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The “F Words” Food, Flowers and Festivals!

Shows and Festivals! August and September is festival season along the English/Welsh border. In Shrewsbury , Ludlow and Abergavenny, annual events attract exhibitors and visitors from across the country (and further afield). Flowers or food? The choice is yours.

Shrewsbury Flower Show
14th and 15th August 2015

Shrewsbury Flower Festival

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The Shrewsbury Flower Show is in The Guinness Book of World Records, as the longest running horticultural event held in the same location.

The show has been held for 127
years at Quarry Park,on the banks of the River Severn. The park is centrally located and is in easy reach of the town centre and the railway station.

The show, one of the country’s Premier Flower Show events, attracts top exhibitors from all over the country.

As well as the flower displays, T.V. personalities, celebrity Chefs, singers and spectacular arena acts entertain the crowds for 12 hours on each day of the show, ending with a magnificent firework display.

Shrewsbury Flower Show

Ludlow Food Festival
11th to 13th September 2015

Ludlow Food Festival

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The medieval town of Ludlow is worth visiting any time of year for its Tudor streets and stunning castle, but for one weekend in September there is an added attraction.The 2015 Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival takes place on 11th, 12th and 13th September.

From humble beginnings in 1995, Britain’s first successful food and drink festival now attracts large numbers of visitors from across the UK an overseas.

From Friday to Sunday, over 180 top quality small independent food and drink producers will be inside Ludlow Castle.

As well as the food producers, across Ludlow’s historic town centre there are a number of other of food-related events. Follow the famous Ludlow Sausage trail, Ale trail or the Festival Loaf trail, watch cooking demonstrations, sample pudding tastings, explore markets and much more.

Ludlow Food Festival

Abergavenny Food Festival
18th to 20th September 2015

The Festival

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The Guardian said “Abergavenny is to food as Cannes is to film – an annual festival for spotting rising stars in Britain’s artisan food firmament”

The festival was founded in 1999, has attracted too many celebrity chefs and critics to name here.

The weekend-long festival of food and drink and has an excellent reputation, with beautifully stocked stalls, demos, talks and fascinating activities such as guided wild food walks.

This year’s programme is full and varied including talks by celebrity chefs Raymond Blanc and Tom Kerridge (though the latter is sold out). On the Friday, limited numbers can tour the Abergavenny Creamery or Chase Distillery, near Hereford. Advance booking for both tours is essential.

Abergavenny Food Festival

Getting There

Like most shows and festivals, all three events are very popular and attract large crowds. So why not take the train to avoid the traffic?

The Arriva Trains of Wales service from Manchester to Cardiff runs hourly and stops at Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Abergavenny. Shrewsbury is also a major railway junction with direct services to Chester, Aberystwyth, Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

For more days out visit 100 Days Out in Wales or 100 Days Out in Shropshire

National Rail provides up to date details of train times and fares.

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Family Days Out on Anglesey

The island of Anglesey stands just off the North Wales Coast. Attractions include castles, beaches and the village with the world’s longest place name.
The Island of Anglesey is easily reached by road. The A55, North Wales Coast Road, links the island with the motorway network near Chester in about 1 hour 30 minutes. Access to the island is by the Britannia Bridge across the Menai Straits taking visitors to Beaumaris Castle and the beaches at Trearddur Bay and Red Wharf Bay.

There is also a wide range of other attractions on the island including:

Anglesey Model Village and Gardens
Newborough, Isle of Anglesey LL61 6RS Phone: 01248 440477

Anglesey Model Village and Gardens is set in an acre gardens, the model village faithfully recreates many Anglesey landmarks at a scale of 1:12. A model railway runs round the village stopping at the station with the world’s longest name plate. The tearooms offer wonderful views of the mountains of Snowdonia, across the Menai Straits.

