The 13 best places to visit in Wales

 

In the south east of the country just north of the capital, Cardiff, stands the 20 metre (66 ft) Guardian Memorial. Erected in 2010, the statue commemorates the 45 coal miners who died in an underground explosion at the Six Bells Colliery Coal Mine.

13. Guardian

 

Completed in 1805 in the north of the country, close to the border with England is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, carrying the Llangollen Canal across the River Dee. At 307 metres (1,007 ft) long with 18 stone and cast iron arches, it is today the oldest and longest navigable aqueduct in the United Kingdom, and with a height of 38 metres (126 ft) it is the highest on the planet. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a Grade 1 listed building and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

12. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

 

In the far west of the country at the southern point of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a limestone natural arch known as the Green Bridge Of Wales, one of the most visited areas of this rugged coastline.

11. Green Bridge

 

Built in 1289 on the northern coast is the large medieval Conwy Castle. Today the Grade 1 listed building has been recognised as one of the finest examples of late 13th century military architecture and as such has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

10. Conwy Castle

 

On the countries northern coast, part of the grand defensive walled city of Caernarfon is the medieval Caernarfon Castle. Completed in 1330 AD the castle soon fell into a state of neglect before it's repairs of the 19th century. Today this huge seaside castle along with the town walls of King Edward have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

9. Caernarfon Castle

 

In the south west of the country is the Pembrokeshire seaside town of Tenby. Noted as one of the countries prettiest towns, some of it's notable attractions include the 13th century medieval town walls, the five arches barbican gatehouse, the 15th century St. Mary's Church and of course the quaint boat filled harbour lined with it's colourful buildings.

8. Tenby

 

In the west of the country on the border of Snowdonia National Park is the tourist village of Portmeirion, designed and built between 1925 and 1975. Based on Italian village design, visitors will find Portmeirion one of the most uniquely unusual places in all of Wales.

Pictured is the central plaza.

7. Portmeirion

 

In the southern centre of the country lies the Brecon Beacons National Park, encompassing the mountain range of the same name. The park covers an area of some 1,344 square kilometres (519 square miles) of mainly bare, grassy moorland. Two of the most notable points within the park are the 27 metre (90 ft) Henrhyd Waterfall and the Pen Y Fan, southern Wales highest peak standing 886 metres (2,907 ft) above sea level.

6. Brecon Beacons National Park

 

Hugging the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean in the extreme west of the country is the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, covering an area of some 629 square kilometres (243 square miles) protected parkland. Though the park does have inland forests and marshes, it is most revered for it's rugged cliffs that include natural arches, stacks and sea caves.

5. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

 

In the northern centre of the country is the Lake Vyrnwy reservoir, created in the 1880's flooding the Vyrnwy Valley in order to supply fresh water to surrounding cities. Today this beautiful forest edged lake is a national nature reserve and special protected area of conservation, as well as being one of the prettiest places in the country.

Pictured is the Gothic revival straining tower.

4. Lake Vyrnwy

 

Carving it's way between the massifs of Snowdon and Glyderua in Snowdonia National Park is one of the best roads in the United Kingdom, the Llanberis Pass. Cutting through narrow valleys with steep rocky crags and boulders this wonderful road leads up to the Pen Y Pass, at 359 metres (1,178 ft) above sea level it's a popular starting point for the trek up Mount Snowdon.

3. Llanberis Pass

 

Continuing north on the Llanberis Pass visitors will arrive at the Dinorwic Slate Quarry, when operational it was the second largest slate quarry in the world, with the largest also being in Wales. Today this broken landscape of rough rock faces is a favourite among climbers, and also scuba divers who can dive in the quarry lakes.

2. Dinorwic Slate Quarry

 

In the north of the country, covering an area of some 2,130 square kilometres (823 square miles) of protected land is Snowdonia National Park, home to Mount Snowdon, the tallest mountain in Wales standing at 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) above sea level. This huge area of mountains, lakes, forests and open plains is one of the most visited places in the country, and one of the most beautiful natural landscapes anywhere in Great Britain.

1. Snowdonia National Park

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