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Tredegar House »

One of the grandest stately homes in Wales, Tredegar House was bought by the National Trust in 2011 and opened its doors to visitors in 2013. Highlights of the self-guided tour include the grand baroque Jacobean New Hall and the enormous Victorian kitchens, both restored to their former glory. Don't... more »

Carreg Cennen Castle »

On the edge of Brecon Beacons National Park, about 30 miles west of Brecon, this decaying cliff-top fortress was built in the 12th century, and remains of earlier defenses have been found dating back to the Iron Age. The castle, though a ruin, has a partially intact barbican (fortified outer... more »

Wales Millennium Centre »

Inviting comparisons to Bilbao's Guggenheim, Cardiff's main arts complex (known locally as "The Armadillo" for its coppery, shingled exterior) is an extraordinary building, inside and out. The materials used in the construction are intended to represent "Welshness." (Slate is for the rocky coastline, for example, while wood is for its... more »

Cardiff Castle »

A higgledy-piggledy mishmash of styles, from austere Norman keep to over-the-top Victorian mansion, Cardiff Castle is an odd but beguiling place, located right in the middle of the city. Take the tour of the Victorian portion to discover the castle's exuberant side. William Burges (1827–81), an architect obsessed by the... more »

Pierhead »

Topped by a distinctive redbrick clock tower, the Victorian Gothic Pierhead contains a good exhibition on Welsh history, including a few artifacts relating to the medieval struggle for independence from England. Free. Mon.–Sat. 10:30–4:30.more »

National Museum Cardiff »

At this splendid museum, you can learn about the story of Wales through its archaeology, art, and industry. The Evolution of Wales gallery uses inventive robotics and audiovisual effects. There's a fine collection of modern European art, including works by Daumier, Renoir, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. Free. Tues.–Sun. and holidays... more »

Techniquest »

A large science-discovery centre for children, Techniquest has 160 interactive exhibits, a planetarium, and a science theatre. £7; planetarium £1.30. Jan.–mid-July and Sept.–Dec., weekends 9:30–4:30; mid-July–Aug., daily 10–5.more »

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