Cultural Connections in Wales

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Cultural Connections

Some notable cultural connections in Wales are as follows.  If you think we’ve missed one, please get in touch!


Photo of Dolwyddelan Castle
Dolwyddelan Castle (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Dolwyddelan Castle

This castle was the birthplace of Madoc, Prince of Snowdon.

Legend has it that Madoc sailed to America in 1170, arriving in present day Mobile Bay, Alabama. Unfortunately, he was never heard from after his second voyage to America.

More information about the legend is on the website of Historic-UK .

The Welsh Government’s historic environment service Cadw has this visitor information.

Dolwyddelan Castle
LL25 0JD

+44 (001690-750366


St. Giles Church

Photo of St Giles Church bathed in sunlight
St Giles Church (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Elihu Yale, the founder of Yale University, is buried outside the west door of the Church.

The parish church is also known as one of the “Seven Wonders of Wales”. The Wrexham Council website has this to say about the church:

St Giles is considered the greatest medieval parish church in Wales. Whilst steeped in history and abounding with treasures and delights for the visitor, it also remains a busy and popular church with the congregation committed to worship, and acknowledging the presence of God in our daily lives.
The Great Tower is one of “the Seven Wonders of Wales”, and inside, a ceiling adorned with 16 colourful angels playing instruments and singing, greets the eye.

The Church is open daily but visitors are recommended to check opening times with the parish office prior to visiting.

1 Temple Row
LL13 8LY

+44 (0)1978-355-808


Gwydir Castle

Photo of Gwydir Castle and the grounds
Gwydir Castle (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The Castle contains carved and gilded paneling that was at one time owned by American press mogul William Randolph Hearst.

The panels were inherited by the Metropolitan Museum of Art after Hearst’s death and have been restored to their original form in the Castle.

Gwydir Castle
Llanrwst, Conwy
North Wales
LL26 0PN

+44 (0)1492 6416-87 –


National Slate Museum

Photo of the National Slate Museum building and street leading up to it
National Slate Museum (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The Welsh Slate Museum provides travelers with a detailed look into the slate industry.

Many of the early American settlers were Welsh and used the tools on display in the museum in their own quarry work.

The Museum also includes a bust of President Lincoln. For more information see the website of the National Museum Wales.

Dinorwig Slate Quarry in Padarn Country Park
LL55 4TY


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