Teithio i Gymru!

Tintagel by Ronald C Schoedel III
Tintagel Castle Headlands and Celtic Sea by Ronald C Schoedel III

BYU students wishing to receive credit for studying Welsh or other subjects will work through the Individual Experience Program offered through the Kennedy Center. This allows students to tailor a course of study to their own academic goals and interests. Whilst in Wales, one can study language and history and enjoy cultural experiences through dozens of site visits.

What will you see when you travel with us?  For starters, did you know that Wales is home to more castles than any other European country?  Wales Study Abroad students visit many of them, from different eras, and learn to appreciate the various styles of architecture and the meanings of each, along with the groups and persons important to each site.  Cathedrals, churches, medieval estates, homes, industrial revolution-era sites, stone-age landmarks, and modern cultural experiences await the Wales Study Abroad participant.  Cardiff, London, Edinburgh, Cornwall, Bath, Oxford, Stratford-on-Avon, and other fascinating locations across Britain are all a part of the itinerary. Will you join us? Ours is like no other study abroad program, all at a cost less than most any other summer study abroad program. Credit is available for BYU students, but anyone can attend…students, non-students, friends, and family.

Now booking for July 2020 3-week expedition!

What: Dozens of sites such as ancient manor homes, cathedrals, abbeys, natural wonders, castles, underground coal mine tour, and other sites in Wales, along with Stonehenge, King Arthur’s birthplace, beautiful seaside Cornwall, Churchill’s home, the White Cliffs, Bath, Oxford, a play at Shakespeare’s Globe, other London sites, Edinburgh, and more! Lodging in Victorian terraced homes in Cardiff, the cosmopolitan capital of Wales, and in hostels (on overnight excursions), all site admissions for group visits and ground transport.

(Partial site list below.)

Cost: only $2299.00 (all expenses covered except for airfare and meals on your own)

Contact: BYU Welsh Prof. Ronald Schoedel, ronald@byu.net

For information on receiving BYU credit for the study abroad, talk to Professor Taylor or Professor Schoedel.

Wales Study Abroad 2020 Partial Tour Itinerary (subject to change)


  • Bath; full of Roman and Celtic historical sites, including a walk above Bath’s skyline to take in the whole of this beautiful city
  • Edinburgh; Scotland at its best, known for its culture and history spanning nearly 1,000 years, amazing architecture, galleries, and the birthplace of Harry Potter
  • London; free time in afternoon (maybe see the British Museum, Big Ben, British Library, National Gallery, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace…the list is endless), then we’ll attend a play at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Oxford; home to the colleges of Oxford University, where both J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis taught and hung out together
  • Stratford-on-Avon; walk through Shakespeare’s home town, see his birthplace and the church where he is buried, among other related sites
  • Winchester; the ancient capital of King Alfred the Great’s Anglo-Saxon kingdom, home of Winchester Cathedral, burial place of Jane Austen
  • York; the former Viking stronghold in the north of England, surrounded by walkable, nearly complete city walls
  • Plus several gorgeous, quaint Cotswolds villages

20th Century

  • Chartwell; beloved home and estate of Winston Churchill for over four decades, featuring many of his books, possessions, and paintings of his creation
  • York Cold War Nuclear Bunker; a relic of the nuclear arms race and the constant fear of nuclear fallout
  • Beatles’ childhood homes; John Lennon’s and Paul McCartney’s childhood homes, where they lived during the early years of the Beatles

LDS Church History

  • Herefordshire Beacon and British Camp; an iron-age hillfort where later the decision was made to publish the Book of Mormon in England
  • Benbow Pond; location of hundreds of first British LDS baptisms
  • Gadfield Elm Chapel; oldest standing LDS chapel in the world

Industrial Era

  • Pwll Mawr (Big Pit); historic coal mine features an underground tour, over 300 feet below the surface
  • Blaenafon Ironworks; industrial open-air museum featuring period worker cottages
  • Finch Foundry; the last water-powered forge in England
  • Trefriw Woolen Mill; working mill producing beautiful woolen goods
  • Bottalack Tin Mine; clinging to the dramatic Cornwall coast, as seen in the recent BBC hit series “Poldark”
  • Pontcysyllte Aqueduct; sail across the sky on this late 18th-century canal bridge, with 18 arches spanning the River Dee 126 feet below


