Top things to do in South Wales when it’s raining
There’s no need to let the weather put a dampener on things when you’ve got this list of rainy day activities in South Wales. From indulging in glorious cakes to walking through the nation’s finest collection of impressionist art, you won’t go short of indoor activities. South Wales has plenty of options for you, and here are just some of them.
The Royal Mint Experience, LlantrisantEver wondered where your coins come from, how they’re made or why they look like they do? Take a journey into the world of money-making at this guided factory experience based in the home of UK currency. The interactive exhibition lets you follow the lifecycle of a coin from design to distribution, with plenty of rare coins and medals for you to look at.
Meerkat at Folly Farm, PembrokeshireDon’t let the word ‘Farm’ confuse you; this is a spectacular family-friendly zoo with four big attractions under one banner. There’s a farmyard spread across multiple barns, a vintage funfair with nostalgic rides, an indoor and outdoor play area with slides and soft play and a zoo with rhinos, giraffes, monkeys, capybaras, birds, penguins, lions and more.
'Evolution of Wales' exhibit, National Museum, CardiffExplore Wales’s finest examples of national art, natural history, archaeology and geology alongside major touring and temporary exhibitions. See 500 years of magnificent paintings, drawings and sculptures from across the globe, including one of Europe’s best collections of Impressionist works. You can also see the world's largest leatherback turtle and a huge skeleton of a humpback whale.
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea by Visit Swansea BayFrom the middle of Swansea’s Maritime Quarter, this museum shares stories and artefacts from over 300 years of industry and innovation in this waterside city. Learn about how the Industrial Revolution shaped Wales, find out about maritime life and enjoy a rotating calendar of nautical-themed exhibitions.
Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon, South Wales Valleys
Coal mining is a huge part of Wales’ history. Big Pit offers a fascinating insight into the lives of the miners and the work they did on this site in the South Wales Valleys. Get kitted up with a miner’s helmet and battery pack then travel 300 feet (100 metres) underground to find out what being down the mines was like. There’s an on-site exhibition to stroll through and there are often events and workshops to take part in.
National Showcaves Centre for Wales, Brecon BeaconsThis 11-mile (17km) cave system is one of the largest in Europe. One local cave diving expert believes that the caves may stretch up to 90 miles (150km) in length! Dan yr Ogof caves were discovered in 1912 and were inhabited during the Bronze Age, while remains of 42 human skeletons were found in Bone Cave, along with jewellery and other ancient artefacts. Visit them today to see the caves and natural forms for yourself.
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff by Wales Millennium CentreRepeatedly featured in episodes of Doctor Who and Torchwood, the largest performing arts venue in Wales is the place to find the Welsh National Opera, stadium-filling comedians, touring West End shows and much more besides. It's also great place to visit during holidays and weekends. Watch free small performances, grab a bite to eat, see an exhibition or simply soak in the atmosphere of the Cardiff Bay landmark.
Do as the Romans did many centuries ago and explore the remains of the Second Augustan Legion’s state-of-the-art leisure complex. Visitors to Caerleon get to see a vivid picture of life in second-century Roman Britain. Depending on when you visit, you can see different parts of the Roman baths – including the bathing areas, changing rooms and communal pools – and take part in arts and crafts, talks and demonstrations. Just a few minutes down the road, you’ll find the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain
Afternoon tea at The Angel, Abergavenny
The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny, Wye Valley by The Angel HotelJust on the edge between South and Mid Wales is the market town of Abergavenny. As well as lots of cute shops to nose around and the creative haven that is The Art Shop and Chapel, the afternoon tea of a lifetime awaits at The Angel Hotel. One of the only afternoon teas outside of London to achieve an Award of Excellence from the UK Tea Guild, it offers delicious nibbles and finger food that is paired with luxury East India Company teas. Treat yourself!