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ultimate guide to a perfect "staycation" in south wales

Once lockdown is finally over, you are probably thinking: where to go on holidays? This is a guide for a perfect Staycation in South Wales.

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Let’s face it, we are all a bit concerned about our “after lockdown” life. Most of us will opt for a Staycation, and why not South Wales? We have so many reasons to stay in the Uk this time:

Airlines cancelling flights, fear of abroad contamination, the quarantine guideline of 14 days after coming from another country and obviously the financial stretch due to furlough and unemployment. Staycation in

All these facts have changed the tourism landscape and in fact, a study conducted by CabinBookers revealed that 90% of UK holidaymakers are planning to take a “staycation” once the coronavirus lockdown restrictions have been lifted.

According to the research eight in 10 people said their “appreciation for UK beauty spots had increased while under lockdown”, while 86% of holiday hunters are on the lookout for countryside escapes rather than the usually popular city breaks.

Since we will probably have to be “stuck” in the Uk until further notice why not take advantage of the amazing places these countries have to offer? Today I compiled an ultimate guide to a perfect “staycation” in South Wales.

 

Take your bike and catch Western Railway 

Wales is one of the best locations in the UK when it comes to bike rails, and thanks to Visit South Wales we managed to pick a really nice itinerary for our Staycation in South Wales.

We took the train to Newport and adventured ourselves through the beautiful bike path towards Cwmbran.

Parkway Hotel and Spa Staycation in South Wales

Our first stop was the incredible Family Hotel Parkway Hotel and Spa. 

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There is not a single reason not to love this Four Star AA accredited Luxury Hotel.

This luxurious space has one of the most beautiful spa areas I’ve visited, a 3 Course Carvery famous menu, a large area with a lovely fireplace and live music!

The most recent acquisition of a “glamping” area with a shepherd hut, now gives guests the possibility to try the best of both worlds.

Parkway Hotel is one of those places you leave wishing you could stay a bit longer and enjoy relaxation!

I gotta admit that this short stay was better than my honeymoon and I hope to be back very soon!

The average prices per night varies between £80 to £120 pounds. Dinner a la carte varies from £15 to £22 pounds per person.

 Perfect for a Staycation in South Wales.

The National Coal Museum

After getting comfortable and installed in our amazing suite accommodation, we left our bags and went cycling to the National Coal Museum, it’s a 50km cycle, so if you are not as crazy as we were, you can catch two buses from Cwmbran, just make sure you go early as the museum closes at 16:00.

This is one of the few mining museums where visitors can descend in the pit cage and visit the places where generations of coal miners worked. Many of the surface exhibitions and displays are housed in the original colliery buildings. Entry is free of charge. 

Discover Caerphilly 

On the second day we cycled to the city of Caerphilly. I would highly recommend that you take the train from Cardiff to this lovely city if you feel like the bike ride is too long. Caerphilly is an incredible city blessed with one of the most beautiful medieval castles I’ve seen! It’s full of places to see and I will be back to explore it in more detail.

We had lunch at this incredible restaurant Casa Mia, (another courtesy of Visit South Wales) with THE BEST view of the castle. We had a delicious meal and the customer service was great!

This restaurant offers delicious Italian food at an affordable price, varying only between £7 to £10! 

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City escape in Cardiff 

Indigo Hotel

After 2 days exploring nature, bike paths by the river, spa hotels and castles, it was time for a city experience, and Cardiff was just a few minutes by train!

We stayed just in the heart of the capital, at the Indigo Hotel, only 5 minutes walking distance from the great Cardiff Castle!

Upon arrival, we were invited to a lovely lunch at the Marco Pierre White Restaurant.

This restaurant has an incredible luxurious touch with affordable prices varying between £25 to £60.

Our accommodation at the Indigo Hotel was a lovely double bedroom with the most amazing interior design!

The prices per night vary according to seasons from £74 to £135 per room.

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Cardiff Castle guided visit

Of course, we couldn’t miss Cardiff’s biggest glory, the Cardiff Castle!

The Cardiff Castle is a medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion. The original motte and bailey castle was built in the late 11th century by Norman invaders on top of a 3rd-century Roman fort.

Make sure you book to see the entire place, the outside castle and the Mansion, it’s simply incredible!

The price per adult is £14,50 and family packages for 2 adults and 2 kids are £42, children under 5 years old are free of charge.

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The Botanist Cardiff

I’m a very big fan of the restaurant chain The Botanist, visiting the beautiful Bath venue several times.

To close this break in style, we had the pleasure to visit The Botanist in Cardiff, and couldn’t be more impressed with the beautiful interior. When it comes to food they never cease to impress us, but this time the cocktails were also something to remember,  the perfect combination between alcohol and exotic flavours.

Prices for meals vary between £10 to £20 approximately. The cocktails menu have prices from 6,50 to 9,95.

Pictures can speak more than 1000, so I will leave you with a small collection!  

Let me know on the comments if you have been to any of these places in Wales, or if you’d like to visit them!

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