South Wales Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in South Wales - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Merthyr Mawr 2

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5 Cwmdonkin Drive

  • House/Mansion/Villa

Dylan Thomas was born in this suburban Edwardian house, which remains a place of pilgrimage for the poet's devotees. You can wander the...

Abergavenny Castle and Museum

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Built early in the 11th century, this castle witnessed a tragic event on Christmas Day, 1176: the Norman knight William de Braose invited...

Big Pit National Coal Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

For hundreds of years, South Wales has been famous for its mining industry. Decades of decline—particularly during the 1980s—left...

Blaenavon Ironworks

  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 1789 Blaenavon Ironworks traces the entire process of iron production in the late 18th century. Well-preserved...

Brecon Beacons National Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

About 5 miles southwest of Brecon you encounter mountains and wild, windswept uplands that are tipped by shafts of golden light when...

Brecon Cathedral

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Modest on the outside but surprisingly cavernous on the inside, this cathedral stands on the hill above the middle of town. The cathedral...

Caerphilly Castle

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

One of the largest and most impressive fortresses in Wales, and one of the few still to be surrounded by its original moat, Caerphilly...

Caerwent Roman Town

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The Romans founded the little town of Caerwent, just a couple of miles into Wales from the Severn Crossing, in AD 75. The remains of...

Caldey Island

  • Island

This beautiful little island off the coast at Tenby has whitewashed stone buildings that lend it a Mediterranean feel. The island is...

Cardiff Bay

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Perhaps the most potent symbol of Cardiff's 21st-century rebirth, this upscale district is a 10-minute cab ride from Cardiff Central...