South Wales: Places to Explore

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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 like a place that would inspire poetry. Heavily bombed in World War II, it was clumsily rebuilt. Today it merits a stop primarily for a couple of good museums. However, the surrounding countryside tells a different story. The National Botanic Gardens and Neath Abbey make for interesting diversions, and the stunning Gower Peninsula contains some of the region's best beaches.

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