Wales and the multi-billion pound quirky attractions

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The Welsh economy obtains tourism worth over £4bn each consecutive year all down to some of the country’s quirkiest attractions.

Wales isn’t shy of releasing the weird and wonderful on its tourists, offering up infamous sheds that can be linked back to literature and things such as dinosaur parks.

It’s safe to say that Wales offers tourists more than just a trip to the beach!

Below, we’re taking a sneak peek at the quirky attractions Wales has to offer:

The National Showcaves Centre for Wales (Dan-yr-Ogof)

In upper Swansea Valley, the multi-award winning Dan-yr-Ogof Caves provides visitors with the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of their ancestors from millions of years ago.

Sticking with the element of stepping back in time, the attraction features other attractions such as the Dinosaur farm that displays fibreglass models, some larger than your average house, a replica Iron Age farm, a shire horse centre, along with a Victorian farm and a caravan and tent park for those who wish to stay longer.

The is among the most extensive in Western Europe, stretching 15 kilometers.

Big Pit National Coal Museum

This award-winning national museum stands on the moors of Blaenafon and attracts tourists worldwide.

The mine is a legitimate coal mine being among Britain’s leading mining museums. Visitors are permitted to go three hundred feet underground with an experienced miner so to experience the life of the thousands of men that worked in the mine.

Welsh Mountain Zoo

Otherwise called Colwyn Bay Zoo, the Welsh Mountain Zoo is a zoological garden found near the town of Colwyn Bay in Conwy County.

Wildlife enthusiast, Robert Jackson, opened the zoo in 1963 and since has grown to be the home of animals along the likes of emus, camels, meerkats, tigers and snow leopards.

Portmeirion

Following being used as a filming location for television series, The Prisoner, tourists worldwide are flocking to Portmeirion.

The Italian-style village was designed and built between the early and late twentieth century by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis.

Portmeirion is currently owned by a charitable trust and has been used for the backdrop of Ted Baker’s Summer collection.

Gladstone’s Library

Gladstone’s Library offers more than just books to its visitors, also available it overnight accommodation, conference rooms, an exhibition on the working life of the library’s founder, William Ewart Gladstone and a coffee shop!

It has been recognised as one of the most important research library’s and collection in Wales following the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.

The National Botanic Garden of Wales

Opening in the year of 2000, in May, the National Botanic Garden of Wales has been a popular choice of venue for hosting events and TV shows from the BBC, such as Doctor Who in 2009 and is set to host Radio 4’s Gardener’s Question Time Summer Garden Party in the summer, 2015.

The Botanical Garden stretches over 568 acres of Carmarthenshire countryside and plays host to a nature reserve.

St Fagan’s Museum

St Fagan’s is an open-air museum located in Cardiff which documents the architecture, culture and lifestyle of the Welsh throughout history.

It has since become among Europe’s most popular heritage attractions and has free admission.

The late sixteenth-century manor house had been donated to the Welsh by the Earl of Plymouth.

Dylan Thomas’ writing shed, Laugharne

The birthplace of legendary works is home to an international arts festival that occurs every year. Laughame also offers visitors the opportunity to pay a visit to the shed where the poet wrote one of his famous works: Over Sir John’s Hill.

The writing shed can be found above the Boathouse in Laugharne, which is a ten-minute walk away from Laugharne’s centre.
By taking the route by Dylan’s Walk, passers-by can view the writing shed from the pathway.

Abbey-Cwn-Hir Hall

The Grade II listed gothic Victorian house was built in the nineteenth century by a Victorian improver called Thomas Wilson.
The Philips family lead to the historic house to double in size in 1869, who then in 1894 added a billiards rooms.

A couple named Paul and Victoria Humpherston restored Abbeycwmhir Hall over a decade, their work actually being featured on a variety of television documentaries.

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