Though perhaps not as well-known as its neighbors Ireland and Scotland for romantic cultures of yesteryear, the Celtic roots have endured in Wales unlike anywhere else in the British Isles. Nearly-pristine medieval castles trace back to the Middle Ages, and a living piece of history can be glimpsed in the northwest of the country, where citizens hold fast to traditions and the Welsh language. Britain’s Industrial Revolution signaled a renaissance for the country, and though the coal mines have since been reclaimed by nature, the enterprising population remains to create contrast between the rugged countryside and the ever-growing cities. Wales remains brittle and brutal enough to be real, and diverse enough to keep even the most seasoned travelers intrigued.