One hour from Cardiff

 

1. Walk the ruins of a medieval abbey

Tintern Abbey is undoubtedly one of Wales’ greatest monastic ruins. The river bank building in the wooded Wye Valley has attracted flocks of visitors since it’s erection in the late 13th century. Visit to experience elaborate gothic architecture at its most glorious.

 

2. Explore the natural scenery of Dan-yr-Ogof

As one of the most extensive cave systems in western Europe, Dan-yr-Ogof features underground rivers, lakes and waterfalls. There’s also a dinosaur park with more than 200 life-size dinosaurs for visitors to enjoy.

 

3. Take a stream train through the Brecon Beacons

Approximately 40 minutes from Cardiff you’ll find the foothills of Brecon Beacons National Park and the Brecon Mountain Railway. Explorers can experience the unique view as the steam train chugs up the mountain, through the countryside.

 

4. Climb South Wales' tallest mountain

Brecon Beacons, Wales

Pen y Fan is the tallest mountain in south Wales and visitors can enjoy a steep climb to the summit. As it’s situated in Brecon Beacons National Park, expect breathtaking views wherever you turn.

 

5. Visit the house of a famous Welsh poet

Visit the birthplace and childhood home of one of the most celebrated writers of the 20th century, Dylan Thomas, in Swansea, an hour from Cardiff. Authentically decorated, the house looks like it would have in 1914 when the Thomas family first purchased it. Arrange a guided tour online before your visit.

 

6. Have fun beside the seaside on Barry Island

Enjoy a typical Welsh seaside town by taking a trip to Barry Island. Enjoy the funfair rides, play on the arcades, build a sandcastle and, of course, enjoy some traditional fish and chips.

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