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South East Wales

South East Wales camping and caravanning is always popular for holidays, especially in the summer months. The area stretches eastwards from Cardiff to the English border and north towards Caerphilly and the Brecon Beacons National Park. It includes camping sites in Blaenau Gwent, Newport, Torfaen and Monmouthshire.

So what’s in store for campers and glampers in South East Wales? This scenic area is beautiful with many river valleys and rolling hills to explore on foot, mountain bike or even on horseback. Scenic drives are another great way to explore the towns from your South East Wales campsite or caravan park.

The area has an abundance of historic towns and pretty villages such as Usk. They all have local shops, pubs and local attractions such as parks and museums. Wherever you choose to stay, you’ll find plenty to see and do from your well-appointed campsite, serviced pitch or glamping lodge in South East Wales.

Things to do in South East Wales

There are many towns and villages offering local attractions, parks, museums and child-friendly attractions near your chosen campsite or caravan park in South East Wales.

You’re never far from the bustling city of Cardiff which is easy to reach by train or road. Explore the huge Cardiff Castle and walled grounds that are right in the heart of the shopping district and then head to one of the seven Victorian Arcades of shops and cafes in the city centre. These were the first undercover shopping centres and have retained their Victorian architecture and pretty shop-fronts. You’ll find everything you need from local pies and cakes to vintage clothing, antiques and gifts.

If you prefer outdoor activities when camping, South East Wales has stunning river valleys, rolling hills, mountains, nature reserves and forest parks just waiting to be explored. The highest point in South East Wales is Coity Mountain between Blaenavon and Abertilly. The mountain is a labyrinth of underground mines that are now part of the Big Pit National Coal Museum!

History lovers will enjoy a visit to the Newport Mediaeval Ship and the UNESCO-listed Blaenavon Ironworks.

Family-friendly farm parks provide plenty of fresh air and family entertainment with petting corners, tractor rides, bottle-feeding baby lambs and a host of other educational activities. You might even want to stay on a farm campsite or caravan park in South East Wales and be even closer to the action!

Mining history in South East Wales

South East Wales is a great area to visit for a weekend break or longer summer vacation and discover its charm and beauty for yourself. It was once the thriving hub of coal mining which fuelled the ironworks and shipbuilding industries.

A visit to the Big Pit National Coal Museum and Blaenavon Heritage Railway are now must-see attractions as part of your staycation. The Big Pit even offers underground tours, exhibitions, talks and sleep-overs.

In Caerphilly, the Aber Valley Heritage Museum and Parc Pennalta with its 200m-long pit pony sculpted into the hillside also commemorate the area’s coal mining history.

Away from the towns, South East Wales is more rural with lush mountains and valleys offer stunning hiking and scenic views from your campsite or glamping accommodation.

Family friendly camping in South East Wales

Kids will enjoy the freedom of a camping holiday in South East Wales. Campsites have plenty of green space for youngsters to run around and meet new friends. Many sites also have playgrounds or pools for cooling off on a hot day.

You might want to consider staying on a farm camping or caravan site for a weekend break or a longer stay. Kids love to see chickens, lambs, cows and other livestock in neighbouring fields. Some farm campsites let kids bottle-feed calves and lambs in season. It’s a priceless moment to make any family camping holiday an unforgettable experience.

What to expect at the best campsites in SE Wales

Camping sites in South East Wales boast high standards of facilities including serviced pitches, electric hook-ups and onsite amenities. Modern hot showers, campers’ kitchens, on-site laundry, shop, cafe or pub nearby will ensure your holiday is a restful experience for everyone.

Opt for a yurt or pre-erected tent and save yourself the time and expense of packing and travelling with your own tent and camping equipment. Glamping in South East Wales is all about hassle-free camping so you can just turn up and relax.

If you’re looking for glamping accommodation in South East Wales, there are always new places to try. Opt for a spacious yurt (Mongolian tent) with proper beds, woodburner stoves, cooking facilities, rugs and lamps. They provide a cosy place to chill after a day’s hiking. Eat outdoors on your own private deck and choose a glamping pod or lodge with a hot tub or fire pit for the ultimate escape.

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