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Looking at Welsh place names, you’d be justified to think Wales’s most abundant natural resources are “y”s and “l”s. But when you visit these five attractions you’ll realize Wales is richest in offbeat fun.

 

For budding photographers | Portmeirion

Outfitted with pastel–colored villas and bustling piazzas, the Italianate village of Portmeirion awaits you and your Instagram feed. The village was established in the late 1800s by a woman who reportedly read sermons to dogs, and her memorial stones remain tucked away in the Gwyllt woodland gardens to this day. In 1925, the town was redesigned to its current glory by the Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams–Ellis.

Pormeirion

For history buffs | Big Pit National Coal Museum

Wales’s rich mining heritage is on display 300 feet underground at the Big Pit National Coal Museum. Wear a hard hat and headlamp to see what life was like for the men who worked the coal face. Today the old mine shaft at Big Pit doubles as a cheese vault for the Blaenavon Cheddar Company – you can pick up a wedge from the gift shop.

For fashion devotees | Shopping in Cardiff

Cardiff’s Victorian arcades are filled with independent fashion boutiques and quirky stores like Spillers Records – the oldest record shop in the world. There’s even a store that sells nothing but buttons. Have a bit of an amble before breaking for freshly baked Welshcakes and a mug of tea.

Victorian Arcades

For families | Bounce at Zip World

For a trampoline experience like no other, check out Zip World’s Bounce Below, located in a network of caverns. Billed as the world’s first subterranean playground, you’ll play, slide, roll, jump and bounce from net to net in a cavern the size of a cathedral.

Zip World

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