A week in South Wales
Collected by Adriana Yampey , AFAR Local Expert
We spent a wonderful week in South Wales, driving almost 2000 miles exploring it. The weather was on our side and was as dry as it could be in January. We discovered a great country, really nice people, beautiful sightseeing and good food.
Dylan's Walk, Laugharne, Carmarthen SA33 4SD, UK
Visiting the boathouse is great this time of year. There is nobody else around so you can take your time with the visit. It's a lovely house where the poet, writer and broadcaster Dylan Thomas live the last four years of his tragically short life....
Trapp, Llandeilo SA19 6UA, UK
We got so lucky with visiting Wales, this past week. The weather was tricky but we managed to find plenty of sunshine. We visited Carreg Cennen Castle, one of the most spectacular Welsh castles, located north of Swansea on a great day. The setting...
Cwmcerrig Farm,Gorslas, Gorslas, Llanelli SA14 7HU, UK
If you are in search of Welsh produce, unusual foods, European specialties, artisan & fine wines, traditionally made sweets and cakes, food prepared for your private functions and celebrations, or a quality meal prepared with the freshest...
King St, Laugharne, Carmarthen SA33 4FA, UK
I am not sure how many sunny days Wales gets but we sure got a few while visiting this past week. It was a cold but beautiful day for walking about. And what better thing than walking by a castle? Laugharne was probably founded in the early 12th...
Blaen Nant Gwyn, New Inn, Pencader SA39 9EH, UK
Mountain biking is very popular in Wales and increasing every year. While staying at Brechfa Forest Barns, we found that the owners, Nikki and Jason also run MudTrek, a company that offers fully catered mountain biking experiences for both the...
The Pebbles, St Davids, Haverfordwest SA62 6RD, UK
When it comes to Wales there is a list of things that should not be missed. Saint David's Cathedral is one of them. This 6th century marvel is absolutely beautiful, with a rich past; raided by Vikings and visited and owned by kings. The entire...
The Pebbles, St Davids, Haverfordwest SA62 6RD, UK
St Davids is a city and community in Pembrokeshire, Wales, in the United Kingdom. It is Britain's smallest city in terms of both size and population, the final resting place of Saint David, the country's patron saint. To be able to take photos at...
High St, St Davids, Haverfordwest SA62 6PE, UK
St Davids Bishops Palace is a ruined medieval palace located adjacent to St Davids Cathedral in the city of St Davids, Pembrokeshire, and one of the most important ecclesiastical sites in Wales. The site dates back to the 6th century. There is a...
Pentre Ifan, Martletwy, Narberth SA67, UK
The dolmen dates from approximately 3,500 B.C. and, possibly, was used as a communal burial. The existing stones form the portal and main chamber of the tomb, which would originally have been covered with a large stone mound about 36.6 m long and...
Blaen Nant Gwyn, Llanllwni, Pencader SA39 9EH, UK
We spent a wonderful week in South Wales which started with discovering our fabulous accommodation. The Bay Tree Barn is beautiful, cozy and very roomy. It is equipped with central heating but you have the option of making fires too, the first...
Carreg Coetan, Newport SA42 0LT, UK
Pentre Ifan is not the only neolithic burial chamber in Wales. Another neolithic tomb it's located not far from Pentre Ifan called Carreg Coetan. It's with large capstone supported by two of the four surviving upright stones. We actually found...
Vale of Glamorgan, UK
Another lighthouse worth visiting in South Wales is Nash Point Lighthouse. To get there from Wick look out for a turning on the left signposted Marcross. Follow signs for Nash Point. Tours are available of the lighthouse, starting March 2nd. Tours...
Llantwit Major CF61 1ZG, UK
While visiting Nash Point, stop at the Horseshoe Inn for traditional Welsh faggots. The service is really fast and the food is cheap and plenty. Faggots are a traditional dish in the UK, especially South and Mid Wales and the Midlands of England....
Caerleon, Newport, UK
The remains of some 75 amphitheaters have been located in widely scattered areas of the Roman Empire. The amphitheater in Caerleon is the best preserved example in Britain. Known probably since the Middle Ages as King Arthur's Round Table, until...
Llangathen, Carmarthen SA32 8QH, UK
Before visiting Wales I searched online for what to see and do there and Aberglasney House and Garden was on the list one should not miss while visiting Wales. While visiting I understood why. Spectacularly set in the beautiful Tywi valley of...
Llanarthney SA32 8HX, UK
Paxton's Tower is a Neo-Gothic folly erected in honor of Lord Nelson. It is situated on a hilltop near Llanarthney in the Towy Valley, Carmarthenshire, Wales. The tower is 36 feet high. The lower part of the tower is triangular in shape with a...
Middleton Hall, Llanarthne SA32 8HN, UK
A great thing to do while visiting South Wales, whether it's winter or summer, rain or shine, is to visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales. January is free to enter and even though it's cold outside and not much is growing outside, the indoor...
Castle Cottage, Llansteffan, Carmarthen SA33 5LJ, UK
Llansteffan Castle stands at the end of what may seem to be a never-ending pathway to the top of the heavens. Do not be daunted by the unsure footing or the grade of the path, for the castle is certainly a prize worth reaching for. While the...
Castle St, Cardiff CF10 3RB, UK
A trip to South Wales would not be complete without visiting Cardiff, the country's capital. Our interest was Cardiff Castle. Since it's the low season, the castle was not crowded at all. We found parking very easy and not far from the castle....
Penrhiw-llan, Llandysul SA44 5NG, UK
We tried this place while staying at Brechfa Forest Barns and found it very interesting. Good prices, good food and great atmosphere. Kids are welcomed so that was a big plus for us, traveling with kids. Inside they have a lovely waiting area with...
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