The Best Attractions in South Wales You Can't Miss
A region of the UK where you’ll find spectacular natural landscapes and cities bursting with culture, South Wales is overflowing with great things to do. Whether you love exploring museums, relaxing on the beach or climbing mountains, here are five of the best attractions in South Wales you simply can’t miss.
St Fagans National Museum of History
Lying on the outskirts of Cardiff, St Fagans is a desirable village with great links to the Welsh capital and superb housing in places like Maes Y Deri. As one of the top-rated South Wales attractions, St Fagans National Museum of History is a fascinating open-air museum which is free to enter. Standing in the grounds of a 16th-century castle, the 100-acre parkland is home to more than 40 historic buildings including a school, farm, chapel and houses, all reconstructed as they would’ve been in the past.
Moving into the heart of the capital, Cardiff Castle is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Just a stone’s throw from the Principality Stadium - where you can catch a whole host of top sporting and cultural events - the current castle dates back to the 11th century. Located within picturesque parkland, you can learn how the castle has evolved over the years when you visit, including its origins as a Roman fort. The castle also has a packed events calendar, so be sure to check what’s on when you’re in town.
Heading 40 miles around the coast to Swansea, the city’s marina is packed with something for the whole family. Whether you’re checking out the boats in the Maritime Quarter, visiting Swansea Observatory or exploring cultural draws like the Attic Gallery, the National Waterfront Museum is well worth your time too. If you have children, don’t miss LC Swansea, a sport and leisure complex with a water park that has a wave machine to hone your surfing skills, as well as a collection of slides.
Brecon Beacons National Park
If you’re looking for some of the best natural attractions South Wales has to offer, the Brecon Beacons are an absolute must. The national park is home to a breathtaking mountain range which includes the highest peak in South Wales, Pen y Fan. The park is perfect for hiking, as you make your way through stunning landscapes littered with historic hillforts and brimming with wildlife. There are countless walks ranging in difficulty, while further activities include cycling, mountain biking, horse riding and water sports.
Glamorgan Heritage Coast
Stretching from Porthcawl just south of Port Talbot to Aberthaw not far from Barry, the Glamorgan Heritage Coast serves up 14 miles of natural bliss. Think soaring cliffs, quiet coves and charming beaches, not to mention teeming wildlife and routes ideal for walks and bike rides. If you want to live a short stroll from this beautiful stretch of coastline while retaining excellent commuter links to Cardiff, don’t miss our fantastic Parc Fferm Wen development in the St Athan area.