The Beetle: Bug that sent Detroit into a spin

On this day 17 years ago the unthinkable happened, Volkswagen stopped making the “original” version of the Beetle, the iconic vehicle dreamed up in 1931 by Ferdinand Porsche that became Adolf Hitler’s vision of the “people’s car”. If ever a car oozed personality it was the Beetle, which first came off the production line in…

Swansea Museum

The world’s first industrial nation

The National Waterfront Museum in Swansea tells the story of Welsh industry and innovation over the past 300 years when Wales can lay claim to being the world’s first industrial nation. By the late 19th century, South Wales was internationally recognised as a centre for heavy industry, coal production and maritime trade and the National…

Copper mining on the Great Orme

Uncovered in 1987 during a scheme to landscape an area of Llandudno’s Great Orme, the Copper Mine is the largest Bronze Age example of its kind in the world. Excavated more than 3,500 years ago by miners using nothing more than stone and bone tools, the cavern gives visitors a feel for the harsh conditions…

Dolforwyn Castle

Last challenge to English rule

Dolforwyn Castle stands on a wooded hill overlooking the Severn valley, a scene so peaceful today it is hard to imagine it once being the centre of military conquest. But the Severn valley forms a natural route into Wales and the significance of the river crossing at Rhyd Chwima, near Montgomery, was not lost on…

Tintern Abbey

The remains of Cistercian hard labour

Situated adjacent to the village of Tintern in Monmouthshire, Tintern Abbey is a site of outstanding beauty on the Welsh bank of the River Wye that welcomes about 70,000 visitors every year. Founded by Walter de Clare, Lord of Chepstow, in 1131 it was only the second Cistercian foundation in Britain, and the first in…