88 posts about Places on this blog
Thursday 11 September 2014, 11:04
Phil Carradice reflects on the history of the popular tourist attraction in the Vale of Glamorgan - Dyffryn House and Gardens.
Thursday 6 February 2014, 15:49
One of the consequences of the resurgence of the Welsh language has been the changing of some of the more anglicised town and village names in the country. Over the past few decades more authentic Welsh spellings - and, arguably, more authentic pronunciations - have re-emerged and have now become the...
Wednesday 5 February 2014, 10:30
When you think of Welsh fishing ports your mind invariably travels no further than Milford Haven. Although its glory days have now long gone, by the end of the Victorian period the docks at Milford were full of trawlers and drifters. By the middle of the 20th century the west Wales town was playing host...
Wednesday 29 January 2014, 09:38
On 30 January 1826, as bands played and spectators waved flags, sang popular songs and cheered their hearts out, the Menai Suspension Bridge was formally opened. Ynys Môn - or Anglesey as it also known - was at last permanently connected to the mainland of Wales.
Thursday 23 January 2014, 13:01
Many people look back at the years immediately following the First World War and believe that they were a period of total depression, a betrayal of the promise made to the soldiers and sailors of a better world for everyone.
Tuesday 21 January 2014, 12:10
The tiny town of Criccieth sits on the northern coast of Cardigan Bay, mid-way between the holiday centres of Porthmadog and Pwllheli and some 17 miles south of Caernarfon.
Friday 31 August 2012, 12:40
The Coal Exchange is now one of the largest entertainment venues in Cardiff. But in past times this elegant and distinctive building operated as one of the economic centres of world trade.
Monday 19 March 2012, 16:10
One advantage of living in Carmarthenshire is that we're spoilt for choice when it comes to castles and on a sunny day, it makes for a cheap and easy day out with the children to combat the familiar cries of "we're bored!"
And it's an activity that doesn't involve sitting in front of a screen of any...
Wednesday 14 March 2012, 14:06
Ten years ago, in the year of Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee, Newport was awarded city status. The 2002 accolade proved third time lucky for the Gwent town after two unsuccessful bids in the 1990s.
By becoming a city Newport joined Bangor, Cardiff, Swansea and St Davids as Wales' cities; ticking...
Monday 5 March 2012, 12:07
In between the showers on Saturday I decided to drag the family out for a walk to Parc Slip nature reserve near Bridgend.
The reserve is 305 acres and managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and home to many species of butterfly, birds, amphibians and reptiles such as great-crested newts...
Thursday 16 February 2012, 15:52
Transporting goods by horse-drawn canal boats may seem like a long-forgotten sight on our waterways, but an arts project in the Wales and Shropshire borderlands is bringing the old ways back to life.
The Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative has commissioned renowned etcher Jason Hicklin who is based in Shropshire...
Thursday 2 February 2012, 11:17
Today, millions of people around the world will be taking part in activities to mark World Wetlands DaySince 1997 World Wetlands Day has been used to raise public awareness to the values and benefits of wetland habitats.
The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance called the Ramsar Convention...
Thursday 19 January 2012, 14:31
Looking out for hazardous trees, feeding fallow deer and pregnancy-testing a native breed of rare cattle - all in a day's work for countryside warden Wyn Davies.
Wyn has worked as the Area Warden for the National Trust in Carmarthenshire for the past ten years and even though it's winter, there's plenty...
Friday 28 October 2011, 11:29
Accolades for our stunning Welsh coastline just keep on coming.
The travel bible - Lonely Planet have just announced that Wales is a 'must-see destination for 2012', highlighting the All Wales Coastal Path as a potentially huge crowd puller in their top ten regions for 2012.
The path aims to create...
Friday 14 October 2011, 10:45
I spent a very calming couple of hours at the National Wetland Centre Wales in Carmarthenshire this week, or Penclacwydd as it's also known.
At the centre, they've just finished restoring three salt water lagoons, making it easier to spot some of our annual Winter visitors.
My guide was Dominic Carmichael...
Thursday 18 August 2011, 11:31
Last week I mentioned the Ten Most Wanted, a list compiled by the Environment Agency of the most dangerous species threatening our waterways and this week, I actually got to see one of them in action.
I took the children on a canoeing trip along the Teifi (it's a seven week summer holiday, which means...
Thursday 23 June 2011, 15:02
There's a new pub opening this Friday in the middle of the Bristol Channel on Flat Holm island!
The Gull and Leek (no relation) will open its doors during the seasonal highs of summer, Halloween and Xmas.
The last pub here closed down in the early 1900s and the only full-time residents are the three...
Thursday 23 June 2011, 11:05
Father and son duo, Jeff and Ashley Cohen - regular contributors to our Wales Nature Flickr group have just sent in some amazing, yet brutal shots of a stoat killing a rabbit up in Conwy, North Wales.
Looks away now if you're squeamish but remember this is what nature is all about - survival of the...
Monday 9 May 2011, 11:12
After many close calls during the last two years, the male osprey known as 'Monty' has finally managed to attract a female - no mean feat in this day and age!
The female osprey nicknamed 'Nora' has a ring on her right...
Tuesday 3 May 2011, 12:44
I hope you're all still enjoying the sunshine and aren't finding it too hard being back in work...
I've had a great eleven days off and the weather has been outstanding in South and West Wales and we even had some surf thrown in over the Easter bank holiday. Other than that I've been keeping myself...
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