Days Out in South Wales

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Go Ape Margam Park

Margam Country Park, Port Talbot SA13 2TJ, UK

Wales Outdoors

Alakiefik Penarth Marina and Portway, Penarth, Penarth CF64 1TQ

Nantgarw China Works & Museum

Nantgarw, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales, GB CF15 7TB

The Royal Mint Experience

The Royal Mint Experience Car Park, Heol-Y-Sarn, Ynysmaerdy, Llantrisant, Pontyclun CF72 8YT, UK

South Wales Aviation Museum

Barry, Vale of Glamorgan CF62 4QR, UK

Zip World Tower – South Wales Adventures

Zip World Tower, Treherbert Road, Hirwaun, Aberdare CF44 9UF

A Welsh Coal Mining Experience

Rhondda Heritage Park, Rhondda Heritage Park, Coedcae Rd, South Wales CF37 2NP, UK

Tex Rex Golf

Cardiff Golf Centre, Began Road, Began, Cardiff CF3 6XJ, UK

Llandaff Cathedral

Llandaff Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Cardiff CF5 2LA, UK

Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Trelewis, Nelson, Treharris, UK

Jump Adventure

Maesglas Retail Estate Port Road NP20 2NS

Blue Ocean Activities

2C Heol-Y-Deri, Cardiff CF14 6HF, UK

Plantasia Tropical Zoo

Parc Tawe, Swansea SA1 2AL, UK

Llanelli Wetland Centre

Llwynhendy, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA14 9SH, UK

Fonmon Castle

Fonmon, Rhoose, Barry, UK

The Open Boat

The Open Boat, Cardiff, UK

Vindico Arena Ice Skating

Viola Arena, Olympian Drive, Cardiff, UK

Mambo Play Centre

Mambo Play Centre Cardiff, Ocean Way, Cardiff, UK

Pontypridd Museum

Bridge Street, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff CF37 4PE, UK

The Art Shop and Gallery

8 Cross Street, Abergavenny NP7 5EH, UK

Mumbles Pier

Mumbles Pier, Mumbles Road, The Mumbles, Swansea, UK

Playzone

Playzone, Lion Way, Llansamlet, Swansea, UK

Clyne Gardens

Clyne Gardens, Mayals, Swansea, UK

Teamforce Paintball & Laser Tag Activity Centre

Teamforce Paintball & Laser Tag Activity Centre Swansea, Llangyfelach Rd, Swansea, UK

Brecon Mountain Railway

Brecon Mountain Railway, Pontsticill Road, Merthyr Tydfil, Pant, UK

Taff Valley Quad Bike & Activity Centre

Taff Valley Quad Bike & Activity Centre, Upperboat, Pontypridd, UK

Funtastic

Funtastic, Caerphilly, UK

Newport Museum and Art Gallery

Newport Museum and Art Gallery, John Frost Square, Newport, UK

RSPB Newport Westlands

RSPB Newport Wetlands, West Nash Road, Newport, UK

Old Station Tintern

The Old Station Tintern, Tintern, Chepstow, UK

Ogmore Castle

Ogmore Castle, Bridgend, UK

Nash Point Lighthouse

Nash Point Lighthouse, Marcross, UK

Porthcawl Surf School

Porthcawl Surf School, Porthcawl, UK

Welsh Hawking Centre

Welsh Hawking Centre, Waycock Road, Barry, UK

Infinity Trampoline Park

Infinity Trampoline Park Cardiff, Cardiff, UK

National Museum

National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff, UK

Techniquest Science Discovery Centre

Techniquest, Stuart Street, Cardiff, UK

National Showcaves Centre

National Showcaves Centre for Wales, Abercraf, Swansea, UK

Tredegar House

Tredegar House, Duffryn, Newport, UK

Newport Cathedral

Newport Cathedral, Stow Hill, Newport, UK

Inspire 2 Adventure

Inspire2Adventure, Monmouth, UK

Gwent Wildlife Trust

Gwent Wildlife Trust, Dingestow, Monmouth, UK

Wiggleys Farm

Wiggleys Fun Farm, Bridgend, UK

Principality Stadium

Principality Stadium, Westgate Street, Cardiff, UK

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle, Castle St, Cardiff, UK

Information about South Wales

South Wales is the region of Wales bordered by England and the Bristol Channel to the east and south, and Mid Wales and West Wales to the north and west. The most densely populated region in the southwest of the United Kingdom, it is home to around 2.2 million people. The region contains almost three-quarters of the population of Wales, including the capital city of Cardiff (population approximately 350,000), as well as Swansea and Newport, with populations approximately 240,000 and 150,000 respectively. The Brecon Beacons national park covers about a third of South Wales, containing Pen y Fan, the highest mountain south of Snowdonia.

The region is loosely defined, but it is generally considered to include the historic counties of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire, sometimes extending westwards to include Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. In the western extent, from Swansea westwards, local people would probably recognise that they lived in both south Wales and west Wales — there is considerable overlap in these somewhat artificial boundaries. Areas to the north of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains are generally considered part of Mid Wales.

Cardiff is the capital and largest city in Wales and the eleventh-largest city in the United Kingdom. The city is the country’s chief commercial centre, the base for most national cultural and sporting institutions, the Welsh national media, and the seat of the National Assembly for Wales. The unitary authority area’s mid-2011 population was estimated to be 346,100, while the population of the Larger Urban Zone was estimated at 861,400 in 2009. The Cardiff metropolitan area makes up over a third of the total population of Wales, with a mid-2011 population estimate of about 1,100,000 people. Cardiff is a significant tourist centre and the most popular visitor destination in Wales with 18.3 million visitors in 2010.[3] In 2011, Cardiff was ranked sixth in the world in National Geographic’s alternative tourist destinations. Cardiff is also one of Wales’s six settlements with official city status, also including Bangor, Newport, St David’s, St Asaph and Swansea.