Anglesey Sea Zoo
Brynsiencyn, Anglesey LL61 6TQ Phone: 01248 430411

Anglesey Sea Zoo is the largest aquarium in Waleswith over 150 species of marine life including Octopuses, Seahorses, and Sharks. Visitors can explore a shipwreck packed with conger eels or watch sea bass and sharks swimming around a kelp forest. In the grounds of the zoo, family attractions include an outdoor adventure play area, free bouncy castle and crazy golf.

Pili Palas
Menai Bridge, Anglesey, LL59 5RP Phone: 01248 712474

Pili Palas

Pili Palas Photo Richard Hoare under a Creative Commons License

Discover creatures from the jungle at Pili Palas. Exotic butterflies, tropical birds and reptiles, including lizards and snakes, can be seen. In the farmyard more familiar creatures include rabbits, goats, pot bellied pigs, guinea pigs and peacocks.

Foel Farm Park
Foel Farm Park, Brynsiencyn, Anglesey, LL61 6TQ. Phone: 01248 430646

Foel Farm Park is a real working farm where visitors are encouraged to meet, touch and feed the animals. After bottle feeding a lamb or cuddling a bunny take the tractor and trailer tour of the farm or a mini trailer ride on quad bikes; all rides are included in the admission price. Other facilities include an indoor picnic area, tea room, gift shop and chocolate shop where luxury chocolates are hand –made on the premises.

Plas Newydd

Llanfairpwll….., Anglesey LL61 6DQ Phone: 01248 714795

Plas Newydd

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Plas Newydd was built in the 18th century by James Wyatt and is the family home of the Marquess of Anglesey. Exhibits on display include items brought back from the Battle of Waterloo by the 1st Marquess of Anglesey and paintings by the 20th century English artist Rex Whistler. Other facilities include a coffee shop, second-hand bookshop, gift shop; licensed tea room and adventure play area.

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The Station, Llanfairpwll….., Isle of Anglesey, LL61 5UJ

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is the first place on Anglesey, after crossing the Menai Straits. The village claims to have the longest place name in the world, but this was contrived in the mid 19th century as a publicity stunt to promote the local station on the newly built London to Holyhead railway. Over a century later the restored Victorian station still attracts tourists wanting to be photographed next to the world’s longest station sign. Across the station car park, James Pringle Weavers offers a wide range of gifts from traditional Welsh souvenirs to high street fashions and homeware. A tax free shopping service is available to overseas visitors

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National Trust Days Out in West Wales

The Pembrokeshire National Park and Carmarthenshire offer stunning scenery and interesting places to visit. Including these that are owned by the National Trust.
The National Trust are guardians of much of Britain’s heritage, owning and maintaining a diverse selection of important sites including castles, stately homes, gardens, gold mines lighthouses and heritage coastlines.

Days out in West Wales with The National Trust include:

Llanerchaeron Estate

Llanerchaeron Estate

Llanerchaeron Estate Photo John Nash under a Creative Commons License

Llanerchaeron Estate is a  18th-century Welsh gentry estate, in the Aeron Valley, with many period features. Go back in time and visit the dairy, laundry, brewery and salting house in the service courtyard, and the stables and the threshing barns. Today, the site is a working organic farm with two restored walled gardens producing homegrown fruit and herbs.

Admission
Admission costs £7.60 (£3.80 for children), the house is open from April to October 11.30 to 4 . The farm, garden and shop open from 10.30 to 5 and can be visited all year.

Getting There
The property is 2½ml E of Aberaeron just off the A482, the First Cymru service T1 runs hourly from Lampeter to Aberystwyth, get off at New Inn Forge, about ½ mile away.

Dolaucothi Gold Mine

Take a guided underground tour of Dolaucothi Gold Mine, set in wooded hillsides, mined by the Romans. Pan for gold and visit the exhibitions on the history of gold mining. From the mine there are three marked walks through the remote Cothi Valley. Please note that the tours are fairly strenuous, with about 75 steps, and children under five years old are not allowed underground.

Admission
Admission costs £8 adults and £4 children. The mines are open daily 11am to 5pm between mid March and late October (10am to 6pm in July and August).

