There’s more to discover beyond the city. From coast to castle (they’re everywhere), Wales is a country to be explored.
Head to the sea
The beautiful Glamorgan coastline boasts pretty seaside villages like Penarth, alongside the cheery resorts of Barry Island and Porthcawl, and the strikingly unspoiled Gower Peninsula. Catch a sea breeze and a panoramic view, before heading to the fun fair for candy floss and a spin on the dodgems.
Look out for: Live music at St Donat’s Arts Centre in the grounds of one of Wales oldest inhabited castles.
On your bike
Less than 40 minutes from the hotel you’ll find the adrenalin-pumping Bike Park Wales. Bike trails for all abilities and ages criss-cross through woodland and over mountains, like a ski resort for wheels. Hire a bike or bring your own.
Look out for: Max-out on the downhills with an Uplift pass that’ll take you straight to the top of the mountain.
Show me the money
We know it doesn’t grow on trees but have you ever wondered where our money is made? Take in The Royal Mint Experience at Llantrissant, 30 minutes from the hotel, to find out how coins are designed and created.
Look out for: Worth your weight in gold - step on the scales to find out how much.
Land of castles
Wherever you travel in Wales there’s a castle to remind you of the country’s rich history.
If you’re heading out of Cardiff on the M4 motorway, look out for Castell Coch rising out of the trees. Stop for a visit and you’ll be charmed by this beautifully turreted example of Victorian eccentricity. Wonderfully over-the-top, it’s fit for a princess.
Further afield is Caerphilly Castle, Wales’ largest and one of the greatest surviving castles of the medieval Western world. With its massive gatehouse and moat, its sheer scale is worth the visit.
Scale the heights
If you’re feeling adventurous, head to South Wale’s highest peak, Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons. At 886m above sea level the mountain views are spectacular. Thanks to the National Trust, the strenuous walk is made easier with well maintained footpaths and car parks. Try the circular walk between the twin peaks of Pen y Fan and Corn Du.
Look out for: On a good day you can spot Snowdonia’s popular peak Cadair Idris from the top of Pen Y fan.
St Fagans National Museum of History tells the story of ordinary Welsh people. Lovingly maintained, it was the first open air museum in the UK when it opened in 1948, Explore the 16th Century St Fagans Castle and gardens, or one of over 40 historical buildings that have been rebuilt in the museum’s grounds. Best of all, entry is free.
Look out for: Hear the dialects, folk tales and songs of the Welsh language that have been meticulously recorded over the years preserving the country’s oral history.