Castles of Wales Tour
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Last updated: 02/27/2008
This is a short sight seeing tour of Wales for those visitors who have already planned/booked a vacation in the UK. The trip covers all areas of Wales
Today will see us start our tour, meeting at our mutually agreed point in South Wales. ( or elsewhere if required ). Our first venue will be a visit to the fine castle of Caerphilly with the leaning tower, they still have jousting and other ancient art forms here - maybe on the day of your visit? Lunch could be taken at Caerphilly town near to the castle if required and then continue our trip to see the Chepstow castle. CAERPHILLY castle > 8 miles North of Cardiff, off A469 Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Gloucester and Hertford started building the castle at Caerphilly in 1268. Covering 30 acres is the largest in Wales and is only exceeded in Britain by Windsor. It repelled attacks 1270 & 1271. It remained a useful subduing presence and a base for collecting taxes. After the Civil War it was ruined, the stones taken for local building
Today we visit Carew, claimed to be the most attractive castle in South West Wales, and then we take a short drive to the famous walled Town of Tenby where lunch can be taken. The magnificent Carew Castle has a history spanning 2000 years. Set in a stunning location, overlooking a 23 acre millpond, the castle displays thedevelopment from a Norman fortification to an Elizabethan country house. The site incorporates an impressive 11th century Celtic Cross, the only restored Tidal Mill in Wales, a medieval bridge and a picnic area all linked by a delightful mile roundwalk.
After lunch we then head north to see the fabulous Powys Castle in mid-wales near to Welshpool.
This day sees us travelling through some of the best sight seeing country side in Wales as we head north via the Snowdon maintain range country park area to visit Caernafon Castle which is in a well preserved state with powerful defences going back to the 12th century. Caernarfon Castle protects the town and was the site of the Prince of Wales's Investiture by the Queen in 1969, it was also revisited by the then Royal couple Charles and Diana in 1981.The Castle also houses the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welch Fusiliers ï¿½ a sightseeing must do.
POWIS castle is built on a high rock overlooking the garden terraces and has been the home of the Earls of Powis for many generations. There is a wealth of fine paintings and furniture, one of the finest collections in Wales. The sister of the 2nd Earl of Powis married the son of Lord Clive in 1784, and the collection of treasures from India, including jade, bronzes and ivory, are displayed in the Clive Museum. Laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles, the garden still has its original lead statues, an orangery and an aviary on the terraces
No visit to Wales would be complete without a culminating visit to Edward 1st most dramatic and grand Castles of North Wales; both echo strength and power. You really do feel a sense of irrelevance when you walk into these giants. Beaumaris Castle with its moat and foreboding presence overlooking the entrance to the Menai Straits was the last and largest castle to be built by King Edward 1st in Wales. BEAUMARIS castle > Begun in 1295, this unfinished castle is the last and largest of King Edward I's Welsh fortifications. Designed by the king's mason-architect, Master James of St George, it is a perfect example of a concentrically planned castle. Formidable defences survive, surrounded by a partly restored moat. World Heritage Site.
No visit to Wales is complete unless one travels further north to see the much admired Conwy Castle.
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