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Historic attractions and landmarks in Wales

Historic Landmarks & Attractions

Wales has a great history and heritage which means there are plenty of stunning attractions that can be seen by holidaymakers during a self-catering break. With historic landmarks in Wales ranging from medieval castles to the more recent coal mines, there are a number of iconic buildings and sites that give visitors the chance to learn about this beautiful country's past. Below are some of the historic attractions that we highlighted and believe are well worth a visit during a stay in Wales.

Handpicked Historic Attractions in Wales:

Beaumaris Castle

Beaumaris Castle Situated on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey, Beaumaris Castle dates back to the 13th Century and was built under the rule of Edward I as one of the castles in the 'Iron Ring' in North Wales. Beaumaris Castle is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Sight and is in an impressive condition considering its age. If you are taking a trip to this part of Wales then we definitely recommend visiting Beaumaris Castle.


Big Pit National Coal Museum

The Big Pit National Coal Museum is located on the site of a former working mine that operated from 1860-1980. Mining played a huge part in Wales' modern history, this museum offers visitors the chance to learn about a variety of aspects including workers' typical lifestyle, working conditions, trade unions and nationalisation. You have the oppportunity to walk through the old mininng buildings and can even travel 300 feet below the ground into an actual mineshaft. The Big Pit National Coal Museum offers a great day out for all the family, if you are bringing children with you, this is not a museum they will be bored by, they are sure to be kept entertained and educated by the adventure into the mineshaft.


Caerleon Roman Fortress

The Carleon Roman Fortress is one of Wales' oldest sites. Dating back to around 75 AD, the fortress is spread over 50 acres and includes features such as the legionary barracks, a large amphitheatre, baths and fortifications. There is a museum found nearby which offers more information about the site as well as housing finds and artefacts from the site.

Powys Castle

Powys Castle was built in the early 13th century and whilst the interior has been refurbished a number of times, the exterior has retained much of its original grandeur. The castle and its gardens and grounds are open to public viewing. You can arrange a tour of the castle and grounds which give you an opportunity to find out extra information about the castle's past. If you go in the spring or summer, the gardens and grounds are in full bloom, weather permitting, which creates a wonderful atmosphere and some stunning spots for photographs. Powys Castle

Many holidaymakers enjoy exploring historic landmarks and attractions, whether it be at a site of historic importance or a visit to a museum. Learning about the history of a nation or region is a great way to get an understanding as to how the settlement and culture has developed over time. The historic landmarks listed above are some of the most popular amongst visitors however there are hundreds of historic sights that can be found around Wales and you are sure to find at least one wherever you choose to stay. Different landmarks will be in different conditions, particularly when it comes to the Welsh castles, some will merely be ruins which means you may not be able to get as close as you may like to the remains. Others, on the other hand, will be in a good condition and some even run organised tours, these are highly recommended as they can provide you with additional information that you may miss out on by exploring the attraction on your own.

If there are any sites of historical importance that you feel should be given a special mention on this page then please contact us, providing details of this attraction or landmark.

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