Must-see attractions in Wales

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    St David's Cathedral

    St Davids (Tyddewi)

    Hidden in a hollow and behind high walls, St David's Cathedral is intentionally unassuming. The valley site was chosen in the vain hope that the church…

  • Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly, Glamorgan, Wales

    Caerphilly Castle

    Southeast Wales

    You could be forgiven for thinking that Caerphilly Castle – with its profusion of towers and crenellations reflected in a duck-filled lake – was a film…

  • Caernarfon Castle Reflections

    Caernarfon Castle

    Anglesey & the North Coast

    Majestic Caernarfon Castle was built by Edward I between 1283 and 1330 as a military stronghold, seat of government and royal palace. Designed and mainly…

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    Conwy Castle

    Anglesey & the North Coast

    Caernarfon is more complete, Harlech more dramatically positioned and Beaumaris more technically perfect, yet out of the four castles that compose the…

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Great Orme Bronze Age Mines

    Great Orme Bronze Age Mines


    Sitting unobtrusively near the top of the Great Orme is the largest prehistoric mine ever discovered. Nearly paved over for a car park, this site of…

  • Bodnant Garden

    Anglesey & the North Coast

    Laid out in 1875 and painstakingly landscaped over 150 years, Bodnant is one of Wales’ most beautiful gardens. Lord Aberconway of the McLaren family …

  • Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

    Cardiff Castle


    There's a medieval keep at its heart, but it's the later additions to Cardiff Castle that really capture the imagination. In Victorian times, extravagant…

  • National Museum and Gallery at night, Cardiff, Wales

    National Museum Cardiff


    Devoted mainly to natural history and art, this grand neoclassical building is the centrepiece of the seven institutions dotted around the country that…

  • Tintern Abbey, Wales

    Tintern Abbey

    Southeast Wales

    The haunting riverside ruins of this sprawling monastic complex have inspired poets and artists through the centuries, most notably William Wordsworth,…

  • Llundudno beach at sundown with the Great Orme

    Great Orme


    From sea level it's difficult to gauge the sheer scale of the limestone chunk known as the Great Orme (Y Gogarth), yet it's 2 miles in circumference and…

  • St Fagans National History Museum


    Historic buildings from all over the country have been dismantled and re-erected in the semirural surrounds of St Fagans village, 5 miles west of central…

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    Carreg Cennen

    Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog

    Dramatically perched atop a steep limestone crag, high above the River Cennen, are the brooding ruins of Wales' ultimate romantic castle, visible for…

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    Bute Park


    Flanked by the castle and the River Taff, Bute Park was donated to the city along with the castle in 1947. With Sophia Gardens, Pontcanna Fields and…

  • Harlech Castle

    Snowdonia National Park (Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri)

    Edward I finished this intimidating yet aesthetically pleasing castle in 1289, the southernmost of his 'iron ring' of fortresses designed to keep the…

  • National Botanic Garden of Wales

    Swansea, The Gower & Carmarthenshire

    Concealed in the rolling Tywi valley countryside, this lavish complex opened in 2000 and is still maturing. Formerly an aristocratic estate, the garden…

  • Erddig

    Snowdonia & the Llŷn

    For a glimpse of the life of the British upper class in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the 'upstairs-downstairs' social hierarchy of their bygone world,…

  • Chepstow Castle

    Southeast Wales

    Imposing Chepstow Castle perches atop a limestone cliff overhanging the river, guarding the main river crossing from England into South Wales. It is one…

  • Castell Henllys

    North Pembrokeshire

    If you've ever wondered what a Celtic village looked, felt and smelt like, take a trip back in time to this Iron Age settlement, 4 miles east of Newport…

  • Pembroke Castle

    South Pembrokeshire

    This spectacular and forbidding castle was the home of the earls of Pembroke for over 300 years and the birthplace of Henry VII, the first Tudor king. A…

  • Pen-y-Fan

    Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog

    Ascending Pen-y-Fan (886m), the tallest peak in the Brecon Beacons, is one of the most popular hikes in the park (around 350,000 people make the climb…