Getting There
The mines are on the A482, between Lampeter and Llanwrda.

Dinefwr Park and Castle

Dinefwr Park and Castle

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Dinefwr Park is a 18th-century landscape park, with a deer park that is home to 100 fallow deer, is thought to have inspired the gardener Capability Brown. The park is home to a herd of 100 fallow deer and a small herd of White Park Cattle and there are a selection of scenic walks with views of the Towy Valley. The centrepiece of the estate is the 17th century Newton House, with showrooms and exhibition rooms open to the public

Admission
Admission costs £6.50 adults and £3.25 children opening hours are 10 to 4 all year to late October.

Getting There
On western outskirts of Llandeilo take M4 to the end of the motorwaythen A48(T) to Cross Hands and A476 to Llandeilo. The entrance is by the police station, a selection of buses run to Llandeilo and Llandeilo railway station is ½ mile away.

Colby Woodland Garden
Colby Woodland Garden is set in a quiet peaceful valley, boasting one of the finest displays of rhododendrons and azaleas in Wales. Enjoy the gardens wooded pathways, where every season has its own unique attraction with spring colours, summer hydrangeas and autumn foliage.

Admission
Admission is £6 adults and £3 children, the gardens are open every day from March to early November between 10am and 5pm and from 10 am to 3pm for the rest of the year.

Getting There
The gardens are 1½ miles from Amroth and there are brown signs from the A477 Tenby to Carmarthen road and the coast road at Amroth Castle.

Tudor Merchant’s House
The Tudor Merchant’s House is a late 15th century town house, found near Tenby Harbour, is furnished to display family life in Tudor times. In those days, Tenby was a busy commercial seaport and some of the original features in the merchant’s house remain. The ground floor has a ‘Flemish’ round chimney, and scarfed roof-trusses. Outside, there is a small herb garden.

Admission
Admission is £4 adults and £2 children, the house is open between 11am and 5pm, days of opening vary by season check website for current details.

Getting There
The house is on Tudor Square in Tenby town centre and is a 10 minute walk from the railway station.

St David’s Visitor Centre
The City of St Davids is smaller than many villages, but the site of Wales’s patron saint’s 6th century monastery is an intriguing mix of history and natural beauty. Visit the 12th century cathedral or explore Britain’s only coastal National Park. The Visitor Centre is found at Captain’s House on St David’s High Street and provides details of St David’s Head and local coastline, much of which is owned and maintained by the National Trust. Interactive technology gives information on National Trust walks and beaches throughout Pembrokeshire.

Admission
Opening days and hours vary according to season, please phone 01437 720385 for information.

Getting There
The Visitor Centre is on the High Street in the centre of St Davids

Annual Membership
Annual membership costs £60 for adults, £99 for couples and £104 for families (2 adults and 2 children over 5 years). Members are admitted free to over 300 National Trust Properties in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Reciprocal arrangements allow free membership to similar organisations in 13 other countries including Scotland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Members joining at one of the properties will have their admission for that day refunded.

Admission prices and opening times have been confirmed with the National Trust and are correct at 10 July 2015.

For more National Trust Wales or 100 Days Out in Wales

National Trust Days Out in South Wales

Enjoy Welsh heritage, visit well maintained homes and gardens or explore the stunning coastline of South Wales. The National Trust offers all this and more……

The National Trust are guardians of much of Britain’s heritage, owning and maintaining a diverse selection of important sites including castles, stately homes, gardens, gold mines lighthouses and heritage coastlines.

Days out in South Wales with The National Trust include:

Kymin

Kymin

Kymin Photo Ruth Sharville under a Creative Commons License

Explore Kymin’s grounds, on the Offa’s Dyke path, at the top of a hill with views of Monmouth, The Wye Valley, Sugar Loaf and The Black Mountains. Visit the Naval Temple, built by the people of Monmouth to commemorate Nelson’s victory on the Battle of the Nile, or the Kymin Tower a circular Georgian banqueting house

Admission
Grounds and Naval Temple (Open all year) Free

Kymin Tower (Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 28 March – 26 October) £3 adults £1.50 children

Getting there
By road – The property is 1.5 miles from Monmouth and is well signed from the A4136

By Bus – Take the bus to Monmouth and then it is a 1.5 mile walk up a steep hill.

