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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
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
BEAUMARIS CASTLE

Beaumaris was the last and largest of the massive castles constructed by English King Edward I to keep the Welsh subjugated.  Construction began in 1295, but Beaumaris was never finished.  Even so, it is often regarded as the most technically perfect medieval castle in Britain.  And it is a World Heritage Site.

Region:
Location/Address: Castle Street, Beaumaris
County: Isle of Anglesey
Post Code: LL58 8AP
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Useful Website Address: Cadw listing for Beaumaris Castle
Tip/Nearby: Conwy Castle
Primary Management: Cadw
CHEPSTOW CASTLE

The formidable looking Chepstow Castle dates from 1067 - building began less than a year after William the Conqueror became king. It was constructed in stone from the very start - not wood, as was the case with many Norman castles, in a strategic position overlooking an established crossing point over the River Wye. Building continued through its life right up to the 17th century. It was besieged twice during the English Civil War, eventually falling to Parliamentary troops. By the 18th century, Chepstow Castle was in a state of decay and becoming a tourist attraction.

Region:
Location/Address: Chepstow
County: Monmouthshire
Post Code: NP16 5EY
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Tip/Nearby: Tintern Abbey
Primary Management: Cadw
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
ARTHUR’S QUOIT, Pembrokeshire

Arthur’s Quoit (or Coetan Arthur), according to legend, was thrown from nearby Carn Llidi by King Arthur. This is one of many 'Arthur's Quoits' in Britain - one source identifies more than 30. It is the remains of a single-chambered Neolithic burial chamber, or Dolmen, between 4 and 6,000 years’ old; the capstone (the bit that reminded folk of a quoit) is about 20’ long and now only supported, seemingly precariously, by one upright stone.

Post code is a guide only.  This Arthur's Quoit is located on St David's Head, where there is also the remains of a small prehistoric hut settlement, and can only be reached on foot. Park in Whitesands Bay and follow the coast path.

Region:
Location/Address: St David's Head
County: Pembrokeshire
Post Code: SA62 6PS
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Link to featured article: St David's Head
Tip/Nearby: Whitesands Bay
Primary Management: National Trust
Carew Castle

Carew Castle was built by the Norman Gerald de Windsor, constable of Pembroke Castle, on the site of an Iron Age fortification. Gerald had married the renowned beauty, Princess Ness, and the manor of Carew was part of her dowry. Gerald's son assumed the name de Carew and he and his descendants enlarged the castle. By the 15th century, it was in the hands of Sir Rhys ap Thomas, a supporter of Henry VII at the Battle of Bosworth (1485). However, Sir Rys' grandson was executed for treason and the castle came into the hands of Sir John Perrot, who undertook extensive modernisation. Perrot, in turn, fell from favour and the castle returned to the de Carew family, changing hands three times during the Civil War, only to be abandoned in 1686. It is leased to the National Park Authority, which has undertaken extensive restoration work.

Region:
Location/Address: Castle Lane
Carew
County: Pembrokeshire
Post Code: SA70 8SL
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Tip/Nearby: Carew Tidal Mill is on the same site
Primary Management: National Park
CASTELL HENLLYS

Castell Henllys is a reconstructed Iron Age village, or fort, but the only one in Britain built on an original Celtic site. So the idea is that you walk in the footsteps of the Demetae tribe that lived there 2,000 or so years ago. It is very much geared to schoolchildren, but it is fascinating for all ages. As well as roundhouses, enclosures etc, there is a visitor centre and you can stroll through the surrounding countryside and take a picnic. Regular events are held.

Region:
Location/Address: Meline
Nr Crymych
County: Pembrokeshire
Post Code: SA41 3UR
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Link to featured article: Castell Henllys
Tip/Nearby: In the National Park off the A487 between Newport and Cardigan.
Primary Management: National Park
PEMBROKESHIRE COAST NATIONAL PARK

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, as its name suggests, is predominantly coastal.   and has been likened to Cornwall without the crowds.  It offers a 260-mile coastline in south-west Wales, but in addition to high cliffs, dramatic seascapes and beautiful sandy beaches, it also has inland hills to explore.  It is renowned for its wildlife, including seals and dolphins, and prehistoric sites.

Region:
Location/Address: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
Llanion Park
Pembroke Dock
County: Pembrokeshire
Post Code: SA72 6DY
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Britain's National Parks
Primary Management: National Park
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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