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Blackwood Introduction

Nestled between the Brecon Beacons National Park and the vibrant Welsh capital of Cardiff, Blackwood serves up a relaxed home base for holidays in the South Wales Valleys. The town sits against the banks of the Sirhowy River, counting a burgeoning tech scene and a bustling high street among its features. Standing as it does on the doorstep of some of Wales' lushest landscapes, this is also a town where outdoor adventure is firmly on the menu.

Hotels in Blackwood

Blackwood hotels tend to come in around the 3-star mark, often taking the form of casual but comfy rooms above charming country pubs, where roaring open fires and delicious carvery dinners are almost always part of the deal. For travellers in search of a little luxury, the area's lavish country manor hotels hit the spot. Their refined rooms are filled with high-end amenities and offer views of expertly manicured gardens and beyond to the rolling Welsh countryside. Budget travellers can benefit from the free WiFi and breakfasts dished out at discount hotels across the Valleys.

Where to stay

While hotels in the Rock area of Blackwood place you close to both strolls along the Sirhowy River and the carefully crafted greens of the Blackwood Golf Club, those accommodation options to the south of town sit near the Blackwood Cricket Club and events at the Plas Mawr Community Centre. Head a little further south again and you'll find cosy B&Bs and cut-price hotels, peppered within shouting distance of the moated and deliciously majestic 13th-century Caerphilly Castle, as well as being within a quick drive from Newport's unspoilt stretches of golden sand.

Things to see

Blackwood's High Street makes for a lovely stroll, lined with cute independent stores, local eats and the 5-screen Maxime Cinema, but the surrounding countryside boasts plenty of appeal of its own. For outdoor fans, Pen-y-Fan Country Park is a popular spot over the summer months, though those who prefer their landscapes a little more rugged need only head up to the Brecon Beacons National Park. Heading east instead puts a trip to the Llandegfedd water sports Centre on the menu. This fab facility offers an idyllic background for sailing, windsurfing, paddle boarding and kayaking, alongside all the equipment rentals you need. For history buffs and culture vultures, a visit to Llancaiach Fawr Manor is difficult to resist. This 16th-century country manor is fully restored to its former glory and comes complete with welcoming staff dressed in period costumes.

How to get to Blackwood

Drivers heading to Blackwood will find the town well connected from the M4, via a series of winding and always scenic A and B roads. Those heading into the town from Cardiff can expect a journey time of around 45 minutes and, from Worcester, a little under 2 hours. Train users will likely disembark at Ystrad Mynach before hopping onboard one of the local buses for the last stretch of their journey. Once you've arrived, walking and cycling often prove the most enjoyable ways to explore.