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South East Wales

South east Wales encompasses many smaller counties that once formed the larger county of Glamorgan. These now include: Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea, Torfaen and the Vale of Glamorgan.

The most easterly county in south Wales is Monmouthshire, which borders the English counties of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. These once bloody borders have seen numerous battles, and their volatile past is reflected in the many magnificent castles dotted along them. In fact, Monmouthshire contains more castles, per square mile, that anywhere else in the British Isles.

Monmouthshire contains a rich and varied landscape, from the rugged mountains in the north to the lush green valleys of the River Wye. To the west of the county lies the ancient market town of Abergavenny, the gateway to the Brecon Beacons. The town's backdrop is beautifully framed by the dramatic mountains of this National Park, which rise to just under 3000 feet at Pen-y-Fan.

To the far west of south east Wales lies the equally dramatic landscape of the Gower Peninsular, one of the most beautiful and unspoilt coastal regions in southern Britain. A place of pilgrimage for many a dedicated walker.

Major Towns:

Swansea, Cardiff

Major Airport:


Major Roads:

A40, M4

Highest point:

Pen-y-Fan 2,906 feet (886 m)

Local Delicacies:

Laverbread - a Welsh delicacy made from laver (seaweed) collected near the Gower.
Caerphilly Cheese - a fine white crumbly cheese, once a staple food of coal-miners.
Welsh Faggots - baked meat balls, often a favourite with miners and quarry-workers.

Attractions and Places to Visit in South Wales

Attractions & Heritage Parks:
Blaenavon | The Big Pit | Caerleon Roman Fort | Caerwent Roman Town | Cosmeston Medieval Village | Dolaucothi Gold Mines | Kidwelly Industrial Museum | Melin Tregwynt Mill | National Roman Legion Museum | Oakwood Park | Rhondda Heritage Park | St Fagans Museum | Old Station Tintern
Gardens & Historic Houses:
Aberglasney Gardens | Bedwellty House | Colby Garden | Dyffryn Gardens | Gnoll Estate | Llancaiach Fawr | Margam Country Park | National Botanic Garden | Scolton Manor | Parc Howard | Tredegar House
Nature, Wildlife & Scenic Sites:
Afan Forest | Craig-y-Nos | Cwmcarn Forest | Dare Valley | Gower Peninsula | Parc Bryn Bach | Pembrokeshire Coast National Park | Vale of Neath | Wye Valley
Castles, Monuments & Abbeys:
Caerphilly Castle | Caldicot Castle | Carreg Cennen Castle | Carew Castle | Castell Coch | Cilgerran Castle | Coity Castle | Dryslwyn Castle | Dinefwr Castle | Lamphey Bishop's Palace | Laugharne Castle | Llansteffan Castle | Llanthony Priory | Llawhaden Castle | Neath Abbey | Newcastle | Ogmore Castle | Old Beaupre Castle | Raglan Castle | Tintern Abbey | White Castle

Towns and Villages in South East Wales

Bridgend: Bridgend .

Blaenau Gwent: Abertillery .

Caerphilly: Caerphilly .

Cardiff: Cardiff .

Merthyr Tydfil: Merthyr Tydfil.

Neath: Neath, Port Talbot.

Rhondda Cynon Taff: Ferndale, Pontypridd .

Swansea: Swansea .

Torfaen: Pontypool .

Monmouthshire: Abergavenny, Chepstow, Monmouth, Newport.

Vale of Glamorgan: Barry, Cowbridge, Llantwit Major, Penarth

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