Welsh Mountain Zoo

The Welsh Mountain Zoo is also known as the National Zoo of Wales, the oldest and most established Zoo in Wales having been born as a small family run business by the Jackson family in 1963.

Set on one of the most picturesque and unique landscapes for any UK Zoo, the Welsh Mountain Zoo occupies some 37 acres of lush green landscape overlooking Colwyn Bay and the Carneddau mountains in North Wales. With over 140 species housed in our wonderful collection, to date we have welcomed over eight million visitors through our gates. We are passionate about our Zoo and the animals that live here with us. Conservation remains at the heart of our ethos, and the future survival of animals and their habitats continues to drive us ever forward. Whilst we want all our visitors to experience and enjoy everything the Zoo has to offer, we also want to share and raise awareness of some critical messages surrounding wildlife, the environment and the impact our actions have on the wider world.

Llandegfedd Reservoir is set in the rolling landscape of south east Wales, between Usk and Pontypool and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

It’s an attraction a world away from the relentless pace of modern life, and with 434 acres of water and acres of woodland and grasslands, the reservoir has plenty of things to offer. With over four miles of footpaths and the Reservoir Trail for walking, three miles of banks for angling and a large sailing area, there’s something for all to enjoy. The Llandegfedd Reservoir Visitor centre, designed by award winning architects, contains a stylish cafe and display area with panoramic views of the reservoir and water based activities. It definitely has one of the best views in Wales to enjoy with your cuppa! Opens 9am on weekdays and 8am on weekends, school and bank holidays.

Set in over 100 acres of parkland, Bryngarw Country Park is a glorious sanctuary for both people and wildlife alike. From woodlands to wetlands, meadows to formal gardens, and a wide range of fun activities and facilities for the whole family to enjoy, there is always something worthwhile to do at Bryngarw, whatever the season.

Since opening as a country park in 1986, Bryngarw has continued to strive for excellence. Achieving Green Flag Award status, as well as Green Heritage Accreditation, the park has been recognised as being among one of the best green spaces in the UK. Demonstrating the very best standards in both environmental and cultural heritage conservation, Bryngarw is a haven for all. So, whether you’re looking to join the cycle track for a ride alongside the River Garw; take part in a pond dipping session with our Rangers; shoot down one of our slides in the children’s play area or simply take a stroll through the wildflower meadow – Bryngarw Country Park truly does have something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dr Beynons Bug Farm is based on 100 acres of Pembrokeshire’s finest countryside. With indoor and outdoor exhibits, we hope to showcase the wonders of bugs and what they do for us.

Although we don’t always realise it, bugs have a vital role in modern society. They guide modern technology; inspire art; benefit our gardens; but, perhaps most importantly, they form the foundation to our food chains. Bugs are integral to farming and part of our mission is to raise awareness of ‘sustainable agriculture’: producing enough food to feed a growing population and looking after wildlife at the same time. Dr Beynons Bug farm are a friendly, quirky and unique attraction for adults and families alike, set on a beautiful and historic Welsh working farm. Browse our exhibits and activities to plan your visit.

Penrhyn Castle is a country house in Llandygai, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales, in the form of a Norman castle. It was originally a medieval fortified manor house, founded by Ednyfed Fychan. 

This enormous 19th-century neo-Norman castle sits between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait. It’s crammed with fascinating items, such as a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria, elaborate carvings, plasterwork and mock-Norman furniture. In addition, it has an outstanding collection of paintings. The restored Victorian kitchens are a delight and the stable block houses a fascinating industrial railway museum, a model railway museum and a superb dolls’ museum. The 24.3 hectares (60 acres) of grounds include parkland, an exotic tree and shrub collection as well as a Victorian walled garden.

Plas Newydd Historic House is a country house set in gardens, parkland and surrounding woodland on the north bank of the Menai Strait, in Llanddaniel Fab, near Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey, Wales.

The current building has its origins in 1470, and evolved over the centuries to become one of Anglesey’s principal residences. Owned successively by Griffiths, Baylys and Pagets, it became the country seat of the Marquesses of Anglesey, and the core of a large agricultural estate. Plas Newydd Historic House and grounds, with views over the strait and Snowdonia, are open to the public, having been owned by the National Trust since 1976.

Conwy Castle, a magnificent medieval fortress still towers over town after 700 years

This famous fortress is exceptionally well preserved. It contains the most intact set of medieval royal apartments in Wales. The high curtain wall and eight lofty towers rise almost as impressively as when they were built more than 700 years ago. So don’t be afraid to climb those staircases, if you can, for the full Conwy experience. There isn’t a better place in Britain to stand on the battlements and dream.

Swansea Community Boat – Discover Swansea’s unique heritage – General public trips, corporate hospitality events, bookings for private functions. River trips include a “Floating Classroom” for schools and community use.

The Swansea Community Boat is licensed to carry up to 45 passengers plus crew. It has disabled access (a wheelchair lift), bar, galley, toilets and washroom. The “floating classroom” is a resource for school pupils and for lifelong learning. In addition to volunteers, staff will be employed to manage the trips and events. Based at the Swansea Marina, the Boat will operate on an existing waterway – the Tawe River Navigation – and the project will support the regeneration of local communities, through the rebirth of their historic waterway.

 

Rockfield Studios began its commercial recording life in 1961 and in 1965 was acknowledged to be the first residential recording studio in the world. The recording studio is situated just outside the village of Rockfield, Monmouthshire near Monmouth in Wales.

The now famous studios have played host to many of the world’s biggest artists – Rush, Oasis, Iggy Pop, Nigel Kennedy, Simple Minds, Coldplay, Black Sabbath, Robert Plant and in 1975 was the primary studios used by Queen for the recording of the greatest pop record of all time ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. As well as having a successful recording studio, Rockfield Studios has also had a successful record label with such artists as Dave Edmunds, Hawkwind and Budgie to name a few. As well as having a successful recording studio, Rockfield has also had a successful record label with such artists as Dave Edmunds, Hawkwind and Budgie to name a few.

Cardiff Castle in the heart of the Welsh capital city, a truly remarkable site with a history that spans over 2000 years.

Roman soldiers slept here, noble knights held court here, and The Bute family, with extraordinary wealth and vision, transformed the Castle into a romantic Victorian fantasy. ‘Eccentric genius’ architect William Burges was given free rein to create the lavish and opulent interiors; each breathtaking room rich with murals, stained glass, gilding and superb craftsmanship.


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