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Fun Things To Do In South Wales


South Wales is a beautiful part of the world and offers a wide variety of attractions, events and places of interest to suit all ages and interests.  It is the perfect region for a relaxing holiday.

Below are just some of our favourites to give you some inspiration.  We are always pleased to suggest places to visit, holiday itineraries and great places to stay and eat so please let us know if you are looking for ideas.  We will be adding lots more ideas for things to do soon!

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Award Winning Beaches

The Gower Peninsula offers visitors a choice of 25 beautiful beaches within a short drive from Swansea.  These award winning beaches range from golden sands to rocky coves.  There are plenty of watersports on offer including surfing, paddle boarding, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing.

Surfing

Surfing

Important note to dog owners

Many of the Gower beaches prohibit dogs from 1st May to 30th September.   These beaches include:-

  • Swansea Bay – from the River Tawe to the slip opposite Swansea Baths and from the beach access Sketty Lane to the Northern edge of the slip opposite the West Cross Inn.
  • Bracelet bay
  • Limeslade Bay
  • Rotherslade Bay
  • Langland Bay
  • Caswell Bay
  • Port Eynon Beach – from the Eastern edge of the steps to Port Eynon Beach to the Eastern edge of Horton Beach access.

 

Plantasia

Exotic wildlife at Plantasia

Plantasia

If the weather isn’t great why not explore our unique tropical haven of wonderful plants and animals situated in the heart of the city?  There are not many cities which can boast their own indoor rainforest but Swansea certainly can.   Plantasia features many exotic plants and animals including reptiles, monkeys, butterflies and birds.

 

 

 

Castles

Llansteffan Castle

Llansteffan Castle

If you enjoy visiting Castles then Wales is the perfect place to visit as its been called the ‘Castle Capital of the World’ with an estimated 500 Castles.   Some of the best are to be found in South Wales including Caerphilly Castle which is the second largest in the UK and hosts regular events.

Here just a few examples by County:-

Swansea’s Castles

  • Loughor Castle
  • Oxwich Castle 16th century
  • Oystermouth Castle 12 & 13th century
  • Pennard Castle 12th century
  • Penrice Castle 13th century
  • Swansea Castle
  • Weobley Castle 13th century
Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Castle

Carmarthenshire’s Castles

  • Carreg Cennen Castle 13th century
  • Carmarthen Castle 11th century
  • Dinefwr Castle 11th century
  • Dryslwyn Castle Native Welsh ruins 13th century
  • Kidwelly Castle 12th century and earlier
  • Laugharne Castle 13th century
  • Llandovery Castle 11th century
  • Llansteffan Castle 12th century
  • Castell Moel 16th century
  • Newcastle Emlyn Castle 13th & 15th century

 

Afan Forest

World-class mountain biking trails at Afan Forest

Cycling & Mountain Biking

Wales now has 1,000 miles of cycle paths on the National Cycle Network including the Celtic Trail.  South Wales also has a choice of world-class mountain bike trails for all abilities at Afan Forest in Port Talbot and Brechfa Forest and Cwm Rhaedr in Carmarthenshire.

Both Counties are within easy travelling distance of our base in Swansea.

 

 

Dark Skies & Stargazing

Today there are few places in the UK where you can see the stars properly due to light pollution from major cities and towns.

Stargazing in South Wales

Stargazing in South Wales

Fortunately in Wales there are designated dark sky areas which are ideal for stargazing.   One of these areas is in Pembrokeshire.   The specific area is the designated Dark Sky of the National Trust car park at Broadhaven South.  The other areas in Pembrokeshire are:-

  • Garn Fawr National Trust car park (SA64 OJJ)
  • Kete National Trust car park (SA62 3RR)
  • Martin’s Haven National Trust car park (SA62 3BJ)
  • Skrinkle Haven Pembrokeshire Coast National Park car park
  • Sychpant Pembrokeshire Coast National Park picnic site

Alternatively you can drive to the stunning Brecon Beacons which was the  first International Dark-Sky reserve in Wales (and the fifth in the world).  On a clear night in the Brecon Beacons, you can see the Milky Way, major constellations, bright nebulas and even meteor showers.

Brecon Beacons National Park

Brecon Beacons National Park

Here are some of the best spots in the Brecon Beacons for star gazing:-

  • Usk Resevoir
  • Crai Reservoir
  • Llanthony Priory
  • Hay Bluff
  • National Park Visitor Centre (Mountain Centre)
  • Pen Rhiw Ddu

For more details visit the Brecon Beacons National Park website

 

 

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

National Botanical Gardens, Wales

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is one of Wales’ most popular visitor attractions.  It is located situated near Llanarthney in Carmarthenshire. The garden is both a visitor attraction and a centre for botanical research and conservation.  It features the world’s largest single-span glasshouse measuring 110 m (360 ft) long by 60 m (200 ft) wide.  It is open to visitors throughout the year.

We will be adding more ideas for things to do soon.   For events please click this link > events in Swansea & surrounding areas