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Gwydir Castle, Llanrwst

Gwydir Castle is situated in the beautiful Conwy Valley and is set within a Grade I listed, 10-acre garden. Built by the illustrious Wynn family c1500, Gwydir is a fine example of a Tudor courtyard house, incorporating re-used medieval material from the dissolved Abbey of Maenan. Further additions date from c1600 and c1826.

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Great Orme Copper Mines, Llandudno

Uncovered in 1987, the Great Orme Copper Mines discovered below the ground represent one of the most astounding archaeological discoveries of recent time. Dating back 4,000 years to the Bronze Age they change our views about the ancient people of Britain and their civilized and structured society 2,000 years before the Roman invasion. Both enjoyable and educational, this is an experience which can...

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Glyndwr Chapel Royal, Pennal

Situated at the heart of Owain Glyndwr’s independent kingdom, near the mouth of the River Dyfi, is Glyndwr’s Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, the site of his last parliament. A gathering of ‘nobles and prelates’, it was a House of Lords as well as the greatest mediaeval synod of the Welsh Church. Princes and clerics, monks and friars assembled in this small Meirionethshire village duri...

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Flint Castle

Begun in 1277, one of the first castles to be built in Wales by King Edward I. Its most impressive feature is a solitary round tower, isolated from the rest of the inner ward. It features in Shakespeare's Richard II.

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Ewloe Castle

Ewloe Castle is a mid 13th century stone keep and courtyard fortress, founded by Prince Llewellyn ap Gruffydd. Built around 1257, there is no known history of this typically Welsh castle, which is thought to have been abandoned, after King Edward I invasion of Wales in 1277.

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Erddig House, Wrexham

The house is well known for its relationship between the servants and the family. The state room are fabulous with 18th-19th century furnishings and even Chinese wallpaper.  It has a great range of outbuildings, kitchen, bake house, smithy and stables.  Visit the walled gardens and see the Victorian yew walk. Or maybe take a horse drawn carriage around the grounds.

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Dylan Thomas Museum

No visit to Swansea is complete without hearing the story of one of its’ most famous sons, Dylan Thomas. He was a prolific writer of poetry and plays. Under Milk Wood is famous all over the world. As he would say "Do not go gentle into that good night”. The exhibition shows film clips, readings and insights into his life and times in Swansea and along the coast to his famous Boathouse in Laugh...

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Dolwyddelan Castle

Dolwyddelan, a mountain stronghold of the Welsh Princes, stands in a magnificent location deep in Snowdonia. It was built between about 1210 and 1240 by Llywelyn the Great, ruler of Snowdonia, to control a strategic pass through his mountainous kingdom. The core of the castle, the rectangular stone tower, was restored in Victorian times. It can be seen from miles around, standing proud on a ridge ...

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Dolforwyn Castle, Abermule

The remains of Dolforwyn Castle in Abermule, begun by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd ('the Last') in 1273 and captured by the English in 1277, have been revealed by excavations.

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Dolbadarn Castle, Llanberis

Probably built by Llywelyn ab Iorwerth ('the Great') early in the thirteenth century, the castle is dominated by a massive round-towered keep, still standing up to 50 feet.

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