Powis Castle and Garden

Powis Castle is home to one of Wales’s best collections of furniture and paintings together with treasures from India, in the Clive Museum. The ancestral seat of the Earl of Powys dominates the skyline and towers over the world famous gardens with Italianate terraces, and step free access, which form part of the estate.

AdmissionOpening times
Admission is £13.40 adults or £.6.70 children. This gives admission to the castle and gardens, cheaper options are available to visit just the castle or gardens. Opening hours and days vary by season please phone 01938 551929 for up to date information.

Getting There
The castle is 1mile south of Welshpool and is signed from the main road to Newtown A483. Welshpool has good bus and rail links and pedestrian access is available from the High Street.

Aberdulais Falls

Aberdulais Falls

Aberdulais Falls Photo Nigel Davis under a Creative Commons License

See how a natural waterfall was used to help develop the industrial base of South Wales. The history of Aberdulais Falls  dates back to 16th century copper smelting and visitors can see the largest waterwheel in Europe generating electricity, a turbine house with an interactive display and an exhibition on the history of tin.

A fish pass allows salmon from as far away as Greenland to swim in the upper reaches of the river. The system, based on the same principles as canal locks, cleverly by passes the falls. Lifts are available making the site fully accessible to disabled visitors.

Admission
Admission is £5 adults and £2.50 children. Opening days and hours vary according to season, please phone 01639 636674 for information.

Getting There
The falls are 2 miles west of Neath, just off the A465 Heads of the Valley road to Merthyr.. First Cymru buses 158, 161 and X75 pass the falls and run near to Neath railway station.

Rhossili Visitor Centre
Come and see why Rhossili, at the tip of the Gower Peninsula, was voted one of the Worlds Top 25 Beaches by the Times newspaper. Walk along miles of quiet sandy beaches that stretch from Rhossili village to Llangennith, or admire the view from the cliff tops leading to Worms Head. Worms Head is two rocky islets reached from Rhossili , on foot, by a natural causeway. Access is restricted by the tide and crossing is not allowed 2.5 hours either side of high tide. Please check tide times before setting off.

Admission
Opening days and hours vary according to season, please phone 01792 390707 for information.

Getting There
Rhossili is at the tip of the Gower Peninsula, take the A 4118 from Swansea then the B 4247 to Rhossili. Pullman Buses run services from Swansea to Rhossili for details phone 01792 851569 .

Annual Membership
Annual membership costs £60 for adults, £99 for couples and £104 for families (2 adults and 2 children over 5 years). Members are admitted free to over 300 National Trust Properties in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Reciprocal arrangements allow free membership to similar organisations in 13 other countries including Scotland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Members joining at one of the properties will have their admission for that day refunded.

Admission prices and opening times have been confirmed with the National Trust’s website and are correct at 10 July 2015.

For more National Trust Wales or 100 Days Out in Wales

Take a Steam Train Ride in Wales

For me, no trip to Wales is complete without a ride on a steam train.

From Llangollen in the north to Carmarthen in the south, a steam train ride is never far away. Take a ride on the famous Great Little Trains of Wales , 10 narrow gauge railways that played a vital role in the country’s industrial past – especially slate mining in Snowdonia.

Take a standard gauge ride on lines closed in the 1960s, like the Llangollen Railway or jump on the train to the top of Snowdon, the highest point in England or Wales.

Whatever you choose make sure to take a camera to capture shots of the beautiful Wales countryside.

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Llanberis Lake Railway Photo John Firthunder a Creative Commons License

Swansea – The City by the Sea

I well remember my first visit to Swansea. My wife was 5 months pregnant with our daughter Bethany. As we drove on Oystermouth Road, with the beach on the left and the park on the right, Denise said “What a lovely place to go to university”. Bethany obviously heard her as 19 years later there was only one place she wanted to study – Swansea. A decision she never regretted.

