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Reasons to be Cheerful: Part 6

Your London Tours wants to encourage you to spend your vacation in the UK. But what can the UK offer that other countries can’t? In the latest instament of a blog series, we continue to list our all-time favourite places that can be visited in the UK.

Welcome Back to Britain

This month, South, Mid & Borders Wales.


5 reasons to visit Monmouthshire.

  • A466 drive through the Wye Valley – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
  • Tintern Abbey: one of the most spectacular monastic ruins in the country.
  • Chepstow Castle: first and oldest surviving stone castle in the UK. Built 1067.
  • Raglan Castle: French style unique in UK. As much a palace as a castle.
  • Trellech: for the church of St Nicholas and Harold’s Stones (neolithic site).


5 reasons to visit Glamorgan.

  • Cardiff Castle: Roman, Norman and Victorian remains.
  • Dr Who Experience, Cardiff: exhibition of the UK’s favourite TV sci-fi drama.
  • Coity Castle: built by the deTurberville’s, a fine example of a Marcher castle.
  • Millennium Stadium: tour of the Welsh national rugby and football home.
  • Caerphilly Castle: largest castle in Wales and a military masterpiece.


5 reasons to visit Mid-Wales.

  • Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Llanwrda: evidence of mining before the Romans.
  • Crickhowell Castle: little known but impressive 12th century fortress.
  • Powis Castle: one of the finest collections of paintings and furniture in Wales.
  • Builth Castle: King John, Llewellyn the Great and Edward I compete for stories.
  • Brecon Beacons: south Wales’s famous national park. Wild and natural.


5 reasons to visit Llangollen.

  • Canal: Thomas Telford’s 18th century ‘greatest work in hand in kingdom’.
  • Eistedffod: poetry and song cultural event established 1170.
  • Pontcysyllte: spectacular 126ft high aqueduct: ‘the stream through the skies’.
  • Valle Crucis Abbey: ruins of last Cistercian monastery built in Wales.
  • Dinas Bryn: hill overlooking town. Credited as Holy Grail resting place.


5 reasons to visit north-east Wales:

  • Chirk Aqueduct: built 1801 by Thomas Telford to carry the Ellesmere Canal/
  • Chirk Castle: Seat of Myddleton family built by Marcher Lords in 13th century.
  • Dee Bridge: train crashed into river in 1847, killing 5. UK’s first railway disaster.
  • Rhydymwyn: foundations of nuclear science. Once world’s most secret building.
  • Holywell: UK’s most complete medieval shrine in Britain. Survived Reformation.

Your London Tours chief administrator Jo Bull said: “We cannot force anyone to spend their vacation in the UK, but we can entice them with these recommendations. We hope they will take them into account when making Your London Tours their first port of call for a trip to remember.”