Days Out in South Wales

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Map of South Wales

The Open Boat

The Open Boat, Cardiff, UK

Bute Park

Bute Park, North Road, Cardiff, UK

Viola Arena Ice Skating

Viola Arena, Olympian Drive, Cardiff, UK

Boulders

Boulders, H, St Catherines Park, Pengam Road, Cardiff, UK

Teamsport Go Karting

TeamSport Go Karting Cardiff, Newport Road, Cardiff, UK

Mambo Play Centre

Mambo Play Centre Cardiff, Ocean Way, Cardiff, UK

St. Fagans National Museum Of History

St. Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff, UK

Pontypridd Museum

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

The Art Shop

8 Cross Street, Abergavenny NP7 5EH, UK

Cefn Mably Farm Park

Began Rd, Michaelston-y-Fedw, Cardiff, CF3 6XL

Bridgend Miniature Railway

Fountain Road, Aberkenfig, Bridgend CF32 0EH, UK

Mumbles Pier

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

Playzone

Playzone, Lion Way, Llansamlet, Swansea, UK

Limitless Trampoline Park Swansea

Limitless Trampoline Park Swansea, Langdon Road, Port Tennant, Swansea, UK

Skidz Karting

Skidz Karting, Queensway, Fforest-fach, 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

Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Brecon Road, Merthyr Tydfil, 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

Dare Valley Country Park

Dare Valley Country Park, Glamorgan St, Aberdare, UK

Newport Museum and Art Gallery

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

Walnut Tree Farm Park

Walnut Tree Farm Park, Saint Brides, 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

Techniquest, Stuart Street, Cardiff, UK

Chepstow Castle

Chepstow Castle, Chepstow, UK

National Showcaves Centre

National Showcaves Centre for Wales, Abercraf, Swansea, UK

Tredegar House

Tredegar House, Duffryn, Newport, UK

Celtic Manor

Celtic Manor, 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

Caldicot Castle

Caldicot Castle, Church Road, Caldicot, UK

Raglan Farm Park

Raglan Farm Park, Chepstow Road, Raglan, Usk, UK

Wiggleys Farm

Wiggleys Fun Farm, Bridgend, UK

Principality Stadium

Principality Stadium, Westgate Street, Cardiff, UK

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle, Castle St, Cardiff, UK

Region Information

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.