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Cardigan Castle

Cardigan Castle is one of the most important castles in Wales - the first stone castle built by a Welshman and the birthplace of the first eisteddfod in 1176.

In or near Cardigan

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St Davids Cathedral

St Davids is one of the great historic shrines of Christendom. Nowhere in Britain is there a more ancient cathedral settlement, for it reaches back fourteen centuries.

In or near St David's

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Carreg Coetan

Neolithic tomb with large capstone supported by two of the four surviving upright stones.

In or near Newport (Pembs)

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Oystermouth Castle

On a forty foot high limestone ridge overlooking the pretty village of Mumbles Oystermouth Castle is a spectacular location. The earliest building remains at Oystermouth Castle, the keep in the central block, date from the early 12thC

In or near Swansea

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Talley Abbey

Founded for the Premonstratensian order by the Lord Rhys, between 1184 and 1189. Parts of the abbey church survive.

In or near Llandeilo

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Pentre Ifan

Pentre Ifan is a Bronze-Age megalithic site dating from at least 4000 B.C. It is probably the finest Welsh hilltop megalith (mega-lith = large stones). It is said to have been originally constructed as a burial chamber.

In or near Newport (Pembs)

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Tudor Merchant's House

Step back 500 years and discover how the Tudor merchant and his family would have lived in this fascinating three-storey house, situated close to the harbour within the historic walled town of Tenby.

In or near Tenby

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Loughor Castle

Remains of a thirteenth-century tower on top of a twelfth-century earthwork castle.

In or near Swansea

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Picton Castle

The medieval Picton Castle was modernized in the 1700's and has a Georgian interior. The 40 acres of walled and woodland gardens at Picton Castle are part of the Royal Horticultural Society access scheme for beautiful gardens.

In or near Haverfordwest

 
Dryslwyn Castle

Situated in majestic hilltop locations above the Tywi Valley Dryslwyn Castle not only occupies a place of great affection in the minds and traditions of the Welsh people but also majestic hilltop locations above the Tywi valley.

In or near Llandeilo

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Parc le Breos

Neolithic tomb belonging to the so-called Severn-Cotswold group. The bones of up to forty people were found during excavations.

In or near Swansea

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Kidwelly Castle

Kidwelly is on a par with the other great castles of Wales. We all get our moments. But if you want a truly medieval moment, catch a glimpse of Kidwelly shrouded in early morning mist.

In or near Kidwelly

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St Davids Bishop Palace

This imposing medieval palace stands in a grassy hollow next to purple-stoned St Davids Cathedral. Largely the work of Bishop Henry de Gower(1328-47), no expense was spared in creating this grand residence with lavish stone carvings.

In or near St David's

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Llansteffan Castle

Llansteffan was one of a chain of castles built by the Normans but its history as a stronghold goes back much further, with the castle taking advantage of the existing earthworks of an Iron Age hillfort.

In or near Carmarthen

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Carreg Cennen Castle - cadw

There are few castles in Wales - or Europe for that matter - which can boast a more spectacular location than Carreg Cennen. Its ruins crown a precipitous crag in a remote corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

In or near Llandeilo

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Carew Castle & Tidal Mill

The magnificent Carew Castle has a history spanning 2000 years. Set in a stunning location, overlooking a 23 acre millpond, the castle displays the development from a Norman fortification to an Elizabethan country house.

In or near Tenby

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Teifi Valley Railway

The Teifi Valley Railway was created from a branch line of the Great Western Railway which served the West Wales rural area.

In or near Newcastle Emlyn

 
Wiston Castle

Well-preserved motte-and-bailey castle, probably begun by the Flemish settler, Wizo, sometime in the first half of the twelfth century. Remains of a later stone shell-keep also survive.

In or near Haverfordwest

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