Country Cottage Holidays in South Wales
South Wales is an area with lots to offer for country cottage getaways. Home to monuments, museums, parks and various other landmarks, South Wales has something to offer everyone. Whether you are thinking of a family self catering break in South Wales or a romantic weekend with the one you love, South Wales has lots to offer.
Idyllically set in a beautiful landscape, South Wales houses magnificent castles which are testimony to the rich heritage and culture of this part of Wales. Tourists can visit stunning castles, which enable them to catch a glimpse of the lifestyle of royalty. Caerphilly Castle, the 12th century Fonmon Castle and Abergavenny Castle, which also has an impressive museum, are highly popular attractions.
There are many other amazing castles in South Wales that leave tourists awe-struck, such as Cardiff Castle, Caldicot Castle & Country Park, Castell Coch, Chepstow Castle and the Raglan Castle. Popular amongst those taking self catering cottage breaks, these century old castles are awe-inspiring in size and architecture. It is also possible to visit the impressive Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Monmouthshire and the National Roman Legion Museum.
Those interested in finding out more about Welsh history and culture can go to one or a number of the museums and galleries in South Wales during their country cottage stay. Some of the popular museums are Abertillery & District Museum, Blaina Heritage Action Group Museum, Chepstow Museum, Brynmawr Museum and Blaenavon World Heritage Centre. There is also the National Museum of Cardiff, the National Roman Legion Museum, the National Waterfront Museum and the Nelson Museum & Local History Centre, which house numerous interesting artefacts.
Visiting the 300ft underground Big Pit-National Coal Museum offers a unique experience that many enjoy. Other places that can be visited are Cosmeston Lakes Country Park & Medieval Village, Blaenavon Ironworks, Bedwellty House & Park, Tredegar Local History Museum and Gower Heritage Centre, among others. It is also possible to visit the BAE Abertawe 1940s Swansea Bay, where you can find out what life was like during the air raids of the 2nd world war.
South Wales also has a stunning landscape, including mountains, beautiful gardens, lakes, forest and other natural attractions bestowed upon it by nature. The breathtaking valleys of South Wales offer the opportunity to spend some relaxing time in the lap of nature. Lush green surroundings and fresh air prove to be a welcome change for many and an ideal setting for a country cottage holiday. Why not visit the renowned Cwmcarn Forest, Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes or Dyffryn Gardens and Arboretum?
There are also various artistic, musical and cultural events going on in the different parts of South Wales, which you may wish to see whilst staying in a self catering cottage. Irrespective of the month in which you visit, you should find plenty going on. From Swansea’s Abertawe Festival of Young Musicians in January and Caerphilly’s Welsh Heartlands Vintage Festival in April to Cardiff's Winter Wonderland in December, there are plenty of events.
Apart from these, you may want to opt for some retail therapy at the numerous shopping destinations spread across South Wales. From high street shopping places to retail parks, there are varied shopping venues to suit different budgets and tastes.
There are numerous other things that tourists can do while enjoying a country cottage stay in South Wales. Tourists can explore the scenic resorts of Mumbles or the beautiful coastline of Gower Peninsula, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Swansea, which is popularly known as the Waterfront City of Wales, houses the largest marina and the renowned National Waterfront Museum.
Tourists can visit the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, which is the only completely coastal National Park in entire United Kingdom. Furthermore, Camarthenshire is a great area to visit and is home to the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, Llyn Llech Owain Country Park and Gelli Aur Country Park. For surfing, tourists can head towards the Southerdown Beach.
Those who wish to see how life used to be during medieval times can visit the town of Cowbridge, which has several museums and art galleries and also hosts a number of interesting events. Besides, Rhondda is an integral part of South Wales, which boasts of the famous Rhondda Heritage Park. Tourists can also visit the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
With so many choices, tourists may find it hard to decide what to opt for whilst on holiday. Whatever you decide to do, we trust that you will enjoy visiting this beautiful part of Wales and hope that you enjoy browsing for country cottages, rural retreats, romantic cottages and more on Country Cottages Online.