UNESCgo: World Heritage Sites in Wales

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Castle and coal, Wales has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle, photo by Verity Cridland

In north Wales, the Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd:

The four castles of Beaumaris, Conwy, Caernarfon, Harlech and the attendant fortified towns at Conwy and Caernarfon are the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe, as demonstrated through their completeness, pristine state, evidence for organized domestic space, and extraordinary repertory of their medieval architectural form.

There is a convenient Walled Towns of Chester and North Wales website, in a show of collegiality, bundling in Chester from England.

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Beaumaris, photo by lyng883

Down south, less than an hour north of Cardiff, is the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape, mentioned in Two Days in Cardiff.

The Big Pit: National Coal Museum is the centerpiece. The official site, the Blaenavon World Heritage Site, has full visitor information on the area.

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Big Pit, photo by HHA124L

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Hey RT

Both these sites are fantastic – the walls of Conwy have to be seen to be believed!

On a completely unrelated note, I am writing this from one of the many Thai Airways lounges at the mammoth Bangkok airport (BKK) This has led me to consider again one of the great unanswered questions for those of us who do the kangaroo route between Europe and Australia – why does Thai serve beer and spirits but not wine in the their lounges?