The time before the Romans came to Britain in AD 47 is referred to as prehistory because it’s before the written word came to these islands. This implies that we don’t know much about what happened in the ‘dim and distant past’. In fact, we know a great deal…
They came, they saw, they conquered – or, as Julius Caesar would have put it, ‘Veni, Vidi, Vici’. That doesn’t quite sum up the Roman invasion and subsequent occupation of Wales. As with all good clichés, there’s more than an element of truth in it. But it doesn’t tell the full story...
Wales is often called 'the land of castles' – there are 427 of them. If you visit Wales you’re almost certain to see one. If you live here you’re probably familiar with quite a few. Cadw looks after 44 castles – each one is unique.
Monasteries & Abbeys
It all began, really, in the wild west of Wales in the 6th century. But go to the far-flung, tiny city of St Davids today and you’ll look twice to find its famous cathedral, a fountainhead of Christianity in Britain. From the centre of town, it’s nowhere to be seen.
Wales’s historic sites aren’t just a matter old stones and bones. The country was a leading player in Britain’s Industrial Revolution, a white-hot force that changed these islands – and the world – forever.