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Valle Crucis Abbey
Llangollen LL20 8DD
Clwyd, Wales
Tel 01978 860326
The ruins of Valle Crucis Abbey sit in a narrow valley beside the Eglwyseg Stream, at the foot of the Horseshoe Pass. This important Cistercian abbey, founded in 1201, was known for its patronage of the Welsh bards, and the grave of one 14th-century poet, Iolo Goch, is here. The 13th-century west front is still standing, as is the chapter house, dating from the 14th century, with its fine, intact rib-vaulting.
Chirk Castle
Chirk LL14 5AF
Clwyd, Wales
Tel 01691 777701
Fax 01691 774706
A squat, square fortress with massive walls and bastions built in the time of Edward I, Chirk Castle provides fascinating contrasts within. One wing is a dungeon block almost unchanged since 1310; another is a private residence, inhabited for over 600 years; a third has splendidly furnished 18th- and 19th-century staterooms and fine decorations; the fourth shows traces of Tudor gables. The castle is set in parkland through which runs part of Offa’s Dyke.
Trefriw Woollen Mill
Trefriw LL27 0NQ
Gwynedd, Wales
Tel 01492 640462
One of a handful of historic mills still making traditional Welsh woollen goods, the woollen mill at Trefriw was operated in the 18th and 19th centuries by water wheels. A hydro-electric scheme introduced in 1900 has today been replaced by electricity generated by two tangential wheels that drive alternators. Yet the processes of blending, carding, spinning, and dyeing the raw wool—and the woven end-product itself—remain traditional. Bedspreads and a wide range of all-wool tweed tapestry products are made here, and Trefriw has its own distinctive geometric patterns. Hand-weaving demonstrations can be seen in the summer months.

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Bodelwyddan Castle
Bodelwyddan LL18 5YA
Clwyd, Wales
Tel 01745 584060
Fax 01745 584563
Bodelwyddan Castle in the Vale of Clwyd is a magnificent, restored Victorian mansion whose towers and crenellations give it a distinctly medieval flavour. Housed here is the National Portrait Gallery’s collection of 19th-century portraits and photographs, furniture from the Victoria and Albert Museum and sculptures from the Royal Academy. Victorian amusements and inventions, toys, tricks, and optical illusions provide an interactive experience that both adults and children will enjoy.
Conwy Tubular Bridge
Conwy
Gwynedd, Wales
Carefully designed to harmonise with the adjacent castle, Robert Stephenson's bridge comprises a pair of tubes resting on piers that rise into rectangular and cylindrical towers decorated with crenellations. Opened in 1849, the bridge still carries the main railway line to Holyhead.
Barmouth Bridge
Barmouth
Gwynedd, Wales
Completed in 1867, this is the only large timber viaduct in Britain still in use. It spans the Mawddach estuary on 113 short spans. There are two steel girders at the north end, one of which used to swing to allow ships up river. A footpath which crosses the bridge is accessible from Barmouth.
Conwy Suspension Bridge
Conwy
Gwynedd, Wales
Telford's original chains still hold up this graceful suspension bridge which spans the River Conwy beside Conwy Castle. Opened in 1826, the bridge is open to pedestrians only, and there is a small exhibition in the toll house.

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