There's plenty to explore in accessible South Wales
For families with pushchairs and people with disabilities, there’s a great deal on offer in South Wales, with excellent leisure centres, heritage sites and friendly, well-equipped accommodation.
Places to visit and things to do
Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths, Caerleon
The Roman Baths at Caerleon, Wye ValleyIn AD75, Roman settlers built the mighty fortress of Isca in present-day Caerleon. One of only three permanent fortresses in Roman Britain, it defended the furthest outpost of their empire for two centuries. This accessible, multi-sensory heritage site, near the Roman Legion Museum, focuses on the favourite Roman pastime of communal bathing.
Chepstow Easy Access Walk
Chepstow is the starting point of the Wye Valley Walk, a beautiful 136-mile trail which follows the course of the River Wye across South and Mid Wales. You can explore the town, the riverside and the castle via a choice of two circular routes which follow well-surfaced paths, suitable for pushchairs.
Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil
Cyfarthfa Castle in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales ValleysAdorned with towers and crenellations, this 19th century stately home was built for wealthy ironworks owner William Crawshay. Now a museum, Cyfarthfa Castle includes Laura Ashley dresses, the first steam whistle and a fine collection of porcelain. There’s wheelchair access via a side doorway.
Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
Dyffryn House is surrounded by considered the finest Edwardian gardens in Wales, created by Reginald Cory, a globe-trotting plant collector, and Thomas Mawson, a celebrated landscape architect. Awash with colour, they’re perennially popular with visitors. Most parts are accessible by wheelchair, which are available to hire if booked in advance.
National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon
A Roman barrack room at the National Roman Legion Museum by National Museum WalesA wealth of Roman artefacts from Isca and Burrium are on display at the fabulous National Roman Legion Museum, which is fully accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs. A collection of handling objects for the visually impaired is available on request. Among the highlights are some beautifully carved gemstones, discovered at the well-preserved Roman baths, less than 150m away.
Places to stay
Best Western Heronston Hotel, Bridgend
The Best Western Heronston Hotel, Glamorgan Heritage Coast by Best WesternThe modern Best Western Heronston Hotel is a few minutes’ drive from the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. There’s step-free access to the reception, which has a mobile loop system for the hard of hearing. The reception staff are trained to assist guests with disabilities. One bedroom is fully wheelchair-accessible, with an adapted en-suite bathroom.
Carpenters Cottages, near Chepstow
The Carpenters Arms, a village pub in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offers five-star self-catering accommodation in two self-contained apartments with crisp, modern decor, each sleeping up to four. The ground floor unit, Oak, is suitable for those with limited mobility.
Hampton By Hilton Newport East
Hampton By Hilton Newport East, Vale of Usk by Hampton By HiltonThis modern Hampton by Hilton Hotel, conveniently located just off the M4 near Newport, caters for both business and leisure guests. There’s one designated wheelchair-accessible room with a queen bed, a roll-in en-suite shower room and other adaptations including chair and table risers and a lowered peep hole in the door.
Happy Jakes Touring Holiday Park, near Llantwit Major
Family-run, Happy Jakes is a disability-friendly camping and caravan park named after the owners’ son, who was born with Trisomy 21 (Down’s Syndrome). Committed to making the park accessible to all, they have built a wheelchair-friendly shower block and created a 60-metre sensory nature walk for the blind and partially sighted.
Homefield Bungalow, Grosmont
Homefield Bungalow in Grosmont, Wye Valley by Homefield BungalowAdapted with the needs of disabled guests in mind, Homefield is a self-catering holiday home with three bedrooms, one with an en-suite wet room and an adjustable bed with a removable electric hoist. Other equipment is available on request. Well-designed paths allow wheelchair-users to enjoy the garden, and dogs are welcome.
Parc Coed Machen, St Bride’s-Super-Ely
In the picturesque surroundings of the Vale of Glamorgan, these five holiday cottages, four with two bedrooms and one with three, are around seven miles from the centre of Cardiff and well-placed for visiting St Fagans National History Museum. Two of the cottages have adaptations for the elderly or those with limited mobility.