Category Archives: South Wales

St Fagans National History Museum, near Cardiff, South Wales

St Fagans National History Museum is an open air museum, although not in the same way that Göreme in Turkey is. St Fagans is a museum of Welsh buildings which reflect the way of life in Wales as it was … Continue reading

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White Castle and Abergavenny South Wales UK

The entrance to White Castle. Credit:Chris Heaton from geograph.org.uk The histories of the Welsh market town Abergavenny and White Castle, seven miles to the east of it are closely entwined.  There is a ruined castle in Abergavenny which was probably … Continue reading

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Castell Coch, Tongwynlais, Cardiff, South Wales

You know the image of the castle with turrets which is the standard one on Disney films? Well, in the woods just outside Cardiff in south Wales, there is a castle that looks just like that. It is called Castell … Continue reading

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Eating and Drinking in Cardiff, Capital of Wales

It was a glorious day yesterday so I went to Cardiff. Perhaps you think that a visit to the Welsh capitol could have been deferred until it was raining, but I love Cardiff when it’s sunny, because there are so … Continue reading

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Ghosts in Gower and Environs, South Wales, UK

  Do you believe in ghosts? I do as I have seen at least one, although this sighting did not happen in the Gower! However there are many reported sightings of ghosts on the Gower Peninsula, some have been haunting … Continue reading

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Sirhowy Valley Country Park

Today I was almost dragged kicking and screaming out of the house and bundled into a car to go for a drive. Let me say that the last time I ventured “out for a drive” it was April, there was … Continue reading

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Chepstow, Cas-Gwent, South Wales, UK

  Chepstow is on the Welsh side of the England-Wales border. William the Conqueror ordered Chepstow Castle to be built in 1067, the year after his victory at the Battle of Hastings. The castle was to keep the Welsh inside … Continue reading

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Caldey Island off the Pembrokeshire Coast, South Wales

Caldey Island lies about 3 miles off the Pembrokeshire coast and faces Tenby. It’s a small island which, for centuries, has been the home of monastic orders. It was a Celtic holy island and that tradition has continued, first with … Continue reading

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Steep Holm, an Island in the Bristol Channel

  Steep Holm island is close to Flat Holm, in the Bristol Channel. It is located just off the coast of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, and is an English island, whereas Flat Holm is Welsh. Although the two islands are close to … Continue reading

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Flat Holm, an Island in the Bristol Channel

  Flat Holm is an island in the Bristol Channel, close to the Welsh capital of Cardiff. It has an interesting history and today has a visitor’s centre where tourists can stay for a day, a few days or a … Continue reading

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