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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
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
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 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
TENBY

Tenby perches on a rocky promontory between two sandy bays overlooking the Bristol Channel.  It is a picturesque walled town with cobbled streets, a 15th C Merchant’s House and an interesting history.  Famously, Henry Tudor sailed into exile from the town, returning later to defeat Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth and found a new dynasty as Henry VII.  It’s a popular resort.  As well as the usual beach stuff, cafes and so forth, there are boat trips to nearby islands, water sports and walking on offer along the coastal path.

Region:
County: Pembrokeshire
Post Code: SA70 7LS
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Useful Website Address: Visit Tenby website
Tip/Nearby: About 10 miles east of Pembroke
Primary Management: Local Authority
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
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
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