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Great for History, Essential

Aberconwy House

Wales

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Dating from the 14th century, Aberconwy House is the oldest house in Wales and the only medieval merchant's house in Conwy to have survived the turbulent history of the town. Furnished rooms and an audio-visual presentation present its history.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Beauty, Family

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

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Go on the longest funicular electric cliff railway and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Cardigan Bay with Aberystwyth Cliff Railway, situated at the end of Aberystwyth promenade. You will find a small museum with historical displays and a café at the summit.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Beaumaris Castle

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Beaumaris Castle is the most stylish example of medieval military architecture in Britain and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Essential

Betws-y-coed

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From the small village of Betws-y-coed deep in the heart of Snowdonia there are many good walks, especially around the Swallow Falls just north of the village. The village is also the start of some of the best mountain biking trails in Britain.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Beauty

Bosherston Lakes

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The Bosherston Lakes are 3 flooded limestone valleys, best known for their carpet of lilies (best in June) which covers the lakes. A footpath winds its way around the banks and takes visitors to the spectacular beach at Broad Haven South. These beautiful freshwater lakes are home to otters, wildfowl and dragonflies and part of a national nature reserve.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Beauty

Brecon Beacons National Park

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Located in South Wales, north of Swansea, the Brecon Beacons National Park incorporates remote wilderness, caves windswept uplands, sheltered ancient woodlands, reservoirs and breathtaking waterfalls. Caves and waterfalls abound between the villages of Pontneddfechan and Ystradfellte where the Rivers Mellte, Hepste and Nedd Fechan plunge their way down steep-sided, tree-lined gorges.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for History, Essential

Britain's Smallest House

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Conwy also has the smallest house in Britain at 72 inches wide and 122 inches high. The last tenant was a fisherman who was six feet three inches tall! The house was occupied until 1900.
Time to spend here: 30 minutes   More information

Great for History

Caernarfon Airworld

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Caernarfon Airworld is situated 6 miles from Caernarfon and hosts a small museum which portrays the history of aviation in North Wales. A number of aircrafts are exhibited, together with displays of various aero engines.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Essential, History

Caernarfon Castle

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Caernarfon Castle is possibly the most famous of Wales' many castles and was constructed not only as a military stronghold but also as a seat of government and royal palace.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Family, Essential

Caerphilly Castle

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Caerphilly Castle is a beautiful medieval fortress, 7 miles north of Cardiff. It is the largest castle in Britain after Windsor, and its 3 moats and 6 portcullises make it one of the finest in Europe.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Caldey Island

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Caldey Island is off the coast of Tenby in the south and can be reached by boat from there. Caldey Abbey which sits on the Island is home to Cisterian monks who farm the island and make the famous Caldey perfume and chocolate.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Essential, Cultural, History

Cardiff Castle

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Cardiff Castle is one of the most elegant and highly decorated places you will ever see. The opulent house tour takes you through rooms packed with unimaginable treasures and décor whilst under the castle you can journey through the secret tunnels. The Castle is a must-do attraction whilst in Cardiff and highly recommended.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Sports

Cardiff's Principality Stadium

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Home to the Welsh national rugby team, Principality Stadium is open for guided tours. Better still is the awe-inspiring experience of catching a match as Wales' rugby heroes do battle on the field.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Cardigan Island Seal Colony

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Cardigan island coastal farm park is the best place in Wales to view seals in their natural habitat. A colony of Atlantic Grey Seals breeds in the many caves below the Farm Park.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Cardigan Market

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Cardigan Market is housed in one of the finest buildings in West Wales the Guildhall (1858) and is the focal point of the ancient market town.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History

Carew Castle and Tidal Mill

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One of Pembrokeshire's finest castles, this beautiful Norman stronghold later became and Elizabethan manor house before being partly destroyed during the Civil War. The site also houses a fascinating Tidal Mill which can be seen working today.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Beauty, Cultural, British, Family

