Located on the wild, westerly fringe of Wales, Pembrokeshire has a rugged and exhilarating beauty that is quite simply enchanting. The spectacular landscapes here are defined by the dramatic coastline which is formed of rocky headlands, hidden coves, sweeping bays and glorious beaches. Punctuating this breathtaking scenery are charming medieval towns, rich with history and rugged with ancient fortifications.
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With 1,100 years of history to explore, The Royal Mint makes for an intriguing visit. A guided behind-the-scenes tour shows how the coins are produced, and the fascinating exhibitions display some of the world’s rarest coins and artefacts. This is also the only place in Britain where you can strike your own coin.
Quaint and coastal St Davids is a peaceful cathedral city that is the size of a village – in fact, it is the smallest city in Britain. It is known for its cathedral and the adjacent ruins of a Bishop's Palace. As the resting place of St David, Wales’ patron saint, it has been a place of pilgrimage for 1,500 years.
St Davids Cathedral, the culmination of rebuilding and expansion over the ages, is a 12th century cathedral notable for the distinctive, purple-hued Cambrian sandstone that it is built from.
One hundred feet long, the Last Invasion Tapestry is a wonderful example of local craftwork. It evokes the Bayeux Tapestry, and shows the last invasion of mainland Britain which took place in 1797. It was created in to mark the 200th anniversary of this historic event.
Cardigan Castle is a cultural stronghold in Wales, as it was the host of the first national Eisteddfod (celebration of Welsh language and culture). With a history dating back 900 years, it has medieval walls, a Georgian mansion and Grade-II listed Regency gardens. A £12m restoration project was completed here in 2015.
With 10 acres and an extraordinary Elizabethan cloister garden at its heart, this flourishing paradise offers much to explore. Dating back many centuries, the gardens were ‘rediscovered’ in the 1990s and consequently restored based upon historical research.
Picton is a unique castle found in the heart of Pembrokeshire. Comprised of a 13th century castle and a Georgian wing, it has fine 18th century interiors. A monument of Welsh heritage, it is surrounded by idyllic gardens which are lush with beautiful plants and exotic species.
Picturesque Tenby is a jumble of pastel-coloured fishermens’ cottages flanked by glorious golden beaches. A lovely seaside town with grand Georgian mansions, it has medieval streets, Norman walls and aside from these natural charms, it is home to a number of unique attractions.
Located near Newport, Tredegar House is one of the finest 17th century properties in Britain. Home to some of the most important families in Wales’ history, it has dazzling state rooms, marvellous panelling, and a bold red-brick façade surrounded by acres of lovely grounds.
“The colours of the Pembrokeshire coastline in the sunshine are amazing – from the deep blue of the waters, to the vibrant shades of green on the hills and cliffs.”
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Ireland’s hidden heartlands offer much more than just outstanding rural tranquillity and a wonderfully relaxed pace of life. Amongst the rolling hills, flourishing countryside and dewy lakes are charming Irish towns and a superb selection of museums, mansions and monasteries which combine in an enchanting mix of the ancient and the mythological.
The rural heart of Wales is delightfully unspoilt, with undulating green hills, secluded valleys and lush forests nestled between the rugged Ceredigion coast and the imposing Cambrian Mountains.
The Welsh capital is full of unique attractions, innovative architecture and thriving shopping centres. Between the vibrant waterfront of Cardiff Bay and the bustling city centre, there is plenty of culture with art galleries and museums.
The historic castles, grand stately homes, and ancient ruins sitting amongst stunning valleys and heather-clad moorland tell the tale of the Scottish borderland’s captivating past.