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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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Haverfordwest Priory

Excavated remains of early thirteenth-century Augustinian priory with the only surviving ecclesiastical medieval garden in Britain.

In or near Haverfordwest

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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

 
Loughor Castle

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

In or near Swansea

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Weobley Castle

The 14th Century Weobley Castle is perched on the Gower's wild north coast with a commanding view over the nearby marshes. Built by the de Bere family, Weobley served more as a fortified manor house than a serious military stronghold.

In or near Swansea

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Swansea Castle

Remains of the Braose castle dating to the late thirteenth century.

In or near Swansea

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Pembroke Castle

Idyllically set on the banks of the river estuary, this mighty fortress is largely intact.

In or near Pembroke

 
Llawhaden Castle

A fortified palace of the bishops of St David's, first created as a ringwork in the twelfth century and totally rebuilt mainly in the fourteenth century.

In or near Narberth

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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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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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Lamphey Bishop's Palace

The extensive remains of this lavish country retreat provide a glimpse of the lifestyles enjoyed by the medieval bishops of St Davids, worldly men who enjoyed the privileges of wealth, power and status.

In or near Pembroke

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Cilgerran Castle

Cilgerran is one of the most spectacularly sited castles in Wales. Its two great round towers loom high above the deep gorge of the River Teifi and the fast-flowing stream of the Plysog.

In or near Cardigan

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Carswell Old House

The stone ruin of Carswell Medieval House currently stands amid a complex of modern farm buildings, once formed part of the estate of the earls of Pembroke.

In or near Tenby

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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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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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St Dogmaels Abbey

The site takes its name from Dogmael a 6th century christian Saint, reputedly the cousin of St David, Wales's very own patron saint.

In or near Cardigan

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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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