Cardigan, Cenarth and the Wool Museum

In the Cenarth, Cardigan and National Wool Museum tour, West Wales specialist Marion Davies will show you the heritage rich Teifi Valley. Visit Cardigan, an elegant, largely Welsh speaking town with a dramatic Norman castle, and Cenarth, home the National Coracle Centre and a 17th century mill. You’ll also go to the National Wool Museum in Drefach Felindre, a village which used to produce blankets, shirts and socks by the cartload.

A wool spinning machine.

Spinning mule at the National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre, Carmarthenshire

Castles and forts of North Wales

Distilling centuries of history into a two or three day Castles of North Wales tour.  Celticos will show you the best of Celtic, Roman and medieval North Wales and introduce you to the historical highlights of North Wales. This fascinating route covers over a dozen castles, forts and burial chambers in Eryri (Snowdonia) and Anglesey, including Conwy, Caernarfon, Segontium and Dolbadarn.

man and woman walking castle walls.
man and woman stood in castle with view of sea and boats.

Castell Conwy, North Wales

The Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk, Laugharne

Created by local Dylan Thomas enthusiast Bob Stevens, this is a two-mile self-guided walk around Laugharne’s inspiring landscapes, marked by benches engraved with lines of the great man’s poetry. The name is a reference to 'Poem in October', one of Thomas’ best loved poems, describing a walk on his 30th birthday. Follow the Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk on your own birthday and local businesses will offer you treats on the house.

Edge of boathouse overlooking the water.
In Dylan Thomas' Bootshaus, Schreibtisch, Stuhl und Bildern an der Wand.

Views over Laugharne amd Dylan Thomas' writing shed, Carmarthenshire, West Wales

Family tree and heritage tours

If you were born into a family with Welsh roots but have never visited the places where your ancestors lived, you could try tracing your family ancestry on a genealogy tour of Wales. A selection of tour companies can connect you with specialist genealogical researchers who will piece together your family tree and plan bespoke tours of the places where your forefathers were born, married or buried, and sites where they farmed or mined. 

Blick auf die Nationalbibliothek von Aberystwyth.
Girls walking up steps into The National Library of Wales.

Explore the archives at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Mid Wales

I predict a riot: The Chartists

In November 1839, John Frost led a group of passionate political activists, many of them coal-miners, on a march in the town of Newport. The aim of the Chartists was to demand the kind of democratic freedoms we now largely take for granted. Phil Coates will guide you to historic industrial sites in the South Wales Valleys, the Wye Valley and the Vale of Usk to tell the full story.

Mountains, mines and ale

Starting in Cardiff, the 'When coal Was King' tour with Roam Wales, begins with a journey to the former heart of industrial South Wales: the Blaenavon World Heritage Site. Here, you'll visit Big Pit, the National Coal Museum, for a fascinating tour led by a former miner. From there, a drive through the mountains takes you on to discover another great Welsh product – real ale – at the nearby Rhymney Brewery. The day ends in the foodie market town of Abergavenny.

View of signs down Abergavenny town centre.
looking up at Abergavenny Castle from the bottom of the hill.

Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, South Wales

Tawe river heritage trail

The lower Tawe Valley, where the River Tawe flows south towards Swansea Bay, was a hive of copper, coal, lead, nickel and porcelain production in the 18th and 19th centuries. At one time, over 90 per cent of the world’s copper came from Swansea. Take a short heritage cruise on the Tawe with the Swansea Community Boat Trust, and you’ll learn about the river’s role in Welsh history.

Explore UNESCO world heritage in Conwy

North Wales expert Amanda Whitehead, a Blue Badge Guide, will take you back in time with her tours of Conwy town and castle or Medieval town walls. Amanda also offers an eight to nine hours Celts and castles bus tour. Explore Anglesey, Caernarfon, Castell Dolbadarn and Eryri (Snowdonia) in a luxury bus or van.

Aerial view of Castell Dolbardarn, Eryri (Snowdonia).

Castell Dolbadarn, Eryri, North Wales

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