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Places of interest in Wales are abundant from our history and culture there are many to see for your holiday, vacation, visit or trip to Wales.

The Gower Heritage Centre is set in the heart of the Gower Peninsula just west of Swansea, South Wales. The Royal Mint Experience is just 20 minutes from Cardiff. The 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. 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. 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, Composer, born in 1841 at Number 4 Chapel Row, Merthyr Tydfil. Rhondda Heritage Park based at the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Trehafod, 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.
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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. Anna’s Welsh Zoo at Manor Wildlife Parc 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. 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! 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 was discovered by the Morgan brothers in 1912. Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, the top paid-for tourist attraction in Wales. The 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 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! At Dylan Thomas Birthplace you can 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 liberally 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 when it was bought as a new house by the Thomas family.
The National Botanic Gardens of Wales are set in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside.   Copper Jack 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. 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.

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