Places to visit

Wales has a fine selection of tourist attractions to visit - far more than we can describe on these pages! Within a very small area you will find castles, ancient towns and villages, theatres, rare wildlife, historical steam railways and canals, wonderful walks, fabulous golf courses and fishing and shooting in plenty.

For your special interest you might enjoy these:

Gilfach Farm Nature Reserve - Radnor Wildlife Trust's historic reserve near Rhayader.
Gigrin Farm red kite feeding centre, near Rhayader.
Mucklewick Horse and Carriage Driving Holidays, Penybontfawr, Powys.
Pedal Power - Cynghordy Mountain Bike Hire, near Llandovery, Carmarthenshire.
Malindi Natural Healing Centre near Carmarthen.
Reptile Tiles and Ceramics, Whitland, Carmarthenshire.

Queens Hall Gallery, Narberth, showing contemporary Pembrokeshire and Welsh Art.
John and Victoria Jewellery - Silver and gold jewellery designed and hand made in the workshop at Llechryd, near Cardigan.
David Beattie Etchings, near Cardigan.
Beiciau Madian - Quad-biking near Machynlleth in Mid Wales.
Brechfa Forest - Beautiful Brechfa Forest, Carmarthenshire.

Cardigan Island Farm Park - 'The Domain of the Dolphin', near Cardigan.
Cenarth Paintball Games - fun at Cenarth, near Cardigan
Wood Park Farm Tracks - 4x4 in West Wales
The West Wales 4x4 group
Borth Animalarium - Borth's best-known attraction, recently extended.
The Judge's Lodging at Presteigne - perhaps the best local museum in Britain!
Touching the Outdoors - adventure breaks in Mid Wales for the over-45s
Portmeirion - the incredible Italianate village in North Wales beloved of The Prisoner fans.
Beics Menai - Hiring leisure and mountain bikes for families and groups of riders.
Fairbourne & Barmouth Steam Railway - The miniature line on the shores of the Mawddach in North Wales.
Glyn Coch Studios, St Clears - Craft shop, tea room, woodland walk etc.
Dive Pembrokeshire - Diving in Pembrokeshire.
Pembrokeshire Boat Charters - Explore the Pembrokeshire coast on the Motor Cruiser Magic.
Dunes Riding Centre - Pembrokeshire horseriding.
Pembrokeshire Activity Centre - Activities for all ages in South West Wales

Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves - The beautiful caves in the Swansea Valley.
Craig-y-Nos Castle - Adelina Patti's former home in the Swansea Valley.

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea - Wales' newest museum, opening in 2005.
Tenby Museum and Art Gallery - an unexpected gem.
Art Matters Gallery - paintings, etchings, photography, sculpture etc in Tenby.
Skokholm Island - The wonderful nature reserve near Tenby, Pembrokeshire.
Thousand Islands Expeditions - Boat trips to Grassholm, Ramsey Island and more.
Caecarrog - Pottery workshop and studio gallery in Mid Wales.
Dyfi Discoveries - Boat trips from Aberdovey.
Cycling Sideways - Information about bicycling in Mid Wales.
Seiont Angling Association - Fishing in the rivers of North Wales.
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth - Information about the great library at Aberystwyth, including exhibitions and some catalogue information.
Blue Island Ceramics - Original designs hand-painted on plates and tiles at Ynyslas, near Aberystwyth
Welsh National Opera - Wales' great opera company
Black Mountain Gallery - new gallery near Swansea.
Gower Explorer - boat trips from Mumbles along the stunning Gower coast.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre - Details of shows and exhibitions at Mid Wales' premier centre for the arts.
New Quay Boat Trips - Pleasure trips around the wildlife-rich shores of Cardigan Bay.
Silver Scenes - making beautiful ornaments and jewellery at Berriew near Newtown, Powys
Mon and Brec Canal - Travelling on one of the most beautiful canals in Britain.
Mon and Brec Canal Trust.
Heart of Wales Railway - the beautiful railway serving Mid Wales.
Meirion Mill - selling wonderful woollen and other goods in the heart of the Welsh mountains.
Llechwedd - Historic slate caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Curlew Weavers - ancient working Cardiganshire woollen mill, making and selling high-quality traditional woollens.
Talyllyn Railway - The world's first preserved railway line.
Narrow Gauge Railway Museum - Tywyn's railway museum at the Talyllyn Railway's Wharf Station.
Festiniog Railway - a slow-loading but interesting site about the world's oldest railway company.
Llangollen Railway - preserved standard-gauge railway near Corwen in North Wales.
Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway - A historic funicular railway at Aberystwyth, and its associated Camera Obscura.
Magic of Life Butterfly Farm - Exotic plants and butterflies in the Rheidol Valley near Aberystwyth.
Corris Railway - Mid Wales' oldest narrow gauge line, now a working museum and soon to carry passengers again.
Bro Meigan Gardens - a series of beautiful gardens overlooking the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire.
Farmyard Nurseries, Llandysul
Cae Iago Pony Trekking - near Lampeter
Kate Glanville's hand-painted plates and tiles - Ffarmers, near Lampeter
Dinefwr Craft Centre, Llandovery - the old Market Hall in Llandovery, housing a variety of modern and traditional crafts.
Llandovery Hamstery - hamsters in Mid Wales.
Oriel Myrddin - Carmarthen's contemporary art and craft gallery, housed in the town's Old Art College; the website is currently being redesigned.
Gwili Railway - The standard gauge preserved railway near Carmarthen
Ynys-hir Nature Reserve - The RSPB's Nature Reserve near Machynlleth
Mumbles Sailing School - A Royal Yachting Association recognised sailing school.
Sygun Copper Mine - all about the historic copper mine in Snowdonia.
Centre for Alternative Technology - a thought-provoking display of renewable resources and planet-friendly technology.
West Wales ECO Centre - in the historic town of Newport in Pembrokeshire
The National Coracle Centre - learn about the history of this fascinating and ancient means of transport in the museum in the lovely village of Cenarth.
Techniquest - Cardiff's hands-on science discovery centre.
White Water Charters -Charter fishing trips from Penarth and Milford Haven.
Boat Fishing Wales - Fishing the Bristol Channel out of Burry Port, Carmarthenshire.
Cefn Caer - mediaeval home of Owain Glyndwr at Pennal, near Machynlleth.


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