Tintern Abbey in the Wye Valley, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK is a visible reminder of what was once the heart of English learning, and a civilisation that consoled and inspired rich and poor alike for centuries. (Robert Lacey, historian)
The Mabinogion is the title given to a collection of eleven prose stories collated from medieval Welsh manuscripts. The tales draw on pre-Christian Celtic mythology, international folktale motifs, and early medieval historical traditions. While some details may hark back to older Iron Age traditions, each of these tales is the product of a highly developed medieval Welsh narrative tradition, both oral and written.
The Italian Chapel, Isle of Orkney, Scotland. This chapel was built by Italian prisoners of war using any available cheap material, inside paintings of the Virgin Mary and plasterwork mimics the incredible Italian cathedrals.
Cardiff Castle: "For a completely over-the-top clocktower with ingenious and extraordinary decorations, don't miss the one at Cardiff Castle. You may not be able to stay the night there, but the whole castle offers romantic eccentricity and flamboyant architectural detail on a grand and sometimes amazing scale." www.bradtguides.com