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MONDAY, 7TH NOVEMBER 2011
Museums in Wales

If you're a culture vulture thinking of taking UK holidays, Wales is a great bet. It may be small in size, but the Principality is packed full of museums and exhibitions. Cardiff apartments are great for exploring the capital and all its artistic offerings. But it's not just in the bright city lights that you'll find museums; take a self-catering holiday in Wales and you'll discover galleries around pretty much every corner. If you're renting one of our cottages in Wales for your UK holiday this year, be sure to check out our pick of museums in Wales before you check in.

SDC10190 - flckr - InterfaceLeaderSt Fagans: Natural History Museum - Cardiff
Located just a few miles outside of Cardiff, this open-air museum is a great day out for the whole family. Set in the grounds of St Fagans castle, you'll find over 40 original buildings that have been re-erected to show the way of life throughout Wales's history. Pay a visit to the traditional craftsmen in their workshops, rest in the chapel or gen up in the schoolrooms. Listen out and you'll hear Welsh being spoken, too. Down on the farm you'll see native breeds and can watch traditional practices in action. As an added bonus, music and dance events, festivals and  exhibitions all take place during the year. Go on, gain a unique insight into the rich  Welsh heritage - check out www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/stfagans for the latest info.

 

Beaumaris Gaol - Beaumaris, Anglesey
If someone in your party has been acting up on your UK holidays, then a visit to Anglesey's Beaumaris Gaol may be in order...A haunting day out, wander the dimly lit corridors of this Victorian jail and discover what is was like to be a prisoner back in the day. Take a peek into the punishment cell, see the only original tread-wheel in Britain or pop into the cell of condemned prisoners. Luckily, unlike many of the original inhabitants, you'll be free to leave in order to enjoy the rest of your Anglesey holiday! You can even pick up a souvenir with a difference in the jail's gift shop. If you're feeling brave enough, plan your visit to Beaumaris Jail at www.visitanglesey.co.uk/en-GB/beaumaris_gaol-86.aspx. A holiday in one of our Anglesey cottages will never be the same again...

 

090407-016 CPS - flckr - HHA124LBig Pit: National Coal Museum - Blaenafon, South Wales
OK, so it may not sound like the most thrilling of days out, but prepare to be surprised at this award-winning museum! Plunge 300 feet underground and see what life was like for the men who toiled away in this real mine. Quite a contrast to the heather-clad moors above ground! If you're renting one of our cottages in Wales on your UK holidays you can also take a virtual tour of the mine if you don't fancy the journey down the shaft. Above ground you'll also find the colliery buildings and the Pithead Baths, both of which now house fascinating exhibitions. Fancy getting down and dirty on your holiday in Wales? Then pay a visit to www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/bigpit/.

 

  
Dylan Thomas Centre - Swansea
Celebrating the world-famous Welsh poet that was Dylan Thomas, this museum in his home town of Swansea is a must-visit for literature lovers. Located in Swansea's picturesque Maritime Quarter, the centre has a permanent exhibition on Dylan Thomas's life. If you're holidaying in one of our Swansea apartments during October or November, then be sure to visit the city's annual Dylan Thomas Festival. If you want to make your UK holidays truly Thomas-tastic, then take a trip to the Georgian coastal town of Laugharne and the poet's former home, the Boathouse. While in Laurgharne don't miss Thomas's writing shed either, where you'll see the stunning views of the Taf Estuary that he enjoyed when putting pen to paper. Read up at www.swansea.gov.uk and www.laugharne.info if you're planning on undertaking a Welsh literary pilgrimage.

 

 

wind turbine for lifting a seat - flckr - Dave GoodmanCentre for Alternative Technology (CAT) - Machynlleth, mid Wales
Calling all eco-warriers! Pack your wellies and head for the hills of mid Wales. The Centre for Alternative Technology is a mecca for all those interested in sustainability and the future of our planet. Take the water-balanced cliff railway (or walk if you're feeling energetic) up to the centre and you'll discover seven acres packed with hands on exhibits demonstrating how you can make a difference. Children have the run of several play areas while older visitors can learn about renewable energy in the home, organic growing, composting, sustainability and oodles more. If you're inspired by your visit, then pop by the information centre and get advice from CAT experts who are already living the dream. All this and great views over Snowdonia, too! You'll find everything you need to plan your visit, plus all you could want to know about CAT's work at www.cat.org.uk.

 

 

POSTED BY: RACHAEL
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