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 to 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.
Castles and forts of North Wales
Distilling centuries of history into a two day tour, Celticos will show you the best of Celtic, Roman and medieval North Wales and introduce you to the story of the Princes of Gwynedd. This fascinating route covers over a dozen castles, forts and burial chambers in Snowdonia and Anglesey, including Conwy, Caernarfon, Segontium and Dolbadarn.
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.
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, Celticos can help. They will connect you with specialist genealogical researchers who will piece together your family tree and plan a tour of the places where your forefathers were born, married or buried, and sites where they farmed or mined. Welsh-American family links are a speciality. Dragon Tours offer a similar service.
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 Sightseeing tour of Mountains, Mines and Ale in Wales (Roam Wales (telephone 07486 279815), with 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.
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.
Romans and ruins
On this Wye Valley tour by See Wales, you’ll see priceless Roman jewels retrieved from a drain, an abbey that inspired Turner and Wordsworth and one of the finest late-medieval fortresses in Britain. You’ll start in Caerleon, where you can visit the Roman amphitheatre and bathhouse, then head east to the romantic ruins of Tintern Abbey and north to Raglan Castle.
North Wales expert Amanda Whitehead, a Blue Badge Guide, will take you right back to the 7th century. The Royal Anglesey is a tour of historic sites with connections to kings, princes and princesses of Wales, England and France. Amanda also offers a two-day Pilgrims Way tour of holy sites in Flintshire, Snowdonia and the Llŷn Peninsula.
City sightseeing Cardiff
Take the strain off your feet with a tour aboard the City Sightseeing bus. Multiple buses circle the city every 30 minutes, with audio commentary as the bus drives from one site to another. You can hop on and off as you wish, which is useful if you want to explore some of the points in more detail. Stops include Cardiff Castle, National Museum Cardiff, the Wales Millennium Centre, Techniquest, St David’s Dewi Sant and Principality Stadium.