I love to travel, I love to learn and I most certainly love to see history. Recently I have been on a road trip through North Wales discovering the castles of Edward I. Just a part of a whole wealth of history that can be found in abundance, in the wonderful nation of Wales.

The task of experiencing all these many places, planning your trip and gaining lots of pre travel information has been made a whole lot easier thanks to the Wales History Map! Created by the Welsh Government’s Historic Environment Service (Cadw).

Gate next the sea Beaumaris Castle Cadw Sites World Heritage Sites SAMN: AN001 NGR: SH607762 Isle of Anglesey North Castles Medieval Defence Historic Sites

I went for my first trip using the interactive map to discover Edward I castles. But, the history map covers so many subjects, covering so many different eras. Take a look and you will see Wales is full of so much of it. From legends to princesses, from Romans to legends and much much more. 12 themes covering well over 50 historic sites

Conwy Castle- finn lough

In addition to the map, a series of audio guides have been released telling the stories of four of Wales’s best loved ‘heroes and heroines’. From Branwen ferch Llŷr to Gwenllian, and Llywelyn the Great to Sidney Gilchrist Thomas, the audio guides each link to a specific theme on the Wales History Map, and can be downloaded and listened to while exploring sites.

And to help visitors get in the mood for historic adventures, the Welsh Government has collaborated with Trac Cymru (Music Traditions Wales) to create the Ultimate Welsh Road Trip Soundtrack. Featuring songs from the likes of Welsh songstress Duffy and award-winning folk group 9Bach, the soundtrack, available on the Cadw website, includes a playlist of songs by Welsh artists to complement the historic themes.

The Gatehouse and Inner Ward Harlech Castle Cadw Sites World Heritage Sites SAMN: ME044 NGR: SH581312 Gwynedd North Castles Medieval Defence Historic Sites

Planning a trip through historic Wales has never been made easier or together with so much information. Over the next few articles I shall be sharing the stops and castles that I fondly discovered. I shall also be looking forward to my next trip across to Wales… Take a look at the Wales History Map and see/learn for yourself.