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World Heritage Sites for Snowdonia, Llangollen and South Wales Holidays visitors

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Wales boasts three World Heritage Sites and if you’re staying in Anglesey or Snowdonia North Wales cottages or near Llangollen or the Black Mountains, be sure to visit one of them!

World Heritage Sites are places of outstanding universal value that encourage countries to ensure the protection of their own natural and cultural heritage.

A must-see for visitors to Snowdonia, the Barmouth and Harlech area and Anglesey are the Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd, the longest established World Heritage site in Wales having gained the status in 1986. These magnificent and well-preserved castles at Caernarfon, Conwy, Harlech and Beaumaris, with planned defended towns at Caernarfon and Conwy, are outstanding examples of medieval military architecture and planning.

The Blaenavon Industrial Landscape near Abergavenny, between Brecon and Cardiff was listed in 2000 and shows how South Wales was the major producer of both coal and iron in the C19th. The area around the town of Blaenavon contains remarkably complete, well-preserved material evidence of the coal mining and iron making industries, which led to the world’s first Industrial Revolution. See how people lived and worked in the quarries, mines, furnaces, houses, public buildings and an early railway system in this fascinating ‘cultural landscape’.

Over 200 years after completion, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct near Llangollen and Chirk and to the north of Oswestry was granted World Heritage status in 2009. Built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop between 1795 and 1805, the aqueduct stands majestically at the foot of the Horseshoe Pass, 3 miles east of Llangollen, crossing over the River Dee at 126 feet. Over 1000 feet long, Pontcysyllte is the longest and highest cast-iron aqueduct in the world and is still used for its original purpose, being crossed by more than 1000 canal boats each year.

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