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Places to visit in South Wales

From magnificent medieval castles to some of Britain's wildest coast with secret coves and surfing hotspots, South Wales ticks all the boxes. South Wales stretches from historic Chepstow and its imposing castle near the English border to the big skies and epic sea views of the jagged coast in the west. The big draw here is Pembrokeshire, where almost 200 miles of magical shoreline is protected as a national park – home to craggy cliffs, award-winning beaches, pretty villages and traditional seaside resorts.

Lots to see and do

Our top picks

There are lots of fabulous places to visit, using Haven holiday parks as your base. From beautiful beaches and landscapes to places of interest like historical sites and nature trails, or attractions like theme parks and wildlife parks - there are choices to suit the whole family. Check out our top picks.
Blue Lagoon Water Park

Attractions

Blue Lagoon Water Park

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Breath-taking rides, rapids and river flumes and relaxing pools. Blue Lagoon Water Park is a fun-filled sub-tropical water park that promises a memorable aqua adventure.

Address:

Blue Lagoon Water Park, Bluestone, Canaston Wood, Narbeth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 8DE

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
12.8 miles from Kiln Park
15 miles from Lydstep Beach
12.8 miles from Penally Court
View of Caldey Island overlooking the sea

Places of interest

Caldey Island

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A short boat trip from Tenby Harbour takes you to the beautiful Caldey Island, home to a picturesque working monastery overlooking the village green. Relax on the long sandy beach and take a walk to the lighthouse or the museum to find out more about the history of the island.

Address:

Caldey Island, Boats from Tenby Harbour, Pembrokeshire, SA70 7BW

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
1.3 miles from Kiln Park
3.9 miles from Lydstep Beach
1.3 miles from Penally Court
Dinosaur Park

Attractions

Dinosaur Park

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If you go down to the woods today, you're in for some big surprises. On the boardwalks over the swamps you’ll hear strange noises and meet some friendly (and not-so-friendly) dinosaurs.

Address:

The Dinosaur Park, Gumfreston, Tenby, Pembrokeshire,SA70 8RB

Open dates: 18 February - 28 October
Distance from park:
2.4 miles from Kiln Park
4.6 miles from Lydstep Beach
2.4 miles from Penally Court
Boy milking a cow with adult supervision

Attractions

Folly Farm

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Farm and Funfair - a great day out for all the family! Embark on an amazing animal adventure at Folly Farm, welsh zoo and theme park. Have a cuddle with your favourite furry friends, visit the five adrenaline-pumping outdoor play areas and Europe’s largest indoor funfair.

Address:

Folly Farm, Begelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire, SA68 0XA

Open dates: 7 January-18 December
Distance from park:
8.6 miles from Kiln Park
10.8 miles from Lydstep Beach
8.6 miles from Penally Court
A tiger at Manor House Wildlife Park

Attractions

Manor House Wildlife Park

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At Manor House Wildlife Park, experience wild animals like you've never seen them before. Walk with the wallabies and visit Europe's largest lemur walk-through.

Address:

Manor House Wildlife Park, St. Florence, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, SA70 8RJ

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
3 miles from Kiln Park
5.2 miles from Lydstep Beach
3 miles from Penally Court
A coastal view of Tenby

Places of interest

Tenby

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With three great blue flag beaches, this lovely seaside town is also full of history.

Address:

Tourist Information Centre, Upper Park Road, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, SA70 7LT

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
1 mile from Kiln Park
3.8 miles from Lydstep Beach
1 mile from Penally Court
Boats on New Quay harbour

Attractions

Bass fishing trips

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If you are holidaying in or around New Quay and fancy a few hours sea-angling then there is only one place to go. The team at Bass Fishing Trips run hourly, part daily, and daily sea-angling trips from New Quay.

Address:

Bass fishing trips, New Quay, Ceredigion, West Wales, Ceredigion/Cardiganshire, SA45 9NW

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
0.8 miles from Quay West
Little girl feeding a goat

Attractions

Fantasy Farm Park

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All your favourite farmyard friends and children's activities make for a great family adventure.

Address:

Hafod Peris, Llanrhystud, Ceredigion/Cardiganshire, SY23 5DA

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
14.8 miles from Quay West
Little Quay (Cei Bach)

Beaches

Little Quay (Cei Bach)

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Cei Bach is a lovely beach, popular for swimming and water sports. Dogs are allowed. Parking available a short walk from the beach.

Address:

Little Quay (Cei Bach), New Quay, Ceredigion/Cardiganshire, SA45 9SL

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
Less than a mile from Quay West
Fishing boat on the water of New Quay Harbour Beach

Beaches

New Quay Harbour Beach

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New Quay Harbour Beach is a picturesque village that was once a flourishing fishing port. The beach is used for swimming, sailing, and fishing (and even dolphin watching), and there are zoned areas for water sports. Dogs are not allowed between May 1-September 30. Two paid car parks. with spaces for the disabled. MCS recommended for excellent water quality. European designated bathing water.

