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Visit fairy-tale castles brimming with history, fine country houses and glorious gardens in Wales. From the rocky peaks of Eryri (Snowdonia) to wild unspoilt beaches, enjoy an unforgettable trip to a Celtic land steeped in myths and legends. Croeso i Gymru.

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Lilies in summer at Bodnant Garden, Colwyn Bay, Wales

Gardens and parks in Wales 

Visit an amazing collection of gardens and parks in Wales. From walled gardens to arboretums and countryside estates, there’s plenty to explore.

View of the north east front of Tredegar House, Newport on a sunny day

Houses and buildings in Wales 

Explore magnificent Welsh mansions and their collections, from ancestral homes to buildings designed by renowned architects. Discover the history and tales from bygone days, in breath-taking settings across Wales.

The exterior of Penrhyn Castle on a sunny day

Castles and forts in Wales 

Step into a medieval fortress with dungeons at Chirk or visit the home of the Welsh princes at Powis Castle. Discover some of the finest and most famous castles in Wales.

Walkers admire the view across Llyn Ogwen to the Cwm Idwal Valley on a sunny day, with a body of water visible in the valley and mountains in the distance

Countryside and woodland in Wales 

Explore dramatic and beautiful valleys, ancient woodlands and river walks or have an adventure through the wild Welsh mountains and visit some of the country’s most iconic peaks.

The Centenary Viewpoint, Dinas Oleu, Wales

Coasts and beaches in Wales 

Explore 157 miles of Welsh coastline protected by the National Trust, from long golden beaches to rugged clifftops.

Family days out

Children running in the garden at Penrhyn Castle, Wales, in summer

Family days out in Wales 

With fun-filled activities and exciting events, there are plenty of great family days out to be had in Wales. Explore vast Welsh castles, tick off some ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities, or let off steam in natural play areas.

Summer highlights

A flower border with red, yellows and pinks, next to a path with a stone building behind
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Bodnant Garden 

Cool pastels and hot fiery reds, shady dells and sunlit terraces, Bodnant has it all. Stroll along fragrant terraces overflowing with herbaceous planting, explore the hot summer colours of the Range, or relax amongst swathes of electric blue hydrangeas in the riverside dells.

near Colwyn Bay, Conwy

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View of flower borders and box hedges on the orangery terrace at Powis Castle garden on a sunny day in July
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Powis Castle and Garden 

There are dozens of flower borders to explore at Powis Castle. From the dramatic foliage of the Tropical Border and the rich herbaceous planting of the Italianate Terraces to the vivid wildflowers and impossibly tall hollyhocks of the Formal Garden; there’s endless summer colour to discover.

Welshpool, Powys

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Herbaceous Border in summer, Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
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Dyffryn Gardens 

The gardens at Dyffryn are always beautiful but in the summer they’re spectacular. With vibrant dahlias in the Paved Court, opulent flower beds on the South Front, and the beautifully restored beds of the Herbaceous Borders, there’s swathes of summer colour at every turn.

St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan

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Find a walk

Two women walking on a path through woodland on Southwood Estate, Pembrokeshire in Wales

Walking in Wales 

Explore wide open landscapes, gentler coastal strolls or energetic hikes for something a little more challenging. We've rounded up some of the best places to walk in Wales.

Visitors walking through woodland in winter at Llanerchaeron estate in Ceredigion, Wales
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Accessible walks in Wales 

Find out about our multi-use trails at the places we care for across Wales that are pushchair-friendly and perfect for wheelchair users and those with mobility aids.

Top summer walks

Deer on grassland in the Dinefwr deer park, with the sun shining through bare branches of trees on top of a hillock to the left
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‘Capability’ Brown walk at Dinefwr 

Walk beside historic ancient trees on a circular route in a landscape designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, with the chance to spot the resident fallow deer.

