Most Popular Places

There are so many attractions within easy driving distance of Dare Valley Country Park its difficult to know where to start. Cyfartha Castle - home of one of the most notorious iron masters of the industrial revolution? Beautiful Bedwellty? Ghostly Llancaiach Fawr? There is plenty of choice in store...

The Most Popular Places to Visit in Wales

Aberdulais Tin Works & Waterfall

Aberdulais, Neath, SA10 8EU  Tel no: 01639 636674

The National Trust property at Aberdulais Falls has one of the most famous waterfalls in South Wales, a small compact easy access site for all, situated in the village of Aberdulais adjacent to the Dulais Rock Pub.

Barry Island Sea Front

The Promenade, The Triangle, Barry Island, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 5TQ

With the building of the docks over a century ago, Barry Island ceased to be an Island. Today it is an ideal place for a fun filled day.

Bedwellty House & Park

 Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, NP22 3XN Tel no: 01495 353370

Bedwellty House and Park is a fine example of an ironmaster's residence set within a 26 acre Victorian garden and park.
Explore this fine example of an ironmaster's residence built in 1818, surrounded by a 26 acre Victorian garden and park. A Grade II listed building, home of the Homfray family the co-founders of the Tredegar Ironworks. Bedwellty House and Park is the finest example of an Ironmaster's residence in Gwent.
For more information about Bedwellty House and Park visit their website click here.

Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Blaenavon, Torfaen, NP4 9XP Tel no: 01495 790311

Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain’s leading mining museums. With Facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out. NATIONAL TOURISM AWARD 2010- SENSE OF PLACE WINNER

Blaenavon World Heritage Site

The Blaenavon World Heritage Site was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000.
The town hosts several interesting places to visit including the Blaenavon World Heritage Visitor Centre, Cordell Museum, Blaenavon Ironworks, Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway and Big Pit National Coal Museum.

To explore the Blaenavon World Heritage Site further, click on the link to its website click here.

Brecon Beacons National Park

Brecon Beacons, Powys, UK               Tel no: 01874 623366

The Brecon Beacons National Park is 520sq miles of spectacular and distinctive mountains, lakes, rivers and more. Outdoor activities, gentle strolls and heritage aplenty.

Caerphilly Castle

Castle Street, Caerphilly, Mid Glamorgan, CF38 1JD   Tel no: 02920 883143

This fortress sprawls over a huge area making it the largest moated medieval castle in Wales. Full size working replicas of medieval siege engines. Superb medieval military architecture. Famous leaning tower. On-site exhibitions. Audio tour.

For more information about Caerphilly Castle visit their website click here.

Cardiff Castle

Castle Street, Cardiff, CF10 3RB         Tel no: 02920 878100

Cardiff Castle is situated in the heart of the capital. The castle’s enchanting fairytale towers conceal an elaborate and splendid interior.

Castell Coch

Castle Hill, Tongwynlais, Cardiff, CF15 7JS      Tel no: 02920 810101

The beautiful fabled home home of the world’s wealthiest man’. Enchanting fairytale castle. Picturesque woodland setting. Uniquely furnished and decorated rooms. On-site exhibition. Audio tour available.

Coity Castle

Coity, Nr Bridgend, UK           Tel no: 01443 336000

An important Norman stronghold rebuilt in the 14th Century, forming part of the three castles of Ogmore, Newcastle and Coity. There are extensive ruins including a large gatehouse, tall imposing towers and a curtain wall.

Cosmeston Medival Village

Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 5UY           Tel no: 02920 701678

Cosmeston Medieval Village is set in the year 1350, a troubled period in the history between the English and Welsh.

Cyfartha Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Cyfartha Park, Brecon Road, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8RE          Tel no: 01685 727371

Set in 160 acres of parkland, this grand mansion dominates Merthyr Tydfil. Cyfartha Castle is home to a museum and art gallery which houses an extensive collection of fine art including Nantgarw, Wedgewood and Swansea porcelain. The museum tells the story of the industrial revolution and its focus in Merthyr, the Merthyr Riots and Dic Penderyn as well as Trevithick's Locomotive - the first locomotive to pull a load along rails.

For more information about Cyfartha Castle click on to the Visit Merthyr website click here.

Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery

Depot Road, Gadlys, Aberdare, CF44 8DL                 Tel no: 01685 886729

The Cynon Valley Museum consists of a main museum gallery, a temporary exhibition gallery and Art Gallery. The main gallery focuses on the social history of the Cynon Valley from 1800 to the present.

