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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 Literature 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 of …
Top Choice Modern 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 littl…
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…