Wandering Among History in North Wales

August 28th-31st, 2015

With over 600 historical sites, ranging from Roman times to 19th century millionaire castle builds, Wales is the castle capital of Europe. The best part about exploring the Welsh heritage sites is that you have uninhibited access to get up close and personal with the ruins; no roped off areas, no overpriced entrance fees, in fact most of the sites are free and open to the public at anytime. Well-behaved dogs on leads are also welcome to explore so Scooter got to participate in the history lesson as well!

Criccieth Castle

Perched on a headland with impressive views of calm blue waters of Cardigan Bay, the castle was built by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, the most powerful Welsh ruler in the 1230s AD as a symbol of his power and status. The twin towers are still intimidating and the views alone are worth the visit!IMG_9322IMG_9262

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Cymer Abbey

Begun in 1198 AD, the abbey was never fully completed and was closed in 1536 AD when Henry VIII abolished all small abbeys. The abbey ruins appeared to be a favorite place for the kids from the neighboring campsite to play hide and seek!

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Dyffryn Ardudwy Burial Chamber

Down an unassuming path in the small coastal village of Dyffryn Ardudwy lies one of the many prehistoric burial chambers lining the North Welsh coast, a special type of tomb that was built by the early Neolithic period 6000 years ago called a portal dolmen consisting of massive box-like chambers made of large stone slabs with a huge capstone on top and an entrance at the front.

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