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.

  • Cardiff

    With a population of around 330,000, Cardiff is the largest and most important city in Wales. It's also one of the youngest capitals in Europe: although a settlement has existed here since Roman...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...


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