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Beaumaris Castle
Fortress of near-perfect symmetry is an unfinished masterpiece
Blaenavon Ironworks
Giant of the industrial age still stands tall on the shoulders of its workers
Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths
The luxury and bloodshed of life in a Roman fortress
Caernarfon Castle
After all these years Caernarfon’s immense strength remains undimmed.
Caerphilly Castle
Fear of a Welsh prince inspired the mightiest medieval castle in Wales
Castell Coch
Fairytale castle was a plaything for the rich and powerful
Chepstow Castle
The stones of this magnificent clifftop fortress trace 600 years of history
Cilgerran Castle
Spectacular castle that wasn’t quite as secure as the Normans hoped
Conwy Castle
Magnificent medieval fortress still towers over town after 700 years
Criccieth Castle
Spectacular coastal castle built – and destroyed – by powerful Welsh princes
Denbigh Castle
Mighty fortress evokes the drama of medieval warfare
Dolwyddelan Castle
Commanding Welsh stronghold in spectacular mountain setting
Harlech Castle
None of Edward I’s mighty coastal fortresses has a more spectacular setting
Kidwelly Castle
Norman stronghold is a match for the greatest castles of Wales
Laugharne Castle
Mighty medieval castle, Tudor mansion and poet’s hideout
Margam Stones Museum
Magnificent carved stones reach back to the dawn of Christianity in Wales
Oxwich Castle
A castle in name only but hugely impressive
Plas Mawr
Britain’s finest town house of the golden Elizabethan age
Raglan Castle
Welsh fortress-palace transformed into regal residence
Rhuddlan Castle
Awesome feat of engineering still towers above the River Clwyd
Rug Chapel
Extravagant private chapel of an arch Royalist who clung to the old ways
St Davids Bishop's Palace
Magnificent medieval palace that rivalled its cathedral for glory
Strata Florida Abbey
Grand medieval abbey where generations of Welsh princes are buried
Tintern Abbey
Gothic masterpiece became a Romantic symbol of the sublime
Tretower Court and Castle
Two-in-one architectural wonder spans 900 years of history
Valle Crucis Abbey
Majestic medieval abbey was legendary for its lavish feasts
Weobley Castle
High-society home with its very own watchtower
Carreg Cennen
Iconic ruin offers an unforgettably romantic experience
Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber
An atmospheric tomb with rare examples of prehistoric art
Basingwerk Abbey
A medieval religious centre that’s still a place of pilgrimage
Bodowyr Burial Chamber
Neolithic standing stones still shrouded in mystery
Brecon Gaer Roman Fort
Rural remains of a major military outpost
Bronllys Castle
Sturdy stone tower with a turbulent history
Bryn Celli Ddu Burial Chamber
Iconic Neolithic tomb with a celestial secret
Bryntail Lead Mine Buildings
Peaceful remains of a busy industrial hub
Cae'r Gors
Childhood home of a literary heroine and showcase for a unique industrial landscape
Caer Gybi Roman Fortlet
Northern military outpost in a strategic coastal location
Caer Lêb
Prehistoric settlement with Roman and medieval connections
Caer y Twr
Iron Age settlement in a spectacular mountaintop location
Caerleon Amphitheatre
Blood-soaked Roman entertainment meets Arthurian myth
Caerwent Roman Town
A glimpse into a Romanised market town
Capel Garmon Burial Chamber
Neolithic burial chamber in an unexplained location
Capel Lligwy
Possibly all that’s left of a vanished community
Carew Cross
Celtic art, Cadw icon
Carreg Coetan Arthur Burial Chamber
Neolithic tomb with links to Arthurian myth
Carswell Medieval House
Through the keyhole of a modest medieval home
Castell Bryn Gwyn
Prehistoric site with an extensive history
Castell y Bere
Architectural ingenuity and natural advantages combine in a must-visit Welsh-built fortress
Chepstow Bulwarks Camp
Hidden remnants of an Iron Age fort
Chepstow Port Wall
Extensive remains of medieval town walls
Coity Castle
Romantic ruined castle, a storyboard in stone
Conwy Town Walls
Walking the walls of a World Heritage Site
Cymer Abbey
An example of Cistercian influence in medieval Wales
Denbigh Friary
Ruined religious settlement laid low by Henry VIII
Denbigh Town Walls
The first line of defence for Denbigh’s medieval castle
Denbigh, Leicester's Church
Remains of an ill-fated Elizabethan church
Denbigh, St Hilary's Chapel
Simple town church that welcomed a celebrity congregation
Derwen Churchyard Cross
Preaching cross with striking Christian carvings that has stood the test of time
Din Dryfol Burial Chamber
Burial site and time capsule from the Neolithic period
Din Lligwy Hut Group
Revealing late Roman settlement – but was it originally from the Iron Age?
