Top 10 Things to see and do in South West Wales
Have a Welsh Afternoon Tea at Dylan Thomas’ House in Swansea
This is Dylan Thomas’ original family home which has been recently restored to its 1914 splendour. It has turned into both a place to visit and a place to stay. You can rent the whole house for a private event, sleep in Dylan Thomas’ childhood room and listen to old 1930s music on the old gramophones. We dropped by for a visit and had a terrific Welsh Afternoon Tea.
5 Cwmdonkin Dr, Uplands, Swansea SA2 0RA, UK
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2. Visit the Dylan Thomas Museum in Swansea
He is the famous Welsh Poet who found fame and died quite young. His is a very tragic story and you can see a collection of photos and his life at this museum dedicated to him. It’s by the harbour in Swansea which is a very scenic place to take a walk.
3. Have lunch at Coast Restaurant Saundersfoot and a brisk walk along the beach
In the middle of nowhere ( or a bit of a drive) you find this beautiful piece of architecture on a beach which houses Coast. This is a restaurant that celebrates local Welsh produce, especially seafood. We stopped by for a wonderful lunch while looking out at the crashing waves on the beach. It’s a great stop for people who are out walking on the beach. Full restaurant review here.
Coppet Hall Beach, Saundersfoot, SA69 9AJ
4. Go otter spotting on Bosherton Lily Ponds
We went to Bosherton Lily Ponds to try to see the wild otters but alas, they were all hiding. We did, however, find the lovely hidden beach of Broadhaven South.It is a sandy beach that is quite hidden way but seems to be a dog walkers favourite. Well worth the detour. (The car park here has been noted as the best place in Wales to see the Milky Way too) If you go in Spring or summer when the lilies are in full bloom, it is quite a beautiful spectacle but we were a few weeks too early.
6 Windsor Rd, Bosherston, Pembroke SA71 5DW, UK
5. Taste local Welsh Cheese at Caws Cenarth
Caws Cenarth is now a modern Welsh Cheesemaker who are famous for their creamy Caerfili cheese. Started by Gwynfor and Thelma Adams in 1987 in response to Milk Quotas. Now the business is run by Carwyn Adams who is bringing new innovations to their cheese production. His mum Thelma famously sold their product by dressing up as Cleopatra and sitting in a bath tub full of milk as a PR stunt.
Glyneithynog Farm, Pontseli, Lancych, Carmarthenshire, SA37 0LH
6. Taste Welsh Wine at Jabajak Vineyard
Jabajak is a little Welsh winery with some lovely rooms on site. Their white wine has won awards in their first outing. Well worth a detour to do a tasting or two.
There is an award winning restaurant on site that serves really good food. The young chef in charge ( twenty something) has been well trained.
Banc Y Llain, Llanboidy Road, Whitland SA34 0ED,
7. Stargazing in the dark skies of Pembrokeshire
The Garden Suite at the Jabajak Winery had a big telescope at the window pointing at the sky. It seems that this part of the country is very popular with astronomers as the sky is really dark and there is very little light pollution. There are a few areas around Wales which have been designated as Dark Sky Reserves and the best places to see the stars. You can see a full list here.
8. Have a gin or three at Gin Haus
This place houses over 250 brands of Gin. They have a monthly tasting flight where you can taste their curated selection of gins. In the adjoining shop, their deli sells lots of local cheese and charcuterie. A real foodie’s kind of shop in the middle of South Wales.
We went there for breakfast and had the world’s largest breakfast on a platter. It had local thick cut bacon, local sausages, some cockles and laverbread and lots of extras. Everything was so delicious and definitely one for a hungry person or if you are recovering from the night before. They serve a superb medium roasted, fragrant local coffee by Coal Town. (Small roastery in a nearby town.) There will be rooms to rent in the summer when their refurbs are finished.
1 Market Street, Llandeilo, SA19 6AH
9. Spend an afternoon at the Gower Heritage Centre
This is a little gem that is preserving the history and culture of the local area. The main building houses a working water powered stone mill which is still used to mill flour and corn. We used some of this stone ground flour to make bread with the lovely Chendor. She is such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher. SHe also taught us to churn our own butter and to forage for wild garlic. So much fun and so delicious.
You can visit the working blacksmith’s forge and see all the other attractions here. More details on their website. A great day out for families too.
Parkmill, Gower, Swansea, SA3 2EH
10. Learn Welsh cooking at Pumpkin Patch Cookery School
Lisa Fearn and her sidekick Luna hosted us for a Welsh Cookery lesson. We learnt to make a Welsh Cawl with ham and Grandma’s Welsh Cakes. After this lesson, Welshcakes are definitely going to be on my regular breakfast/ tea menu. So easy to make and so delicious. Make it with Welsh Butter for the best flavour!
They are building a state of the art cooking school in one of their outbuildings so watch out for lots more cooking activities on their website.
The Pumpkin Patch Kitchen & Garden, Allt Y Gôg Farm, White Mill, Carmarthen, SA32 7AY
Allt Y Gôg Farm, Abergorlech Road, Carmarthen SA32 7AY
Here”s a handy map of all these places.
You can plan your own itinerary around this beautiful part of Wales with info from these websites:
Swansea Bay https://www.visitswanseabay.co
Neath & Port Talbot http://www.visitnpt.co.uk/
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