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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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  • Roman Camp

    Bangor Things to Do

    The name ‘Roman Camp’ is somewhat deceiving, in that there is no evidence of a settlement existing there in Roman Times. Archaeological findings tell us that it was in fact the Normans that first settled there. It is believed that Hugh D'Avranches, Earl of Chester, built the fort at the beginning of the 12th Century. Its design is consistent with...

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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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  • Cardiff Bay AKA Tiger Bay

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    Cardiff Things to Do

    This wall in the Cardiff Bay area (opposite Mermaid Quay) has been used by fans as a makeshift memorial to the character Ianto Jones, played by David Gareth Lloyd, who appeared in the first three series of Torchwood, before being killed off for plot reasons. Apparently, some fans were so upset about Ianto's 'death' that they organised a protest of...

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  • Millennium Stadium

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    Cardiff Things to Do

    I flew into Cardiff for the sole reason to watch an international rugby match and i wasnt disapointed. Sitting among a lot of kiwi friends i watched the New Zealand vs Wales international rugby match and it was great. The stadium had the roof on, and despite expectations i was quite warm sitting there, despite being almost "outside". We were...

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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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  • Castell Coch

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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Norwegian Church

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    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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  • National Museum

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    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

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    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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  • Techniquest

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    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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  • Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre AKA The Tube

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    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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  • 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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  • Wales Millennium Centre

    Watch a show, have something to eat or do some shopping. We just had a quick look around. The outside of the building is quite impressive .

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  • Conwy Castle

    Conwy Castle was the last of the five castles we visited in Wales and one of my favorite stops of the whole trip. We spent about 2 1/2 hours in Conwy and could have easily spent several more hours hereLike most of the other castles we saw in Wales, it was built for Edward I at an estimated £15,000, a huge sum of money. Unlike Caerphilly, it didn't...

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  • Snowdonia - Eryri

    The mountains of Snowdonia are among the most ancient rocks on earth, with a region that includes 14 peaks over 3,000 ft. and covering 840 sq. miles of northwest Wales. Snowdonia is an area of small market towns and a large number of castles (although some are only ruins). For the very fit and active there are nine mapped trails up Snowdon and...

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  • Big Pit Coal Mine Museum

    After visiting Caerphilly Castle we headed north and drove to ______ where the Big Pit Coal Mine Museum is located. The museum is free to visit and I'd recommend starting with the 50 minute tour of the inactive mine, our tour was led by a former coal miner who 1st fitted us with hard hats with head lamps and belts with oxygen masks then loaded us...

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  • Caerphilly Castle

    Located seven miles north of Cardiff, Caerphilly Castle was the 1st castle of five that we visited in Wales. The Cadw website says it's the largest castle in Wales, while it doesn't have the natural defense of sheer cliff walls, it does have a series of moats and islands for it's defense. It was built in the 13th century by and Anglo-Norman lord,...

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  • Cardiff - The National Museum

    On our way to Bath we stopped off in Cardiff. My main aim with this was to see Monet's "San Giorgio Maggiore by Twilight". I would love to go back and explore the rest of the museum in more detail.

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  • Tenby Museum

    A small but very interesting little museum. I found the artwork section especially intersting. They also try to make it more interactive for the little ones and the entry fees are not too high.

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  • Boat Trip Around Caldey Island

    Having my mother with us we decided to do the trip going around the island opposed to the one visiting the island. The trip takes around an hour or a bit more and is absolutely worthwhile. The coastline is breathtaking.

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  • Taste Some Chocolate

    Wickedly Welsh is a small chocolate factory that makes the most delicious chocolate products. For a few pounds you can join the chocolate talk, learn how to properly taste chocolate and get a look into how the chocolates are made.

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  • Tenby Town Centre

    Part of the old town is still walled. There are wonderful cobbled streets with stunning little shops. The view across the harbour is also lovely. There are nice terraces where you can sit to enjoy the views accross the beach and harbour. The shops sell anything from beach balls to interesting antiques and angels.

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  • Beautful beaumaris castle

    A visit to the island of Anglesey and the town of Beaumaris is a very pleasing day outthe very fine incomplete castle and was built for Edward the first.The castle is the finest example of a concentric castle in the world.Building of the castle started in1295 and was the work of James of St George.The height of the castle is just over 11m tall,and...

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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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