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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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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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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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Manorbier Castle

Norman castle overlooking the sea at Manorbier, birthplace of Giraldus Cambrensis. With such a splendid setting overlooking a beautiful unspoilt beach, families love to explore Manorbier Castle and bring a little bit of history to life.

In or near Tenby

 
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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Dinefwr Castle and Park ( Newtown House)

National Trust Dinefwr - 12th-century Welsh castle, historic house and 18th-century landscape park, enclosing a medieval deer park

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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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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Pembroke Castle

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

In or near Pembroke

 
Swansea Castle

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

In or near Swansea

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Carreg Coetan

Neolithic tomb with links to Arthurian myth.

In or near Newport (Pembs)

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Oxwich Castle

Remains of a sumptuous, mock-fortified manor built by the Mansel family during the sixteenth century.

In or near Swansea

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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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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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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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