  • Dinefwr

    Swansea, The Gower & Carmarthenshire

    This idyllic, 324-hectare, beautifully landscaped estate, immediately west of Llandeilo, incorporates a deer park, pasture, woods, an Iron Age fort, the…

  • Worms Head

    Swansea, The Gower & Carmarthenshire

    The western extremity of the Gower is guarded by this mile-long promontory, which turns into an island at high tide. Worms Head takes its name from the…

  • Big Pit National Coal Museum

    Southeast Wales

    Fascinating Big Pit provides an opportunity to explore a real coal mine and get a taste of what life was like for the miners who worked here from 1880 to…

  • Aberglasney Gardens

    Swansea, The Gower & Carmarthenshire

    Wandering through these formal walled gardens feels a bit like walking into a Jane Austen novel. They date originally from Elizabethan times, have evolved…

  • St Issui's Church

    Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog

    Halfway up a thickly forested hillside in the Vale of Eywas, this tiny 11th-century church is like a time capsule of Welsh faith and culture, buried too…

  • Penrhyn Castle

    Anglesey & the North Coast

    Funded by the vast profits from the slate mine of Caribbean sugar-plantation owner and anti-abolitionist Baron Penrhyn, and extended and embellished by…

  • Dylan Thomas Boathouse

    Swansea, The Gower & Carmarthenshire

    Dylan Thomas, his wife Caitlin and their three children lived in this cliff-clinging house from 1949 to 1953. It's a beautiful setting, looking out over…

  • Gwydyr Forest

    Snowdonia National Park (Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri)

    The 28-sq-mile Gwydyr Forest, planted since the 1920s with oak, beech and larch, encircles Betws-y-Coed and is scattered with the remnants of lead and…

  • National Slate Museum

    Snowdonia National Park (Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri)

    Even if you're not enraptured by industrial museums, ignore the dull-sounding name and check this one out. At Dinorwig Quarry much of the slate was carved…

  • Bodnant Welsh Food

    Anglesey & the North Coast

    On the west side of the vast Bodnant Estate, a collection of lavishly restored 18th-century farm buildings now operates as Bodnant Welsh Food. One of the…

  • Garn Goch

    Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog

    You're likely to have the impressive remains of Garn Goch to yourself. One of the largest Iron Age sites in Wales, it comprises a smaller hill fort…

  • Llanthony Priory

    Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog

    Halfway along the impossibly beautiful Vale of Ewyas lie the atmospheric ruins of this Augustinian priory, set among pasture and wooded hills by the River…

  • Llechwedd Slate Caverns

    Snowdonia National Park (Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri)

    Blaenau's main attraction takes you into the bowels of a Victorian slate mine. You descend the UK's steepest mining cable railway into the 1846 network of…

  • Cellb

    Snowdonia National Park (Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri)

    Recently opened in the Edwardian-era police station (hence 'Cell B'), this multifunction centre hosts everything from yoga to live bands to screenings in…

  • Pentre Ifan

    North Pembrokeshire

    The largest neolithic dolmen in Wales, Pentre Ifan is a 5500-year-old neolithic burial chamber set on a remote hillside with superb views across the…

  • Clyne Gardens

    Swansea, The Gower & Carmarthenshire

    Spanning 20 hectares, these magnificent gardens are particularly impressive in spring, when the azaleas and rhododendrons are at their most spectacular…

  • Millennium Stadium and River Taff, Cardiff.

    Principality Stadium


    Also known as Millennium Stadium ('Principality' is the current naming-rights sponsor), this spectacular venue squats like a stranded spaceship on the…

  • St Mary's Priory Church

    Southeast Wales

    Although you wouldn't guess it from the outside, this large stone church has been described as the 'Westminster Abbey of South Wales' because of the…

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    Wales Millennium Centre


    The centrepiece and symbol of Cardiff Bay's regeneration is the £106-million Wales Millennium Centre, an architectural masterpiece of stacked Welsh slate…

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