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Wales Things to Do

  • Cardiff Castle

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    Cardiff Things to Do

    The remains of a Roman wall visible inside the Visitors centre of Cardiff Castle are the earliest evidence of the site being used for human occupation. There is a short animated video showing the growth and development of the castle from about 200AD to the present day and from the film you can see that the castle had undergone many periods of...

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  • Wales Coast Path

    Wales Things to Do

    The All Wales Coastal Path is set to open in May 2012 and will provide a walking route along the whole of the country's jagged sea border, 850 miles in length it will be the first complete coastal path around any country. The All Wales Coast Path will ensure improved access to the coast line and encourage people to live more healthy and active...

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  • Parks and Gardens

    Cardiff Things to Do

    The Bute Park is a large park at the river Taff and directly next to the castle. It’s named after the Bute family, whose gardener Andrew Pettigrew created the layout of the park. Originally, this place was the pleasure ground of the castle. Today, it’s freely open to the public and a nice place to relax. In the park, you find among others an...

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  • Cardiff Bay AKA Tiger Bay

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cardiff Things to Do

    We parked in the large multi-storey car park and as we came out of the building it started to rain - heavily. We made a dash for the Millenium Centre where we found the Tourist Information Centre and a helpful introductory video of how the Cardiff Bay area has been re-developed into a major new re-vitalised district full of exciting buildings,...

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  • Castell Coch

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cardiff Things to Do

    As said before, Castell Coch's interior is very similar to the interior of Cardiff Castle. It is the same style: Many colours, a lot of gold leaf, subjects from different cultures and mythologies (especially the Catholic religion, fairytales and fables, and the Middle Ages). Yet, I liked the rooms in Castell Coch better, it seemed to me that they...

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  • Millennium Stadium

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    Cardiff Things to Do

    The Millenium Stadium mainly is a rugby stadion, but of course other matches and events take place there also, like soccer matches or concerts. The stadium has over 70 thousand seats and a roof that can be opened or closed. The stadium opened in 1999 and is in the city centre, next to the river Taff. There are even tours through the stadium, in...

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  • Museum Welsh Life

    Cardiff Things to Do

    This is a big outdoor museum that depicts life in Wales throughout history. It is really huge and you can spend a lot of time here, walking around the different buildings and exploring the grounds. What I really liked about this museum is that it does not depict one period of history, but many different ones - the oldest depiction is a Celtic...

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  • Norwegian Church

    4 out of 5 stars

    Cardiff Things to Do

    The Norwegian merchant navy sailed all over the globe after the Crimea War resulting in thousands of Norwegian sailors having to be absent from home for long periods of time. This resulted in religious missions being set up in numerous ports throughout Europe, and eventually elsewhere in the world. Because the port of Cardiff was one of the major...

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  • Shopping

    Cardiff Things to Do

    Cardiff has many interesting shopping arcades from Victorian times. I include them in "Things To Do", not in "Shopping", because I did not do any shopping there, but found it rather nice to just wander through. The architecture is very pretty, so I enjoyed that much more than the shops which are sometimes quite pricey. There are so many that even...

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  • National Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cardiff Things to Do

    The National Museum is housed in an impressive building in the Civic Centre of Cardiff, an area in the northern part of the city centre. It is only a few minutes walk from the main shopping area and the castle. The museum consists of three different parts: Natural history/geology, arts and archaeology. In addition, there are changing...

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  • Cardiff Bay Barrage

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cardiff Things to Do

    The Cardiff Bay Barrage was one of the largest civil engineering projects in Europe during construction in the 1990s and has turned tidal mud flats into a 200 hectare freshwater lake which in turn has been the catalyst for the regeneration of the old docklands area of Cardiff and Penarth. The barrage includes 3 locks, 3 bascule bridges and 5 sluice...

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  • Llandaff Cathedral

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    Cardiff Things to Do

    The small village of Llandaff is located only about 4km north of the city centre. It now belongs to the city of Cardiff, but it still retains the atmosphere of a village, especially in the area around the cathedral. The cathedral is very beautiful and popular, and it is the reason why many tourists go to Llandaff. Its origins go back to the 6th...

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  • Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre AKA The Tube

    4 out of 5 stars

    Cardiff Things to Do

    The Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre is a tube shaped building which illustrates the story of Cardiff Bay from busy Docklands to a regenerated recreation area with restaurants and pubs. It houses a film, many photographs and last but not least a large scale model of the area. Apart from that, it offers panoramic views of the bay. Admission is...

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  • Techniquest

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cardiff Things to Do

    We were left to entertain the grandchildren one cold afternoon, so decided to take them to Techniquest. The children thoroughly enjoyed the interactive science centre. Their particular favourite was the Shadow Box, where their actions were caught as a shadow on a wall. All aspects of science were included- fitting organs into a body, echoes, hot...

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  • Festivals and Events

    Cardiff Things to Do

    If you can't get to New York to skate this year, where can you go ? Simple really - Cardiff - yes Cardiff! Since 2001, Cardiff City Council have organized a winter wonderland skate rink outside City hall over throughout December and the middle of January. It has apparently been such a success that it has been opened again this year! The Wonderland...

