Bringing History alive in Wales – National Storytelling Week

Published: Thursday 30th Jan 2014

Written by: Gareth Mahoney

National reading week

Everyone loves a good story and since Wales is a land of myths and legends where else to go and hear the best stories about knights and castles, princesses and dragons, ghosts and giants , than to Wales – the land of myths, legends and folk tales. During the first week in February (1st – 8th), you can go to any one of 15 historical sites around Wales and take part in a celebration of Wales’ storytelling tradition. The superbly atmospheric locations for the story telling could not be better: from the ruins of Tintern Abbey in south-east Wales, with its legend about a group of  young men who were rooted to the spot one night at the sight of a mail-clad knight pointing to the Abbey doorway with his sword;  to the fairytale Conwy Castle in North Wales  and the numerous spooky tales linked to it;  and the Bishop’s Palace at St David’s Cathedral, Pembrokeshire, where the strange story is told of a marble footbridge called the ‘talking stone’ because it once spoke aloud when a coffin was being carried over it. This is just a taste of what’s on offer the length and breadth of Wales during National Storytelling Week.

When you’ve had your fill of spine chilling tales, come home to a warm Welsh welcome in a cosy cottage. Best of Wales Self catering holiday cottages has accommodation close to all the story telling locations. Find them at or call us on 01650 511101. We’re always happy to help!

Gareth Mahoney



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