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Aberystwyth Castle
  Aberystwyth – This charming seaside resort will put you in a holiday mood. At one end of the bay, Aberystwyth Castle stands open to the sea breezes. An especially ruined ruin, this was once one of Edward I's eight "iron ring of castles," built to subdue those rebellious Welsh. Don't worry about the condition of the castle, there's a fine park for kids to run around.
      At the other end of the bay is Constitution Hill. To get to the summit of the Hill, take the Cliff Railway, a Victorian tour de force and the longest cliff railway in Britain. Fabulous views of Cardigan Bay from the top.
      In the center of Aberstwyth, stop in at the Ceredigion Museum, a folk life museum, with a cottage from 1850, and displays of spinning and weaving, mining, agriculture, all located in a restored Edwardian theater.
      From the train station in town, take a spin on the Vale of Rheidol Railway. Ride on this steam train from Abserystwth up the Rheidol Valley to Devil's Bridge. Devil's Bridge is three bridges, the first built in the 12th century. From Devil's Bridge there are a number of walks in the woodlands, to Mynach Falls and the Devil's Punchbowl. For schedules and timetables, click here.
    Llywernog Silver-Lead Mine Museum (Ponterwyd, not far from Aberystwyth) – In the 1740's, this water-powered mine was worked for silver and lead, and continued until the 1880's. This open air museum has mining machinery, operating water wheels and tour of the tunnels (put on your hard hat and lamp).

Dolaucothi Gold Mines (Pumpsaint, near Lampeter) – The Romans knew a good thing when they saw it, and it was gold in seams where it could be easily mined (of course, it took Roman slaves to do it). Tour these mines where you can see remnants of the old Roman works, including their aqueduct system, the underground tunnels, and working mining equipment.

kids books wales
     
Merlin and the Dragons - kids books Wales  
Merlin and the Dragons
Jane Yolen, Li Ming

Young Merlin in Wales, as the boy Emrys, dreams of a stone tower that cannot stand and two dragons that foretell the future of King Vortigern. (Picture book)

 

     

When twelve-year old Peter Morgan finds a silver key in the rocks above the sea, it unlocks a parallel world, a place of magic and Taliesin, the renowned 6th century Welsh storyteller. Peter and his two sisters become part of a pattern, to complete Taliesin's story, begun long ago in The Mabinogion. (Chapter book)

 

 
A String in the Harp - kids books Wales
(More children's books on other Wales pages)
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