Attractions

Top Choice Castle in Caerphilly (Caerffili)

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 as …
Top Choice Abbey in Lower Wye Valley

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' dur…
Top Choice Castle 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 1067, l…
Top Choice Mountain 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 shortest r…
Top Choice Mine 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 tunnels…
Top Choice Church 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 in …
Top Choice Castle in Fforest Fawr & Black Mountain

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 current …
Top Choice Ruins 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. Whil…
Top Choice Ruins 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 whe…
Top Choice Church 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 was…