Things to do

The Valleys of South Wales are famous the world over for their wealth of outdoor pursuits, stunning scenery and cultural and historical attractions. The Valleys website gives more information.

Swansea is Wales' second-largest city, and sits on the five-mile sweep of Swansea Bay. An ideal base for exploring south-west Wales, there's also much on offer for visitors in Swansea itself. The Visit Swansea Bay website gives more detail on what to do in the region.

Two world famous coastlines lie either side of Swansea. To the west is The Gower and Rhossili Beach (voted by TripAdviser as the best beach in the UK and number 10 in the world) and to the east lies The Glamorgan Heritage Coast - 35 miles of dramatic cliffs, golden beaches, pretty villages and traditional resorts, stretching all the way to Cardiff.

Cardiff, Wales's capital, hosts unique attractions, top class entertainment and quality shopping with a difference - all within walking distance. The City centre is mix of new and old. The part Roman, part Norman, part Victorian Castle stands next to the modern Millennium Stadium and modern high street shops and malls are interlaced with old Victorian and Edwardian arcades. The Visit Cardiff website gives many more details.

Cardiff Bay is described as "Europe's most exciting waterfront development" and is home to some astonishing architecture, the Millenium Centre being perhaps the jewel in the crown. More information here.

Merthyr Tydfil, one of the most historically fascinating and beautiful regions of Wales is ideally placed between Brecon Beacons National Park and Cardiff the Welsh capital. Find out more from the Visit Merthyr Tydfil site and view the promotional video too. You may be surprised by what you see there! Cyfartha Park is worth a visit and there is a permanent orienteering course in the grounds too.

The Brecon Beacons National Park, an upland area rising to Pen y Fan (886m), is home to the highest British mountains south of the Snowdonia National Park. Its relative remoteness has recently earned it International Dark Sky Reserve status. Find out more about the park here.

What to do in South Wales: the Southern Wales Attractions website describes the top places to visit and lists one-off events too.

Mountain Biking: as well as a huge variety of off road trails, the area contains two of the UK's top ten mountain biking centres in Afan Forest (often rated the best in Britain) and Cwm Carn. In addition, Gethin Woods has opened recently as a "MTB bike park" and is highly rated.

Margam Country Park: Steeped in history, wildlife and natural beauty, there’s something for everyone at Margam Country Park. The magnificent Margam Castle, Orangery with ornamental gardens and Deer Park, are set within 1000 acres of breathtaking countryside and voted Britain's favourite green space in 2013..

Attractions include a narrow gauge railway, adventure playgrounds, Go Ape (high wire adventure), Fairytale Land (children’s area with a nursery rhyme theme) and rare breeds farm trail.

Dan yr Ogof Show Caves: The centre gives you a glimpse of the most accessible sections of a cave system which extends for over ten miles underground. It’s one of the most significant natural networks of subterranean passages and caverns in Britain.