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What? Discover the story of Gwenllian and the National Botanic Garden of Wales

Where? Carmarthenshire

Cadw sites to see: Kidwelly Castle and Dinefwr Castle

Most ‘Instagrammable’ spot: The Castle’s gatehouse window which looks out towards Kidwelly’s medieval church — a secluded space with ample 12th-century seating for the perfect family photograph.

Kidwelly Castle is a mighty and imposing monument of Norman power. Situated high above the River Gwendreath, the spectacular fortress is a true sight to behold.

Just outside the gatehouse stands a memorial to the Welsh Warrior Princess, Gwenllian, who died in a battle while trying to save her country from Norman invasion during 1136. Discover the story of this original feminist and her legacy within the Castle grounds — a strong female figure to inspire your little ones.

The castle is only a short twenty minute walk away from Kidwelly Quay, which is home to the oldest canal in Wales — Kymer’s Canal. Enjoy an afternoon stroll along the canal path and explore the town centre before heading south to the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Set in the beautiful Carmarthen countryside, the garden is home to the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, a tropical Butterfly House, the British Bird of Prey Centre and much more to keep the whole family occupied — all within a short 25-minute drive from Kidwelly.

If you have time, complete your day out with a visit to Dinefwr Castle — another majestic hilltop site overlooking the Tywi Valley.