History Points QR codes

History on your phone as you walk the WCP!

As you follow the Wales Coast Path, look out for History Points QR (quick response) codes at places of interest. Scan the codes with your smartphone to receive a concise history of the object or the place. Then you can choose a navigation button to see where the next QR codes are located, in your direction of travel along the path.

Established in 2012, this is believed to be the first QR-code tour of its kind on any long-distance trail in the world. You can even hear how to pronounce tricky Welsh place names and discover their ancient roots.

The QR codes are produced by the community-based information project HistoryPoints.org. They’re available at around 600 locations along the path – from Queensferry in the north on the border with England to Chepstow in the south.

More QR code plaques are appearing all the time, thanks to the support of volunteers, local businesses, councils and others. You can also explore the entire tour, county by county, on your home computer – perhaps to help choose a section of the path to explore.

Explore the entire History Points Wales Coast Path tour

(Top tip – click on the link, choose Wales Coast Path on the left- hand side of your screen.  Here you can read interesting information about each QR point and you’ll be able to see where it is on the path on the map provided on the website).

Places featured include:

  • the Menai Suspension Bridge, Newport Transporter Bridge and Barmouth Bridge
  • The Norwegian church where Roald Dahl was baptised
  • Britain’s smallest house – and smallest church
  • The site of the last invasion of Britain, back in 1797
  • Britain’s oldest known burial place, on Gower
  • The secluded bay where Henry Tudor landed from exile before the Battle of Bosworth


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