Visit Historic Wales And Travel Through Time

Travel & Leisure

  • Author Jim Thomas
  • Published November 9, 2011
  • Word count 538

Wales is bursting with wonderful locations and buildings of historical significance; you might even find some of your ancestors. Here are just a few you might like to visit during your holiday. St. Fagans National History Museum in Cardiff is located in St. Fagans Castle. It is an amazing 16th century manor house and the museum is in the open air made up of historical buildings from around Wales having been moved from their original locations and rebuilt.

Caerphilly Castle is one of Europe’s biggest castles and was built in the 13th century by the Norman Lord, Gilbert de Clare. It was defended by a deep moat to ward off attackers but today has a bridge built so you can cross with ease. Its famous leaning South East tower is a big draw card along with its clever design.

Cyfarthfa Castle is located in Merthyr Tydfil formerly one of the biggest towns in Wales. The Castle was the home of the local iron Baron William Crawyshay and now holds an excellent museum that tells the fascinating story of the town.

The Tintern Abbey is located on the Banks of the River Wye. With its beautiful and tranquil settings this historical site is well worth the visit. The Abbey was built in the 12th Century by an order of Cistercian monks who lived there for 400 years. It later attracted poets and artists such as Wordsworth and Turner.

Caerleon stands as one of the most important settlements in the Roman Empire and was one of only three permanent fortresses in Roman Britain. When you visit Caerleon you can roam around the most complete amphitheatre in Britain, the baths and the last remaining Roman Legionary barracks still on view anywhere in Europe.

The Big Pit National Coal Museum in the town of Blaenavon showcases the powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution. The ironworks are amazingly preserved and the ironworker’s cottages give you a glance at what it was like working at a coal factory back then.

Cardiff Castle is situated in the middle of the city centre and is the capital’s best known landmark. Occupied by the Romans and Normans, this castle has an amazing history for you to discover. Guided tours are offered for you to view the extravagant decorations of the castle.

Built in the 16th century the Llancaiach Fawr Manor is an excellent place to visit if you want to witness what life was like back then. You can interact with various characters such as the chamber maid and grooms or even the Lord of the Manor himself, and they will tell you stories about the Manor.

Greenmeadow Farm has a wide range of pedigree and rare animals for you to discover. The farm is set in 150 acres of meadow and you can follow the trails and enter the barns to meet the different animals and learn about the farming culture of Wales.

One of the grandest homes in Wales is the Tredegar House located on 90 acres of parkland just outside Newport. Built in the 1500’s, it was occupied by the wealthy Morgan family. You can discover what life was life for the masters and the servants with the guided tours made available all year long.

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