13 of the Best Places to Visit in South Wales - Exchange Hotel Cardiff

Our Pick of the 13 Best Places to Visit in South Wales

places to visit in South Wales

South Wales incorporates the entire Welsh capital, alongside some breath-taking scenery, and consistently ranks among the top places to see and explore in Wales. From the spectacular Brecon Beacons to The Exchange Hotel and more, there are so many interesting and awe-inspiring places to visit in South Wales.

There are so many wonderful places to visit in South Wales we thought it best to pick some of our favourites. Let’s just say that, It’s easy to see why this part of Wales is much loved.

Brecon Beacons National Park

Where: South Wales

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The Brecon Beacons are widely considered to be one of the most stunning parts of Wales; never mind just South Wales.

The Brecon Beacons boasts an extremely diverse landscape in which native deciduous trees grow high. Founded in 1957 and famous for its wild ponies and Black Mountains, the national park is absolutely breathtaking in parts. The most popular thing to do here is hiking, so you’re bound to find a campsite or two along the way.

Glamorgan Heritage Coast

Where: South Wales

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Stretching from Porthcawl to Aberthaw, the Glamorgan Heritage Coast is a 14-mile-long scenery extravaganza. This coastal landmark is increasingly popular among hikers and cyclists and is a good place to explore the natural surroundings.

Notable for its beautiful views, ancient limestone, rocky beaches and legendary lighthouse, the Glamorgan Heritage Coast is insanely stunning; plus, it’s easy to see why this heritage site is one of the most amazing places to visit in South Wales.

Tintern Abbey

Where: Monmouthshire

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Although not solely Welsh, Tintern Abbey is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Here, you can explore some of the best-looking landscapes in the UK. Stretching some 45 miles along the River Wye, the most scenic parts of the bank are a mix of stunning gorges and thick, enchanting forests.

The man-made element is beautiful here, too. Located on the banks of the Wye, Tintern Abbey is a 12th century abbey, perhaps most famous for being the subject of Wordsworth’s poem ‘Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey.’

The Exchange Hotel

Where: Mount Stewart Square

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The Exchange Hotel is a building bursting with charm and character. This luxury hotel is an architectural masterpiece which has been lovingly restored. Before The Exchange Hotel even existed, Mount Stuart Square was a popular residential area in the Welsh capital.

Now, The Exchange Hotel is absolutely perfect for those romantic weekends away or for those looking to explore South Wales.

Sound amazing? Our friendly team can’t wait to hear from you. Contact us on 02920 107 050 or book your magical stay here.

The Big Pit National Coal Museum

Where: Torfaen

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Blaenavon is one of the best-preserved examples of a traditional mining town. Representative of both the late 1780s and the early 1870s, the quaint industrial town is famous for the Blaenavon ironworks – which is also know as the “Big Pit.”

What makes Blaenavon one of the best places to visit in South Wales is that you can tour the entire town. Things to do here include touring the workshops and workers’ residential areas and exploring the 328-foot-deep mine.

Some of the tours are even led by former miners and residents.

Margam Country Park

Where: Port Talbot

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On of the most beautiful buildings in the whole of South Wales, Margam Country Park is a must-see place.

Wild deer, farm animals to stroke, a train that rides around the grounds and acres and acres of grass to walk around on, this stately home is absolutely stunning – and is ideal for a family day out in South Wales. Free to enter and only a 30-minute drive from the capital, Margam Country Park is absolutely breathtaking, be it in the height of summer or the depths of winter.

Alexandra Gardens

Where: Cathays Park

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The Welsh Capital is renowned for having some of the UKs most gorgeous parks and recreational spaces. Take in the beauty of the natural surroundings as you ramble around the stunning, Grade I listed Alexandra Gardens.

Opened in 1910 is ideal for romantic walks and escaping the city centre. You’d be a fool not to add Alexandra Gardens to your itinerary of places to visit in South Wales.

Dan yr Ogof Caves

Where: Abercrave

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Dan yr Ogof is a 15km long cave system which was uncovered almost a century ago. One of the most extensive cave systems in Western Europe, the awe-inspiring natural wonder features underground lakes, rivers and two huge waterfalls.

From rock formations dating back thousands of years to 200 life-sized dinosaur models, Dan yr Ogofy Caves is a natural wonder not to be missed.

Dewstow Gardens

Where: Monmouthshire

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Planted in 1895, Dewstow Gardens was buried under tonnes and tonnes of soil in the wake of The Second World War and was only rediscovered in 2000.

The gardens contain many ponds and fountains, but, the most interesting part of this botanical masterpiece has to be the labyrinth of underground tunnels and sunken ferneries that weave around the gardens – making it one of the most stunning place to visit in South Wales.

Welcoming groups, families and general visitors, make sure you go and see the Dewstow Gardens this summer.

Caerwent Roman Town

Where: Caerwent

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When thinking about the Roman Empire in Wales, you’d be right in thinking about exploring Caerleon. It’s only natural – the historic landmark has its very own Roman baths, amphitheatre and barracks and is one of the best examples of Roman architecture in Britain.

Caerwent is steeped in history – so much so that the brick dates back to the fourth century. What was once known as Venta Silurum, is now known for being one of the most interesting places to visit in South Wales.

The Royal Mint

Where: Llantrisant

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There is a wealth of fun to be had at The Royal Mint.

‘Strike’ your own £1 coin and explore 1,100 years of history and heritage at The Royal Mint – you won’t be disappointed. Just under a 50-minute drive from Swansea, The Royal Mint is so interesting; that’s why its one of the best places to visit in South Wales.

Swansea Music and Arts Festival

Where: Swansea

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The cultural landscape in Swansea, which counts poet Dylan Thomas among its sons, is always lively and breaking new ground. Taking place every autumn, The Swansea Festival of Music and Arts is the high-point of the city’s social calendar.

When looking for places to visit in South Wales in October, make sure to drop into the many theatres and museums that celebrate everything Swansea says and does.

Caldicot Castle

Where: Caldicot

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Founded by the Normans, developed as a Royal stronghold in the Middle Ages and restored as a grand Victorian home, Caldicot Castle has certainly had a romantic and colourful history.

Caldicot Castle is the perfect place for a day out in South Wales – even if it’s just for the spectacular view from the top of the castle.

So that’s it, our list of the best places to visit in South Wales is complete. There’s always plenty to keep everyone entertained in the South.

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