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Adventure - Margam Country Park, Neath - Port Talbot

Margam Country Park

Don’t just go on holiday this year... choose adventure! South West Wales has the vital ingredients for everything from whirlwind weekend getaways to longer-stay roam-arounds. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker looking for your next challenge, a pair of romantics keen for a cosy hideaway or a family of explorers on a quest for gold mines and shipwrecks, the adventure starts here!

Beaches - Tenby, Pembrokeshire


There’s a lot more to South West Wales than just its gorgeous green countryside, we have some of the most glorious sandy beaches in Europe.

Castles - Pennard Castle, Swansea Bay


South West Wales is steeped in myth and legend and home to some of the most authentic and atmospheric castles in Europe...

Dragons - Newcastle Emlyn Castle, Carmarthenshire

Newcastle Emlyn Castle

The Last Dragon in Wales was killed in South West Wales in the market town of Newcastle Emlyn... During a town fair, a Wyvern (winged creature), landed on the castle wall and fell asleep. A soldier approached the dragon from the river, spreading a large shawl on the water. The dragon awoke, flew to the river to grab the shawl but was speared by the soldier and drowned.

Experiences - Afan Forest Park, Neath - Port Talbot

Afan Forest Park

Whether its romance or exhilaration, culinary or cultural South West Wales is a region full of legendary experiences.

Food - Haverfordwest Market, Pembrokeshire

Haverfordwest Market

South West Wales’ lush fertile valleys, flowing rivers and bountiful coastlines have awarded the region with a huge variety of fantastic local produce, grown and nurtured from the land and sea; with a delicious array of traditional dishes served up as specialities across the region for centuries.

Gardens - National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire

National Botanic Garden

Glorious gardens are South West Wales’ pride and joy, no wonder the region is known as the 'Garden of Wales'.

Hidden gems - Faryhill Hotel & Restaurant, Swansea Bay

Faryhill Hotel

Secret secluded beaches, traditional country pubs and perfect little eateries in hidden side streets.

Icons - Richard Burton, Neath-Port Talbot

South West Wales is synonymous with icons from all walks of life; historical characters to modern day legends, poets and actors to sporting heroes past and present.

Journeys - Llangennith, Swansea Bay


Wide open spaces, gardens, ancient castles, wildlife and lots of sand! Stretching from St David’s head in the west to the Afan Forest Park in the east, South West Wales is also home to the mountainous landscapes of the Western Brecon Beacons and the Preseli and Cambrian Mountain ranges.

Kings - Henry VII, Pembrokeshire


The region has a strong and proud history regarding Kings over the years. The Castles at Pembroke and Carmarthen were outposts of Normal Government and Monarchy. They were centres of Law and Government for the Welsh principally.

Landscape - Carmarthenshire Fans

Carmarthenshire Fans

Travel over breath-taking mountains, through lush, green landscapes and secluded, ancient forests to the vast expanses of our golden sandy beaches. Lose yourself in the solitude of the vast countryside, follow the course of picturesque rivers and visit the stunning locations of our castles....

Mabinogion - MelinCwrt, Neath-Port Talbot


The Mabinogion is a collection of tales taken from medieval Welsh manuscripts recounting myths and legends dating from the 11th century. The stories are set in the magical landscape of South West Wales and are full of white horses that appear magically, giants, beautiful, intelligent women and heroic men.

Nature - Red Kites, Carmarthenshire

From the dolphins and seals off the miles of glorious coastline to the magnificent Red Kites soaring above the three mountain ranges, nature lovers will be spoilt for choice in South West Wales.

Outdoor activities Porth y Ffynnon, Pembrokeshire

One of the best ways to enjoy your time in South West Wales is to head outdoors and get active!

Parks - Singleton Park, Swansea Bay

Singleton Park

South West Wales is home to world class gardens, idyllic landscapes and acres of country parks as well as the UKs only coastal national park.

Quirk Trellyn Woodland Camping’s yurt, Pembrokeshire

Trellyn Woodland Camping

If you are looking to stay somewhere a little more unusual then South West Wales is the perfect choice - from shepherd’s huts to converted railway carriages and glamping pods to private jets - come and take a look.

Romantic - Marros Riding Centre, Carmarthenshire

Marros Riding Centre

Whisk your partner away on a whirlwind romantic weekend in South West Wales, where star-gazing, wild swimming, horse-riding, delicious dining and the "strangest town in Wales" await.

SPORT - Rhossili, Swansea Bay


From premier league football to top class regional rugby, horse racing to motor racing and coasteering to cliff diving, South West Wales has it all on offer. Whether you prefer a gentler walk along the coast path or want a mountain to scale, it’s all here!

Traditions - Newport, Pembrokeshire

South West Wales is steeped in tradition; from castles and princes to Calennig and Fari Lwyd, there is a tradition at every turn. Traditional food, traditional music and of course, the Welsh language.

Underground - Dolaucothi Goldmines, Carmarthenshire


A lot of Welsh life has been lived underground, from ancient cave dwellings to people mining for gold, copper and coal. There are plenty of opportunities to go underground in South West Wales; Wales’ very own Robin Hood, Twm Siôn Cati, used to hide from his arch nemesis in a cave in Rhandirmwyn or why not follow in Roman footsteps and pan for gold at Dolaucothi Goldmines, the Welsh National Showcaves at Dan yr Ogof and the many coastal caves are worth exploring too.

Views Lliw Valley, Swansea Bay

Lliw Valley

Travel over breath-taking mountains, through lush, green landscapes and secluded, ancient forests to the vast expanses of our golden sandy beaches. Lose yourself in the solitude of the vast countryside, follow the course of picturesque rivers and visit the stunning locations of our castles....

Walking Gwadn, Solva, Pembrokeshire

Walking Gwadn, Solva

Nestled in a gorgeous corner of south west Wales is a walkers' paradise just waiting to be discovered. Come walking in here and you will be stepping into a region of breath-taking beauty with a rural and coastal scene guaranteed to stop you in your tracks.

eXplore Afan Forest, Neath-Port Talbot

Try something new... Climb a mountain, go white water kayaking, try out coasteering or cliff diving, make cheese, catch a fish, build a den... we could go on... and on... and on...

Year of legend

Discover legendary stories, people and places across South West Wales in 2017; we’ve got all the ingredients for the ultimate Welsh adventure - and you’re invited!

zzzzzz sleep - The Corran Resort & Spa, Carmarthenshire

South West Wales has earned itself the reputation of being one of the coolest "escape from it all" destinations in Wales. Impressive country mansions, trendy town houses, stylish B&Bs or chic boutique hotels, holiday cottages, barns and rural retreats.

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