Dan Snow's favourite places in Wales Historian Dan Snow has been coming to Wales since before he can remember. He's got a passion for the Welsh landscape, its language, its people and history. Here he picks his favourite places to visit. A Caernarfon Castle Caernarfon Castle, Snowdonia Lots of castles stand proudly on their own, but very few have the medieval borough that was originally attached to them. Often people preserved the castles, but destroyed the old housing around it. But Conwy and Caernarfon have both got these extraordinary medieval walled towns that still survive, and give you a sense not just of the castles themselves, but also the fact that there were whole colonies there. B Moel y Gest Moel y Gest, Snowdonia by Northern Soul My earliest memory of Wales is walking out of my nain’s house, onto the footpath, across the fields and up into the hills. I remember clearly going with my great uncle, who is a sheep farmer in those hills. There’s one called Moel-y-Gest just east of Criccieth, which I remember from my childhood as being a towering mountain. It’s not quite that big, but it’s still special to me. Whenever I visit for the weekend, that was the first thing we’d do every Saturday morning: climb Moel-y-Gest. C Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in winter, Wrexham, North Wales Borderlands What a monument to the industrial past! This incredible aqueduct carries the Llangollen Canal high above the River Dee. What I find amazing is that the people who built this knew that they were absolutely the centre of world innovation. People were creating things here that changed world history. D Big Pit National Coal Museum Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon, South Wales Valleys Wales was the first region on earth where more people had industrial jobs than agricultural jobs. When you see the pit heads, and the ruins of old factories, and visits places like Big Pit - which is the most amazing museum in Europe, by the way – it reminds you of the extraordinary changes that have taken place, just in the last 200 years. And when you add that to the last 5,000 years of history – well, it’s almost overwhelming.More World Heritage Sites in Wales Walking on the Gower Rhossili Bay, Gower Peninsula I’ve spent a lot of time in North Wales, and I’ve done some amazing walks in the Brecon Beacons, but I never got down to the Gower peninsula until I was 31 years old, to my shame. Gower took my breath away. We walked from the golf course at Langland, right the way round through all those coves on the south coast, to Worm’s Head, this incredible promontory which is cut off at high tide. It really is something else. It’s just unbeatable. More Areas of Outstanding Beauty Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Wales on Film Wales has been host to hundreds of films. Here are some of those scene-stealing performances. Top Welsh writers Discover twelve Welsh writers who have been inspired by Wales’ language and landscapes. My favourite places James Dean Bradfield from the Manic Street Preachers tells us some of his favourite places to visit. My favourite places BBC reporter Lynn Bowles escapes to Wales after every working week. Here are her favourite places. Voyage of discovery Singer Shân Cothi discovers scenery and escapism on a horse-ride across Wales. “An amazing paddle!” Discover the world-class Welsh adventure that a canoeing legend says is open to all.