South Wales Guide

South Wales is the home to our capital city, Cardiff. A city well known not just for its rugby (Come on Wales!) but also for its heritage. The commanding medieval motte and bailey Castle is situated in the middle of Cardiff City Centre and is protected by substantial defensive walls. Within the castle grounds is also a Victorian gothic revival mansion which makes for a very grand and striking impression to all visitors coming to Cardiff.

Doctor Who is also filmed in the capital and the surrounding areas. The popular and long-running TV show now has a Doctor Who Experience in picturesque Cardiff Bay, a must see for all the ‘Whovians’ out there.

The Gower Peninsula was the first part of the UK to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it still lives up to this incredible conservation title. A massive third of the Gower’s countryside is either a National Nature Reserve or a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The award winning beaches in this region are a must for someone looking for a fabulous beach holiday, with sand that runs between your toes and the waves perfect for people wanting to catch a few waves! Some of the beaches are so superb that over the years, they have been voted in the top four best beaches throughout Britain.

Not only is the Gower Peninsula famed for its fantastic countryside and beaches, but also for its heritage. The area has over a thousand archaeological sites including castles, abbeys and caves.


Margam Park in South Wales

Attractions and Activities

Whether you are interested in social history, a heritage train ride to the beach or even just a lovely ice cream, South Wales is packed with a whole host of things to do!

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Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula


Several of our beaches in South Wales regularly get voted as the best in Britain, with one even being voted as the third best in Europe! Come to visit and see for yourself!

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Cardiff Castle situated in the city centre

Castles & Gardens

Restored castles, castles in ruins, and a large selection of gardens big and small, South Wales could keep you exploring for weeks!

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Big Cheese Festival in Caerphilly, South Wales


Cardiff and Swansea in South Wales are Wales' biggest cities and as such, the South Wales area is rife with festivals and events.

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Royal Porthcawl Golf Club in South Wales on a sunny day

Golf Courses and Clubs

South Wales has become very popular in recent years for golfers to tackle the more professional courses. But don't be put off if you're a beginner, the courses will help make you a great golf player!

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Barry Tourist Railway heritage train in South Wales

Heritage Railways

Explore the South Wales coast, and travel with style in a historic rail carriage.

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Mountain Biking in South Wales


Downhills only for the most experienced riders, world class singletracks, purpose built bike parks and trails for the whole family. South Wales has it all for the keen cyclist.

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Oxwich Bay on the Gower Peninsula in South Wales

Nature Reserves

With peaceful woodlands, wetlands, caves and outstanding countryside, South Wales nature reserves offers a haven for wildlife and plants.

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