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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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A carpet of blooming bluebells is surrounded by many trees covered with bright green leaves in woodland at Plas yn Rhiw, Gwynedd.

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

Visitors in the garden in spring at Erddig, Wrexham, Wales

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.

Two children taking a closer look at alliums growing in the garden at Tredegar House, South Wales, in May.

May half term in Wales 

Make lasting family memories together this May half term as you tackle fun activities and exciting challenges. From nature trails and craft events to outdoor play areas and sporty challenges, there’s plenty to keep the family entertained, whatever the weather.

Spring highlights

Azaleas and Rhododendrons in flower in May at Bodnant Garden, North Wales
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Bodnant Garden 

The garden’s recognized collection of rhododendrons peak in spring; the Puddle Garden is the place to head for. Enjoy the transient ornamental cherry blossoms and wait for the glorious sight of the wisteria and clematis on the Terraces in May.

near Colwyn Bay, Conwy

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Visitors exploring the garden in spring at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
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Dyffryn Gardens 

With spring firmly in the air, pear, apple and apricot blossom coat the fruit trees in the Kitchen Gardens. Find frothy pink cherry blossom scattered throughout and head to in the Pompeiian Garden, where in May, wisteria cascades down the garden’s columns.

St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan

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Apple blossom in the orchard at Erddig, Wrexham
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Erddig 

Spring is the time to admire Erddig’s 18th-century Grade I listed walled garden with Dutch influence. The much-anticipated blossom season arrives with the delicate flowers of cherry, plum, pear and over 180 varieties of apple trees coating the garden in nature’s confetti.

Wrexham

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Llanerchaeron Spring garden
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Llanerchaeron 

Built in the late 18th century, the Walled Garden at Llanerchaeron has been producing fruit and vegetables for over 200 years. Find over sixty varieties of apple trees that line the lawns and climb the walls, each with their own unique shape, and enjoy rows, upon rows, of flower filled beds.

near Aberaeron, Ceredigion

Partially open today
A view of Penrhyn Castle with bluebells in the foreground in Gwynedd, Wales.
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Top places with bluebells in Wales 

Enjoy beautiful carpets of blue and walk among the bluebells as they begin to unfold across the Welsh countryside, from grand castle estates to wild woodlands.

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 spring 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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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

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.

The falls at Aberdulais Tin Works, South Wales
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National Trust Cymru announce reopening of Aberdulais in partnership with St Giles Cymru 

National Trust Cymru announce reopening of Aberdulais in partnership with St Giles Cymru, an award-winning social justice charity.

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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Hanner tymor Mai ym Mhlas Newydd | May half term at Plas Newydd 

Plas Newydd House and Garden, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey

Dewch i Blas Newydd ar gyfer hanner tymor llawn hwyl! Boed hi’n dywydd braf neu’r bwrw glaw, mae ‘na ddigon i'r teulu cyfan!| Come to Plas Newydd for a fun half term! Whether it's sunny or it's raining, there's plenty to do for the whole family!

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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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Blossom Watch Walk at Dyffryn Gardens 

Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan

Celebrate the coming of spring with this self-led exploration around all of Dyffryn's seasonal highlights

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21 May to 31 May 2024
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Blossom Photography at Dyffryn Gardens 

Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan

Pick up some top tips on taking the best photos of blossom on a spring stroll around Dyffryn.

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Festival of Blossom at Dyffryn Gardens 

Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan

The Festival of Blossom is an annual National Trust moment to help people connect with the beauty and meaning of blossom through activities and the seasonal highlights found at Dyffryn Gardens.

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21 May to 31 May 2024
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Blossom House spotter trail (self led) 

Tredegar House, Newport

Explore the Mansion house and look out for the beautiful blossom inspired decoration and motifs in historic paintings, carvings and historic objects.

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21 May to 31 May 2024
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Blossom Creative Kits (self led) 

Tredegar House, Newport

There’s so much blossom to discover in the formal gardens. Grab a creative kit and find new life in the gardens.

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21 May to 31 May 2024
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Small girl running between conical topiary hedges in the Cherry Garden at Ham House

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