Discover what beautiful South Wales has to offer.
So, you’re thinking of booking a break to stunning South Wales but you’re not sure about what you can do when you get here?
No problem, we’ve come up with 5 wonderful ideas that you can do when you visit this beautiful part of the world.
Having recently been voted Museum of the Year 2019, St Fagans Museum which is Wales’ most visited heritage attraction explores the lifestyle, culture, and architecture of the people of Wales. Over 50 original buildings from across Wales and from many historical periods have been reconstructed in the grounds of St Fagans Castle. Every building in the museum has been frozen in time and offers guests the chance to step back in time and discover a fascinating looking into the history of Wales.
Another great reason to visit this museum is that admission is FREE!
Take a tour of the Royal Mint Experience and learn about the history of the British currency. Go behind the scenes to follow the journey of a coin from blank to bank in a 45-minute Guided Factory Experience. You can watch coins being minted and you’ll have the opportunity to strike your very own £1 coin as a memento of your visit.
South Wales has numerous stunning castles that you can explore during your time in the region. From the striking towers of Raglan Castle in Monmouthshire, the largest castle in Wales, and the second-largest in Britain, Caerphilly Castle to Cardiff Castle where you can discover 2000 years of history in our country’s capital.
If you’re looking for a spot of retail therapy during your visit to South Wales there are plenty of options for you to choose from. The market town of Cowbridge is a hidden gem in the countryside of the Vale of Glamorgan and it has plenty of independent shops to explore. Those looking for a bargain should head to Bridgend Designer Outlet which offers designer and high-street fashion brands at discounted prices. Then there is of course Cardiff city center which has shopping to suit all tastes, including a mix of high-street chains in modern shopping centres, and Victorian and Edwardian arcades crammed full of quirky independents.
South Wales is famous for its beautiful beaches. Whitmore Bay in the Vale of Glamorgan beach runs the entire length of the Barry Island promenade so once you’ve finished your stroll you can enjoy a coffee in one of the restaurants and cafes Barry Island has to offer. There’s also the stunning Southerndown beach, which is popular for swimming and watersports and there’s even some excellent rock pools which can be explored at low tide. (Check the tides here)