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DistanceMiles: 1.5 (km: 2.4)
Young family and dog walking around still lake with autumn trees reflected in the lake
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Ornamental Lake walk, Dolmelynllyn 

Enjoy a relaxing, wheelchair-friendly walk around the restored lake at Dolmelynllyn, which is fantastic for wildlife-watching.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 0.6 (km: 0.96)
Oak posts protrude from the beach at Rhosili Bay, Gower, Wales. They are the remains of the carcass of the Helvetia shipwreck.
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Rhosili serpents, seascapes and shipwrecks walk 

Follow this easy, circular walk at Rhosili, a haven for people who want to enjoy the coast – walking, surfing or just building sandcastles.

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DistanceMiles: 1 (km: 1.6)
Visitors walking at Plas Newydd, North Wales
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A gentle walk at Plas Newydd 

This easy trail around Plas Newydd's grounds offers fun for the whole family, including a treehouse and adventure playground, against the backdrop of Snowdonia and the Menai Strait.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 1 (km: 1.6)

Places to visit with your dog

Children and dog at Bosherston Lake, Stackpole, Pembrokeshire

Dog-friendly places in Wales 

From mountains and beaches, to gardens and parklands, find a dog walk in Wales that both you and your four-legged friend will love. Here’s your guide to some of the best dog-friendly places to visit in Wales.

Volunteering

Volunteers helping with a beach clean at Marloes Sands, Wales

Volunteering in Wales 

Discover how you can make a difference by volunteering at one of the places we look after in Wales, from historic houses to mountains and coastlines.

Volunteer room guide speaking with visitors at Tredegar House, Wales
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Supporter groups in Wales 

Join a supporter group in Wales to support local places through fundraising and volunteering, meet new people and enjoy special interest talks, trips and events.

Latest news

A photo of a man with grey hair wearing a Plantlife jacket and a man with brown, curly hair wearing a National Trust jacket holding a rosy saxifrage plant. They are surrounded by bushes and are both smiling.
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Extinct plant reintroduced to the wild in Wales after 62 years 

A beautiful mountain plant that once clung to cliff edges in Eryri (Snowdonia) has been successfully reintroduced in to the wild in Wales after being extinct since 1962.

National Trust staff member holding Rex Whistler's portrait of Caroline Paget portrait at Plas Newydd
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Works by Rex Whistler and Kyffin Williams are among some unseen items secured for the future at Plas Newydd 

Following private negotiations with the Anglesey family, National Trust Cymru have purchased six items that will enable Plas Newydd House and Garden to share more about its history and local links. These items have been kept in the Anglesey family’s personal collection until now and will be made available to the public for the first time. Another four items, which went under the hammer at Sotheby’s Auction on 11 April have also been secured, of significant importance to Plas Newydd.

Glyn Smith holds retirement portrait with other historic prints behind him, in house at Erddig, Wrexham, Wale
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New portrait – the first in over 100 years – joins unmatched collection of historic staff portraits at National Trust Cymru’s Erddig estate 

For nearly 200 years, the cherished household staff and servants at Erddig near Wrexham were recorded in a unique collection of portraits, photographs and verses. Now, for the first time in more than a century, a new portrait is temporarily joining the historic display to mark the retirement of the estate’s long-serving Head Gardener.

Llyndy Isaf Farmhouse overlooking Llyn Dinas, Eryri (Snowdonia)
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National Trust Cymru seeking tenant for a special farm in Eryri (Snowdonia) 

A unique opportunity to take on a 15-year farm business tenancy has become available at the picturesque Llyndy Isaf, in Nant Gwynant – with the process of selecting the tenant filmed for a TV show for a national broadcaster.

A stone farmhouse standing on a hillside above a low stone bridge.
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Cultural gem, Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant, to get £294,000 boost to help celebrate its special story and unique Bible collection 

The nearly £150,000 funding from the Wolfson Foundation, gifts from Welsh charitable trusts including the Vronhaul Charity and Gaynor Cemlyn-Jones Trust as well as significant investment from National Trust Cymru will help to protect, celebrate and share Tŷ Mawr for everyone, for ever.

Beekeepers carefully rehoming honeybees from the roof of Plas yn Rhiw
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Meeting the bees needs - 50,000 unusual residents protected during National Trust Cymru repairs to historic house 

For the first time in 200 years the buzz in a National Trust house in Gwynedd, North Wales has been stilled, as a rare species of wild bees living in the roof have been moved to a new home during conservation work.