Dinefwr Castle
Much fought-over seat of the kingdom of Deheubarth
Dolbadarn Castle
Welsh castle and solitary guardian of Snowdonia’s Llanberis Pass
Dolforwyn Castle
Ruined symbol of Welsh defiance
Dryslwyn Castle
Fragmentary – yet evocative – remains of a castle laid low by conflict
Dyffryn Ardudwy Burial Chamber
Neighbouring tombs built several generations apart
Dyfi Furnace
Perfectly-preserved example of Welsh industrial heritage in a sublime rural setting
Eliseg's Pillar
Unpicking the mysteries of this early Christian cross
Ewenny Priory
An unusually warlike religious settlement
Ewloe Castle
Native-built castle in an unconventional forest setting
Flint Castle
The earliest and most unusual of Wales’s English-built castles
Grosmont Castle
Big on the border
Gwydir Uchaf Chapel
Look upwards to lift the spirits
Hafoty Medieval House
From timber to stone
Haverfordwest Priory
Religious men with green fingers
Hen Gwrt Moated Site
A well-preserved moat protecting a vanished manor
Heritage Cottage
A terraced time capsule
Holyhead Mountain Hut Circles
A farming community from the past
Lamphey Bishop's Palace
A bishop’s tipple
Llangar Old Parish Church
The writing’s on the wall
Llansteffan Castle
A prime piece of real estate
Llanthony Priory
A timeless treasure
Llawhaden Castle
Forgotten castle-cum-mansion that stays in the memory
Wiston Castle
Well-preserved motte-and-bailey with a turbulent history
Lligwy Burial Chamber
A true heavyweight
Loughor Castle
Thou shalt not cross
Maen Achwyfan Cross
The art of the Vikings
Monmouth Castle
Ruined castle with a regal history
Montgomery Castle
More than the sum of its parts
Neath Abbey and Gatehouse
A site of power – both religious and industrial
Newcastle, Bridgend
A castle built to last
Newport Castle
Final remains of a significant waterfront fortress
Ogmore Castle
Step into the past
Old Beaupre Castle
Medieval manor with extravagant Tudor additions and status symbols
Parc le Breos Burial Chamber
Superb example of a Neolithic chambered tomb
Penarth Fawr Medieval House
Rare stone-built dwelling with impressive timbered supports
Penmon Priory, Cross and St Seiriol’s Well
Three for the price of one at this important holy site
Penrhos Feilw Standing Stones
Bronze Age standing stones shrouded in mystery
Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber
Skeletal remains of a Neolithic tomb in haunting location
Pont Minllyn
Picturesque hidden bridge over the River Dyfi
Runston Chapel
Lonely chapel of a long-lost village
Skenfrith Castle
Significant medieval fortress with a substantial central tower
St Cybi's Well
Hidden holy well with possible pagan origins
St Dogmaels Abbey and Coach House
Century-spanning ruins of a significant religious settlement
St Lythans Burial Chamber
Lonely Neolithic tomb with links to Arthurian legend
St Non's Chapel
Reputed birthplace of Wales’s patron saint in uplifting location
St Quentin's Castle, Llanblethian
Ruined remains of a 14th-century castle
St Winefride's Chapel and Holy Well
Still a popular place of pilgrimage
Swansea Castle
Urban remnants of a once-mighty fortress
Talley Abbey
Skeletal remains of a unique religious settlement
Tinkinswood Burial Chamber
A spectacular feat of prehistoric engineering
Tregwehelydd Standing Stone
Splintered remains of a Bronze Age monument
Twthill, Rhuddlan
Medieval mound where a long-lost castle once stood
Ty Mawr Standing Stone
Solitary, strangely shaped Bronze Age monument
Tŷ Newydd Burial Chamber
Prehistoric art and arrowheads
White Castle
The shape of things to come? An early glimpse of Edward I’s Welsh castle-building project
Penmon Dovecote
A bird box on a truly epic scale
Segontium Roman Fort
Roman stronghold that passed into Welsh legend
Caernarfon Town Walls
Caernarfon’s security blanket