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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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View of daffodils in the garden with Powis Castle on the hill in the background in Powys, Mid 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.

Stars had from an acer tree in front of the mansion house

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.

An aerial view of a grey, stone castle with mountains and the sea in the background

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.

Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) and other mountain peaks with Hafod y Llan estate in the distance at Eryri (Snowdonia) Wales.

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 view from 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.

A woman and child looking at the daffodils in the garden at Powis Castle in Powys, Wales

Easter Egg hunts in Wales 

Keep your little explorers entertained throughout the holidays with a range of adventure-packed Easter egg hunts that celebrate nature, history, and beauty. Wherever you choose to visit you’re guaranteed to enjoy hours of family fun.

Seasonal Highlights

View of the house through daffodils at Dyffryn Gardens near Cardiff in South Wales
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Where to see daffodils in Wales 

Discover where to find dazzling displays of daffodils in gardens across Wales, from Bodnant Garden’s meadow in the North, to Dyffryn Gardens in the South.

Find a walk

Walkers enjoying the views from the top of Dinas Emrys, Snowdonia, 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 winter walks

Two walkers and two dogs walking through a woodland at Chirk Castle, Wrexham
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Chirk Castle woodland walk 

An easy circular walk among the woodlands and open fields surrounding Chirk Castle. Enjoy great views of the 480-acre parkland, marvel at the grand Davies Gates and meet a 500-year-old sweet chestnut tree.

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DistanceMiles: 2.5 (km: 4)
An otter swimming in the lake at Bosherton Lily Ponds, Stackpole, Pembrokeshire
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Bosherston Lily Ponds trail at Stackpole 

For a walk that's rich in wildlife all year round, discover the Bosherston Lily Ponds trail at Stackpole, where you can also explore the dunes and pools of the Mere Pool Valley behind Broadhaven beach.

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Walking
DistanceMiles: 1 (km: 1.6)
People walking in parkland at Tredegar with trees in the foreground
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Tredegar's lakeside walk 

Discover nature and wildlife on a lakeside walk at Tredegar, suitable for all the family to enjoy. Look out for the resident swans on the lake and low rolling mists along the Oak Avenue during winter mornings.

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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

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.

Charles locomotive at Penrhyn Castle and Garden
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Penrhyn Castle plans to share more about its industrial history in a new experience as it rehomes some of its locomotives 

Penrhyn Castle and Garden are working to develop a new experience in the Stable Block to share stories of Penrhyn’s industrial history and bring to the forefront items in the collection that haven’t been shared before.

View from the Old Customs House,Zanzibar Stone Town Heritage Society
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How 3 locations, 5,000 miles apart are working together to tackle climate change in North Wales and Zanzibar 

From the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, three sites join forces to withstand coastal change and share experiences through a unique twinning project by the International National Trust Organisation.

A woman in black weather proof clothes abseils down a green gorge, carrying a small pine sapling in a bright red backpack
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Bodnant Garden gives ‘dinosaur trees’ a Welsh home-from-home as part of new ‘metacollection’ to protect Wollemi pine from extinction 

The National Trust’s Bodnant Garden in North Wales, is joining together with Forestry England to plant critically endangered Wollemi pine trees as part of the first global ‘metacollection’ to save the iconic species from extinction and help protect the biodiversity of wild trees.

A family of three outside the farmhouse at Lords Park Farm in Carmarthenshire
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Search success as National Trust Cymru welcomes new tenants Glasbren, champions of locally grown food, to Welsh coastal farm 

Following a successful search, National Trust Cymru welcome new tenants and champions of locally grown food, Glasbren to Lords Park Farm in Carmarthenshire.

Hand carved new story bench at Cwm Idwal, Eryri (Snowdonia)
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Special bench marks the story of connection and change at Cwm Idwal, Eryri (Snowdonia) 

Three pairs of strangers with a special connection to Cwm Idwal come together to express their hopes and fears for the area in a changing climate. The themes from their conversations inspiring a specially carved bench for visitors to enjoy, located along the path to the lake.

A view across the lawn at Dyffryn Gardens to the magnificent house
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Restored façade revealed and new exhibition opened as scaffolding comes off historic house at Dyffryn Gardens 

Restored façade revealed and new House of Discovery exhibition opened as scaffolding comes off historic house at Dyffryn Gardens.

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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Paws at Powis 

Powis Castle and Garden, Welshpool, Powys

Explore the world famous garden with your four legged friend as dogs are welcome to visit the garden from 4 September to 28 February.

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Winter Wander at Dyffryn Gardens 

Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan

After the hectic energy which often accompanies the end of one year and the start of another, a quiet winter walk is a great way to look after your body and mind during the ongoing winter months.

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Profiad Whistler Bychan | Mini Whistler Experience 

Plas Newydd House and Garden, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey

Dewch i Blas Newydd i ddysgu mwy am Rex Whistler. | Visit Plas Newydd during weekends in January and February and learn more about Rex Whistler.

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'A Tiger in the Castle' Exhibition at Powis Castle and Garden 

Powis Castle and Garden, Welshpool, Powys

Discover a new exhibition by award winning Welsh artist Daniel Trivedy, responding to Powis Castle’s colonial connection to India.

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'Picturing the Past - Reflections of Godfrey Morgan' Photography Exhibition 

Tredegar House, Newport

Immerse yourself in historic images of Tredegar House, Godfrey Morgan and his family in our photography exhibition in our Stables and mansion house.

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Taith tywys o gwmpas y tŷ | Taster tour of the House 

Plas Newydd House and Garden, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey

Dewch i mewn i'r Tŷ am daith dywys | Come into the House for a taster tour.

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Creative Kits (self-led) 

Tredegar House, Newport

Find your inner artist with our free Creative Kits. What inspiration will you find in the gardens to create your own work of art?

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Sensory backpacks (self led) 

Tredegar House, Newport

Specifically designed for families with additional support needs, these sensory backpacks are filled with items to enhance your visit and are available every day when the house and gardens are open.

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