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Places of interest are abundant in Wales from our history and culture there are many to see for your holiday, vacation or visit. Places of interest are found all over the country so make sure you plan your trip or stay and check the many places of interest we have here. 

Gower Heritage Centre, set in the heart of the Gower Peninsula just west of Swansea, South Wales. Royal Mint Experience, the only place in the world where you can watch the UK’s coins being made.  Welsh Quilt Centre is an exceptional venue in the heart of the Teifi Valley.
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It was established in 1990 as a countryside crafts centre situated in historical and beautiful surroundings. The 12th century water powered corn and saw mill was renovated, and experienced crafts people took up residence on site. Today the centre is recognised as a vibrant crafts and rural life museum that welcomes visitors from all around the world. Make sure you add it to your places of interest. You can gain unprecedented access to The Royal Mint to discover the people and events behind the coins in your pocket, and hear some surprising stories from our history. The Royal Mint is the world’s leading export mint, making coins and medals for an average of 60 countries every year. One of the few Places of interest where you can see our currency made and designed for the whole of the UK. Here at Lampeter’s historic Town Hall we believe we offer a truly unique experience by celebrating the ancient art of the Welsh Quilt alongside the contemporary works of local and international artists. There is so much to see in our 3 Galleries, Gallery Shop and we also have a Café Deli next door. Our annual exhibitions take place between March and October / November see website for further information. Admission charges apply.
Joseph Parry’s cottage, a musician and Composer, born in 1841 at Number 4 Chapel Row, Merthyr Tydfil. Rhondda Heritage Park based at the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery, is one of the top heritage and cultural visitor attractions in South Wales. Blaenavon World Heritage Site is a mix of industrial landscape and natural beauty, a testimony to human endeavour.
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The cottage is a fine example of a typical 19th Century ironworker’s home built in 1825 for the workers of the Cyfarthfa Ironworks. Joseph’s much loved ‘Myfanwy’ is still a favourite of Welsh Male Voice Choirs to this day. The interior of the cottage is set in the 1840s, and shows the living conditions of the ironworkers at the time when Parry was a young boy. The upstairs galleries house an exhibition about Joseph Parry’s life and work. It provides a fun and interesting day out for individuals, groups, school children and students. Our Underground Experience Tours are fully guided by ex-miner guides and take approximately 40 minutes. It is advisable to book your tour prior to visit. On the surface visit the Visitor Centre where admission is free. Here you will find an indoor reconstruction of a period village street displaying the domestic and commercial life of the Valleys. To understand the relationship of both and the development of the town and valley start your visit at the World Heritage Centre. The Blaenavon Story is a testimony to human endeavour. It tells the story of the hundreds of migrant families who travelled to the area in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and helped shape this historic town and the dramatic landscape. From industrious ironmasters and entrepreneurs to the people who toiled beneath the ground or worked so hard within the home, the Blaenavon Story encompasses a range of human experiences through time.
Cardiff Boat Tours “Princess Katharine” is a comfortable 90 seat passenger boat. Manor Wildlife Park is set within 52 organic acres of Pembrokeshire Parkland. St Donats Arts Centre is housed in the medieval Tythe Barn in the grounds of St Donat’s Castle.
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She provides a water taxi/river cruise service between Cardiff Bay and the beautiful Bute Park in the heart of Cardiff’s city centre. Sit back and relax as you experience the 25 minute journey, enjoying the sights of Cardiff old and new, including places like the Principality Stadium, Pier Head building and Norwegian Church, along with the Wetlands Nature Reserve. Ideal for transport bewteen Cardiff Bay and the City Centre, or for a relaxing hour long river cruise. Full commentary aboard, along with heating and toilet. Book your trip when visiting the capital and see many of the places of interest in and around Cardiff bay. Endangered species from all over the world are supported, along with all the variety of British native wildlife. There are five unique animal walkthroughs where the visitor can get up close to many species. You could Wander with the Wallabies, Linger with the Lemurs and visit Hoppington Green to see the Giant Flemish Rabbits. The Valley of the Apes and The African Village provide a Walking Safari experience. You can see the first Rhinos in Wales for 40,000 years! and an incredible endangered Sumatran Tiger. We are open from 10am, 363 days a year plus season tickets are great value at just twice the price of standard entry! One of many great Places of interest in and around the Pembrokeshire area. The Centre is managed by UWC Atlantic College and sits at the heart of the college’s campus at St Donat’s Castle with stunning views of the Bristol Channel and the North Devon coastline. Open throughout the year, we host a broad programme of events including a variety of live performances, from jazz and acoustic music to youth theatre, as well as cinema, outdoor events, castle tours of St Donats Castle and our annual Crafts for Christmas fayre. The Barn was converted in the early 1970s for the artistic activities of UWC Atlantic College. In 1976 the Arts Centre was established as an independent organisation to serve the wider community of the Vale of Glamorgan and in 1977 work began to develop the venue into a professionally equipped performance venue and exhibition space.
