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St. David's Day Quiz

Forty questions and answers about Wales and the Welsh. St. David's Day is celebrated on March 1.

Questions I

  1. Offa's Dyke is an ancient earthwork on the border of England and Wales, it stretches from which town in the south to which town in North Wales?
  2. The flag of Saint David is what colour cross on a black field?
  3. Which future English king was born at Pembroke Castle in 1457?
  4. Which limestone headland on the north coast of Wales derives its name from the Old Norse word for sea serpent?
  5. Name the 19th-century Gothic Revival castle, designed by Victorian architect William Burges for the Third Marquess of Bute, above the village of Tongwynlais in South Wales?

  6. St David died on 1 March in which century?
  7. Where would you find Goscar Rock?
  8. In which market town of the Llyn Peninsula was Plaid Cymru founded in 1925?
  9. Which village and popular tourist attraction in Ceredigion gets its English name from the unusual road bridge on the edge of the village?
  10. What is the name of the Neo-Gothic folly situated on the top of a hill near Llanarthney in Carmarthenshire? It was erected in honour of Lord Nelson.
  11. What is the name of the aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal across the River Dee?
  12. Which geological period did geologist Roderick Murchison name after a warlike Celtic tribe occupying what is now south east Wales?
  13. In 1081, who made a pilgrimage to the shrine of St David's to pray?
  14. What is the rural village of Penderyn in the Cynon Valley, Rhondda Cynon Taf, now famous for?
  15. Which Welsh town was Admiral Horatio Nelson visiting when he described it as "the finest port in Christendom"?
  16. Where would you see the words: "Creu Gwir fel Gwydr o Ffwrnais Awen", which means: "Creating truth like glass from inspiration’s furnace."?
  17. Cader Idris lies at the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park near which town?
  18. Unveiled By Sir Anthony Hopkins in 2008, in which Welsh town is there a statue of Tommy Cooper?
  19. Welsh operatic tenor Stuart Burrows was born in the same street in Cilfynydd, South Wales, as which fellow opera star?
  20. What was the North East Wales Institute of Higher Education renamed in 2008?
  21. What is the largest town on Anglesey?


  1. Chepstow to Prestatyn (There is a visitor centre at Knighton.)
  2. Yellow cross
  3. Henry VII
  4. The Great Orme (overlooking the town of Llandudno)
  5. Castell Coch
  6. 6th century (589) (buried at the site of St David's Cathedral)
  7. Tenby (the prominent rock in the bay)
  8. Pwllheli
  9. Devil's Bridge
  10. Paxton's Tower
  11. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
  12. The Silurian (the Silures)
  13. William the Conqueror
  14. Whisky (Wales Penderyn whisky)
  15. Milford Haven
  16. The Wales Millennium Centre
  17. Dolgellau
  18. Caerphilly (Tommy Cooper's birthplace)
  19. Sir Geraint Evans
  20. Wrexham Glyndwr University
  21. Holyhead

Questions About Wales II

  1. In which market down did Owain Glyndwr hold a parliament in 1404?
  2. In which seaside town south-west of Aberystwyth on Cardigan Bay did Dylan Thomas and his family live in from September, 1944, until July 1945?
  3. Which village in Gwynedd was flooded in 1965 to create the reservoir, Llyn Celyn?
  4. A blue plaque on a house in Canton, Cardiff reads : "This boy became a Ruritanian king who gave his people dreams & songs to sing." Which famous Welshman was born there?
  5. What is the historic environment service of the Welsh Government called?
  6. Which word of Welsh origin, meaning "throne", is a community or meeting of modern-day bards?
  7. Wales’ oldest multi-ethnic community, what was the local name for the area of Cardiff which covered Cardiff Docks and Butetown?
  8. Which 7 miles long beach on the shores of Carmarthen Bay will always be associated with world land speed record attempts?
  9. Cyfarthfa loosely translates from the Welsh for 'a place of barking'. We need two answers, in which town is Cyfartha Castle and in which film was there a character called Cyfartha?
  10. Since 1983, which famous sports manufacturer has based its global headquarters in Bridgend?
  11. Which decade saw Cardiff named the capital city of Wales?
  12. Which national museum was opened in 1972 at Gilfach Ddu, near Llanberis in Caernarfonshire?
  13. Oten referred to as the "last invasion of mainland Britain", in which coastal town did a landing by French troops occur in 1797?
  14. The A542 road from Llandegla to Llangollen runs through which mountain pass in Denbighshire?
  15. Which abbey was founded on 9 May 1131 by Walter de Clare, Lord of Chepstow?
  16. Located on the south-facing side of Christchurch Hill, which resort is owned by Sir Terry Matthews?
  17. Which President of the Welsh Rugby Union from 1993 to 2004, was also awarded the Victoria Cross during the Second World War?
  18. Which town, four miles from the Wales–England border, is just north of Powis Castle?
  19. Name the range of hills in north Pembrokeshire?
  20. Which headland, the furthest westerly point of the Gower Peninsula, is only accessible on foot via a causeway for two and a half hours either side of low tide?


  1. Machynlleth
  2. New Quay
  3. Capel Celyn
  4. Ivor Novello (15th. Jan. 1893)
  5. Cadw
  6. A gorsedd (plural: gorseddau)
  7. Tiger Bay
  8. Pendine Sands
  9. Merthyr Tydfil and How Green Was My Valley (Cyfartha played the 'boxing manager' of boxer Dai Bando)
  10. Winmau (the leading dartboards manufacturer)
  11. 1950s (1955)
  12. The National Slate Museum
  13. Fishguard
  14. The Horseshoe Pass
  15. Tintern Abbey
  16. Celtic Manor Resort
  17. Sir Tasker Watkins
  18. Welshpool
  19. The Preseli Hills or, Preseli Mountains
  20. Worm's Head