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WHITESANDS BAY, Pembrokeshire

Wide, sandy, beach popular with surfers, canoeists and body-boarders - particularly the northern end closest to St David's Head. At very low tides, the remains of an ancient forest have been seen and the remains of animals found.

The car park can get full at peak times; buses are available from St Davids, 2 miles away.

Region:
Location/Address: End of B4583
County: Pembrokeshire
Post Code: SA62 6PS
Main Historic Period: N/A
Useful Website Address: Visit Pembrokeshire website
Tip/Nearby: St Davids Head
Primary Management: National Park
VALLE CRUCIS ABBEY

Evocative remains of a Cistercian monastery, dating from 1201.

Note - parking is difficult at this site.

Region:
Location/Address: Abt 2 miles N of LLangollen on the A542
County: Denbighshire
Post Code: LL20 8DD
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Valle Crucis Abbey
Useful Website Address: Cadw listing for Valle Crucis
Tip/Nearby: Eliseg's Pillar
Primary Management: Cadw
St DAVIDS CATHEDRAL

St Davids Cathedral (usually missing an apostrophe) sits at the bottom of a small hill beneath Britain's smallest city. Next to it are the ruins of the Bishop's Palace. St David, the Patron Saint of Wales, founded a monastery on the site in the 6th century, though this was raided and plundered by Vikings several times. The present cathedral, a trifle austere, dates from 1181. The highlight is probably the Shrine of St David. It is also the burial place of Edmund Tudor, father of King Henry VII, and of the 12th century monk, Gerald of Wales, medieval travel-writer.  The location is gorgeous and the entire complex is one of the most significant historical Christian sites in Britain.

Region:
Location/Address: The Pebbles, St Davids, Haverfordwest
County: Pembrokeshire
Post Code: SA62 6RD
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: St Davids, too much beer and the lost apostrophe
Useful Website Address: St Davids Cathedral website
Primary Management: Church authorities
St DAVIDS BISHOP’S PALACE

The ruins of the grand palace of the bishops of St Davids sit next to the Cathedral - the latter still very much in use. The palace dates from the 13th century though it is largely the work of Bishop Henry de Gower (1328-47). Even now, it is impressive, with decorative chequered stonework, carved faces staring down at you from the past and a grand banqueting hall. The rose window in the east gable is a peach. It must have been hard, being a bishop.

Region:
Location/Address: St Davids
County: Pembrokeshire
Post Code: SA62 6PE
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Tip/Nearby: St Davids Cathedral, St David's Head
Primary Management: Cadw
St DAVID’S HEAD

St David's Head, or St David's Peninsula, is a dramatic coastal headland where can be found the site of St Patrick's Chapel, the remains of an Iron Age settlement and defensive wall (Warriors' Dyke), field systems and a Neolithic tomb (Arthur's Quoit). Also renowned for its flora and fauna, including dolphins, seals and peregrine falcons. Take the coastal path heading north from the car park.

The car park can get full at peak times; buses are available from St Davids, 2 miles away.

Region:
Location/Address: Park at Whitesands Bay
End of B4583
County: Pembrokeshire
Post Code: SA62 6PS
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Link to featured article: St David's Head
Tip/Nearby: St Davids
Primary Management: National Trust
SNOWDONIA

Snowdonia National Park is a mountainous area of North Wales which includes picturesque villages as well as caves, lakes, rivers and forests. In addition to offering virtually any outdoor activity you can think of - and railways - this is serious walking and climbing country.

The picture is of Castell-y-Gwynt (Castle of the Winds) a rock formation near the summit of Glyder Fach.

Region:
Location/Address: National Park Office
Penrhyndeudraeth
County: Gwynedd
Post Code: LL48 6LF
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Britain's National Parks
Primary Management: National Park
RAGLAN CASTLE

Though it still manages to look formidable, Raglan is a picturesque castle, built with an eye to comfort and fashion - and built by a Welshman, William Herbert. It began life relatively recently, for a castle, in the 1430s, was besieged and captured by Parliamentary forces in 1646 and then 'slighted' to prevent further defensive use. Set in parkland and once surrounded by gardens, its features include a separate keep surrounded by a moat and a stunning oriel window.

Region:
Location/Address: Castle Road
Raglan
County: Monmouthshire
Post Code: NP15 2BT
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Useful Website Address: Raglan Castle on Cadw's website
Tip/Nearby: Monmouth Castle
Primary Management: Cadw
PORTMEIRION

Portmeirion is a fantasy village in North Wales created by architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925-1976. It has no other purpose than as a place of enjoyment, where you can just wander about, have something to eat, attend an event, or stay. There is an Italian feel to the village, which has mostly been constructed from scratch but which also includes structures moved from other locations. It was made famous as the setting for the 1960s TV series, 'The Prisoner'.

Note - dogs are not welcome, except guide dogs.  Children are allowed in, though.

Region:
Location/Address: Minffordd
Penrhyndeudraeth
County: Gwynedd
Post Code: LL48 6ET
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Portmeirion
Useful Website Address: Portmeirion's website
Tip/Nearby: Porthmadog, Snowdonia
Primary Management: Independent
PONTCYSYLLTE AQUEDUCT

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain and a World Heritage Site. It was designed by Thomas Telford and carries the Llangollen Canal over the valley of the river Dee. The Aqueduct is 336 yards long, 42 yards high and 4 yards wide. You can walk across (the advice is not to look down), or take a boat.

Region:
Location/Address: Station Rd
Trevor Basin
Wrexham
County: Clwyd
Post Code: LL20 7TG
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Tip/Nearby: Chirk Castle
Primary Management: Other
PENTRE IFAN

Remains of a communal tomb constructed maybe around 3,500 BC. The remaining stones form a doorway with a capstone on top some 17 feet (5.1 metres) long and weighing an estimated 16 tonnes. It is thought the original structure would have been about 120 feet (36 metres) long. Bits of pottery and worked flint have been found on site, but no human remains have been found.

Region:
Location/Address: South east of Newport on a (very) minor road between the A487 and B4329.
County: Pembrokeshire
Post Code: SA41 3TZ
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Link to featured article: Pentre Ifan
Primary Management: Cadw
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