Dan-Yr-Ogof Showcaves were discovered by the Morgan brothers in 1912. Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, the top paid-for tourist attraction in Wales. Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary is located in the lovely Brecon Beacons National Park area of South Wales.
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There are 3 different caves – Dan-yr-Ogof, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave – each offers a unique underground experience. There are ten attractions all included in the one ticket, plenty to see and do for all ages. On site we also have one of the world’s largest collections of life-sized dinosaur models, ranging from the ever popular Tyrannosaurus Rex and Brachiosaurs, to the lesser-known Tsintaosaurus. We have everything you need to plan a great day out here at The National Showcaves Centre For Wales. Winner of both the Best Family Day Out in Pembrokeshire and Best Family Day Out in Wales. Jam-packed with exotic creatures, farmyard friends, exhilarating rides and adventure playgrounds, Folly Farm truly is fun for all the family, whether you’re young or simply young at heart! This theme park has come a long way since its roots as a humble dairy farm to become one of the most exciting places of interest to visit in Wales! The Park has been officially designated as a Geopark because of its unique geological formations. Formerly a traditional Welsh hill farm, the sanctuary now rescues and provides a home for many types of unwanted animals especially primates, such as chimpanzees, baboons, spider monkeys, capuchins and marmosets. Visitors are welcome to see the animals and the work we do. We undertake a number of rescues from zoos and laboratories where animals have suffered mistreatment and deprivation or are no longer wanted.
Castell Coch (Welsh for Red Castle) is a 19th century Gothic revival castle built above the village of Tongwynlais in South Wales. Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall, an industrial revolution, powered by water since 1584! Dylan Thomas Birthplace, imagine socialising, eating dinner and spending the night in arguably one of the most famous places in Welsh literature.
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The first castle on the site was built by the Normans after 1081, to protect the newly conquered town of Cardiff and control the route along the Taff Gorge. The ‘eccentric genius’ William Burges was given free rein by his paymaster, John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, the 3rd marquess of Bute, to create a rural retreat to complement the opulence of his main residence, Cardiff Castle. He didn’t hold back. Dazzling ceilings, over-the-top furnishings and furniture were applied. As water continued to cascade through the centuries, the industries continued to flow through time, and Aberdulais established its place as an industrial centre for pioneering. Now working hand in hand with conservation, tourism is the industry which thrives. Whether you choose to picnic by the waterfall, dress up and take on the tin detective trail, or simply take a stroll and enjoy some retail therapy – there’s so many places to discover at Aberdulais. The house where one of the most celebrated poets and writers of the 20th century was born, spent the first 23 years of his life and first put pen to paper. Well, you and your family and friends can now do this yourselves! Thanks to the tireless efforts of a team of dedicated Dylan Thomas enthusiasts, his birthplace and childhood home at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive in the Uplands suburb of Swansea has been fully restored to its 1914 condition.
National Botanic Gardens of Wales are set in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside. Portmeirion village is a tourist village in Gwynedd, North Wales designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. Copper Jack Tawe river cruises, SCBT’s Copperopolis boat trip packed with local history and interest.
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The Garden is a fascinating blend of the modern and historic. Here you’ll find an inspiring range of themed gardens, the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, play areas and a national nature reserve, all set in a Regency landscape which provides a stage to a packed programme of events and courses throughout the year. The village is located in the community of  Penrhyndeudraeth, on the estuary of the River Dwyryd, 2 miles (3.2 km) south east of Porthmadog, and 1 mile (1.6 km) from Minffordd railway station. Portmeirion has served as the location for numerous films and television shows, and was “The Village” in the 1960’s television show “The Prisoner”. River trips include a “Floating Classroom” for schools and community use, discover Swansea’s unique copper industry heritage. General public trips, corporate hospitality events, bookings for private functions, licensed to carry 45 passengers, public boat trips last between 1½ and 2 hours.
