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THE National Trust is opening most of its properties in North Wales for free this Saturday (12 September).
The day comes courtesy of an Open Doors European Heritage initiative.
Among the properties open are: Aberconwy House in Conwy; Bodnant Gardens in the Conwy Valley; Chirk Castle near Llangollen; Conwy Suspension Bridge; Erddig, near Wrexham; Penrhyn Castle in Bangor; Plas Newydd in Llanfairpwll and Powis Castle near Welshpool.
There will be opportunities to find out more about the National Trust and take behind-the-scenes tours, picking up tips from expert housekeepers.
In some cases visitors will get the chance to meet some of the characters who once called the houses and gardens home.
The events include:
Plas Newydd, Llanfairpwll, will be open from 11am-5pm. Chance to learn tips on how to care and conserve your possessions at home, and how items from the collection at Plas Newydd are cared for.
Conwy Suspension Bridge will be open until 8pm, with guided tours at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.
THE historic Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and canal have been recognised as Britain's newest world heritage site.
The structure, which dates back more than 200 years, joins famous landmarks, including the Acropolis the Taj Mahal and the Great Barrier Reef, on the Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) list.
The announcement followed a week of deliberation by officials in Seville, Spain.
It will be a significant boost for the visitor industry in Wales.
Pontcysyllte was built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop between 1795 and 1805. It is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain.
The bid for World Heritage Site status was led by Wrexham County Borough Council in conjunction with British Waterways and partner organisations.
Dr Dawn Roberts, economic development manager for Wrexham council, said: "We are absolutely over the moon. We have been working on this for so long and it means so much to those of us that are from this area.
Major Walter Wingfield was a resident of Nantclwyd Hall, which is about six miles south of Ruthin in Denbighshire (pictured). He invented the game of lawn tennis in his garden when he tried out a new type of India rubber ball which could be bounced on grass. The enjoyment he derived from this novel pastime led to the formulation of some standard rules which he published as The First Set of Lawn Tennis Rules in the same year.
He called the game sphairistaike and registered a patent for the combined equipment of net, posts, balls and racquets in 1874. He combined the necessary equipment as a kit and sold it along with the rulebook as a game suitable for Victorian gardens.
ONE of the great engineering achievements of the Industrial Revolution, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, has featured on BBC4's Hidden Histories.
The aqueduct was included in a fascinating first episode which uses computer animation to explain how it was built.
BBC News anchorman Huw Edwards presents the five-part series.
He follows the Royal Commission's work on the ancient and historical monuments of Wales.
The aqueduct, built between 1795 and 1805, is expected to be announced as Britain's newest World Heritage Site in June.
With its 19 spans and 38.4m height the aqueduct was the tallest in the world for 200 years.
St Trillo's Chapel in Rhos on Sea is believed to be the smallest chapel in Britain.
It was founded by St Trillo, a monk from Brittany, who was born around AD 550.
He was also responsible for establishing churches at Llandrillo (near Corwen) and Llandrygarn (on Anglesey) but spent most of his time based at this chapel.
He was buried on Bardsey Island, just off the Lleyn peninsula, which was a popular burial place for holy men from Celtic times onwards.