8 heritage sites to visit in Wales Culture vultures, history buffs and romantics love visiting our castles, museums and cultural heritage centres. Keep your eyes open and you’ll learn more than you ever imagined. Kidwelly Castle, Carmarthenshire Kidwelly Castle, Carmarthenshire Relatively unknown and with a name which sounds more Irish than Welsh, Kidwelly is nonetheless a splendid castle. Much of the structure remains intact. Sturdily built in local stone in the 13th and 14th centuries, on the site of a Norman fort, its walls and towers glower over a quiet river valley. The Six Bells Miners Memorial Guardian - Six Bells Mining Memorial, Abertillery Sebastien Boyesen’s remarkable, 20m steel sculpture of a miner was created in 2010 to commemorate the 1960 Six Bells mining disaster in which 45 men lost their lives. With palms held out like a guardian angel, it has a semi-transparent quality. It’s made from over 20,000 strips of steel, painstakingly welded together. Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil Cyfarthfa Castle in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales Valleys This 19th century stately home was built in the shape of a castle, complete with towers and crenellations. Originally the home of wealthy ironworks owner William Crawshay, it’s now a museum of local history. On display are Laura Ashley dresses, the first steam whistle and a fine collection of porcelain. Strata Florida Abbey, Ceredigion Strata Florida, Ceredigion The last remaining fragments of this Cistercian monastery, including a detailed stone arch and the feet of mighty pillars, hint at its former glories. It stood at the heart of a wealthy estate where the monks farmed and welcomed pilgrims and traders. The medieval poet Dafydd ap Gwilym is buried here, under a yew tree. Oystermouth Castle, Swansea Oystermouth Castle, Swansea This small, Norman stone castle has a romantic air. It gazes out over Swansea Bay from Mumbles. Recent conservation work has revealed new details, including graffiti art from the 14th century. Locals visit the grassy grounds to enjoy picnics, alfresco plays, concerts, carol singing and other seasonal happenings. The Copper Kingdom Centre, Amlwch Copper Kingdom, Parys Mountain, Anglesey by ohefin This new heritage visitor centre tells the story of Anglesey’s former role as the world’s leading copper producer. You can get the lowdown through interactive displays and activities. In 2013, it was shortlisted for a Guardian Museum and Heritage Award for the UK’s most inspiring museum or heritage visitor attraction. Caerphilly Castle Caerphilly Castle and frozen moat, South Wales Valleys by fillbee Like a sleeping giant awaiting a call to arms, Caerphilly Castle is absolutely massive. In area, it’s the largest castle in Wales. It has everything a castle should have – chunky stone walls, turrets, a moat with a drawbridge and a tower that has looked ready to tumble for centuries. The Blaenavon World Heritage Site Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon, South Wales Valleys The South Wales town of Blaenavon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the 18th to the 20th centuries, it was a powerhouse of coalmining and iron production. You can get a feel for the past at the Big Pit National Coal Museum and Blaenavon Ironworks, explore the restored town and ride a steam train. More cultural attractions in Wales. Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items It’s a living thing Children can make history at one of our brilliant living history museums. Quirky heritage sites Wales has masses of eccentric attractions. We’ve an odd feeling you’re going to like them. 10 romantic ruins Discover abbeys and castles that inspired JMW Turner, William Wordsworth and Dylan Thomas. Unique buildings in Wales The tiniest house, the oldest inn, the oddest wall and other intriguing places to visit in Wales. 10 walks through history Come for heritage and scenery on these ten short walks on the Wales Coast Path. Royal Wales Visit the Welsh castles and mansions which have a special connection with the British Royal Family.