Castell Coch

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Castell Coch, set amidst a heavily wooded hillside (5 miles north-west of Cardiff), has a real fairytale feel about it. Complete with turrets, tall conical towers and a drawbridge, the castle seems to have more in common with a Bavarian palace.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Family

Castell Henllys Iron Age Village

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Castell Henllys is an award-winning reconstruction of an ancient Iron-age village. The village has been totally reconstructed using Iron Age techniques and methods and is a real Welsh gem hidden away in the Valleys. Highly recommended by Great British Trips, visitors can step inside thatched roof houses experiencing life 2000 years ago.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Conwy Castle

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Conwy's town walls with its 21 towers and 3 gateways that enclose much of the town form a world heritage site and some of the best in Europe. Conwy Castle evokes a real medieval atmosphere. Breathtaking views from the battlements look out across mountains and sea, down to the roofless shell of the castle's 125ft Great Hall. A walk on the town walls is a must-do!
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Dolgellau

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Dolgellau is a market town with many impressive listed buildings and the stunning backdrop of Cadir Idris (one of Snowdonia's highest mountains) to the south.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Beauty, Family

Dolphin and Whale boat trips

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St Davids Peninsula has some of the most magnificent coastal scenery in Pembrokeshire. A boat trip is a wonderful way to explore the coast and a guide will take you to the local Ramsey Island and coastal inlets where Atlantic seals and some of Britain's rarest seabirds live in abundance such as puffins and guillemots. Nearby dolphin and whale watching trips are also available.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential, Beauty, Family

Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

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Boat trips and Dolphin spotting trips are offered by a number of companies in Newquay or Aberaeron. Coastal walks along much of the Ceredigion coastline can enable sightings of dolphins, seals, porpoise and many marine birds.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Culture, British

Dylan Thomas Centre

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The Dylan Thomas Centre houses a permanent exhibition of his life.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Freshwater West Beach

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This stunning piece of coastline is a beautiful, windswept exposed beach and one of the most consistent surf spots in Wales. This stretch of beach also boasts another claim to fame, it was used in both the recent Robin Hood movie and the Harry Potter finale movies. For surfers and movie buffs alike, this great location is a must on your specialised tour of Britain.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Gower Heritage Centre

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The Gower Heritage Centre situated in historical and beautiful surroundings is a vibrant crafts and rural life museum with a detailed history of the 12th century water powered corn and saw mill which has been renovated. There are many activities to take part in such as pottery, feeding the animals and blacksmith and woodturning demonstrations.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Beauty

Great Orme Bronze Age Mines

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The Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mines date back nearly 4000 years. Over the past 30 years, mining engineers and archaeologists have been uncovering more tunnels and large areas to reveal what is now thought to be the largest Prehistoric mine so far discovered in the World.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Great Orme Tramway

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Llandudno's Great Orme Tramway, with its Victorian splendour and charm is waiting to take you on the picturesque, breath-taking, one-mile journey to the summit of the Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve. Once you reach the top, relax and take in the amazing views and explore the surroundings.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Harlech Castle

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Spectacularly perched on a rock, Harlech Castle looks out across land and sea, keeping a watchful eye over Snowdonia. It forms a chain of a number of castles built by Edward I in the late 13th century, many of which can also be visited.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Isle of Anglesey

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The Isle of Anglesey is Britain's largest island, although it is connected to the mainland by the suspension bridges spanning the Menai Strait.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Beauty

Llandudno Cable Car

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The Llandudno Cable Car, the longest in Britain glides silently from Happy Valley to the Summit of the Great Orme (679ft) revealing breathtaking views of Llandudno bay.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family, Essential

Llandudno Pier

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Llandudno Pier, has a plethora of shops, cafes, bars and attractions to suit everyone. If you want to get out on the water, then there are plenty of boat trips leaving from the jetties on the promenade next to the pier. On Mostyn Street, the fully covered Victorian themed Victoria Shopping Centre includes great shops and a coffee house.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is probably the most famous place here. You can stop to take a photo of the longest place name in the UK, and possibly the world, at its railway station.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Family

