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Wales Tourist Information & Visitor Guide

recommended places to visit and explore throughout Wales


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Welsh national park with remote villages, lakes and a rugged mountain landscape, known for its abandoned slate quarries and mountain railways

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capital city of Wales with major shopping centre, sports stadium and regenerated waterfront

Gower Peninsula

Swansea

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this was the first area to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, boasting a diverse landscape with a smattering of small villages and excellent sandy beaches

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with geopark recognition from UNESCO, this is a splendid and varied region with glacier-scoured hollows, high moors, flat topped hills and stunning views is a walker's paradise

Llandudno

Merthyr Tydfil

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traditional seaside resort, retaining much of its Victorian character, sheltered by the Great Orme promontory with its wildlife and walking trails

Pembrokeshire

Merthyr Tydfil

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area of dramatic coastal scenery, peaceful villages and plentiful evidence of past civilisations

Aberystwyth

Merthyr Tydfil

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this coastal town is a diverse and vibrant place to live, work and visit and is the obvious base to tour the 180 mile Coastal Way

Anglesey

Merthyr Tydfil

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known for its beaches and ancient sites. In the medieval town of Beaumaris, 13th-century Beaumaris Castle has fortifications and a moat. Beaumaris Gaol has Victorian punishment cells and an original tread wheel

Harlech

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with the imposing Harlech Castle perched on a rock, the town crouches below. Surrounded by the Snowdonia National Park, this is a wonderful area for walking

Haverfordwest

Haverfordwest

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Haverfordwest is the attractive and ancient county town of Pembrokeshire and is well placed for touring the area, for visiting the ancient St David's Cathedral or the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

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supporting a huge breeding population of sea birds, while seals, dolphins, porpoises and whales are often seen in the coastal waters. Events include park organised guided walks, themed tours, cycling trips, pony treks and island cruises

Portmeirion

Penrhyndeudraeth

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designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village and made famous by the sixties TV programme 'The Prisoner'

Powys

Montgomery

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with undulating hills and moorland, ideal for walking and cycling with the accent firmly on environmentally friendly projects including the successful re-introduction of the red kite

Ruthin

Ruthin

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pocket sized and full of history with a medieval castle boasting a ghost and coming right up to date with a thriving arts centre. Not forgetting the museum outlining the lives of the locals down the ages

Saundersfoot

Saundersfoot

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has a charm and character of its own and is an accessible seaside resort with a wide beach which is sandy and has a blue flag

Tenby

Saundersfoot

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known for its 13th-century town walls and its stretches of sandy shoreline, including Castle Beach. The ruins of Tenby Castle are on a headland overlooking the harbour. Exhibits at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery include a 16th-century wrought-iron cannon

LLangollen

Llangollen

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long been recognised as a scenic gem, popular since Victorian times. Walking and white water rafting are popular here, with two major arts festivals. The industrial heritage attracts railway and engineering enthusiasts

Monmouth

Monmouth

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with a mixed Welsh and English history and boasting some good Georgian architecture, this is the birthplace of Henry V, made famous by Shakespeare and the Rockfield recording studios, used by many famous rock bands including Queen and Coldplay

Abergavenny

Abergavenny

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ideally placed for exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside and now with a burgeoning food scene championing the use of fresh, local, organic produce with acclaimed eateries and an annual food festival

Cardigan

Cardigan

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boasting hip craft shops, trendy fashion labels and gourmet foods stores, with great walking and outdoor activities in the surrounding countryside

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