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South Wales Introduction

From the modern city of Swansea to the rolling green hills of the Brecon Beacons, South Wales is a diverse area that blends urban culture and idyllic rural beauty. Along the coast, you'll find quaint fishing villages with stone houses, and inland there are historic hamlets with traditional pubs and long country walks. The area is home to vast sandy beaches that are popular with surfers and old-fashioned seaside resorts that families love.

Hotels in South Wales

There's a wide selection of hotels in South Wales, which means you’ll always find accommodation to suit. If you are heading for one of the area’s larger towns, you'll find discount hotels close to central areas. Offering free WiFi and with breakfast often included, these South Wales hotels are a comfortable base for exploring the area. For a country retreat, there are luxury boutique hotels around the Brecon Beacons area, many of which have guestrooms with private balconies or terraces. With amenities such as minibars, coffee machines and bathrobes, these luxury hotels in South Wales are all about relaxation.

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Where to stay

Swansea has a modern bay area with large hotels and office blocks dominating the skyline. The waterfront neighbourhood has been updated, with a large number of restaurants, cafes and lively bars that create a party atmosphere at weekends. Head to the Maritime Quarter and sit on a sandy beach with an ice cream watching yachts sail into the harbour. The town of Brecon is a gateway to the Brecon Beacons and sits beside the River Usk. With stone houses and cosy inns, this traditional Welsh town is surrounded by green hills and is the perfect rural escape.

Things to see

The Big Pit National Coal Museum is a fascinating look into the industrial past of South Wales. Huge pieces of industrial machinery sit alongside disused railway lines and abandoned buildings still stained with coal dust. Explore the narrow underground passages where men used to work in near-darkness and see displays of equipment dating back to Edwardian times. The Brecon Beacons, covering an area of over 500 square miles, are a must-see when you travel in South Wales. There are moss-covered sandstone peaks, calm lakes and tumbling waterfalls to be found along the rocky walking trails, as well as charming Welsh villages surrounded by lush green countryside. WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre has 500 acres of conservation land, with marshes surrounded by long grass. Wander down the trails and you'll see bright pink flamingos, nesting geese and a huge variety of rare birds in their natural habitats.

How to get to South Wales

Cardiff Airport serves the South Wales area with flights arriving from across the UK and Europe. Most South Wales reviews recommend taking the shuttle bus to Cardiff Central and changing to the train line that runs along the coast to Milford Haven. There are direct train services to Cardiff Central and Swansea, where you can change for local trains. Bristol Airport is also a handy arrival point with lots of budget airlines landing here. It's just under 2 hours to Swansea by car, or you can take a shuttle bus to Bristol Temple Meads for South Wales train services.

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