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Home / Entertainment / Make your vote count as we reveal the six finalists in this year’s Special Places campaign

Make your vote count as we reveal the six finalists in this year’s Special Places campaign

Voting is now open for the public to decide its favourite somewhere in WalesOnline’s Special Places 2016.

The annual pursuit to find Wales’ special place kicked off in June this year and has seen the public narrow down a shortlist of 120 wonderfully-Welsh locations across six distinct categories to just six finalists.

Those finalists have already seen off fierce competition to be crowned the champions of their respective categories, but now they face one more important vote to be named the overall winner of Special Places 2016.

The finalists are…

Dyffryn Gardens

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It fought stiff competition from the likes of Erddig in Wrexham, Bute Park in Cardiff and Bodnant Garden in Conwy to win the Parks and Gardens category.

Caerphilly Castle

As one of the country’s top tourist attractions, and recently guarded by Cadw’s amazing dragon instalation, it came top of the shortlist Historic Site category that included Cardiff Castle and Tredegar House.

National Library of Wales

National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. 26th July 2011.

Aberystwyth’s enormous ivory-coloured library is the largest in Wales and the most beautiful building in Wales according to our Special Places voters.

Abereiddi Blue Lagoon


20 family-fun locations were narrowed down to one winner, this gorgeous turquoise-blue lagoon famed among adrenaline junkies as a spot ideal for coasteering and families for Abereiddy beach which it is nestled next to.

Aberporth beach

Janet Baxter
Aberporth beach

This surprise winner in Ceredigion beat titans of the Welsh coast including Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire and Rhossili in Swansea.

Brecon Beacons

Pen y Fan

The impressive Brecon Beacons has beaten the Gower, Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula to win the final category. Voters were under no illusion that Pen y Fan, Corn Du and the Black Mountains and the rest of the beauteous locations in the Brecon Beacons National Park, are the jewels in the crown that is Wales’ countryside.

Vote for your Special Place 2016

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