Address:

New Quay Harbour Beach, New Quay, Ceredigion/Cardiganshire, SA45 9PS

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions:
Dogs not allowed from 1 May-30 September
 
Lifeguards: Daily 26 May-2 September
 
Lifeguard patrol times: 10am-6pm
Distance from park:
Less than a mile from Quay West
A panoramic view of Pembrokeshire coast

Places of interest

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

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Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is unique in Britain as the only National Park that is predominantly coastal. It covers approximately 240 square miles and boasts spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife.

Address:

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, SA42 0TJ

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
30 miles from Quay West
Carew Castle overlooking mill pond

Attractions

Carew Castle

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The magnificent Carew Castle has a history spanning 2,000 years. Set in a stunning location, overlooking a 23-acre millpond, the castle displays the development from a Norman fortification to an Elizabethan country house.

Address:

Carew Castle, Carew, Nr. Tenby, Pembrokeshire, SA70 8SL

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
6 miles from Kiln Park
6 miles from Lydstep Beach
9 miles from Penally Court
Pembroke Castle overlooking the river

Attractions

Pembroke Castle

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Idyllically set on the banks of the river estuary, this mighty fortress is largely intact, and its endless passages, tunnels and stairways are great fun to explore, plus there are super exhibitions, which tell the tale of its medieval life.

Address:

Pembroke Castle, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, SA71 4LA

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
11 miles from Kiln Park
11 miles from Lydstep Beach
9 miles from Penally Court
Great Glasshouse surrounded by greenery

Attractions

National Botanic Garden of Wales

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The first national botanic garden to be created in the new millennium. With everything from tropical house to idyllic lakes in a gorgeous landscaped setting.

Address:

The National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, SA32 8HG

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
36 miles from Kiln Park
36 miles from Lydstep Beach
39 miles from Penally Court
36 miles from Quay West
3 Children on a sky swing

Attractions

Oakwood Theme Park

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Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-fuelled experience or a magical adventure, Oakwood has plenty of rides – big and small – as well as many different attractions catered to all ages. Wales’ biggest theme park is the perfect destination for a family day-trip.

Address:

Oakwood Theme Park, Canaston Bridge, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 8DE

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
13 miles from Kiln Park
13 miles from Lydstep Beach
16 miles from Penally Court
44 miles from Quay West
Red and white boat at sea with birds overhead

Attractions

New Quay Boat Trips

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Take a one or two hour gorgeous cruise and discover the wildlife in this Special Area of Conservation, including razorbills, guillemots, porpoise, seals and even dolphins

Address:

Dolphin Spotting Boat Trips Booking Office, Main Pier, New Quay SA45 9NW

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
1 mile from Quay West
Steam train on the railway

Attractions

Vale of Rheidol Railway

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A blast of the whistle and the hiss of steam and you’re away! Sit back, relax and let the Vale of Rheidol Railway take you on a nostalgic journey through some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery.

Address:

Vale of Rheidol Railway, Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1PG 

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
22 mile from Quay West
Bay view of Lydstep Haven Beach

Beaches

Lydstep Haven Beach

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Lydstep Haven is a beautiful beach consisting of sand and pebbles, backed by impressive wooded cliffs at either end. At the north end of the beach there is a small sandy area exposed at low tide. With direct access from our Lydstep beach park you are sure to have a fantastic day out visiting the beach. Popular with water sports such as Swimming, jet skiing, boating, water skiing, scuba diving and parascending.

Address:

Lydstep Haven, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, SA70 7SB

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions Dogs are not allowed from May and September.
Distance from park:
Less than a mile from Lydstep Beach
3 miles from Kiln Park
3 miles from Penally Court
Family on the sandy beach

Beaches

Penally Beach

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A large sandy beach with dunes running its length and at low tide it joins up with Castle Beach at Tenby. Penally is a popular beach for swimming and fishing. The beach is manually cleaned daily by the council.

Address:

Penally Beach, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, SA70 7PS

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions Dogs are not allowed from 1 May-30 September.
Distance from park:
1 mile from Penally Court
1 mile from Kiln Park
2 miles from Lydstep Beach
Aerial view of Tenby North Beach

Beaches

Tenby North Beach

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A small rocky bay enclosed by high cliffs and with sand exposed at low tide. Access is very restricted and only accessible at low water via Church Doors. A popular area for coastal walks and bathing.

Address:

Skrinkle Beach, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, SA70 7SH

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions

Dog restrictions apply in the summer

Lifeguards: Daily 16 June-2 September

Lifeguard patrol times: 10am-6pm 10am-6pm

Distance from park:
2 miles from Kiln Park
4 miles from Lydstep Beach
2 miles from Penally Court
Coastal view of Tenby South Beach

Beaches

Tenby South Beach

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South Beach is a long sandy beach with dunes running its length. There are less crowds as you walk further south along the beach. At low tide the northern end joins up with Castle Beach. Popular for swimming; windsurfing; sailing; canoeing and power boating take place on South Beach which is zoned for such sports.

Address:

Tenby South Beach, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, SA70 7DU

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions
Dogs are not allowed from 1 May-30 September
 
Lifeguards: Daily 26 May-2 September
 
Lifeguard patrol times: 10am-6pm 10am-6pm
Distance from park:
1 mile from Kiln Park
4 miles from Lydstep Beach
1 mile from Penally Court