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In the Wye Valley you'll find the 12th century Tintern Abbey. It is one of the most serene and faithfully preserved ruin in Britain and was the source of inspiration for the artist Turner and poet Wordsworth.
Next head to the World Heritage Site of Blaenavon and to Big Pit. Enjoy a multi-media tour of a modern coal mine with a virtual miner in the Mining Galleries, exhibitions in the Pithead Baths and historic colliery buildings and of course the underground tour.
If there is time, or you want an alternative option, Blaenavon Ironworks is one mile (0.8km) from the pit. Wales' industrial heritage has been well preserved in this 18th century World Heritage Site. Main picture.
End the day in Hay-on-Wye, the town which is famous for its books. There are millions of them and they’re everywhere. The castle, the cinema, the fire station and alleyways are all book shops. It also hosts the annual Hay Festival of Literature & the Arts in May/June which has placed the town well and truly on the world literary map.
Overnight suggestion: Hay-on-Wye / Llandrindod Wells
En-route to Aberystwyth stop at Devil's Bridge - the waterfalls have attracted many visitors since the 18th century, including William Wordsworth who wrote the 'Torrent at the Devil's Bridge'. Today, the Falls Nature Trail provides a unique opportunity to see this great natural feature in the Rheidol Gorge.
Travel on to Machynlleth and to the Centre for Alternative Technology. Take a ride in a water-powered funicular from its main entrance and enjoy exhibitions on solar power, wind energy, green gardening and other eco-inititaives.
Travel up the coast to Harlech and visit one of Kind Edward I's mighty fortresses, Harlech Castle, Situated high upon a rocky outcrop, its seaward side was defended by sheer cliffs, while a deep moat protected the other sides.
A short distance away is Portmeirion, the unique Italianate seaside village created by Sir Clough William-Ellis and made famous by the TV series, The Prisoner. After exploring the beautiful woodland gardens, take a stroll around the pastel coloured buildings and facades of the "fantasy village".
Your next stop is Caernarfon Castle, another one built by King Edward I in the 13th century and the location of HRH The Prince of Wales' Investiture in 1969.
End the day in Anglesey. Here you will find the town with the longest name - Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwryndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch - shortened to Llanfair PG. It means St Marys Church by the white aspen over the whirlpool, and St Tysilios church by the red cave! Visit the impressive James Pringle complex, an attractively designed building on the Railway Station which contains a huge selection of craft items.
Overnight suggestion: Anglesey