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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 Historic Building in Lower Wye Valley

Tintern Abbey

The haunting riverside ruins of this sprawling monastic complex have inspired poets and artists through the centuries, including William Wordsworth, who penned Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey during a…
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 national park (around 120,000 people each year make the climb, giving it the nickname 'the motorway'). The …
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 up until 1980. Tours descend 90m into the mine and explore the tunnels and…
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 Modern British in Lower Wye Valley

The Whitebrook

Hidden down narrow country lanes in a remote part of the Wye Valley, this wonderful Michelin-starred restaurant-with-rooms is well worth the effort it takes to reach it. Every plate that proceeds from the kitchen is…
Top Choice Spanish 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 patatas bravas and chorizo aside, daily specials feature guest stars such as mushrooms st…
Top Choice Modern British in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

St John's Place

St John's Place is only open two nights a week and the menu is limited to three choices for each course, but this narrow focus seems to allow the kitchen plenty of room for passionate experimentation and refinement.…
Top Choice Modern 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 dinner, eleg…