Above Ground and Below – Exploring in April 

Discovering Dan-yr-Ogof National Showcaves Centre for Walesuring Legacy

Nestled less than a 30-minute drive from the tranquil Nant Ddu Lodge & Spa lies a subterranean wonderland waiting to be explored – the Dan-yr-Ogof National Showcaves Centre for Wales. Offering a blend of natural splendour, prehistoric marvels, and rustic charm, it’s an idyllic destination for families seeking adventure and discovery.

As you approach the entrance, the mystical river Llynfell emerges from the depths of the mountain, having journeyed more than 6 kilometers underground before resurfacing. It was within this labyrinthine expanse that the intrepid Morgan Brothers made their historic discovery in 1912. Armed with nothing but candles, a coracle for traversing lakes, and sheer determination, they embarked on a daring exploration, uncovering breathtaking formations such as the renowned “Rasher of Bacon” and the ethereal “Angel.”

Over 100 years later, visitors can marvel at these natural wonders without the hardships endured by the Morgans. The caves reveal a testament to human courage and curiosity, with the “Long Crawl” breakthrough of 1963 marking a significant milestone in the exploration, expanding the cave system to over 16 kilometers of passageways.

Above ground, the adventure continues with the Dinosaur Park, boasting one of the world’s largest collections of life-sized dinosaur models. Encounter over 220 awe-inspiring creatures from prehistoric times, including the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex and the majestic Brachiosaurus. With each step, visitors are transported back millions of years, surrounded by the giants that once roamed the Earth.

Walking among the past

For those craving a taste of Welsh history above ground, a visit to St Fagans National Museum of History in Cardiff is a must. This open-air museum, nestled within the grounds of the Grade I listed St Fagans Castle, offers a captivating journey through Welsh heritage. With over forty meticulously re-erected buildings from across Wales, visitors can immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Welsh culture, architecture, and lifestyle.

Having undergone a remarkable £30-million revamp completed in 2018, St Fagans was rightfully named the Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2019. From its humble beginnings in 1946 as the Welsh Folk Museum, it has evolved into a beloved cultural institution, earning international accolades.

Embarking on a day trip to St Fagans promises a journey through time, offering a profound insight into the heritage and traditions of Wales. Just a scenic 45-minute drive from us at Nant Ddu, it’s a perfect complement to your Welsh adventure, providing a holistic experience that celebrates the essence of this enchanting land.

In conclusion, whether delving into the depths of Dan-yr-Ogof’s caves, encountering dinosaurs at the Dinosaur Park, or exploring the cultural heritage of Wales at St Fagans, each destination offers a unique opportunity for discovery and exploration amidst the natural and historical wonders of Wales.Discover more about Dan-yr-Ogof HERE and St Fagans HERE