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Explore the Area

 Caerphilly Castle (c) Visit Wales

Cardiff, the capital of Wales is the perfect gateway to the delights of the country. It takes only a short journey to leave the city behind and discover the rest of Wales. This varied and fascinating landscape takes in beautiful beaches and dramatic coastlines, charming villages, valleys and mountains.


Caerphilly, in the heart of southern Wales, just to the north of Cardiff, features the second largest castle in the country after Windsor Castle, complete with moat, and leaning tower. Built between 1268 and 1271, Caerphilly Castle is the largest castle in Wales, covering an area of 30 acres, making it one of the largest castles in Europe.

The town gives its name to Caerphilly cheese, which originated in the area, and the Castle grounds play host to a major festival each summer called The Big Cheese. As well as this, the county is home to a number of historical attractions, breathtaking scenery perfect for outdoor adventure and exciting events.

Vale of Glamorgan

The Vale of Glamorgan is perfect for those who love the outdoor life and discovering towns and villages packed full of charm and character. The county’s dramatic coastline, which includes part of the 14-mile Glamorgan Heritage Coast, is a mix of golden sandy beaches, spectacular rugged cliffs, secluded romantic coves and breath-taking views.

Situated on the Bristol Channel, the seaside town of Penarth which has a population of more than 21,000 is the second largest town within the Vale of Glamorgan. For more than a century the town has been a magnet for holiday makers and day visitors. Its Victorian/Edwardian character and charm together with its proximity to the Welsh capital have also made it a popular place to live.

Further west, the Gower Peninsula was the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, - a place to relax on award-winning beaches, and to explore unspoilt countryside.

The Brecon Beacons National Park is less than half an hour drive from Cardiff, and is the ideal place for walking, climbing, mountain biking or fishing.

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Rest of Wales

Wales is a vast and beautiful country with contrasting landscapes and architecture. To find out more about visiting places in Wales, click here.

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