When people visit Britain, Wales is usually forgotten. With this in mind, here are 16 reasons to visit South Wales. (Most are free!) 

It all starts with the Severn Bridge….the gateway to Wales.

The coastline of South Wales is not to be missed. Check out one (or 5) of the beaches: 

  • The Gower – A range of beaches in Swansea which are great for rockpooling and surfing.
  • Barry Island – A seaside resort in Barry which was used for the setting of Gavin & Stacy. You can even attend the Gavin & Stacey tour!
  • Tenby – It was voted one of the UK’s top five beach destinations in the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice awards! It’s also a great place to go fishing. 

Another feature of Wales, is the castles (and there’s lot’s of them) Here are a few you should visit: 

  • Cardiff Castle – In the heart of Cardiff City Centre, take a tour of the house, the castle apartments and the wartime shelter. 
  • Caerphilly Castle – This is Wales’ largest castle! Chill out and relax in the castle grounds.
  • Chepstow Castle – Found on a cliff overlooking the River Wye, it is the oldest surviving stone castle in Britain.

Cardiff Bay is the area created by the Cardiff Barrage and is home to many attractions:

  • Millenium Centre – You can watch theatre performances, musicals and opera! Even the exterior is worth a visit to look at!
  • Doctor Who Experience – Found in Cardiff Bay, visit the Doctor Who Experience. (But hurry up as the doors are closing for good next month).
  • Boat trip – Book onto a boat trip from Cardiff Bay to Penarth. In Penarth you can walk along the pier, dine in the restaruants and take a stroll along the seafront. 
  • Norwegian church – A point of cultural and historical interest where Roald Dahl was christened.
  • Ianto Jones’ shrine – If you’re a fan of TV Series Torchwood, then visit the shrine in Cardiff Bay. You’ll  find hundreds of memorabilia and pictures from fans.

Cardiff City Centre: 

  • Shopping – Cardiff is one of the best cities in Britain for shopping, with almost 200 shops in 1 centre . You’ll find designer and high street brands!
  • Clwb Ifor Bach – Known as the ‘Welsh Club’, homegrown acts take priority at this music venue. 
  • Principality Stadium – The home of welsh sport! Take a tour or watch a game of rugby on a match day!

Other must see places:

  • St Fagans – Visit the open-air welsh life museum, which shows the history, culture and life of welsh people. Make sure you visit the bakery where fresh bread (and welsh cakes) are baked daily. 
  • National showcave centre of Wales in Swansea – Walk with a tour guide and learn all about the 3 caves at the centre.

Here are a few ideas of how to spend your time in South Wales…let us know where you go!