Things to do and see when on holiday in Wales
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National Botanic Garden of Wales

Set in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside, the Garden is a fascinating blend of the modern and historic. Here you’ll find an inspiring range of themed gardens, the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, play areas and a national nature reserve, all set in a Regency landscape which ...read more

Pembroke Castle

Pembroke Castle is idyllically set on the banks of the river estuary. This mighty fortress is largely intact, and its endless passages, tunnels and stairways are great fun to explore. Pembroke Castle has a long and fascinating history, dating from 1093; notably, Henry Tudor (Harri Tudur), who ...read more

Dolaucothi Gold Mines

These gold mines were worked 2000 years ago by the Romans and mining resumed there in the 19th century and carried on through the 20th century. Their underground workings are now open to visitors to this National Trust property. There are guided tours, an exhibition about the history of gold mining ...read more
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St Davids Cathedral

St Davids is a beautiful 12th century cathedral set in Britain’s smallest city. It is built on the site of the monastery founded by Dewi Sant (St David), the patron saint of Wales. There are guided tours available or you may explore the cathedral by yourself. Check the website for special events ...read more

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

Climb aboard the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway for breathtaking views over the seaside town of Aberystwyth and the surrounding West Wales landscape. Gaze down the steep slope to the sea as the carriages are hauled up to the summit of Constitution Hill. Opened in 1896 and operated on a water balance ...read more

Llanelly House

Found near the centre of the town of Llanelli, this Georgian town house was once the residence of Sir Thomas and Lady Stepney. The grand and beautiful home and its inhabitants, through interactive exhibits, allows you to step back in time and experience life in the Georgian era. Daily tours in ...read more

Carew Castle and Tidal Mill

On a flat site by the Carew river, the castle changed from a fortress to a grand Elizabethan mansion. The castle was begun after 1100 by Gerald of Windsor with a stone tower, unusual in these first castles. This remains amid later additions made for the de Carew family in the 1280s on the east side ...read more

Tudor Merchant's House

The Tudor Merchant’s House is a late 15th century town house furnished to recreate the atmosphere of family life in Tudor times. It is located near the harbour in Tenby and is characteristic of the area at the time when Tenby was a thriving trading port. There are Tudor costumes for children to ...read more
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Picton Castle

Picton Castle comprises 40 acres of some of the most beautiful woodland gardens and grounds in West Wales. The estate is situated close to the Cleddau Estuary, known locally as the ‘hidden waterway’. Picton Castle is a most unusual ancient building being in design half fortified manor house ...read more

Gwili Steam Railway

There’s something about travelling by steam. It brings a nostalgic smile to our older visitors and young children are fascinated by the sight and sound of a coal fired steam engine. Stop off at the Gwili Steam Railway and remember when life went at a gentler place. Just outside Carmarthen town ...read more

New Quay Honey Farm

New Quay Honey Farm has an indoor live bee exhibition, the largest of its kind in Wales. Bees can be seen working in a variety of natural habitats and also in man-made hives which open to show the mysteries of the bees' nest. All these displays can be viewed behind glass in complete safety. There ...read more

Museum of Internal Fire

The museum, dedicated to the internal combustion engine, includes many examples of early British oil engines, gas turbines, petrol and diesel. Many of these preserved engines are working, thus allowing visitors the opportunity to appreciate the sound and feel of the engines at work, evoking a ...read more

Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Laugharne

Ten minutes from Laugharne, the Boathouse was home to Dylan Thomas for the last four years of his life. With views across the Taf estuary where seabirds, seals and otters make their home, the Boathouse has a tearoom, exhibition room, furnished parlour, shop and facilities. Above it was the Writing ...read more

National Showcaves Centre for Wales

The National Showcaves Centre for Wales at Abercrave, Swansea offers the experience of a lifetime. Dan-yr-Ogof Show Cave was first discovered in 1912 and has since proved to be an important cave complex with over 10 miles of cave and possibly more yet to be discovered. Enter through Cathedral ...read more

Oriel y Parc

Oriel y Parc is a striking, award-winning ‘green’ building, worth visiting in its own right. Owned and managed by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Oriel y Parc includes a Visitor Centre, Artist in Residence Studio, a Discovery Room, which hosts family friendly art and nature ...read more

Tenby Museum and Art Gallery

Tenby Museum is the oldest independent museum in Wales, serving the community since 1878, when the National School (built in the 1830s) became vacant, allowing the museum trustees to acquire the building for the collections. The former school building was adapted as a museum by Lewis John, a local ...read more

Centre for Alternative Technology

Welcome to Europe’s leading Eco Centre The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a nationally and internationally renowned visitor centre. With over 7 acres of hands-on displays and beautiful organic gardens, CAT inspires thousands of visitors every year. Based in beautiful mid-Wales, ...read more

Corris Mine Explorers

Hidden in the hills above Corris are miles of tunnels and vast caverns, the surviving workings of a once thriving, Welsh Slate Mine. Discover things abandoned by the miners when they left, from winching machines, candles and cigarette packets and feel the mine come alive as stories of life in the ...read more

1940s Swansea Bay

Visit the 1940s Swansea Bay museum to discover for yourself what life was like for civilians on the ‘Home Front’ during World War II. 1940s Swansea Bay tells the story of the impact of the German Luftwaffe bombing raids on the area, and how the local people managed to cope with the ...read more

National Wool Museum

The National Wool Museum is housed in the former Cambrian Mills in the village of Dre-fach Felindre which used to be the centre of a thriving woollen industry. Visit the restored listed mill buildings and see the historic machinery. Families can have fun following the specially designed trail, 'A ...read more