Swansea is the second largest city in Wales. Visitors can enjoy all the attractions of city life but are only minutes away from the coast and countryside.

A city of stark contrasts where industrial landscapes rapidly change into stunning coastal scenery; an historic castle and a bustling indoor market stand in walking distance of a modern shopping centre. The Quadrant Centre is home to many high street names and has direct access to Swansea Market. Here, in Wales’s largest undercover market, you will discover an intriguing mix of Welsh craft shops and locally sourced meat, vegetables and seafood. Sample the local lava bread (made from seaweed) or buy a traditional Welsh love spoon.

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Round the corner, in Wind Street, (pronounced “Wine Street”), a wide range of pubs and restaurants cater for all ages and tastes. Traditional pubs like The Bank Statement and Pitcher and Piano serve drinks and food all day. While other bars like Revolution and Play Nightclub are central features of Swansea’s famous nightlife. There is little wonder that Wind Street in a magnet for locals, students and visitors to the city.

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Wind Street Photo Nigel Davies under a Creative Commons License

Across the road, the recently renovated Maritime Quarter hosts the National Waterfront Museum of Wales and The Dylan Thomas Centre. The National Waterfront Museum shows the industrial heritage of Wales dating back to the 18th Century. Like all National Museums in Wales, entry is free.

The Dylan Thomas Centre is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the poet and author who was arguably Swansea’s most famous son, who described Swansea “an ugly, lovely town”.. Explore the exhibitions dedicated to Thomas’s life and works, browse the bookshop or just enjoy a coffee cafe. Every year, in October and November the Centre hosts the annual Dylan Thomas Festival.

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Singleton Park, on the coast road next to the University, offers an escape from city life with acres of green space. Children will love playing the adventure playground or hiring a pedal boat on the lake. The Pub on the Pond, in the middle of the park, serves food and drink all day and welcomes families.The Botanical Garden, housed in the old walled garden, is home to a wide selection of rare and exotic plants from around the world.

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Singleton Park Photo Gareth Lovering under a Creative Commons License

Swansea is an ideal base for touring. Cardiff is less than an hour’s journey by road or rail. The seaside resort of Mumbles is home to independent craft and gift shops and Joe’s legendary ice cream. Mumbles is the gateway to the Gower Peninsula with cliff top walks and award winning beaches.

The area’s attractions are not limited to the coast. For great days out ,walk through the Vale of Neath and explore an unrivalled selection of waterfalls at the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Find over 40 Blue Flag Beaches along the Wales Coastal Path

The Wales Coastal Path passes bustling resorts, major cities, quiet coves, cliff top walks and long sandy beaches as it runs for 870 miles from Queensferry near Chester to Chepstow, in the shadow of the Severn Bridge.

In 2015, over 40 beaches along the route were awarded the Blue Flag Award; giving international recognition that the bathing water is of the highest quality. These are spread all along the route and we can feature just a small, random, selection here.

Abersoch lies at the South Eastern tip of the Llyn Peninsula, 7 miles from Pwllheli. The sandy main beach is sheltered with safe swimming. There are great views across the water of the Snowdonia National Park.

Benllech on the North East coast of Anglesey is a sandy beach, with plenty of rock pools to explore. Excellent for swimming, windsurfing and sea-fishing. Benllech is 10 miles from the Menai Bridge making it easily reached fromthe Snowdonia National Park and the North Wales Coast.

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Benllech Bay © Peter Barr and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Coppet Hall is a small sandy beach on the Pembrokeshire Coast near Saundersfoot, which has some pebbles near the high tide line. A very popular beach in summer there is parking at the beach, with alternative parking at Saundersfoot village, with a short walk through an old railway tunnel from Saundersfoot village.

Langland Bay, on the Gower Peninsula, is only a short drive from Swansea city centre. A good sandy beach offers excellent facilities for surfing and bathing. There is plenty of parking and two small shops.

