Learn More About the Welsh Heritage

Heritage in North Wales

The rich history of North Wales extends across several millenia and relics from the past are found throughout the region. Neolithic burial chambers, standing stones, ancient hill forts, Roman settlements, medieval castles, age-old mine workings, Victorian lighthouses and amusement piers – North Wales has it all, in spades.

Add to that a wonderful collection of museums and interpretive centres, large and small, providing visitors with fascinating insights into the heritage of the area. Browse our extensive database to see more.

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Bardsey Lighthouse

Llyn Peninsula

Built by Trinity House in 1821 on the southern tip of Bardsey Island—Ynys Enlli. The Island is 2 miles long and half a mile wide. 

Plas Mawr

Conwy

Robert Wynn, the third son of a local landowner as a fabulously wealthy merchant, bought the house in Conwy and turned it into a celebration of his lifetime and wealth.

South Stack Light House

Anglesey

A walk down the steps to the bridge, crossing over the bridge, and then climbing to the top of the Lighthouse. Organised walks from the kiosk in the RSPB Carpark.

Pont Y Pair Bridge

Conwy

Originally it was to provide a means for packhorses to cross over the river Afon Llugwy. It was later widened in the 1800s to allow stagecoaches to also cross.

Rhosneigr War Memorial

Anglesey

One of four Clock Memorials on Anglesey is a memorial to the brave servicemen and women of the town who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Beaumaris Castle

Anglesey

Famous for its symmetry from above and the castle never being finished. The final castle built by Edward I with a beautiful moat around the outside.

Dolbadarn Castle

Snowdonia

Built in the late 12th Century. Native-built Dolbadarn Castle was, it is said, a vital link in the defence of the ancient kingdom of Gwynedd.

Bryn Celli Ddu

Anglesey

Also known as the Mound in the Dark Grove, and probably the best-known Prehistoric monument on Anglesey.

Plas Newydd

Menai Bridge

A splendid mansion and home to The Marquess of Anglesey. Spectacular views and wonderful gardens by Humphrey Repton.

Criccieth Castle

Criccieth

This castle is of great interest. It was originally built by Llywelyn the Great and his Grandson. Edward 1 invaded and made a few improvements, including a stone-throwing machine! 

Barclodiad Y Gawres Burial Chamber

Rhosneigr

A key can be collected from The Wayside Stores, Llanfaelog, to go into the chamber and take a torch.

Holyhead Maritime Museum

Anglesey

An interesting outing for all ages, illustrating the maritime history of Holyhead, shipwrecks, and the wonderful lifeboatmen who saved so many lives and still do.

Harlech Castle

Harlech

Standing tall above the Cambrian coast overlooking the Irish Sea. Renowned for its imposing and strategic location positioned on a steep cliff.

Bodowyr Burial Chamber

Anglesey

This has never been excavated but is characteristic of the Neolithic Period as nearby Bryn Celli Ddu. Lay by parking and fine views of Snowdonia.

Melin Llynon

Anglesey

The only working windmill in Wales uses organic wheat to make wholemeal flour. You can also visit the Iron Age Roundhouses and the reconstructed old Bakery. 

Blade of the Giants

Snowdonia

A 20ft high steel sword Sculpture was erected in 2017  by Llyn Padarn in honour of the Welsh Princes.

St. Michael Old Church

Snowdonia

Betws y Coed on the banks of the River Conwy. This 14th Century Church is the oldest building in Betws Y Coed.

The Smallest House in Britain

Conwy

The Smallest House in Britain was lived in until 1900 by a local fisherman, Robert Jones, who was 6’3” tall. The house is just 72” wide and 122” high.

Swtan Heritage Museum

Anglesey

Fully restored example of a 17th-century Welsh Cottage complete with a thatched roof, situated in the village of Church Bay.

Waterloo Bridge

Snowdonia

This Bridge was built by the civil engineer Thomas Telford construction started in 1815 and completed the following year.

Amlwch Port Windmill

Anglesey

Amlwch Port Windmill – Melin Y Borth built in 1816 – the tallest of Anglesey’s many windmills.

Coxswain Richard “Dic” Evans

Anglesey

Born in Moelfre. During 50 years of service as a Lifeboatman, he was involved in 179 launches and saved 281 lives. A truly remarkable man.

Penmon Dovecot

Beaumaris

A fascinating building that housed up to 1,000 dove nests. It was built in 1600, probably by Sir Richard Bulkeley.

Caernarfon Castle

Snowdonia

Construction started in 1283 and took 47 years to complete. The castle has nine towers and two gatehouses. In 1969, the Queen invested Prince Charles as Prince of Wales.

Caernarfon Town Walls

Snowdonia

Not to be overlooked whilst in Caernarfon, King Edward 1’s masterplan to create a complete fortress town. 

Porth Y Swnt

Llyn Peninsula

An interesting interpretation village in the beautiful fishing village of Aberdaron. Here, you can find out about Llyn’s unique culture, Heritage, and environment.

Porthmadog Eisteddfod Stone Circle

Snowdonia

These were built to commemorate Porthmadog hosting the National Eisteddfod in 1987.

