Tourist & Leisure Information - Wales
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Britain Express
There is a wealth of tourist and travel information for England, Scotland and Wales on this site, including links to all the tourist information offices in the country. There is information on historical, cultural and countryside attractions as well as city guides and virtual tours. Excellent site.

Cadw - Welsh Historic Monuments
Headers: Ancient monuments, Heritage in Wales, Events, Publications, Education, Cadw news, Cadw sites, Historic buildings, parks & gardens
Cadw is the official body responsible for protecting and conserving the Welsh historic environment. There are about 100 Cadw sites in Wales, from prehistoric monuments to Roman remains to castles and church buildings. The site is in both English and Welsh. Joining Cadw entitles you to free membership to all their sites. Wheelchair users and the visually handicapped have automatic free admission.

Council for National Parks - Park Websites
Headers: National Parks
Click on any of the parks and you will get information on where to stay, what to do and see, travel and where to eat. There are also publications for sale with more detailed information on various aspects of the parks.

Countryside Council for Wales
Headers: Our work, News, Events & Meetings, Places to visit, Offices & People, Publications & Research
The Countryside Council for Wales is the wildlife conservation authority for Wales, with the responsibily for reporting to government. Their work encompasses a range of areas from earth sicence to wildlife protection to marine environments, and the site contains detailed, easily assessible and very readable, information on the work they do. The site also has advice and information, including maps, on the 67 nature reserves, 3 national trails and thousands of public footpaths throughout Wales.

The Ramblers Association
Headers: Newsroom, Info, Join, Walking Groups, Campaigns, Scotland, Wales
Fancy a walk? Join the Ramblers Association here.

Headers: Birds, Gardens, Countryside, Reserves, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is a wildlife conservation charity founded in 1889. Part of its aim is to protect and restore important wildlife areas across the UK. At present there are over 150 RSPB reserves in the UK covering more than 240,000 acres. Each reserve is described with details of opening times and charges. The site contains an A-Z of UK birds with images, descriptions and habits. If you are new to birdwatching, there is also a section on watching birds, which contains useful tips and advice. Membership of the society is £30 per year for one adult or £38 per year for 2 adults. Family membership is £48.

Shearwater Charter Cruiser
Headers: North Wales Scenic Coastal Cruises
If ever you are staying on or near the Lleyn, why not take in a coastal cruise, visiting off-shore and seabird colonies as well as viewing coves, cliffs and offshore islands including St Tudwals', Gwylans and Bardsley. Very often the cruises are joined by resident dolphins. The Shearwater, a luxury cruiser, is also available for diving trips and tailor made group bookings. There are three cruises a day out of Pwllheli (weather permitting) and individual bookings are made by contacting the Pwllheli Tourist Information Centre.

The National Trust for England, Wales & Northern Ireland
Headers: News, Places to visit, Environment & conservation, Helping, Historic properites & collections, Hiring, Holidays, Learning, Membershiip, Campaigns
Founded in 1895, The National Trust, a registered charity, now manages over 6000,000 acres of countryside, 600 miles of coastline and and more than 200 buildings and gardens of importance in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The loacations are very diverse in character, from the Conwy suspension bridge to Craigside House in Northumberland to the Downhill Estate in Londonderry. For each property there is essential visitor information such as opening times, how to get there and so on. It is also possible to hire some of the Trust's buildings for holidays and private functions. If you wish, you can join online.

Headers: Boating Walking, Cycling, Waterways Guide, Holidays
Owned by British Waterways, Waterscape offers plenty of advice, news, information and ideas for enjoying the canals and rivers in Britain. The site has competitions and a special section for children that includes games, features, news and events.

Welcome to Wales (Croeso i Gymru)
Headers: Welsh towns, Where to stay, Historic sites
Lots of tourist information on Wales here, from ironworks to castles to Roman forts. Just click on the map for information and photos.

Welsh Tourist Board
Headers: Places to stay, Things to do, Travel, Maps
The official Wales tourism site. If you're not sure where to visit, or where to stay in Wales, this site such give you lots of ideas, including tours and itineraries, whatever type of holiday you are looking for. Lots of accomodation links, from hotels to camping sites plus useful travel information. There is also information about the culture, history, sport, food, people and geography of Wales.

The Woodland Trust
Headers: Our magazine, Our woods, Campaigns, Get involved, Support us, Publications, Discovery
The Woodland Trust (President: Clive Anderson) is a conservation charity dedicated to the protection of the UK's native woodland heritage. Click on "Our Woods" to get information on over a thousand woods in England, Wales and Scotland. You can also buy woodland guides online.


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