Celtic Wales: Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire

From Snowdonia in the North to Pembrokeshire in the West, learn the story of Celtic Wales as you explore this ancient land alongside experts.
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Program No. 12185RJ
11 days
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At a Glance

From whence springs the distinct Welsh identity? From their proud language, world famous orators and choirs? Or the castles and prehistoric settlements that dot the bucolic countryside? From Snowdonia in the North and Pembrokeshire in the West, venture through a land of magnificent, varied scenery to experience the history and heritage of Celtic Wales and its ancient tradition of myths and legends.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking of up to one mile; uneven terrain; city sidewalks.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the Iron Age Castell Henllys with the resident archaeologist.
  • Go behind the scenes at St Davids Cathedral in Pembrokeshire.
  • Performances by a Welsh choir and a renowned Welsh harpist.
Featured Expert
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Conway Davies
Conway Davies earned a degree in history at Bangor University, a master's from Cardiff University, and is completing his Ph.D. at Swansea University. Conway has extensive knowledge of the Welsh language and the history and culture of both North and South Wales. He is the author of two books, "The History of Poor Law Provision in South Wales" and "Out of Sight, Out of Mind: the History of Mental Health provision in South Wales."

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales
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A Concise History of Wales
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In Search of Wales
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