Places to visit and things of interest in Wales. Wales is one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom and has a very distinct identity.

Cilgerran Castle and the Princess Nest

Cilgerran Castle and Princess Nest

Once upon a whenever, Wales is said to have had more than 640 castles.  We may have mentioned that before.  Of those 640, at least 100 have survived.  Some, such as Caernarfon or Conwy, are recognisably mighty fortresses; others are little more than remote ruined forts; and then there are the ones in between, like […]

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A walk round Montgomery

Montgomery, Powys

We went to the small town of Montgomery, in Powys, for some much-needed peace and quiet – and found it.  Girdled by lush landscape, the old county market town of Montgomeryshire has a Georgian appearance and is a peach, a place to mentally recharge.  There is little to attract the seeker of brash entertainment, or

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Stumbling round old forts on Strumble Head

Dinas Mawr from Garn Fawr

Clearly, something serious went on at Strumble Head.  Pembrokeshire’s Strumble Head, aka The Pencaer Peninsula, is known for its stunning scenery and the Strumble Lighthouse.  It was also the location, at Carregwastad Point, of a minor, unsuccessful, French invasion in 1797.  Long before that, however, our distant ancestors seemed to be particularly busy over on

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St David’s Head

St David's Head, wild ponies, Pembrokeshire

Everywhere in Britain, we walk in the footsteps of the past; it’s just not always that obvious.  However, a relatively short, lung-bursting, stagger up to St David’s Head (Penmaen Dewi) in Pembrokeshire will take you to a reminder of a 5th century saint, the remains of an Iron Age settlement and field systems, a feature

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St Davids, too much beer and the lost apostrophe

St Davids Cathedral - the largest cathedral in Wales in Britain's smallest city.

The River Alun trickles through the neat Cathedral Close, between the Cathedral Church of St Davids and the majestic ruins of the 14th century Bishop’s Palace.  In this little green valley, tradition says that St David, son of King Sant and St Non (sainthood ran in the family) and Patron Saint of Wales, established a

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Castell Henllys

Castell Henllys, ‘Castle of the old court’, recreated Iron Age village

Castell Henllys (‘Castle of the old court’) is just off the A487, between Newport and Cardigan and is a recreated ancient Celtic hill-fort. Park your chariot (or time machine) in the maes parcio (car park) and carefully follow the path through woodland by the pretty Nant (river) Duad.  Here there be bats, otters and more

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Chirk Castle

Chirk Castle near Wrexham

Chirk is a striking place, a wonderfully preserved late 13th century fortress on the Welsh/English border and home to the Myddelton family from 1595 for the next 400 years.  Kids from 8 to 80 will enjoy the armoury displays and hands-on stuff in the dungeons, with the atmosphere being enhanced by a couple of time-travellers

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Pentre Ifan

Pentre Ifan in Wales

Different rules apply in some of the remoter parts of Britain.  Allegedly, fairies – described as “resembling little children in clothes like soldiers’ clothes and with red caps” – have been seen around the old Neolithic burial chamber at Pentre Ifan* in Pembrokeshire. Pentre Ifan – the name means “Ivan’s village” – is all that

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Britain’s National Parks

Lake District National Park

We all know what a national park is.  Although definitions vary, they are usually rural areas of natural (or naturalised) beauty designated as ‘special’ in some way by their national governments.  Normally, the environment within a national park, including its flora and fauna, are protected and there are particular rules about what you can, and

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