South Wales: Places to Explore


  • Abergavenny

    The market town of Abergavenny, just outside Brecon Beacons National Park, is a popular base for walkers and hikers. It has a ruined castle and is near the industrial history sites at Blaenavon.... Read more

  • Cardiff

    The historic market town of Brecon is known for its Georgian buildings, narrow passageways, and pleasant riverside walks. It's also the gateway to Brecon Beacons National Park. The town is particularly... Read more

  • Cardigan and the Teifi Valley

    The little market town of Cardigan, with its ancient bridge, was the scene of a never-to-be-forgotten victory by the Welsh over the Norman army in 1136. The town is near the mouth of the Teifi, a river... Read more

  • Merthyr Mawr

    As you cross over an ancient stone bridge into Merthyr Mawr, you feel as if you've entered another world. From stone cottages with beehive-shape thatched roofs to the Victorian-era Church of St. Teilo... Read more

  • St. David's

    Despite its miniscule size, this community of fewer than 1,800 people isn’t a village or a hamlet—it's actually Britain's smallest city. Historically, little St. David's has punched above its weight due... Read more

  • Swansea

    The birthplace of poet Dylan Thomas (1914–53), Swansea adores its native son. It honors him throughout the year, especially at the Dylan Thomas Festival in October and November. But Swansea no longer seems... Read more

  • Tenby

    Pastel-color Georgian houses cluster around a harbor in this seaside town, which became a fashionable resort in the 19th century and is still popular. Two golden sandy beaches stretch below the hotel-lined... Read more