From the lively coastal town of Aberystwyth, travel south exploring the very best South Wales has to offer.
With an amazing array of wildlife and beautiful surroundings, you won’t believe you are still in the UK! Sandy beaches, stunning coastline, majestic waterfalls, rolling hills and even the possibility of dolphin spotting. With the opportunity for a range of outdoor activities, South Wales is a nature lovers’ paradise.
Visit some lovely, quaint Welsh towns along the way, taking time to enjoy the friendly atmosphere, boutique shops and great local food. There is plenty to explore in these towns including a number of impressive castles, fortresses, Tudor buildings, original piers and other great example of Wales’ deep historical roots.
Why not visit Britain’s smallest city St.Davids? Home to a huge cathedral this tiny city has a really lovely atmosphere about it. You end your visit in the bustling capital city Cardiff and have the opportunity to shop, see the castle and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere.
With so much to see and do, South Wales promises a great week away!
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Day 1: Arrival in Wales
Today you will arrive in Aberystwyth. There is plenty to see in the bustling university town, home to the National Library of Wales. Why not take a walk along the promenade or walk up Constitution Hill to get fantastic view of the coast? Another option is taking the Rheidol Steam Railway through the beautiful Rheidol Valley to Devil’s Bridge. The views here are simply stunning, and the nearby waterfalls are shrouded in myth!
Day 2: Aberystwyth and surrounding area
Today you can explore Cardigan Bay, an area renowned for its wildlife, particularly the UK’s biggest pod of dolphins. Why not take a boat-ride here and see if you can spot them? You could visit the Welsh Wildlife Centre or enjoy the wide range of outdoor activities available in the area too. The colourful harbour-town of Aberaeron is well worth a stop on the way, and the cafes and restaurants here boast some of the best local produce of the area. Don’t forget to sample some of Aberaeron's famous honey ice cream!
Day 3: Aberystwyth > Pembrokeshire
Today you will travel into the Pembrokeshire National Park. This stunning area is renowned throughout the world for its stunning coastline. Why not visit St David’s, the smallest city in Britain, during your journey? Its wonderful Cathedral draws visitors throughout the year, including the ruins of the medieval Bishops Palace located just next to it. St David, or Dewi Sant as he is called in the Welsh language, is the patron Saint of Wales. Another nearby worthwhile stop is Whitesands Bay, a fantastic sandy beach, where you can take a stroll along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Wales is the only country in the world where you can walk along the whole coast uninterrupted!
Day 4: Pembrokeshire
Spend another day exploring the National Park, including any of the quaint towns or villages that line the coast. You could visit the beautiful harbour town of Tenby. There is plenty to explore here including the 13th Century medieval town walls, Tenby Castle and the Tudor Merchant’s House. Tenby also boasts over 2 miles of sandy beach. Perhaps you would be interested in taking a boat ride to Caldey Island, known as one of the holy islands of Britain.
Day 5: Pembrokeshire > Cardiff
Today you will leave Pembrokeshire behind as you travel to Wales’ capital city of Cardiff. Along the way, why not stop at Swansea and take the time to explore the birthplace of the famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. You can visit the house where he was born, or the Swansea Museum which is Wales’ oldest Museum. Nearby is also the small fishing village of The Mumbles on the Gower Peninsula. There is plenty to see here including the lighthouse built in the 1790s, the Victorian pier and the medieval Oystermouth Castle which sits on the hilltop with great views looking out over the sea. This region, the Gower, is renowned for its wonderful beaches and is very popular with tourists for coastal walks.
Day 6: Cardiff
Spend your final full day exploring Wales’ bustling capital city of Cardiff. There is plenty to see in the town centre, including the impressive Cardiff Castle and Sofia Gardens. Why not arrange to go on one of the many themed walking tours of the city? Cardiff Market, which has occupied the same site for over 100 years, is well worth a visit and has a wide range of welsh produce on sale. Cardiff Bay, the largest waterfront development in Europe, is a very popular spot to visit with its variety of restaurants and cafes, and is home to the National Assembly for Wales.
Day 7: Departure journey
Take some time to enjoy breakfast and explore the area before your onward journey. If time allows, why not journey into the Brecon Beacons National park? This area has recently been accredited as an International Dark Sky Reserve, as it has some of the highest quality dark skies in the whole of the UK, making it the perfect destination for stargazers.