Things to do and see when on holiday in Wales
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Things to do in West Wales



Aberglasney House and Gardens

Aberglasney Gardens have been an inspiration to poets since 1477. The house and 10 acres of gardens set in the beautiful Tywi valley are being restored and offer the visitor a chance to see an extensive range of rare and unusual plants set in a world-renowned garden. There are three walled gardens,

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 bec

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
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Dinefwr Park and Castle

Dinefwr Park and Castle is an important place in the history of Wales and is managed by the National Trust. The 12th century Dinefwr Castle looks out over the 10th century designed landscape which encloses a medieval deer park, home to over 100 fallow deer and to a small herd of White Park Cattle. T
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Vale of Rheidol Railway

Travelling on the Vale of Rheidol Railway is the finest way to see the stunning Rheidol Valley as you journey through wide open fields, woodland and rugged mountain scenery. The line is a masterpiece of engineering, opened in 1902 to carry lead ore, timber and passenger traffic. The narrow gauge

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 and

St David’s Bishop’s Palace

Visit St David’s Bishop’s Palace, view the beautifully decorated ruins, and learn about an important site in West Wales’ Christian landscape. Also find out how these lovely indicators of status portray the wealth and power of its former owners. Found next to the Cathedral and Cathedral Close in t

Lamphey Bishop’s Palace

This splendid palace, built in the 13th and 14th centuries, lies in pretty countryside near Pembroke. The medieval buildings and grounds were a private retreat for the bishops from everyday life and there is a still a sense of this serenity today. The estate included orchards, gardens, fishponds and

Kidwelly Castle

Kidwelly Castle, an imposing Norman castle now in the care of Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments, is very well-preserved. The Great Gatehouse, completed in 1422, still stands almost to its full height. Walk around the outside of the half-moon shaped outer walls to fully appreciate the dominating positio
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Carreg Cennen Castle

Carreg Cennen Castle and Farm is open 364 days a year. As Wales’ most dramatically situated castle perched on top of a limestone crag, it offers visitors the chance to appreciate some truly spectacular panoramic views. You can lose yourself for an hour or so whilst you peer through every arrow hole
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Llanerchaeron is an 18th-century Welsh gentry estate built by John Nash which is now in the care of the National Trust. It is set in the beautiful Aeron valley with extensive estate and parkland walks. It has many unaltered features including the dairy, laundry, brewery and salting house and a worki
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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 s

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 En

Caldey Island

A pleasant boat trip from Tenby Harbour takes you to this beautiful, fascinating island. Caldey has been inhabited since the Stone Age and home to various orders of monks since Celtic times. It is now owned by monks of the Cistercian Order, whose picturesque monastery dominates the village with it

Aberystwyth Castle

The original castle was built on the present site by Llywelyn the Great, it changed hands several times before finally became useless against new weapons. The last castle built at Aberystwyth was considered to be among the greatest in Wales, but today lies entirely ruined. As early as the 14th c

St Govan's Chapel

The tiny 13th-century St Govan’s Chapel is perched on the cliff at St Govan’s Head, the most southerly point on the Pembrokeshire coast. A tiny cell measuring 18 by 12 feet, dating from the thirteenth century, but parts of it - the altar and a seat cut in the rock - may be much earlier. The saint re

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

Llansteffan Castle

Llansteffan Castle is situated high above the Towy estuary and an especially good view can be seen from the Carmarthen train. A Norman castle established after 1100, it was insecure for generations. The de Camville lords gradually rebuilt it in stone but lost it to Llywelyn the Great in 1215 and

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 try
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Laugharne Castle

Set low by the estuary of the Taf, Laugharne Castle is still dramatic with its red stone walls. The Normans chose a site that could be reinforced from the sea when they arrived just after 1100. In the centuries of war it fell to the lord Rhys in 1189, to Llywelyn the Great in 1215 and Llywelyn the L