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Inspiration for holidays in the south of Wales

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There are some of the most stunning views in the UK to enjoy when exploring the south of Wales.

(pic courtesy Visit Britain/Joe Cornish)

Visiting Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

The Stackpole Estate, on the coast just south of Pembroke, has a rugged, wild and windswept coastline.

Out of peak times you’ll often have the beaches here to yourself to enjoy the surging waves and unbeatable beauty. One of our favourites is Barafundle Bay. Only accessible on foot, from a nearby National Trust car park, this beach is something of an undiscovered gem, with a splash of romantic charm thanks to its secluded location.

The view down over the beach as you approach from the cliffs above is definitely something to remember.

Visiting Freshwater East, Pembrokeshire

More suited to families, thanks to its easy access, the beach at Freshwater East is a wide bay of golden sand, backed by dunes.

There’s a slipway, parking nearby and toilet facilities.

Visiting Pembroke Castle, Pembrokeshire

The walled town of Pembroke has many ancient Norman buildings as well as the enormous oval castle. The castle is noted as the only castle in Britain to be built over a natural cavern and views from the top over Milford Haven are superb.

Visiting Tenby, Pembrokeshire

Another walled location is the resort and harbour town of Tenby. Iconic and instantly recognisable thanks to the little boats moored in the harbour against a backdrop of pastel-painted houses, Tenby offers plenty to explore. There are three beaches, a museum and art gallery, boats trips to Caldey Island, and a plethora of places to enjoy food and drink and the obligatory fish and chips by the sea.

Visiting Dyffryn House and Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan

This National Trust property on the outskirts of Cardiff covers more than 55 acres. The Edwardian gardens are currently undergoing a revival project and you can discover intimate garden rooms, an enormous great lawn, large glasshouse and arboretum.

Visiting Cardiff

Wales’ capital city offers varied shopping, museums, dining and entertainment. Easy to explore on foot, the city’s museum and castle are all within the city centre. For culture and a choice of places to eat head to Cardiff Bay. Here you’ll find the Wales Millennium Centre – home to musicals, opera, ballet and performances from various artists.

Visiting Parc Penallta, Mid-Glamorgan

Carved from a former coal tip, Penallta has a variety of woodlands and grassland to explore, including a marsh and two fishing lakes.

(pic courtesy T Hooper)

The park is dotted with sculptures, including ‘Sultan’ the pit pony, one of the UK’s largest earth sculptures.

Visiting the Brecon Beacons

Possibly the most famous landscape in south Wales, the Brecon Beacons National Park is the great outdoors at its finest.

(pic courtesy Visit Britain/Adam Burton)

Walk, cycle, run, horse ride or nature watch – the choice is yours. On days when you feel more adventurous, how about paragliding, rafting or abseiling?

You can also take your activities underground with caving.

Whatever you choose to do there are mountains, moorland, waterfalls and standing stones all waiting to be discovered.

Depending on how you holiday, we have a magazine to suit you:

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