South East

Big Pit National Coal Museum
Big Pit was a working coalmine until it closed in 1980. In 1983 the site became a museum, and has become increasingly popular with visitors. Highlights include an hour-long underground tour, led by ex-miners, which takes you down in the pit cage to walk through underground roadways, air doors stables and engine houses built by generations of mineworkers.

Caldicot Castle
Founded by the Normans, and later restored as a Victorian family home, this castle is surrounded by a beautiful country park. The River Nedern runs through its grounds, and the wildlife pond is home to a variety of wildfowl.

Cardiff Castle
An impressive fortress in the heart of Wales’s capital city, designed by William Burges who was employed by the 3rd Marquees of Bute in 1866 to transform the castle to the site we see today.

Cyfarthfa Castle
The 'Ironmaster' William Crawshay commissioned Cyfarthfa Castle in 1824, and this grand castellated mansion overlooked his ironworks.

Dewstow Gardens
Constructed around 1895, the gardens were buried after the Second World War and rediscovered in 2000. The gardens contain ponds and rills and a labyrinth of underground grottoes.

Dyffryn Gardens
Over 55 acres of Grade 1 registered Edwardian garden design. Dyffryn Gardens features a collection of garden rooms, formal lawns and an extensive Arboretum featuring trees from all over the world.

Llancaiach Fawr
Designed for security and defence, Llancaiach Fawr Manor is restored and furnished as it would have been in 1645.

National Roman Legion Museum
Caerleon was one of only three permanent fortresses in Roman Britain and the National Roman Legion Museum lies inside what remains of the fortress. The ruins include the most complete amphitheatre in Britain and the only remains of a Roman Legionary barracks on view anywhere in Europe. The site also contains a roman garden and displays half a million objects from the fortresses themselves.

St Fagans Museum
The national history museum stands in the grounds of St Fagans Castle on the outskirts of Cardiff. During the last fifty years, over forty original buildings from different historical periods have been re-erected in this outdoor museum.

Tredegar House
Former home  to one of the greatest Welsh families for over 500 years, the Morgans, later Lords Tredegar. The Morgan family owned more than 40,000 acres in Monmouthshire, Breconshire and Glamorgan at the end of the 18th century.