With vast national parks, idyllic gardens, interesting heritage sites and a gorgeous coastline packed into the stunning landscapes of South Wales, there are plenty of beautiful places to pay a visit to in this incredible area of the country. Whether you’re looking to relax in the beauty of a natural wonder or get a great photo of a striking landscape at sunset, here are five of the best places to visit in South Wales if you’re looking for somewhere beautiful!
Pen Y Fan, Brecon Beacons
As the highest mountain in South Wales, Pen y Fan offers up unparalleled views over the gorgeous Brecon Beacons National Park. Reaching the summit requires a fairly steep climb, but it is well worth it to achieve such impressive views! Not only can you see across the National Park, but on a clear day, from these heights, you will be able to see the Bristol Channel, the Gower Peninsula, the Cambrian Mountains and even across to Exmoor!
Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire
One of the best-preserved abbey’s in Wales, the ruins of Tintern Abbey have remained (mostly) standing since it was founded in 1131! Sitting on the Welsh bank of the River Wye, the Abbey was once the only Cistercian foundation in Wales, and only the second in the whole of Britain. After the monasteries were disbanded in the 16thcentury, the abbey turned to ruin, yet that hasn’t stopped nearly 70,000 people from visiting the site since it was re-opened by Cadw, the Welsh heritage service, in 1984. The abbey is incredibly beautiful, standing tall with intricate archways and vast windows. Open to the skies, the inside of the Abbey is now carpeted with luscious green grass, making for a truly breathtaking experience.
Gower Peninsula, Swansea
When looking for beautiful places in South Wales, it is certainly hard to beat Gower, which was the first place in the whole of the UK to be named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty back in 1956. Also part of the Heritage Coast, Gower stretched across an area of 73 square miles, 37 of which are touching the stunning coastline. Comprised of a number of impressive beaches and natural rock formations, there are plenty of exciting spots to explore in this area, although the three-smile long strip of golden sand at Rhossili is a particular highlight for many!
Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly
As the biggest castle in Wales, Caerphilly Castle has stood proudly at the centre of a moat since the 13thcentury. An intricate collection of walls and towers that remain standing after all these years, the castle is impressive and a sight to behold. While the structure itself seems somewhat imposing, the tranquillity of the moat and the luscious lands that surround it are undeniably beautiful, allowing you to explore this historical landmark while embracing the refreshing qualities of nature. Many people also come to the castle to witness the famous ‘leaning tower’ which stands at the front of the castle and has tilted by 3 metres since 1648.
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Dewstow Gardens, Monmouthshire
Developed in 1895, Dewstow Gardens were constructed to accompany the Dewstow House. During the Second World War, the gardens were tragically lost when they became buried underneath thousands of tonnes of soil. Luckily, the gardens were rediscovered in 2000, and have since been restored to their former glory. A combination of rock gardens, ponds and tropical plants, the garden offers a slice of tranquillity, feeling as if you have been transported to an exotic world. Not only is the garden beautiful on the surface, but underground you can also discover a labyrinth of tunnels leading to underground grottoes and sunken ferneries.
If you are looking to get back to nature and relax in the tranquillity of these beautiful locations, then a Glamping in South Wales holiday may be just the thing for you. Which of these inspiring locations are you most looking forward to visiting when in South Wales? Let us know by getting in touch via our social media channels!