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Edward 1's Castles of North Wales
Conwy Castle
Exploring Conwy Castle © Crown Copyright Visit Wales (2016)
Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
Big Pit National Coal Museum
Reflection of pit head at Big Pit National Coal Museum (Copyright Big Pit)
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
Winter view of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct © Crown Copyright Visit Wales (2016)

Visit other Wales World Heritage Sites

In Wales we are so lucky to have three great UNESCO World Heritage Sites - places that demonstrate the very best of human endeavour which influenced the whole world. You can visit these impressive sites which are all members of an elite club around the world such as the Taj Mahal and the Pyramid's.

The Edward 1's Castles of North Wales are the finest example of medieval military architecture acrss Europe. The final piece in the King's strategic plan to conquer Wales, the concentric ring castles at Harlech and Beaumaris together with the fortress palaces at Conwy and Caernarfon sit imposingly along the north Wales coastline creating stunning places to visit.

Blaenavon Industrial Landscape pays testiment to the hard work and ingenuity of the ironmasters as well as the ordinary workers. The unique landscape shows the scars of mining as well as reminders of the ingenious transport methods that moved the iron, coal and other minerals between sites and on their way to the markets around the world. Now there are fantastic places to visit like Big Pit National Coal Museum, the Ironworks and the Heritage Railway.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal is the most recent monument accorded World Heritage Status. Britains longest aqueduct is an engineering feat, strong but light, amazing! At an unnerving height of 126ft above the valley floor, boats squeeze through a water-filled iron trough just 5ft3ins deep and 11ft wide. Good job that they are 'narrow' boats!

Each of these sites is unique and a fantastic opportunity for the whole family to discover more about the diverse history of Wales. Why not download a copy of our brochure and explore the World Heritage Sites of Wales this year?

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