Extending your stay
If you are planning to spend some time in the local vicinity, or further afield, before or after the meeting, we have some recommendations for you
Castles and Ruins
Wales has a rich history with impressive remains of important sites from the prehistoric, Roman, medieval, and modern industrial ages. Famously, Wales is home to 427 castles. Many of these are managed by Cadw. Check out the Cadw website for more information.
Wye Valley & Tintern Abbey
The Wye Valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and runs along the border between England and South Wales. Popular attractions include the spectacular ruins of the gothic Tintern Abbey and the Forest of Dean (also a popular filming location, e.g. Harry Potter, Star Wars: The Force Awakens). For more information, visit the official website for the Wye Valley AONB.
The National Park is enjoyed by nature lovers, hikers, cyclists and mountain bikers, stargazers, and visitors searching for a picturesque and fun stay outside of the city. It is just 45-50 minutes drive from central Cardiff. For more information, visit the website for the
Wales has an abundance of stunning waterfalls, and a waterfall walk is a highlight of any visit to the region. Our favourites in South Wales are Pontneddfechan and Ystradfellte Four Waterfalls Walk. For a list and details of popular waterfall walks, visit the AllTrails website.
West Wales & Pembrokeshire
South and west Wales have some of the most stunning coastlines in Europe. The Gower Peninsula, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), hosts the spectacular Rhossili Bay and the Mumbles. Pembrokeshire boasts breathtaking beaches such as Barafundle Bay, Marloes Sands, and Traeth LLyfn, small seaside towns and villages, the historic city of St Davids, and beautiful hill walks. For more information, view the Vist Pembrokeshire website.
Northwest Wales and Eryri (Snowdonia)
Further afield, Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park in Northwest Wales boasts breathtaking mountains, lakes, waterfalls, rare flora, and a rich Welsh heritage. Eryri is a hiker's paradise. For those who are less able or inclined to hike, take the Mountain Railway to the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) for beautiful views over the national park and north Wales. Nearby, you will find the beautiful island of Anglesey, including the longest placename in the UK (and second longest in the world):
The Cotswolds is a 787 square mile region of Gloucestershire, England. It is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the largest in the UK. It is famous for rolling hills and meadows, stone-built villages, attractive traditional houses, and stately homes. Many of the buildings are made from Cotswold stone (oolithic limestone). Among the attractive towns and villages in Cotswolds are Castle Combe, Burton-on-the-water, Bilbury, and Stow-on-the-wold. It is recommended that you visit the Cotswolds by car, and the southern edge of the region is approximately a 1 hour 10 minute drive from Cardiff.