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Recommendations for Wales

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Recommendations for Wales

My wife and I are traveling to Manchester arriving on Saturday October 8th, picking up a car and dropping it off in Cardiff on Wednesday October 12th (in time to catch a train to London arriving by mid-afternoon).

While I know that this is much to short a time to see much of Wales, I'm hoping that forum contributors might give some suggestions as to "must see" or "must do" matters.

We are in our mid 50s and enjoy country hikes and walks, visiting castles and historic sights. I am a serious, amateur photographer interested in landscapes.

Hopefully some of you can help us sort out what to see and do and a driving trip route in much too short a time.

Thanks for everyone's help.


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A good base for North Wales would be Conwy. Easy drive from Manchester on the M56/A55 in just over an hour. Good base to visit the castles of Conwy, Beaumaris, Caernarvon. Recommended hotel The Castle. Great hikes on Conwy Mountain the start of the Snowdonia National Park.

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I would recommend a visit to St Fagan's National History Museum, on the outskirts of Cardiff, perhaps the day before you drop off your car. It covers a large area and anyone interested in history could easily spend a day there.

It also has a good selection of gifts in the shop.

Entrance is free, but carparking is £3.50.

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Start off by driving to Conwy for 2 or 3 nights which is a delightful walled town with ruined castle.



Near by is Llandudno (Victorian seaside town ) with the Victorian tramway up the Great Orme.


Spend a day exploring the Conwy valley up to Betwys y Coed and Blaenau Ffestiniog with its massive slate tips. Visit the massive slate mine of Llechwedd. There are two very different trips you can do here - the deep mine and the miners tramway.

llechwedd-slate-caverns.co.ukAlternatively spend time around LLanberis and Snowdon.

Think about a trip on either the Ffestiniog Railway. This is a narrow guage steam railway which carried the slates from Blaenau Ffestiniog to the quays at Porthmadog. This is a superb run and the railway stil uses some of the original steam locos. Break journey at Tan y Bwlch (cafe) and walk down the nature trail to the lake you see from the train.


Next day take A55 along the coast to Caernarfon (another medieval walled town with ruined castle)




Then A4085 along the flanks of Snowdon (magnificent run through glorious countryside) through Beddgelert (stop and find Gelert’s Grave)



and the scenically magnificent Pass of Aberglaslyn


to Penrhyndeudraeth. If time allows visit the mock Italiante village of Portmeirion.


Then pick up A 470 for DolgellauAnd Machynelleth.


Have an overnight round here.

Next day take A487 to Aberystwyth.


Take A4120 to Devil’s Bridge and do the short walk here.


Then take B4343 through the middle of nowhere to Tregaron where you pick up A485 to Lampeter, a small university town (again in the middle of nowhere). Pick up A475 west through Newcastle Emylyn to Cardigan. From Cardigan pick up A487 to Fishguard and St David’s with its cathedral, ruined Bishop’s Palace and glorious coastal walks.




Spend the night round here

You now need to start heading to Cardiff

Take A487 to Haverfordwest and then pick up A40to Caermarthen where you pick up A48 and M5 (fast roads so put your foot downso put your foot daown). Cardiff Castle is nice.


But if you want to avoid big town head for Castell Coch on the outskirts of Cardiff instead. This is a reconstructed medieval fantasy castle surrounded by trees.



Visit St Fagan'sNatural History Museum which has reconstructed old buildings from all over Wales.


Spend the rest of your time here.

Hope this helps with some ideas as to what is possible. you may want to jiggle with the number of nights you spend in different places.

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4. Re: Recommendations for Wales

St Fagans is the National History Museum, btw, although you will experience plenty of natural history there.

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Yes, silly me - it is the NATIONAL History Museum,

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Thanks everyone for their suggestions which are much appreciated. Bill.

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