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  • General Listings

    Cardiff Things to Do

    The Victorian arcades and alleys around St. Mary's Street are particularly charming. Take a quick stroll looking at the Victorian buildings, shops and Wales restaraunts was certainly a great day for me. Another culture and language in the UK for me to see.

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  • Rhuddlan castle [Denbighshire] Wales

    This very charming castle built by Edward the 1st date from 1277-86 is in the village of RhuddlanWhat I found interesting was that there were 4 types of stone used in the buildingred sandstone/yellow sandstone/purple sandstone and grey sandstone.

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  • Bog Snorkelling Championship

    If you like surprises, you'll enjoy Bog Snorkelling competitions. They have been held in Mid Wales since 1985. Competitors have to complete two consecutive lengths of a 60-yard (55 m) water filled trench cut through a peat bog. Oh and in the shortest time possible! This is genuine, I'm not kidding. Go and see for yourself.It is what I like about...

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  • Royal Welsh Show

    The biggest agricultural show in Europe is in Wales! You might even spot Prince Charles and Camilla.More than 220,000 people attend each year. It is always held at Builth Wells.In Victorian times, Builth Wells was a popular spa town following the discovery of saline springs in the 1830s. The arrival of railways in the 19th century boosted the...

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  • Gwynedd

    Gwynedd is a coastal preserved county in north-west Wales that is named after the old Kingdom of Gwynedd, the county covers the two local government areas of Gwynedd and the Isle of Anglesey. Must see attractions include the scenic Lleyn Peninsula, most of Snowdonia National Park and the seaside resort of Barmouth. Historical towns include Bangor,...

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  • Denbighshire – Sir Ddinbych

    Denbighshire is a county located in north-east Wales and is named after an historic county of the same name, but has different borders. The county also has the distinction of being the oldest inhabited part of Wales and delivers an amazing number of experiences for such a small county. There is the lovely countryside for great walks, market towns...

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  • Worst Place To Visit in Wales

    Do not under any circumstances go to Merthyr Tydfil. It is grim, it is one of the 10 worst destinations, (announced a Channel 4 tv broadcast). If you want to feel superior, by all means go and gloat.High crime, poor education, high uemployment, poor environment and low lifestyle - Merthyr's high number of state benefit claimants are cited as...

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  • Haunted Village of Marford

    Marford near Wrexham in North Wales is infamous for the ghostly appearances of Lady Margaret Blackbourne, of Rofft Hall, ( now Roft Castle). She was 'murdered' in the 18th century by her husband, who somehow managed to get the offence transmuted to 'death by misadventure'. He remarried soon afterwards to a very young bride. Lady Margaret's spirit...

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  • Best Wales Music Festival

    Festival Number Six: PortmeirionI love this place. This festival is geared towards those who like to dance how ever old you are and is set in this odd fantasy village. All sorts of artsy and cultural events around the main music fest.The festival is late in the year in September, so not too much competition with other festivals, but in time to...

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  • Clwyd

    Clwyd is a preserved county of Wales that is situated in the north-east and borders the English counties of Cheshire and Shropshire, as well as the Welsh counties of Gwynedd and Powy. The county also borders the River Dee Estuary. Must see attractions include the castles of Caergwrle, Llangollen, Chirk, Denbigh, Ewloe, Flint, Hawarden, Mold,...

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  • Buzz off to the Oldest Food Fair in ...

    The Conwy Honey Fair in North Wales, is one of Britain’s oldest food festivals and began its life with a local charter given by King Edward 1st, 700 years ago. The proclamation announced that everyone is given the right to sell honey within the walls of the Conwy town, every September 13th, from midnight to midnight, without charge.Over a ton of...

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  • Go to the National Eisteddfod

    The National Eisteddfod of Wales attracts 160,000 visitors from all over the world, every year. You dont have to be Welsh, but you do have to go at least once. Put it in your diary for the first week of August. And if you want to get in for free become a volunteer!The Eisteddfod is a travelling festival held in Wales. People travel from all over...

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  • Don't go to Snowdonia on bank holiday

    The highest mountain range in Wales,it is 1085m above sea level. Even so, on a good day it is too crowded to enjoy it. Go on a quite day out of the main holidays. And remember, Its not one mountain but a whole country! So get good driving directions and decide where to park!It takes at least 6 hours to climb there and back. So take plenty of...

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  • Mount Everest

    Mount Everest is not in Wales, but was named after Welshman Sir George Everest from Gwernvale, Breconshire.At 8848 m (29029 ft), Mt Everest is the highest mountain in the world. Mt Everest is a long way from Wales, located in the Himalayas on the border of Nepal and Tibet (China).

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  • Rugby for beginners

    Now listen carefully; In Wales the sport of rugby comes from the word cnapan or "criapan," and it has medieval beginnings when they used to kick a blown up pigs bladder about a field. Nowadays "It is a thug's game played by gentlemen". A rugby team is made up of 15 players: eight forwards, numbered from 1 to 8; and seven backs, numbered from 9 to...