Michton Chocolate Factory

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Take a tour of Wales' leading chocolate factory - Michton, and find out exactly how chocolate is made. Learn about the fascinating history of chocolate, just how and where the fantastic cocoa beans are grown, the guilty pleasures of the ancient Aztecs, Columbus' big discovery, and lots more. You will get to see a real working chocolate factory, smell delicious chocolate being melted in the giant chocolate kettles, and taste all the different types of chocolate provided. Michton is a wonderful day out for families and individuals.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural, British, Nature, Arts

National History Museum

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The National History Museum on the edge of the city is a 100 acre park filled with restored and authentically furnished buildings from all over Wales, helping to illustrate the country's heritage.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural, Arts, British, Nature

National Museum and Art Gallery

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The National Museum and Art Gallery contains a wonderful collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art – the largest outside Paris. The natural history section contains a geological history.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

National Slate Museum

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The National Slate Museum at Llanberis tells the story of slate, and recaptures what quarrymen's houses would have looked like. You can also see demonstrations of slate splitting.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

National Waterfront Museum

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The free National Waterfront Museum in Swansea explores the industrial heritage of Wales in 15 captivating galleries.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Oystermouth Castle

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Standing on a small hill in the village of Mumbles, the well-preserved Oystermouth Castle offers superb views of Swansea Bay as well as providing much to explore within its walls.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Family

Pembroke Castle

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Pembroke Castle was the birth place of Henry VII and is one of the most magnificent medieval monuments in Britain, made even more popular by the 'White Queen' BBC series. Exhibitions and tableaux recount the castle's fascinating history, from the arrival of the Normans in 1093 to the present day.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Penrhyn Castle

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The spectacular Penrhyn Castle is a large Victorian castle (1820-45) with a park and garden overlooking Snowdonia and the North Wales coast.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Family

Portmeirion

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Portmeirion is an Italianate village, which have been made with amazing attention to detail to create a real fairytale setting next to the sea. It is also where the cult TV series The Prisoner was filmed.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History

Segontium Fort

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Visitors to Segontium Fort can see Roman remains as well as a fascinating museum which tells the story of the conquest and occupation of Wales and includes fine examples of the finds excavated from the site, giving you a vivid idea of life in this part of Roman occupied Britain.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Nature, Beauty

Skomer Island

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Skomer Island is an incredible marine life reserve which is home to a variety of seabirds including the puffin as well as a large grey seal colony.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Essential

Snowdon Mountain Railway

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Walk up Mount Snowdon via one of the many ascending paths, or if this sounds too energetic, take the Snowdon Mountain Railway up there from Llanberis. Although the highest, Snowdon is not the only mountain in the area, and indeed there are 15 peaks over 3000ft to explore and climb. The Welsh 3000 is a tough but popular challenge to climb all 15 peaks within 24 hours without using any form of transport!
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Christian, History, Essential

St Davids Cathedral

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The 12th-century cathedral, built from beautiful local stone that gives it an unusual pink and grey colouring, is a must-see. There have been cathedrals built earlier on the site, but Viking attacks destroyed several earlier structures. The Bishop's Palace built in the 14th century lies across the river from the cathedral and the grand architecture shows the power and wealth of the medieval church.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

The Vale of Rheidol Railway

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Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Cultural, Arts

Wales Millennium Centre

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The Wales Millennium Centre is one of the most original and lively performing arts centres in Europe. The Welsh National Opera perform regularly here.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Relaxing, Beauty

Welsh Highland Railway

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The narrow-gauge Welsh Highland Railway located near the castle takes you on a steam train through the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, past streams, woodlands and beautiful lakes to the foothills of Mount Snowdon itself. The single journey to Porthmadog takes 2 hours.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for History, Family, Beauty, Sports, Nature

Welsh Valleys

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The Welsh Valleys north of Cardiff, are famous for their pioneering role in the industrial revolution. A unique blend of industrial heritage and stunning scenery is on offer today, with a male voice choir thrown in for good measure.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information