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Prestatyn Central is one three beaches that join to form a five mile stretch of sand. The Central Beach is wide and is popular withA coastal path links Langland Bay with Caswell Bay to the west, and Rotherslade, Limeslade and Bracelet Bays to the east. sailors and windsurfers, as well as bathers and families. There are lots of facilities including a leisure centre and amusement arcades. Prestatyn is one of the first resorts on the A55 North Wales Coast Road and is only 40 miles from Liverpool and 65 miles from Manchester; making it a poplular destination for day trippers.

Trecco Bay is one of half a dozen beaches in the resort of Porthcawl,midway between Cardiff and Swansea on the Glamorgan Coast. This large expanse of sand and rock is very popular with visitors to the nearby caravan park.

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A full list of 2015 Blue Flag Beaches in Wales

Beddgelert – The Tale of One Man and His Dog

Beddgelert offers walks up Snowdon, steam train rides to Caernarfon and the enduring legend of Gelert’s grave.

Beddgelert is a village in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, in North Wales. It is a popular base for walkers and is near to the start of the Rhyd Ddu , Snowdon Ranger and Watkin Path routes to the summit of Mount Snowdon.

The Legend of Gelert’s Grave

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Beddgelert Bridge over the Afon Colwyn Photo Ken Bagnall under a Creative Commons License

The English translation of Beddgelert is “Gelert’s grave”. According to legend, Gelert was a faithful hound of Prince Llewelyn who the Prince killed thinking the dog had harmed his son. He discovered too late that the faithful hound was a hero and not a villain. The full story is told, in English and Welsh, on the tombstone, which is a leisurely stroll from the village along the banks of the River Glaslyn. The walk is flat and easily accessible with either a pushchair or wheelchair.

Back in the village, there are a selection of craft shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Glaslyn Ices , on the main street have an enviable reputation for ice cream and offer a wide range of mouth watering flavours. Next door, they also run the Glandwr Cafe which offers an excellent selection of light meals and snacks. They are famous for their pizzas, and it is not hard to see why. Pizzas are freshly made to order using home made dough, pure mozzarella and quality toppings.

Take a Trip on the Welsh Highland Railway

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The Welsh Highland Railway (Caernarfon) provides a narrow gauge steam link between Beddgelert and Caernarfon. This is the latest addition to the list of Great Little Trains of Wales and offers unrivalled views of the Snowdonia National Park. This should not be confused with The Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog).

The 2’ gauge railway is usually steam hauled and climbs from a terminus in the shadow of Caernarfon Castle to Rhyd Ddu in the foothills of Mount Snowdon and then calls at Beddgelert en route to Porthmadog, where it connects with the Ffestiniog Railway.

Refreshments and toilet facilities are available on all trains. There is a first class Pullman coach on every train. This is available at a nominal extra charge which can be paid to the guard on the train. On a nice day, many passengers prefer to get closer to nature by travelling in an open coach and take advantage of the many photo opportunities without the hindrance of a glass window.

15 things you couldn’t do in Cardiff 15 years ago

Cardiff is a modern city with a history. You can walk to Cardiff Castle, The Millennium Stadium and The National Museum from the station. This exeellent article shows how quickly things are changing in Cardiff.

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The Welsh capital has certainly come on in leaps and bounds since the dawn of the new millennium

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Picture Profile Wales Castles

Castles have played a huge part in the turbulent history of Wales. At one time there were over 400 castles spread across the country. Now just over 100 remain.
Animosity between the Welsh and the English can be traced back to the 13th century, when the efforts of Edward I to conquer Wales were resisted by Llywelyn, Prince of Wales and his followers. Today, physical conflict between the nations is confined to the rugby pitch but the network of Castles built in the late 13th century remain a lasting legacy to this period of conquest and resistence.

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Chepstow Castle Photo Philip Halling under a Creative Commons License

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Harlech Castle Photo Eirian Evans under a Creative Commons License