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  • Crickhowell

    Crickhowell is a little town in the east of the Brecon Beacons national park. It lies at the river Usk and bit further is a canal – lying much higher than the river. There's not too much to see in Crickhowell besides a few nice houses, the Norman St Edmund's Church and the remains of Crickhowell. But from the hill near those ruins you've a nice...

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  • Caerphilly Castle/ Castell Caerffili

    Caerphilly Castle is again a mighty castle with huge walls. It's found in the middle of the town, with some artifical lakes around as additional defence. It was built in the 13th century as concentric castle and is the second largest castle in Britain. However I didn't have the impression that it's that large, but I don't know how they calculated...

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  • Raglan Castle/ Castell Rhaglan

    Raglan Castle is a ruined castle not far from Abergavenny. It's not so large like the castles we visited in north Wales but still very impressive. Most of the castle was built in the 15th century, pretty late compared to most other castles, but which makes it kind of special. One of the first buildings was the Great Tower which unfortunately got...

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  • Big Pit, a former coal mine

    The Big Pit is a former coal mine which was closed in 1980. Now this site is open for visits and you can take an absolutely impressive underground tour there. They have quite some safety restrictions, for example you are not allowed to take anything that has a battery with you, which even includes modern car keys. Children must be one meter tall at...

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  • Waterfall Country

    In the Brecon Beacons National Park, there's an area that is called Waterfall Country. Near Pontneddfechan, there are plenty of waterfalls, with well-marked hiking paths. Our plan was to walk parts of the Elidir Trail, but as the road to the car-park Pont Melin-fach was blocked we decided to instead walk a bit the Four Falls Trail. That also was...

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  • Tretower Court and Castle/ Cwrt a...

    Tretower Court is a medieval manor house in the Brecon Beacons, near Crickhowell. It dates from the 14th century and used to be a home of the Vaughan family for over 300 years. Next to it are the remains of the Tretower Castle which was built in the 11th century and was a small mound and bailey with timber defences which got replaced in stone in...

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  • Hay-on-Wye, the town of books

    Hay-on-Wye is a little town near the border to England. It's the "town of books", you here find lots of bookshops that sell second-hand and antiquarian books. A great place for book lovers! It's really interesting to stroll through those bookshops, with books piled up on the ground, and in old houses.There also is a castle which was built in 1200...

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  • Chirk – a castle, an aqueduct and a...

    Chirk is a small town south of Wrexham with several interesting sights:First of all, there Chirk Castle. It was built in 1310 and is one of the intact castles, no ruins. You can visit the rooms which are interesting, with lots of old furniture. And of course the gardens are also worth a visit, with lots of flowers and nicely designed.Then, there's...

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  • Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

    The Llangollen Canal is crossing two aqueducts and the Pontcysyllte aqueduct is one of them. It was constructed by Thomas Telford in 1805. It's pretty impressive, being 1000 foot long and 120 feet high. If you'd like to cross the aqueduct, you can take one of the leisure boat trips. But you also can walk over it, there's also a footpath. On that...

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  • Swallow Falls/ Rhaeadr Ewynnol

    The Swallow Falls are some nice waterfalls about 4km from Betws-y-coed. Although there's an admission of 1,50 for adults/ 50p for children (2013), this waterfall is highly visited. The waterfalls are rather wide than high and it's a nice view but not really spectacular. I found the admission not appropriate for the short time that you usually will...

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  • Plas Mawr, Conwy

    Plas Mawr is an Elizabethan town house that was built in the 16th century for the merchant Robert Wynn. It's a very interesting place and I strongly recommend to visit it when you are in Conwy! There are handouts in various languages (to be returned later) with a map and information about each room. Also audioguides are available in several...

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  • Conwy Castle/ Castell Conwy

    Conwy Castle is a large castle at the north castle of Wales which was built in the 13th century. It's again a castle that Edward I had build – in just four years, unbelievable! The castle is located on a rock above the town, and you can climb the towers and get a nice view on the town with its town wall, the Conwy Bridge, the mountains and the sea....

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  • Aber Falls/ Rhaeadr Fawr

    The Aber Falls is a 37m high waterfall near Abergwyngregyn, which is between Bangor (10 km) and Conwy (15 km). From the car park you can reach the waterfall in a bit more than 30 minutes. It's a wide path with gravel, an easy walk as it's not really steep. If you want you can take an alternative path which is rougher, but we didn't try it. On the...

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  • Bryn Celli Ddu burial chamber

    Bryn Celli Ddu is a mound with a Neolithic burial chamber that was built around 5000 years ago. It means “the mound in the dark grove”. There first was a henge, a bank and ditch enclosing a stone circle, which then was overbuilt by a burial mound where local people would have been laid to rest. The original mound was larger than what was...

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  • Beaumaris Castle/ Castell Biwmares

    Beaumaris Castle is found on the island Anglesey at the Menai Strait. It's another castle built by Edward I in the 13th century, but was left unfinished as money and supplies ran short. The castle therefore looks like it was cut at the top. There are two rings of walls, the outer one being surrounded by a moat. It's the only water castle that...

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