The conserved portrait of John Wilton in the servants' hall at Chirk Castle
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Conservation of rare full-length portrait of an 18th century servant reveals tantalising clues about his identity and role 

A rare full-length, life-size portrait of a servant at the National Trust’s Chirk Castle in Wrexham has gone on display following conservation and research to reveal some remarkable clues about his background.

An artist in a tiger outfit sits in the window of a bedroom in Powis Castle. In the foreground is an ornate four poster bed. The image is of one of the photographs shown in the new ‘A Tiger in the Castle’ exhibition by artist Daniel Trivedy at Powis Castle and Garden
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‘A Tiger in the Castle’, a new exhibition exploring artist Daniel Trivedy’s personal response to Powis Castle’s colonial connections to India opens at Powis Castle and Garden 

‘A Tiger in the Castle’, a new exhibition in collaboration between Artes Mundi, National Trust Cymru and artist Daniel Trivedy opens at Powis Castle and Garden. The exhibition explores the artists’ personal response to Powis Castle’s colonial connections to India.

Eating and shopping

Someone slicing into a Victoria sponge cake

Places to eat and shop in Wales 

Whether you’re looking for a light lunch, a hot drink or the perfect gift, you’ll find something at our cafés, tea-rooms and shops in Wales.

A family is sitting on a blanket and having a picnic at The Kymin, Monmouthshire. A child is reaching out to accept some food from another family member.
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Perfect picnic spots in Wales 

Plan the perfect picnic in Wales and eat al fresco on a grand estate, a pretty beach, or a wooded wildlife haven, with views of the great Welsh outdoors.

Places to stay

The exterior of Gwernouau Cottage, Betws-Y-Coed, Gwynedd
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Holiday cottages in Wales 

Cosy or characterful, coast or countryside, discover some of the best holiday cottages in Wales for a perfect break.

Upcoming events

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50 Peth i'w Gwneud - annibynol / 50 Things to do - self led 

Stackpole Estate, near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire

Rhowch gynnig ar 50 peth i’w gwneud cyn eich bod yn 11 a ¾ wrth inni nesáu at dymor yr Hydref a’r Gaeaf. / Have a go at 50 things before you're 11 and 3/4 as the season moves into Autumn and winter.

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Heritage Skills - Leather Worker 

Llanerchaeron, near Aberaeron, Ceredigion

Traditional skills are at the heart of Llanerchaeron, which continues to be a working farm to this day...

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13 Jun to 31 Oct 2024
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Llwybr Pryfed Peillio Hunan-dywysedig / Self-led Pollinator trail 

Colby Woodland Garden, near Amroth, Pembrokeshire

Dewch i gwrdd â’r pryfed peillio sy’n byw yma a hawliwch wobr pan fyddwch chi wedi gorffen / Meet our resident pollinators and get a prize when you finish

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Ceredigion Craft Makers 

Llanerchaeron, near Aberaeron, Ceredigion

Ceredigion Craft Makers are a co-operative of artists, designer makers and craftspeople who live and work in Ceredigion

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Photography exhibition at Erddig 

Erddig, Wrexham

From 8 June - 14 July, come along and enjoy a selection of photographs taken by visitors, volunteer leaders and participants from our monthly photography walks.

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Summer Stroll at Dyffryn Gardens 

Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan

Rediscover the beauty of summer as you wander through the gardens on this self-led walk.

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Archwiliwch yr ardd gyda’r / Explore the garden 

Colby Woodland Garden, near Amroth, Pembrokeshire

Dewch am dro drwy ryfeddodau botanegol Gardd Goetir Colby gyda’r Prif Arddwr / Take a walk through the botanical delights of Colby Woodland Garden with the Head Gardener

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Garden tour with the Head Gardener 

Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan

Join Dyffryn’s Head Gardener for a tour around the gardens, taking in the seasonal highlights and sharing what the garden team are up to at this time of year.

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13 Jun to 4 Sep 2024
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Small girl running between conical topiary hedges in the Cherry Garden at Ham House

Where will you visit next?

Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.