Hut 9 is a former WW2 German prisoner of war camp in Bridgend, South Wales which is open to the public. Caernarfon Castle, experience the pumped-up and unashamedly muscle-bound, intimidating appearance on your visit. St David’s Cathedral is situated in St Davids in the county of Pembrokeshire, on the most westerly point of Wales.
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We are open at selected times throughout the year and visits are by arranged booked guided tours only. Step back in time and relive what being a prisoner of war in the UK was like during WW2. Most castles are happy with round towers, not Caernarfon! Polygonal towers were the order of the day, with the Eagle Tower being the most impressive of these. You will also note the colour-coded stones carefully arranged. Since the 6th century there has been a church on this site.  For the past 1500 years prayer and worship has been offered to God on a daily basis which continues to this day in St Davids.
Caldey Island lies cradled in the magnificent South Pembrokeshire coastline on the western fringes of Wales. It is one of Britain’s holy islands. Ffestiniog and the Welsh Highland are two unique narrow gauge railways with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Slate mountain active since 1836. A new spectacular underground tour exploring the underground world of the Victorian slate industry.
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The Cistercian monks of Caldey continue a tradition which began there in Celtic times. More than a thousand years of prayer and quiet living have made this remote and beautiful island a haven of tranquility and peace. The monks and islanders are pleased to welcome day-visitors to share the delights of their island home throughout the summer season. Caldey island is a must for one of your Places of interest trip in Wales. With some of the most comfortable carriages on any preserved railway – standard or narrow gauge – you can step back in time to a more civilised age. Relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of Snowdonia in comfort, with at-seat buffet service, snacks, refreshments and a fully-licenced bar featuring locally-brewed award-winning beers. One of your must see and do places of interest to visit in Wales. Choose from the emotional, thrilling and beautiful Llechwedd Deep Mine Tour, head out into the far reaches of the quarries and discover its rich history with the Quarry Explorer Tour or experience the skill and craftsmanship of the Llechwedd Story. Discover the unique history of The Slate Caverns and another places of interest for your bucket list – book your tour now!
Anglesey Sea Zoo is a unique aquarium with over 40 tanks displaying the best of British marine wildlife!  Welsh Wildlife centre, set in the peaceful Teifi Marshes nature reserve in Pembrokeshire. Skomer island in Pembrokeshire is the most important seabird site in southern Britain. 
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Don’t expect to see large sharks, tropical fish or sea turtles – instead you’ll find fascinating creatures from around the coasts of the UK, such as octopus, lobsters, seahorses, cuttlefish and catsharks! You’ll also learn about British marine habitats and the research and conservation work which is helping to save them. The cafe, shop and visitors centre are reason enough to go to this beautiful site. The reason we are here is the stunning 270 acres of nature reserve, which includes habitats of national importance. Our woodlands, meadows, deep river gorge, marshland and reed beds support a wide variety of wildlife with kingfishers and otters being regular “crowd pleasers”. The main interest of the island is the seabirds. The colony of Manx Shearwater is possibly the largest in the world, and the Puffin, Storm Petrel, Guillemot and Razorbill colonies present a significant proportion of the total population of these species in Britain as a whole. Most of the island is 60 metres above sea level and intersected by a series of ridges.
Llandaff Cathedral is a Christian gathering of the Church in Wales, which is a province of the worldwide Anglican Communion.  Welsh Hawking centre, a family run business founded in 1980 by the late Ceri John Griffiths or “Griff” to everyone who knew him. Principality Stadium, a world class must play, must visit venue and has played home to five major sporting bodies over the last eight years.
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The Cathedral is a focus of pilgrimage and spirituality in the Diocese of Llandaff and for the City of Cardiff. Our purpose is therefore to worship God and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. In so doing, we welcome all who come here, irrespective of gender, race, creed or sexuality, in order that we might share and pass on our rich Christian heritage and the joy of Christian faith. At the centre you can get very close to over 200 magnificent birds of prey. These can be photographed in the mews and at the flying field, plenty to see and do for all the family. The most exciting part of a visit to the Centre is watching our wonderful daily displays. You can witness the speed of our graceful falcons stooping to the lure and the silent flight of an owl. Come and explore the magnificent facets and features that make Principality Stadium one of the most iconic stadiums in the world.  Experience the inner workings of the 74,000 seater stadium and see where the Welsh Rugby Team battle against opponents from across the globe and where the football titans of Europe fought for the 2017 Champions League Trophy.

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