Wales

Wales Audio Travel Guides

The land of Wales was powerful England’s very first conquest. And Wales remains, more or less happily, tied into the English state. But you’ll find huge differences in culture, language, friendliness and geography when you cross into Wales.

The landscape is covered with English-built thirteenth century castles from Caernarfon to Harlech to Conwy. Wales is the first country in the world to create a coastal path right round it’s edge. Wales is bliss for walkers and climbers… and CitySounds.Travel will show you it. After all Wales is our home !

  1. Hear all about the life of Britain’s World War One Prime Minister and creator of the “welfare state” – David Lloyd George…
  2. Hear about the great coal mining heritage of South Wales with powered the British Empire but which killed so many of its miners…
  3. Hear the whistle and the puffing of Wales’s narrow guage mountain railways and their fascinating history – or go up our highest mountain – Snowdon – on the train…

One of the twentieth century's most evocative and loved poets - Dylan Thomas - was born in Swansea in 1914. So his centenary year has now passed with celebrations in Swansea and the two Welsh towns where he spent the…

In these three guides to the fabulously mountainous and rugged Snowdonia area Tim travels on two of Wales’s iconic narrow gauge railways – the Snowdon Mountain Railway up the highest mountain in England and Wales, and then on the much…

In these three guides to the fabulously mountainous and rugged Snowdonia area of North West Wales Tim travels on the Ffestiniog Railway, visits the Italian-style village of Portmeirion where the cult TV series the Prisoner was filmed... finds out all…

In these three guides to the fabulously mountainous and rugged Snowdonia area Tim travels on two of Wales’s iconic narrow gauge railways – the Snowdon Mountain Railway up the highest mountain in England and Wales, and then on the much…

In this programme we celebrate Swansea's natural attractions like its hilly, seaside location and the closeness of the beautiful Gower peninsula - Britain's first official area of outstanding natural beauty, but also the powerful Dylan Thomas presence. We visit his…

The bus company - First Cymru Bus - run a series of "Cymru Clipper" services which are comfier and longer distance trips than just crossing a city. This journey is from Swansea and up to the ancient industrial site and…

Beaumaris - very definitely pronounced on Anglesey as BEW-maris - is a charming little seaside town with a fine castle, loads of water-based activities on the Menai Straits and plenty of good places to stay. We tend to use the…

This journey covers some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in Wales and with views right the way up the line towards the mountains of Snowdonia. You cross the beautiful estuaries of the rivers Dyfi, Mawddach and Dwyryd on trestle…

This is another of my series of five Cymru Clipper comfy, longer distance bus trips across South Wales. This goes through delightful, well-off Cowbridge and heads for slightly raffish seaside resort Porthcawl with its Elvis Festival. It ends with all…

This is another of the series of interesting and comfortable bus tours I took on the Cymru Clipper routes run by First Bus. This one takes us through Llanelli with he fabulous restoration  of Georgian Llanelly House - then on…

Castell Henllys is an old TV star. It's a stone age village recreated in the north Pembrokeshire countryside and featured in a rather tough TV show where families had to survive with no more mod cons than existed  couple of thousand…

This is a short driving trail around the Pontypool and Blaenavon areas. It covers the powerful influence of these villages in Torfaen on the Chartist Massacre which took place in Newport in 1839 as working men sought democratic reform... It…

Dinefwr Park and its ancient Welsh castle and hundreds of acres of rolling parkland sit in the glorious Tywi Valley in Carmarthensire. You can visit the intriguing Newton House as well as walking throught the deer park. You could use…

Most English people - and I mean English - think that the British mainland has not been invaded since 1066 when the Normans took over from the Saxons at the Battle of Hastings. Wrong ! A French force a few…

Llanerchaeron is a national trust house from the 18th century and designed by the nationally distinguished architect John Nash. But it’s on a domestic scale with high quality restoration of its reception rooms, bedrooms and the “posh” side of the…

Machynlleth is one of Wales's most historic towns and it also sits where the River Dyfi widens out into a beautiful and wildlife-rich estuary. There's a lot to do in the area - the RSPB reserve at Ynyshir; the Centre…

Machynlleth is one of Wales's most historic towns. It's where Owain Glyndwr convened the first Welsh Parliament in 1404 and it also sits where the River Dyfi widens out into a beautiful and wildlife-rich estuary. This second guide looks at…

This bus trip takes us through Port Talbot where you can find out about three of the greatest actors ever... you can walk the Richard Burton trail, there's history to find out about Sir Anthony Hopkins and now Michael Sheen…

This is one of the Cambrian line routes. This line sweeps out of Shrewsbury past the historic Abbey and then weaves and undulates its way along the Severn Valley - through the two historic towns of Welshpool and Newtown (…

The Judges' Lodgings and the Offa's Dyke Centre are two of the most interesting attractions for tourists to Mid Wales. The Judges' Lodgings in Presteigne show exactly how it was on the assize Circuit in Victorian times. The courthouse, the…

Victorian follies hold a fascination for most people - and this strange little building in the woods near an old mansion house are no exception. The building is entirely lined with ornate patterns of shells gathered from the seashore. It's…

Llandeilo is a charming little Carmarthenshire country town with outstanding shopping ( including a great ice-cream and chocolate makers). The journey on a Cymru Clipper service allows you to use wifi on the way. Half a mile out of Llandeilo…

"The British" was one of the world's - and certainly Britain's - most important early ironworks. It employed thousands and the derelict site high above Pontypool now makes for a fascinating history walk... runs to fifteen minutes.

There are few lovelier places in Mid Wales than the uplands around Tregaron. The Teifi Pools in particular are spectacular walking country where the River Teifi rises. In Tregaron itself it's rumoured an elephant - which died when a circus…

This walk with actors in character as you stroll the high ground around Trevethin above Pontypool - one of the cradles of the industrial revolution globally - will bring back the early days of Ironmasters and their servants and workers…

A quiet country farmhouse, comfy rooms and good food PLUS learning all the skills of dyeing, spinning and weaving cloth. The couple who run the breaks at Cilgerran have years of experience and students praise Martin's teaching skills. You are…