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Attractions and Activities in South Wales

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

South Wales Miners' Museum

South Wales Miners' Museum

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Showcasing the life of a miner, the South Wales Miners’ Museum was opened in 1976 and was the first of its kind in Wales. Take a trip back in time and learn about the harsh conditions that Victorian miners had to work in so that they could provide for their family which was not only hard for the workers, but their families too. Their earnings were a pittance which made simple things like buying food, or buying clothes for their growing children, a real struggle. Walk into a traditional miners cottage and experience the type of homes they lived in, and the daily struggle of living in such a small house. Once you’ve been to seen the cottage, go over to the outdoor exhibits - a blacksmith shop, lamp room and an engine house. The museum also has a dark room with no natural light which shows you the kind of conditions they worked in underground. With a variety of photographs, mining artefacts, as well as cap lamps and helmets that you can try on, the miners museum is a must see attraction for the entire family.

Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Llancaiach Fawr Manor

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Standing elegantly in the glorious countryside of South Wales, Llancaiach Fawr Manor was built c1550 and has been impressively restored and furnished to what it would have looked like in 1645. With four-foot thick walls, heavy wooden doors, and enclosed stone staircases, the manor was designed to withstand battles from any enemies. You can also learn about strange phenomenons that guests and staff experience there on a regular basis. Voted as one of the Top Ten Most Haunted buildings in Britain, it was investigated by Derek Acorah for the Sky Living programme, Most Haunted! Paranormal activity has been reported in almost every room of the manor house, from a cot rocking by itself to sightings of a C19th housekeeper who died tragically in the bedchamber, and a little boy who fell to his death from on the upstairs rooms. Visit the manor and see if you can become one of the many who have walked away after experiencing a paranormal phenomenon.

Encounter Adventure

Encounter Adventure

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The historic Neath Canal is a fantastic place to enjoy some peaceful and quality time together and is surrounded by picturesque countryside scenes. Situated slightly south of the Brecon Beacons National Park, you can see just some of the fantastic scenery that Wales has to offer. Hire a canoe seating either 2 or 3 people and paddle your way down the canal at your own pace. The canoes are even dog friendly so that they can join you on your adventure! After your leisurely paddle, return the canoe to Ty Bank Cottage and enjoy hot and cold drinks, snacks, and ice-cream.

1940s Swansea Bay

1940s Swansea Bay

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Step off the street and into this fascinating museum set up as war scenes, which makes you feel like you have travelled back in time to the 1940s. Your first stop will be at the Operations Room where you can hear the controller directing a pilot to the enemy planes in order to stop them before they reach Swansea. Then carry on to the Air Raid Shelter and experience the sounds of a bombing raid. This was a truly horrific time for the people who were lucky enough to find their way to one of these shelters, and is something you can only appreciate once you have sat inside one yourself. From here you will step out onto a 1940s street made up of a grocery shop, pub, and fashion shop. Look at the ration books and see just how much food a family had to try and survive on - you can even try a few meals that people in the 1940s ate, such as a spam sandwich! With food to eat, gas masks and clothing to try on, and everyday 1940s items to look at, the museum is perfect day out for you and your family.

Cefn Mably Farm Park

Cefn Mably Farm Park

Cefn Mably Farm Park is the perfect place to take your children if you’re visiting South Wales. The park offers a mixture of activities to keep them entertained throughout the day. Help the staff feed the many friendly animals including the horses, ducks and goats, then wander over to the guinea pigs and rabbits so the children can hold them, and even help brush their hair! As well as having farm animals, the park also has a number of play areas including a 6,000 square foot heated play barn. With a dedicated space for children aged 5 and under so grab your coffee, take a seat, and let the children run off their excess energy. For those dry days, go outside and sit on one of the many picnic benches scattered around the park, where the children can play on the outdoor adventure playground, ride a pony, and drive a toy tractor.