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South Wales

4.3
Castles · Specialty Museums · Piers & Boardwalks
Southern Wales is one of the country’s most mixed areas, featuring a rare blend of stunning pastoral scenery, remains of medieval castles, rugged coastlines, modern surfing hotspots, and sleepy villages seemingly frozen in time. The region’s lively towns offer a wide selection of things to do, with itineraries full of many shopping, dining, and entertainment options. You don’t have to go far away from these thriving urban centers for a variety of outdoor vacation ideas, including fishing, canoeing, cycling, and extreme rock climbing. With its pervading spirit of laid-back living, the region has become a popular holiday destination known for its counterculture set, evidenced by the numerous communes and organic farms here. Take stress off the schedule by using our United Kingdom road trip planner.
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Places to visit in South Wales

Cardiff Trip planner BEST FOR: Castle, Specialty Museum, Pier / Boardwalk Swansea Trip planner BEST FOR: Geologic Formation, Beach, Water Body Chepstow Trip planner BEST FOR: Castle, Scuba / Snorkeling, Outdoor Activity Newport Trip planner BEST FOR: Historic Site, Specialty Museum, Bridge Abergavenny Trip planner BEST FOR: Castle, Gift & Specialty Shop, Mountain

Popular things to do in South Wales

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St Fagans National Museum of History ©
Specialty Museum
St Fagans National Museum of History Cardiff
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Cardiff Bay Wales ©
Pier / Boardwalk
Cardiff Bay Wales Cardiff
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Cardiff Castle ©
Castle
Cardiff Castle Cardiff
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Gower Peninsula ©
Geologic Formation
Gower Peninsula Swansea
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in South Wales

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National Museum Cardiff ©
Natural History Museum
National Museum Cardiff Cardiff
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Big Pit National Coal Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Big Pit National Coal Museum Blaenavon
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Baked Bean Museum of Excellence ©
Specialty Museum
Baked Bean Museum of Excellence Port Talbot
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
The Royal Mint Experience ©
History Museum
The Royal Mint Experience Llantrisant
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in South Wales

Chepstow Castle ©
Castle
Chepstow Castle Chepstow
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Techniquest ©
Science Museum
Techniquest Cardiff
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
Llangennith Beach
Beach
Llangennith Beach Swansea
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Llandaff Cathedral
Cemetery
Llandaff Cathedral Cardiff
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in South Wales

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Rhossili Bay ©
Beach
Rhossili Bay Rhossili
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
The LC ©
Water Park
The LC Swansea
3.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Margam Park ©
Park
Margam Park Port Talbot
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Oxwich Bay ©
Beach
Oxwich Bay Swansea
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in South Wales

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Caerphilly Castle ©
Castle
Caerphilly Castle Caerphilly
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Tintern Abbey ©
Religious Site
Tintern Abbey Tintern
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Raglan Castle ©
Castle
Raglan Castle Raglan
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Castell Coch ©
Castle
Castell Coch Tongwynlais
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Parks in South Wales

Dyffryn Gardens ©
Garden
Dyffryn Gardens St Nicholas
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Pontypool RFC
Park
Pontypool RFC Pontypool
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Roath Park ©
Park
Roath Park Cardiff
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Porthkerry Country Park ©
Park
Porthkerry Country Park Barry
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Cardifferent Historic Pub Tour ©
City Tour
Cardifferent Historic Pub Tour Cardiff
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Worm's Head ©
Geologic Formation
Worm's Head Rhossili
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Penllergare Valley Woods ©
Forest
Penllergare Valley Woods Swansea
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
Guardian -  Six Bells Mining Memorial ©
Monument
Guardian - Six Bells Mining Memorial Abertillery
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min