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South Wales

Camping in South Wales is the perfect family staycation destination. Uncrowded beaches, quaint coastal towns and an abundance of attractions at Cardiff Bay provide the perfect days out from your caravan or camping park. South Wales historically was a hub for collieries, shipbuilding, car manufacturing, steel and ironworks. These industries have left an interesting history and heritage that has shaped the landscape forever. Grand Victorian buildings grace the once-prosperous towns and museums provide an insight into coal mining and steel industries.

South Wales stretches from the Welsh capital city of Cardiff in the east to Bridgend in the west. Further inland, camping and caravan parks in South Wales’ Rhondda Valley provide beautiful scenery within easy reach of forest hikes, shops, pubs and attractions. Check out campsites around Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taff or plan a touring holiday in South Wales with a campervan or towing caravan.

Welsh culture

The Welsh language is still commonly spoken in South Wales and you’ll probably hear locals speaking the language with English as their second language. Signposts and place names are in both Welsh and English, providing an interesting aspect to any camping holiday in South Wales. Kids will certainly have fun learning to pronounce the names.

Cardiff campsites, glamping sites and serviced pitches are the ideal base for enjoying the city’s many cultural amenities. Visit City Hall, Cardiff Castle, the Victorian Arcades and the National Museum Cardiff or browse the galleries within this compact city. There are plenty of fine restaurants, arts centres and theatres, especially around the Cardiff Bay waterfront.

Things to do from South Wales campsites

South Wales campsites and caravan parks are a good starting point for enjoying the “Great Outdoors”. The Brecon Beacons National Park provides rugged scenery and natural terrain for hiking, mountain biking and hill running. Pen-Y-Fan is considered one of the toughest challenges for endurance walkers and is part of a challenging 10-mile circular route that also takes in Fan-Y-Big, Cribyn and Taf Fechten Forest.

Reservoirs provide scenic walks and the chance for birdwatching, canoeing, paddleboarding and other watersports. There’s a pleasant circular walk around Pontsticill Reservoir near Merthyr Tydfil campsites and caravan parks. 

The Taff and Usk Rivers are prime for salmon fishing, making a staycation in South Wales particularly attractive for keen anglers. Horse riding, zip-lining and other recreational activities provide something for all ages.

If you’re camping or caravanning near Merthyr Tydfil, you can hire mountain bikes and ride trails in the wooded hillside at Bikepark Wales. They also offer Gravity Biking, dropping riders and their bikes at the top of a trail so it’s downhill all the way! Another popular activity centre near South Wales caravan parks and glamping accommodation is Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer on the Pontsticill Reservoir.

Family-friendly camping holidays in South Wales can include a ride on the Brecon Mountain Railway up the Taf Fechan Valley. You can also enjoy a day at the beach at Porthcawl and Ogmore-by-Sea.

Cardiff attractions for campers

One of the most popular areas for camping and caravan holidays in South Wales is Cardiff. Explore 2000 years of history behind the walls of Cardiff Castle. From there you’re within walking distance of the covered Victorian Arcades that have a good choice of cafes, independent shops and eateries.

Visit the Old Library and the Cardiff Story Museum or head to the National Museum Wales - it’s free to visit. Kids can come face to face with dinosaurs and woolly mammoths in the Evolution of Wales gallery. Techniquest and the Cardiff Treasure Trail at Cardiff Bay are also popular family attractions to head for on your South Wales camping adventure.

More adventurous visitors can visit Treetop Adventure Golf, Cardiff International White Water Centre or take a guided walking tour around Cardiff before returning to your cosy campsite or glamping lodge with hot tub to chill out in the evening. 

Best Cardiff camping accommodation

There are many campsites and caravan parks near Cardiff and some are within walking distance of the main sights. Bring your campervan or touring caravan and enjoy serviced pitches with electric hook-ups and many first class amenities onsite. Browse our selection of farm touring sites and pet-friendly caravan parks in South Wales or bring the family camping on one of the well-maintained tent pitches.

Glamping in South Wales is a great way to enjoy a luxury break in a quirky tree house, shepherd’s hut or spacious yurt. Just turn up to find pre-erected tents with beds and mattresses, kitchenettes, electric points and onsite shops, pools, play areas and entertainment.

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