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South East Wales

If you're travelling to Wales from London, you’ll arrive in South East Wales in about two to three hours, depending on whether you’re on the train or in a car. Or you might arrive directly at our International airport.

South East Wales is the most built up of our regions and here you can find many cultures and faiths living side-by-side, in the community. The majority of our population lives here in towns and cities such as Abergavenny, Barry, Bridgend, Cardiff, Caerphilly, Chepstow, Newport and Merthyr Tydfil all have much to offer and host events throughout the year. The region was heavily involved in the industrial revolution, as our resources were used to power and build Great Britain’s transition to machine led manufacturing, and now a large proportion of our industry is based here too.

Our Capital City Cardiff has a population of approx. 348,000, although this is said to swell by an additional 50,000 each day as commuters enter the city. 

[Cardiff City with a view of Principality Stadium, Cardiff Castle and Bute Park]

Cardiff is one of the greenest cities in the UK, with many parks to choose from including Bute Park in the city centre. There’s an impressive castle located close to our National Stadium, Principality Stadium. Cardiff is regularly voted one of the top UK shopping destinations and it's easy to see why with the modern St David's Centre, Cardiff market and historic shopping arcades. Doctor Who and Sherlock are filmed in the city and a host of famous faces were born here including Roald Dahl and Gareth Bale.

In less than an hour's drive, it’s possible to escape the city for the more rural setting of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Glamorgan Heritage Coast or the Wye Valley.

Cardiff Bay is a vibrant destination in its own right with our National Opera based at the Wales Millennium Centre which hosts regular musical productions.  Our National Assembly is also located here at the Senedd near a host of restaurants and the marina where many events are staged. 

[Cardiff Bay overlooking the iconic Pierhead Building, Senedd and Wales Millennium Centre in the background]

Did you know In 2011 Cardiff was chosen as one of the 10 best places in the world to visit during the summer by National Geographic magazine? It was the only UK location to be featured.

Some of the highlights: 

  • Castles in the area include Caerphilly Castle, Chepstow, and Castell Coch and Cardiff Castle
  • There are four national museums in south east Wales, and what's more entry to the museums is free.
  • The Celtic Manor Resort near the City of Newport hosted the Ryder Cup 2010 and NATO Wales 2014.

[The Velothon passing by Caerphilly Castle]

  • Wales National Velodrome, Newport – the former cycling training ground of Nicole Cooke MBE, one of our sporting legends and a current team GB training facility
  • Visit the World Heritage Site of Blaenavon . Go underground at the Big Pit, a leading mining museum.
  • Sony Pencoed is one of just two global Sony sites manufacturing the next generation of high definition professional broadcast cameras and camera systems for worldwide markets.
  • St David's shopping centre

  • Aston Martin and GE Aviation also have bases in the area, who utilize our experienced advanced skills and manufacturing workforce.]
  • The lovely seaside town of Porthcawl and the spectacular cliffs and beach of Southerndown.
  • Abergavenny and Cowbridge host some of the best food festivals in Wales and trying Caerphilly cheese is a must!
  • Tintern Abbey located in the glorious Wye Valley is a sight to behold and welcomes 70,000 visitors each year.

[Tintern Abbey, near Brockweir, north of Chepstow]