Why we love South Wales in winter

South Wales offers a great variety of scenic winter walks so why not grab a hat and scarf and explore the area’s range of rural and coastal walking paths. From icy waterfalls in Brecon Beacons to the crashing waves at the Gower Peninsula, there’s plenty of natural spectacles to discover throughout the region.

  Culture and heritage

Wales has a rich history and endless attractions. From the impossible-to-miss Cardiff Castle or the unspoilt countryside and beaches of the Gower Peninsula, its famous mountains make it a country with endless opportunities for adventure.


Visit the Gower Peninsula, an area of outstanding natural beauty or you can head to the Aberdulais Tinworks and Waterfall to see the largest electricity-generating waterwheel in Europe. The National Waterfront Museum is an interactive museum covering more than 300 years of Welsh industry and innovation history, or visit the stunning Wales Millennium Centre and take in a show.
Visit a scenic boat jetty in Swansea.

Watch the sunrise over the sea.

  Food and drink

Swansea Bay is a wonderful place for foodies. In the city centre you’ll find cuisine from around the globe and something to suit all tastes. And don’t miss the chance to try local delicacies such as laverbread, cockles and Welsh cakes, as well as fish straight off the boat along the Gower Peninsula.

  Sport and outdoors

Like most of Wales, Swansea is passionate about rugby, with the biggest local team being the Ospreys. They play at the Liberty Stadium – also home to Swansea City Football Club. If you want to get active yourself there’s no shortage of ways to do so. The Gower Peninsula is the perfect place to walk, climb, surf and more.

  Music and nightlife

Fancy a night out? St Mary Street has a wide choice of bars, pubs and clubs all within walking distance of each other. For great cocktail and wine bars try Greyfriars Road or, for a different feel, head to Cardiff Bay. If it’s people watching you’re after, Mill Lane – home to a number of bars, clubs and restaurants – is the perfect place. For a cultural night out, why not see what’s on at the Welsh National Opera?


Cardiff is a shopaholic’s dream. You’ll find plenty of your favourite high street shops on Queen Street and the surrounding area – and in the St David’s Shopping Centre there are dozens more, all under one roof. And don’t miss the Victorian Arcades for unique boutiques and cafes.

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You can take your bike with you on the train if you have made a reservation.