Tourist attractions in South Wales

April 10, 2016
A view of Three Cliffs Bay on

Brecon Beacons National Park

Brecon Beacons National Park


The Brecon Beacons is widely considered one of the most beautiful parts of Wales (if not Britain), and boasts an extremely diverse landscape that features native deciduous trees, North American conifers and broad swaths of moorland. Founded in 1957 and famous for its wild ponies, the 519 sq mi Brecon Beacons National Park borders the Black Mountains to the west, and to the east another mountain range, also called the Black Mountains. Most of the park's peaks are more than 1, 000 ft high, while many reach in excess of 2, 000 ft, and are formed from red sandstone. It's said they look like beacons, hence their name (though it may also derive from the fires lit on the peaks as warning signals during the Middle Ages).

Location: King's Rd, Llandovery, Dyfed

Brecon's Spectacular Waterfalls

Brecon's Spectacular Waterfalls

Brecon Beacons National Park contains many lovely waterfalls, the most famous of which are the 90 ft high Henryd Falls at Coelbren, the highest in Wales. An easy trail spans the stream leading to the pool at the bottom of the falls and makes for a fun hike. Another waterfalls worth visiting in 'Waterfall Country' is Blaen-y-Glyn, fed by the River Caerfanell and Nant Bwrefwr, and accessible by a number of hiking trails.

3 Dan yr Ogof and the Showcase Caves

Dan yr Ogof and the Showcase Caves

The caves in this area are also of interest, and include Dan yr Ogof in the upper part of the Tawe Valley. This spectacular cave is full of stalagmites and stalactites, as well as many magnificent passages and chambers. All told, the cave network stretches 10 mi, with some of the most accessible areas now floodlit. Part of a major tourist attraction called the National Showcaves Centre for Wales, the site also includes the Bone Cave, Cathedral Cave, a replica Iron Age village, stone circles and fun dinosaur park for kids.

Hours: Daily 10am-5pm (Apr-Oct); Last admission, 3pm

Admission: Adults, £13.75; Children, £9

Location: Abercrave, Swansea

4 Carreg Cennen Castle

Carreg Cennen Castle

After visiting spectacular Carreg Cennen Castle, it's easy to see why the site was chosen for a fortress - it towers on a great crag almost 300 ft above the River Cennen. Consequently, the castle offers outstanding sightseeing views of Brecon Beacons National Park and the surrounding countryside. One of only a handful of privately owned castles in Wales (a fascinating story tells how the current owners mistakenly paid the paltry sum of only £100 for it as part of the farmland they purchased), the ruins of Carreg Cennen are fun to explore, as are the property's cave and hiking trails. Afterwards, enjoy refreshments in the tearoom.

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