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Just when you think deciding to go on vacation was the hardest part, it’s frustratingly difficult to remind yourself that you still have a long way to go to figure out exactly which country you want to visit. So you’ve settled on The United Kingdom but out of England or Waleswhich is the best destination?

We are so glad you asked that question. While England may have London and the lovely Costwolds region Wales has Snowdonia National Park and delicious seafood, so we understand how this decision can be the hardest you’ve had to make all year.

To help you figure it out, we’ve put together a comparative guide to cities and countryside in both England and Wales in the hope that your decision will magically become easier. If not, you can always flip a coin.

Cities

Aerial view of the London skyline.

England may be small, but its cities certainly pack a punch – they simply don’t get much bigger or more cosmopolitan than London. With a history stretching back 2000 years and several iconic attractions that will keep you busy for days, it’s easy to see why London has captivated travelers for centuries.

As well as the popular tourist spots of Big Ben, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace, there are plenty of hidden gems to keep your eyes peeled for, such as trendy restaurants, boutique markets, perfectly manicured gardens and shop-till-you -drop department stores.

But London is not the only city England has to offer. From Manchester in the north to Birmingham in the west, you can travel up and down England and never be too far from a concrete jungle that promises adventure and memories.

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The colorful coastal town of Tenby in the twilight.

You might think that nothing compares to London, but there are plenty of beautiful and vibrant Welsh cities that will provide just as much fun and entertainment as England’s.

Whether you want to eat your way through some of the world’s best food in Cardiff (think fusion cuisines that focus on freshness and local flavours), learn about medieval history in Tenby or discover the secrets of Conwy with its impressive castles and impeccable gardens, you’ll never run out dry for big cities to explore.

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Landscapes

View of the Peak District countryside on a clear day.

England is not short of natural wonders. You have Seven Sisters Country Park full of winding walking paths and bird watching, Peak District with its enchanting gorges and rolling green hills, and Botany Bay with its seemingly pristine beaches and cliff sides (and that’s just scratching the surface).

It’s easy to get lost in England’s natural beauty, and once you step off the busy streets and off the beaten track, you’ll quickly fill your phone’s camera roll with picture after picture of fairytale-like lakes, mystifying rivers and mountain ranges, you’ll be completely captivated by.

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Snowdonia National Park on a clear day in Wales.

Wales may have taken the prize for England’s first place when it comes to which country has the best cities, but Wales leaves England in its dust if we compare landscapes. There is Snowdonia with its national parks and unforgettable landscapes, Pembrokeshire with its breathtaking coastline and picturesque villages, Llangollen with its UNESCO World Heritage sites and the enchanting Deer Valley and Anglesey with its pristine beaches and romantic lighthouses. Honestly, we could go on.

If you’re into the great outdoors and having the space to hike, cycle or walk your way through some of Mother Nature’s best works, then Wales is your kind of place.

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The verdict

Not only are these two countries closely spaced, but they are also close in the race for number one on your holiday list. England certainly deserves a visit at least once, but should it be done now? Wales is less of a bucket-list destination, but will provide just as much culture, beauty and fun as England.

This one is too hard to call, but since they are located right next to each other (London is a short 46-minute flight from Cardiff), why not do both? Problem solved.

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