sales people say with a pinch of Salt

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

They responded quickly with the cosmetic issues but once the survey was signed we had no contact until a new site manager came in (Mike) and since then Mike has done as much as he can to get the 7 day snag list resolved

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Convenient/ fantastic

Review Date Oct 2021

The bus stop is like a 1-5 minute walk which is very convenient as I’m disabled also Asda very local and easy for me to get to we are waiting for a local shop budgens to open in 3 weeks time which will be amazing as I can walk out the door and there’s a shop been waiting 8 months but it’s finally going to be opening but that’s understandable because of covid

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The layout and design of the development is very nice there ain’t to much traffic In the night which is nice and during the day when there is you can’t hardly here it as the houses and flats are so nicely done that it blocks a lot of the noise out. also the property management and building management is great 😊

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The speed bumps on the road wasn’t so big

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The overall design of the estate is lovely!

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Review Date Oct 2021

The property location is within a couple hundred metres of super markets and the motorway making it accessible to amenities and transport.

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The overall design of the estate is lovely! There are lots of little cup de sacs and small off shoots, it’s much nicer than rows of houses. The house designs are very modern and the access to parks/allotments make the estate even more desirable. There are some red brick roads which are very pretty.

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That I should have read the plans more clearly.

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

Yes, we have raised lots of issues through the purchasing process but have had a large number resolved recently

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