Southern Wales Tourism

Heritage & History

Llancaiach 06Llancaiach Fawr, Nelson
Step back in time, as far back as 1645 in fact.  Welcome to Llancaiach Fawr Manor, a house belonging to Colonel Pritchard at the height of the civil war.  His servants will be there to welcome you to show you around the house and tell you tales of life in the 17th century.

Shire Hall, Monmouth
Shire Hall is a Grade I listed building, standing at the heart of the pretty market town of Monmouth.  During its lifetime, it has served as a town hall, prison and courthouse.  In 1839 it was the scene of the infamous Chartists trial, which saw leader John Frost receive a sentence of transportation to Australia.  Visitors can visit the re-constructed courtroom and go down to the cells to see for themselves where Frost and his fellow campaigners were held.

Rhondda Heritage Park, Trehafod

Discover the story of black gold as you explore one of the area's finest mining museum.  The Rhondda Heritage Park is based on the site of the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery and visitors can get a taste of what life was like underground with a tour in the company of an ex-miner.

Bedwellty House, Tredegar
Completely restored and renovated, Bedwellty House is a fine example of a regency villa that was once the grand home of the Master of Tredegar Ironworks.  Surrounded by beautiful parkland, the house was used as a meeting point for the local town council and was where Aneurin Bevan, founder of the NHS, took his first steps into politics.

Roman Town, CaerleonRoman Caerleon
Hard to believe that the small town of Caerleon, a short drive from Newport, was once one of the most important towns in the Roman Empire.  The legacy of this time can still be seen today as the town still has the remains of its amphitheatre, barracks and baths.  There's also a museum telling the story of the area.

Tintern Abbey, Tintern
Standing on the banks of the River Wye in the pretty village of Tintern, it's hard to imagine a more tranquil setting for one our biggest historical attracions.  The abbey was built in the 12th century by an order of Cistercian monks who lived in there for 400 years.

Transporter Bridge, Newport

Suspended in a gondola, 242 feet below the gantry and high above its muddy waters, crossing the River Usk at Newport has never been so much fun.  The century old Transporter Bridge is one of only eight bridges of this type remaining anywhere in the world.  Built to allow ships to sail up the river, the bridge's imposing towers are a well known landmark on the Newport skyline.

Tredegar House, Newport
Tredegar House is located on the outskirts of Newport.  The mansion dates from the 17th century and is one of the most important manor houses in Wales.  Now owned by the National Trust, the house is set in 90 acres of beautiful parkland.

Getting Here

Compact and easily accessible South East Wales is only 2 hours from London. Situated on the western side of Britain, the region has excellent transport links include an International airport, rail and ferry links.

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