Top ChoiceCastle in Caerphilly (Caerffili)

Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Castle

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 set rather than an ancient monument. While it is often used...

Top ChoiceCastle in Chepstow (Cas-gwent)

Chepstow Castle

Imposing Chepstow Castle perches atop a limestone cliff overhanging the river, guarding the main river crossing from England into South Wales. It is one of the oldest castles in Britain – building started in...

Top ChoiceAbbey in Lower Wye Valley

Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey

The haunting riverside ruins of this sprawling monastic complex have inspired poets and artists through the centuries, most notably William Wordsworth, who penned 'Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey'...

Top ChoiceMountain in Brecon Beacons National Park

Pen-y-Fan

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 annually, giving it the nickname 'the motorway'). The...

Top ChoiceMine in Blaenavon (Blaenafon)

Big Pit National Coal Museum

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 1980. Tours descend 90m into the mine and explore the...

Top ChoiceChurch in Black Mountains (Y Mynyddoedd Duon)

St Issui's Church

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 deeply in these hills ever to change. Astonishing as it is...

Top ChoiceCastle in Fforest Fawr & Black Mountain

Carreg Cennen

Carreg Cennen

Dramatically perched atop a steep limestone crag, high above the River Cennen, are the brooding ruins of Wales' ultimate romantic castle, visible for miles in every direction. Originally a Welsh castle, the...

Top ChoiceLiterature in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Hay Festival

The 10-day Hay Festival is Britain's leading festival of literature and the arts – a kind of bookworms' Glastonbury. Like an iconic music festival, it has the gravity to attract the brightest stars in its corner...

Top ChoiceModern British in Lower Wye Valley

Whitebrook

Hidden down green-canopied country lanes in a remote part of the Wye Valley, this wonderful Michelin-starred restaurant-with-rooms is well worth the effort to find. Every plate proceeding from the kitchen is a...

Top ChoiceRuins in Fforest Fawr & Black Mountain

Garn Goch

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 covering 1.5 hectares, and a much larger one of 11.2 hectares....

Top ChoiceModern British in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

St John's Place

St John's Place is only open two nights a week and offers only three 'plates' alongside a wider range of 'bar snacks', but this narrow focus seems to allow the kitchen plenty of room for experimentation and...

Top ChoiceSpanish in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Tomatitos Tapas Bar

Friendly, bustling Tomatitos combines the atmosphere of everyone's favourite pub with an España-centric menu. Staples such as tortilla and chorizo in cider aside, daily specials feature guest stars such as...

Top ChoiceRuins in Black Mountains (Y Mynyddoedd Duon)

Llanthony Priory

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 Honddu. Perhaps the second most important abbey in Wales...

Top ChoiceModern British in Abergavenny (Y Fenni)

Walnut Tree

Established in 1963, the Michelin-starred Walnut Tree serves the cuisine-hopping meat and seafood creations of chef Shaun Hill, with a focus on fresh, local produce. If you're too full to move far after feasting...

Top ChoiceBooks in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Richard Booth's Bookshop

The most famous and still the best, Booth's is a thing of beauty – from the exquisite tiling on the outside to the immaculately catalogued shelves within (a far cry from the teetering piles of its early years)....

Top ChoiceIndian in Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Tudful)

Mango House

Bringing the subcontinent to the suburbs, this snazzy Indian eatery serves up a huge menu of delicious and complex curries, including an extensive vegetarian selection. Don't confuse the address with High St in...

Top ChoiceChurch in Abergavenny (Y Fenni)

St Mary's Priory Church

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 remarkable treasury of aristocratic tombs that lies within. It...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Crickhowell (Crughywel)

Tretower Court & Castle

Originally the home of the Vaughan family, Tretower gives you two historic buildings for the price of one: the sturdy circular Norman keep, now roofless and commanding only a sheep-nibbled bailey, and a...

Top ChoiceModern British in Brecon (Aberhonddu)

Felin Fach Griffin

With a string of awards as long as its wine list, this country pub offers gourmet dining in a relaxed and unpretentious setting. Open fires, leather sofas and timber beams create a comfortable atmosphere in which...

Historic Building in Newport (Casnewydd)

Tredegar House

Tredegar House

The seat of the Morgan family for more than 500 years, Tredegar House is a stone and red-brick 17th-century building set amid extensive gardens, 2 miles west of Newport city centre. It is one of the finest...