The small town which grew into the world’s busiest port – Cardiff – is a vibrant capital full of landmark architecture. There is a lively cultural, shopping and nightlife scene, especially on the redeveloped Cardiff Bay. One of the city’s biggest draws is Cardiff Castle, a mixture of Roman, Norman and Victorian architecture which until 1947 was the home of the Butes, the family who transformed the city. We’ll show you Wales’s natural history, geology, archaeology and art at the National Museum, the iconic Millennium Stadium and Plas Roald Dahl – a contemporary square home to the Millennium Centre and National Assembly. As well as the sights, we’ll introduce you to the warm, welcoming Welsh people. On a picturesque farm just outside the city, you’ll be able to explore and meet the animals before enjoying a home cooked lunch of traditional Welsh dishes, prepared with fresh ingredients local to the farm
Wales’s most unspoilt region is home to the Brecon Beacons National Park, a 520-square-mile expanse of undulating hills, glinting lakes, river valleys and tumbling waterfalls. Here you’ll find pretty market town Brecon, famous for its beautiful Norman cathedral. And Abergavenny, popular with food lovers who enjoy the annual food festival and regular markets. South east of Abergavenny are the splendid ruins of Tintern Abbey, one of the best-preserved medieval abbeys in Britain, where towering Gothic arches and intricate stonework have inspired poets and artists as famous as Wordsworth and Turner.
Snowdonia National Park is home not only to colossal mountains, including the eponymous highest peak in Wales, but also to 23 miles of stunning coastal scenery. This stretch encompasses everything from the primary colored beach huts of Traeth Llanbedrog to the sheltered sandy crescent of Porthdinllaen. The area is famous its heritage railways – one of the best ways to admire the countryside – as well as the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways. There’s another railway in the pretty town of Llangollen which home of the annual international Eisteddfod music festival. Here you can take a narrow boat trip over the aqueduct or enjoy a horse-drawn boat ride along the canal, some of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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