Places To See

Cardiff

The centre of Cardiff is only 45 Minutes by car from the Afandale and 40 minutes by train to Cardiff Central Train Station.

Llangynwyd

Llangynwyd is the village located on a hilltop with a church dedicated to St Cynwyd, a sixth-century chief. The church was originated by St Cynwyd in the 6th century. All that remains today of the structure is the stone socket of a wooden cross, which can be seen in the wall above the entrance. The church has the biggest private cemetery in Europe.

The old village of Llangynwyd is also the home of the poet Wil Hopcyn. The antiquarian T. C. Evans was also born in the village.

On a New Year, or Calennig the village still celebrates with the Mari Lwyd: a horse’s skull draped in a white sheet with flowers.

Margam Country Park

Margam Park beginnings originate to the monastery, which was procured by Sir Rice Mansel in 1540 after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1537. A Tudor mansion was later built on the site of the former monastic ranges by Sir Rice Mansel as a county residence.

Throughout the centuries the estate developed a orangery and many of the features that remain in place today.

Glamorgan County Council attained it in 1973, and the next year, following a Local Government re-organisation the ownership transferred to West Glamorgan County Council. The park was finally given access to the public in 1977.

The country park is well-known peacock population plus the deer, which have existed on the site since at least Norman times. Venison from the management of the deer herd is sold to the public.

The park hosted the Urdd Eisteddfod in 2003.

In a 2013 the park came first in a national vote to find the public’s favourite Green Flag Awarded park from a field of 1,448 qualifying open spaces.

Access is free but there is a charge for car parking and for some events.

The country park has six Scheduled Ancient Monuments within it. Two of these are Iron Age hill forts, two are medieval religious sites, one is a museum and one is a World War II installation.

Iron Age camps.

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Gower Peninsular

The beaches of the Gower Peninsula are some of Great Britain’s most stunning coastline.

Less than 15 minutes from the centre of the City of Swansea and 30 minutes from the Afandale, the Peninsula is hosts around 50 unspoilt beaches, coves and bays.

Swansea Bay has multiple Green Coast Awards and Blue Flags.

Gower beaches are regularly awarded the Blue Flag, Rural Seaside and Green Coast awards. Ensuring the recognition for their quality, cleanliness, facilities and overall services.

The Gower Peninsula has a lot of variety such as the limitlessness of Rhossili, to the secluded Pwll Du; the wild ponies and cockle-beds of Penclawdd, to the superlative views across Three Cliffs Bay.

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