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South East Wales

Cardiff Bay

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. The majority of our population live here and a large proportion of our industry is based here. Our capital city Cardiff has a population of approx. 348,000, although this is said to swell by nearly 50,000 each day as commuters enter the city. 

But it’s not all industry. Cardiff is one of the greenest cities in the UK, with many parks to choose from including Bute Park in the city centre. 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.

In 2011 Cardiff was chosen as one of the 10 best places in the world to visit during the Summer by National Geographic magazine - the only UK location to be featured.

See the Visit Wales website for more information on visiting the region.

Some of the highlights:  

  • Cardiff – there’s a castle in the middle and the Principality Stadium. Cardiff is regularly voted one of the top UK shopping destinations. Our capital city has all the big high street stores in modern shopping malls in heart of the city centre as well as Victorian and Edwardian Arcades with a number of independent shops.
  • It's also home to the Torchwood hub and Doctor Who and Sherlock are filmed around the city.
  • Other castles in south east Wales include Caerphilly Castle and Castell Coch
  • There are four national museums in south east Wales, and what's more entry to the museums is free.
  • Cardiff Bay – home to our National Opera at the Wales Millennium Centre, the Doctor Who Experience and our National Assembly at the Senedd.
  • The Celtic Manor Resort near the City of Newport hosted the Ryder Cup 2010 and  NATO Wales 2014.
  • Cardiff hosted WOMEX 13, the leading world music expo and was the European Capital of Sport 2014.
  • Wales National Velodrome, Newport – training ground of Nicole Cooke MBE, GB’s first gold medal winner in 2008 Olympics.
  • 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. Additionally, Pencoed houses the UK Sony Product Customer Service Centre a repair centre and also has a successful tenancy operation providing accommodation for other businesses and a sub-contract manufacture facility producing third party products such as the Raspberry Pi mini-computer.