Dan Yr Ogof Nation Show Caves of Wales

Brecon Road, Abercrave, Powys, SA9 1GJ                 Tel no: 01639 730284

Wales’ best kept secret for 315 million years! The National Showcaves Centre for Wales is one of the principality’s top attractions.

Dr Who Experience

Discovery Quay, Heol Porth Teigr, Butetown, Cardiff, CF10 4GA        Tel: 08448013663

Step through a crack in time and help the Doctor, armed with his Sonic Screwdriver to escape from his foes, fly the TARDIS and come face-to-face with some of the scariest monsters seen on screen.

Joseph Parry’s Cottage Museum

4 Chapel Road, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8RE                   Tel no: 01685 723112

4 Chapel Row is a fine example of a typical ironworker’s cottage. Built in the 1820’s for the workers of the Cyfartha Ironworks, the cottage was the birthplace in 1841 of Joseph Parry, Wales best known composer.

Llanciach Fawr Manor

Gelligaer Road, Nelson, Treharris, CF46 6ER   Tel no: 01443 412248

Llanciach Fawr Manor is a splendid Tudor, semi-fortified Manor, refurbished to its 17th century state. Step back in time to the year 1645. The servants are always at the manor to make you feel welcome! To visit the Llancaiach Fawr website click here!

National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP                    Tel no: 02920 397951

The National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff is unique among British museums and galleries in its range of art and science displays.

Rhondda Heritage Park

Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Coed Cae Road, Trehafod, CF37 2NP     Tel: 01443 682036

Based at the Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Rhondda Heritage Park is a living testament to the mining communities of the Rhondda Valleys. Film shows, fully guided underground experience, Artefacts exhibitions, Contemporary Art Gallery & Café.

St Fagans National History Museum

St Fagans, Cardiff, CF5 6XB                           Tel no: 02920 573500

St Fagans has established itself as one of Europe’s foremost open air museum, becoming Wales’ most popular heritage attraction. ENTRY IS FREE.


Stuart Street, Cardiff, CF10 5BW                    Tel no: 02920 475475

A science discovery centre, designed to engage people of all ages in science through interactive exhibits and live demonstrations.

Wales Millenium Centre

Bute Place, Cardiff, CF10 5AL                        Tel no: 08700 402000

Wales Millenium Centre, in Cardiff Bay waterfront, is one of the most exciting cultural hubs in Europe today.

Oakwood Theme Park

Canaston Bridge, Narberth, SA67 8DE                        Tel no: 01834 861889

Are YOU ready for Oakwood? Oakwood Theme Park is one of the UK’s top ten theme parks, based in Pembrokeshire. Boasting over 40 rides and attractions you can be sure of a great day out – whatever the weather!

Ogmore Castle and Stepping Stones

Nr Bridgend, UK                     Tel no: 01443 336000

Substantial remains of a Norman stone-built castle, raised by the de Londres family. The initial earthwork castle was established by William de Londres, soon after 1100.

Parc Bryn Bach

Parc Bryn Bach is set in 340 acres of mixed grass and woodland and has a 36-acre lake as its focal point. The park offers cycling, picnic and barbeque areas as well as several adventure activities.

For more information about Parc Bryn Bach click here.

Pontypridd Museum

Historical Centre, The Old Bridge, Pontypridd, CF37 3PE        Tel: 01443 490748

Housed in a converted chapel built in 1861, Pontypridd Museum tells the history of Pontypridd and its people through a variety of exhibitions.

Go Ape Margam

Margam Country Park, Margam, Port Talbot, SA13 2 TJ         Tel no: 01284 852218

Our very first Welsh Course, located in Margam Country Park (near Port Talbot), which boasts splendid landscapes and the largest deer herd in Wales.

The Millenium Stadium

Westgate Street, Cardiff, CF10 1NS                Tel no: 08700 138600

Since its opening in June 1999, the Millenium Stadium has welcomed over 1.3 million visitors per year. Join one of our experienced tour guides to see the dressing rooms, hear the roar of the crowd, walk down the players’ tunnel.

Taff Trail

The Taff Trail links part of the historic transport network between Cardiff, Merthyr and Brecon on a continuous 55 mile / 93 km waymarked route. The route is primarily off road using canal paths and old railway lines and passes through a range of beautiful scenery and important heritage landscapes.
Download a Taff Trail guide from the Sustrans website click here.

The Winding House

The Winding House in New Tredegar is a newly opened museum in the Rhymney valley. It tells the story of the Caerphilly area up to the present day including the history of the Celts, Romans, local Castles and the industrial revolution.
Visit the Winding House website click here


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