Wales is full of fairytale destinations, we have castles in abundance, pretty scenery a-plenty and many gorgeous woodland settings. Inspired by Netflights, I decided to track down my own, local, fairytale destinations.
Castell Coch, Tongwynlais, Cardiffimage credit
Known by locals as the fairytale castle and the Princess castle, Castell Coch is without a doubt my number one fairy tale destination in South Wales. This beautiful castle can be spotted from the motorway, and every time we passed it on our Summer trips to Barry Island as children we would excitedly announce that we had spotted the ‘fairy tale castle’. It’s a beautiful castle both outside and in and will alway feel magical to me.
Another trip back to my childhood with The American Gardens in Pontypool. I went for a lot of walks through these gardens in my younger days, and while they aren’t a ‘tourist attraction’ the gardens are well known to the locals. As children we loved to walk through the gardens and discover the ‘alligator swamp’, the ‘troll bridge’ and, of course, the fairytale cottage.
This particular fairytale destination is new to us, it’s one that Spencer and I have had the pleasure of introducing our own daughter to. A place where we saw her eyes come alive with magic as we took a walk through the fairy forest and spotted fairies a plenty dancing amongst the trees.
I look back now and I know that none of these places really are magical, but thanks to my parents imagination I will always see them as fairytale destinations. All it takes is a little imagination and a large sprinkling of fairy dust and you to can find fairytales right on your doorstep.
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