Moving to Wales from the US: What You Need to Know

Wales is a beautiful country in the United Kingdom that is located to the west of England. The country’s western border is surrounded by water, making it a prime location for those who enjoy seeing coastlines and beaches. While Wales is best known for the dragon on its flag, its castles, stunning landscapes, and the well-loved dog breed the Corgi, there’s still much more to this small country than what’s on the surface.

Wales welcomes over one million tourists per year who come to see the rugged topography of this wild land and experience the rich, Celtic culture that is unique to Wales alone. One of the largest pieces of this culture, the Welsh language provides a sense of unity and belonging among its speakers. Though you won’t necessarily have to learn Welsh to move to Wales, it might be helpful to learn this historical Celtic language. If you’re looking for a change of pace and want to experience life in a rugged country with rich history and beautiful sights then check out Atlas® International’s Wales Moving Guide.

Across a green field, Llandwrog town peeks out of the fog in northern Wales.

Llandwrog, North Wales

Moving from the US to Wales

Why are Americans moving to Wales? Some might move for work or school, as Cardiff University is one of the top research universities in the United Kingdom, and Swansea University is among the top 300 universities in the world. Those who move to one of these two cities should be warned, however, that there is a fierce rivalry between the two, with people from each city believing that their home is the better one. Another reason for moving to Wales might be to experience the Welsh culture, with some people wanting to be closer to the birthplace of their ancestors. Nearly two million Americans have some form of Welsh ancestry, and many feel the pull to connect to their families’ past generations in their homeland.


No matter the reason for moving, the draw of Wales is undeniable. It boasts the title of the country with the most castles per square mile in the world, with over 600 castles spread across its area of 8,000 square miles. Built in the 13th century, Conwy Castle is one of the most well-known Welsh castles and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides visiting castles, one can also see the many, gorgeous national parks and gardens that Wales has to offer. The 400-acre Waun Las National Nature Reserve features meadows and waterfalls, while Snowdonia National Park covers 23 miles of coastline on Wales’s western coast. Both parks are highly walkable, with boardwalks and hiking trails.


Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you might want to stop for a bite of the local cuisine. Besides the typical leeks and potatoes, the Welsh also have dishes like rarebit (a type of cheesy toast), lamb soup, and Glamorgan sausages, a type of fully vegetarian sausage that was invented due to meat shortages in WWII. No matter your interests or tastes, there’s sure to be a place for you in Wales!


The climate in Wales is oceanic, and the weather itself is a perfect mix of humid and windy, making otherwise mild temperatures feel very cold to the average person. Though most of the country is surrounded by water, only the bravest of souls try to swim, as it is chilly year-round. Regardless of the cold temperature, the beautiful sights are worth venturing into the cold. In fact, cold and rainy days are the perfect time to visit some of Wales’s best museums, such as the National Museum Cardiff, which features both art and natural history exhibits.

Where to Live in Wales

Thinking of relocating to Wales? Here are some popular locations for ex-pats:

  • Cardiff
  • Swansea
  • Mumbles
  • Abergavenny
  • Pembrokeshire

Moving to Cardiff, Wales

Located in the southeast of Wales, Cardiff is the capital and the largest city. In spite of its current-day population of almost 700,000 people, the city has a small-town feel brought about by the number of independent shops and the abundance of parks in the area—there are over 18 parks and gardens in the city of Cardiff! There are also 20 castles in the Cardiff area, making it an ideal location for those who want to see historical buildings without having to travel very far to get to them. If you are moving to Cardiff from the United States, you will likely run into the need for overseas shipping and specialized movers who are familiar with customs and import regulations.

A woman packs her clothes in preparation for her individual move to Wales with Atlas® International.

Atlas® International helps people move to Wales every year.

Resources for Moving to Wales

Thinking of moving from the US to Wales? Check out our detailed customs guide for international relocation tips including household goods importing, restricted and prohibited items, moving pets, importing vehicles, and the documentation you will need.

Wales (United Kingdom) Customs and Import Guide

Plan Your Wales Move with Atlas® International

Atlas® International can help with any stage of the moving process, whether you’re just getting started with planning your move to Wales or if you already have your affairs in order and just need a hand with relocating. We have 50 years of experience helping people begin the next chapter of their lives, and we provide quality, door-to-door service, and stress-free planning so you can get settled in faster. We can even help with common moving questions like import regulations and applying for a visa. No matter your needs, Atlas® International is here to help.

Ready to get started? Get in touch with an Atlas® International moving expert and begin planning your move today. Give us a call at 206-526-1137 or contact us to receive personalized advice on beginning your move to Wales.