Beautiful Barry and adjacent Barry Island are beach lovers’ paradises. Barry Island boasts an easy path all the way round the island, offering stunning views of the beaches and of Somerset across the Bristol Channel.
Once a bustling coal mining area, all that remains of its former glory are coal tipped mountains and these lovely miners cottages, comfortable and quiet. Yes, they all look alike but we bet you can figure out how to tell them apart…
Porthkerry, near Barry is all you need on a summer’s day: ocean waves, vast playgrounds, hiking, and a round of golf. Stop off for a burger or pie near this viaduct to refill.
Wales Millenium Center
The monstrous Wales Millenium Center is more geological outcrop than architecture as it rests comfortably along Cardiff Bay. Musical performances are on constant rotation here but the building itself is enough to stir the senses.
This iron age roundhouse is but one of many examples of Welsh life from old to new at St. Fagins. The entry is free (save the £5 parking fee) and you’ll need the day to stroll the area and it’s fascinating original buildings throughout the country’s long history.
On the grounds of Dinefwr Castle lies beautiful Newton House, originally built in 1660. Tours, tea, and an area history are available daily from this magnificent site.
You could travel up and down the Carmarthenshire coast and never tire of new beauty around every corner. This is the Wormhead, which apparently was more aptly named when the Vikings landed here more than a half a millenia ago. The walk and view can not be beat.
Cold Knap, a coastal pebble beach in Barry, is absolutely not cold in summer. It is perfect for walking the dog, walking your friends, walking yourself, and giving the snub to England, clearly visible across the Bristol Channel.
Three Cliffs Bay
Located on the south coast of the Gower Peninsula, the City and County of Swansea, Three Cliffs is the reward for the hike to get there. And what a reward it is. Nooks, crannies, arches, talcum powder beaches…spend an hour, but preferably spend a day here.
Cardiff is small as capital cities go, but it is not small on vision or stunning architecture. Not as crowded as London or Edinburgh, easier to navigate than either, Cardiff is easily the most accessible of the British capital cities, and easily rivals her neighbors in history and style.
Rhondda Cynon Taf
The hills are steep, the climbs are challenging, but the views are magnificent. High above the Rhondda Valleys, we stopped to admire the view and pat ourselves on the back for making it to the top.
Three Cliffs Beach
A closer view of the Three Cliffs, which dominate the landscape on this spectacularly scenic bay.
The castle itself would be a lovely treat, but the long walk through wood and field to reach Dinefwr is the perfect prelude for a medieval throwback. The castle overlooks the Towy River and Valley, some of the most lush, fertile land in Carmarthenshire.
Beaches aren’t the only places to view lovely sunsets. This one from our front porch in the Rhondda Valley looks directly across to the mining town opposite ours and is a perfect cap to a busy day.