  • Tredegar House; built from the fortunes of the legendary pirate (privateer) Captain Morgan
  • Kenilworth Castle; former semi-royal palace and site of restored Elizabethan gardens, dating to 12th c. through Tudor era
  • Stratford-upon-Avon; walk through Shakespeare’s home town, see his birthplace and the church where he is buried, among other related sites
  • Plas Mawr; authentic Elizabethan townhome in North Wales, with period furnishings
  • The Cotswolds; this amazing region is known for its quaint villages of stone homes and rose gardens, nestled into an area of outstanding natural beauty
  • Snowshill Manor; once owned by Henry VIII’s last queen Catherine Parr, this Cotswolds manor is home to a massive and eccentric collection of curiosities from around the world, collected by its last owner
  • St. Mawe’s Castle; an unusual round coastal fortress built by Henry VIII fearing a Spanish invasion
  • Speke Hall; amazing Tudor-style half-timbered manor home with formal gardens
  • Stourhead Manor and Garden; notable for its impressive formal gardens and follies, and prominently featured in many TV shows and films including “Pride and Prejudice”

Medieval/Middle Ages

  • Chepstow Castle; the oldest surviving post-Roman stone fortification in Britain
  • Tintagel Castle; the legendary birthplace of King Arthur, home to Merlin’s seaside cave, and site of a Norman fortification
  • Conwy Castle; built by Edward I, conquered by Owain Glyndŵr for a time
  • Lacock Abbey and Lacock Village; ancient abbey and manor home, its dramatic gardens, classic homes, and the abbey’s beautiful cloisters have been the filming location for dozens of period TV shows and movies, including the abbey as Hogwarts in Harry Potter!
  • Raglan Castle; a late medieval castle and the site of an English Civil War battle
  • Tintern Abbey; spectacular ruins of the first Cistercian monastery in Wales
  • Tretower Court and Castle; a medieval manor home and castle keep
  • Stirling Castle; one of Scotland’s most storied historic sites and home to the Scottish kings of the Middle Ages
  • Fountains Abbey; majestic ruins of 12th century abbey, and UNESCO World Heritage-listed water gardens
  • Clifford’s Tower; medieval keep of York Castle, overlooking the city
  • Caernarfon Castle; featuring unique hexagonal towers and defending the English from the Welsh at the height of King Edward I’s campaign to conquer Wales
  • Cricceth Castle; Welsh defensive castle situated on a dramatic headland
  • Edinburgh Castle; including the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny
  • Battle of Hastings site and Battle Abbey; commemorating the 1066 invasion of the Normans, who would go on to make England the country it is today
  • Chirk Castle; an English Marcher lord’s stronghold, guarding the Welsh borderlands within sight of the even more ancient Offa’s Dyke, a 7th century earthwork along the border


  • Hadrian’s Wall; Roman fortification between Pictland (modern Scotland) and Roman Britannia, built in 122 A.D.


  • Stonehenge; the world’s most famous prehistoric site
  • Avebury Stone Circle; the largest stone circle in the world
  • Gidleigh Stone Circle; ancient monument on the moors of Devonshire, home to free-ranging wild ponies
  • Tinkinswood, St Lythan’s, and Lanyon Quoit; neolithic and bronze age burial chambers (dolmens, quoits, and barrows) set in the dramatic, scenic British countryside

Natural Beauty

  • The White Cliffs of Beachy Head and Seven Sisters; towering, white chalky cliffs overlooking the English Channel
  • Lands End; walk to the westernmost point of Great Britain and see the rugged beautiful Atlantic coast
  • Lake District; take a lakeside walk along Lake Windermere in the scenic Lake District

Plus numerous other elegant and extravagant ancient estates, mansions, and gardens

All of this and more, for $2299 all expenses included (tuition, airfare, and all but three meals on own).

Stonehenge by Ronald C Schoedel III
Stonehenge by Ronald C Schoedel III

Detailed information on many of the sites featured on our program over the years can be found in the multi-volume Site Books we have compiled, located here.