Great Orme

Conwy

Great Orme is 2 miles long and 1 mile wide and rises to 679 ft above sea level. It has something to offer everyone.

Rhuddgaer Stepping Stones

Anglesey

The Stepping Stones, or The Rhuddgaer Stepping Stones, as they are sometimes called, cross over the Afon Briant.

Gelert’s Grave

Beddgelert

The legend is one of the best-known stories in Wales about the faithful hound and the sadness and tragedy of his death.

Plas yn Rhiw

Llyn Peninsula

This delightful Tudor/Georgian manor house with splendid gardens and wonderful views was rescued from neglect by the 3 Keating Sisters, who bought it in 1938.

Tŷ Mawr Hut Circles

Anglesey

You will find the hut group, which still has hearths and stone furniture benches and basins. They are just a short walk from South Stack Lighthouse car park.

Beaumaris Courthouse Museum

Beaumaris

Learn about the criminals of the 1800’s and why they may have ended up in the Gaol and Court. 

Capel Lligwy

Anglesey

The 12 Century saw the stopping of Viking raids on Anglesey and this is one of the last remaining churches that survived.

Penrhos Feilw - Standing Stones

Anglesey

This is the site of two impressive standing stones, a Bronze age site from the second Millenium BC.

Bangor Garth Pier

Snowdonia

Opened in 1896, it is considered one of Britain’s most unspoilt Piers. It is Grade 11 listed and offers splendid views up and down the Menai Strait. 

Llyn Maritime Museum

Llyn Peninsula

The Museum holds a unique number of artefacts associated with the maritime Heritage and history of Nefyn and the Llyn Peninsula.

Penmon Quarries

Anglesey

There are many disused quarries at Penmon – some of the stone was cut and polished, known as Penmon Marble. Penmon stone was used to build the Liver Building.

Penrhyn Castle and Garden

Snowdonia

This neo-Norman fantasy castle has a walled garden, acres of pristine parkland, and luxurious interiors. Educational fun for all ages!

Conwy Suspension Bridge

Conwy

Built by Thomas Telford, construction started in 1822 and finished and opened in 1826. It was one of the first road suspension bridges in the world.

Great Orme Copper Mines

Conwy

Uncovered only in 1987, these mines represent one of the most astounding archaeological discoveries in recent times. They date back 4,000 years to the Bronze Age.

Menai Heritage

Menai Bridge

A museum within the Thomas Telford Centre,  Mona Road, Menai Bridge. Inside, you’ll find a Bridge exhibition and an active community centre. 

Trefignath Burial Chamber

Anglesey

Another Neolithic Burial chamber which dates to three different phases of construction between the fourth and early third millennia BC.

Bangor Cathedral

Snowdonia

The oldest Cathedral foundation in Britain, St Deiniol’s Cathedral was founded around 525 AD.

Copper Kingdom

Anglesey

Once the largest Copper Mine in the World in the 18th Century. Amlwch was close by, and the port became the largest copper exporter.

Din Lligwy

Anglesey

This fascinating ancient village features the remains of two round huts and several buildings encircled by a stone wall 5ft thick.

St Hywyn’s Church

Llyn Peninsula

The last Parish of Poet and Priest R S Thomas. Established in 516, a cousin of Cadfan built the monastery on the Sacred Island of Bardsey/Enlli. 

Marquess of Anglesey's Column

Menai Bridge

Recently renovated. The Column, a Grade 11* Listed Building with 115 steps, was built in 1817 and is dedicated to Henry William Paget, Earl of Uxbridge.

Llys Rhosyr

Anglesey

The only court of Welsh Princes in Wales. Two of the court buildings from Llys Rhosyr have been recreated at St Fagans and Llys Llewelyn.

Nant Gwrtheyrn

Llyn Peninsula

The Heritage Centre was opened in Capel Seilo in 2003 and offers a wealth of information and fascinating displays about the history of the area.

Lligwy Burial Chamber

Anglesey

Lligwy Burial Chamber is a Neolithic burial chamber in Lligwy near Moelfre. The capstone weighs 25 Tons!

Holyhead Mountain Hill Fort

Anglesey

Rough tracks and masses of gorse and heather lead to the summit. On a clear day, you can see the Wicklow Hills of Ireland and the Isle of Man.

Llanddwyn Island

Newborough

Llanddwyn takes its name from a Saint of the Celtic Church. Saint Dwynwen. In Wales, St Dwynwen’s Day is celebrated on 25th January.

Conwy Castle and Walls

Conwy

Built by King Edward 1 this magnificent Castle and Wall is, as CADW say, one of the most magnificent mediaeval fortresses in Europe. A must visit.

Castell Bryn Gwyn

Anglesey

Excavations in 1959/60 revealed a site of considerable interest, with a particularly long history spanning the Neolithic to Roman periods.

Capel Garmon Burial Chamber

Snowdonia

Tombs of this type belong to a grouping called the Cotswold-Severn, after the area where they are generally found, so one this far North remains a mystery.

Llandudno Pier

Conwy

Grade 11 Listed and the longest Pier in Wales at 2,295 ft.

 

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