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4 October 2017

More than just an education – choose Wales

Studying abroad is more than gaining a qualification…it's about broadening your horizons and career prospects; being part of an international community; engaging with new cultures; making lifelong friends and new experiences.  

Whichever Welsh university you choose, there are loads of interesting things to do and explore outside of the classroom - from the cultural events, international acts and theatre productions; to exhilarating activities. We can’t list them all, but here are just some ideas that are local to each of our universities to start you off:

(Aberystwyth town and University)

Aberystwyth and Ceredigion:

Spend time at the National Library of Wales. The library is home to millions of books, manuscripts, archives, maps, pictures, photographs, films, music, and electronic information.

Enjoy theatre, live music, comedy and talks at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

Explore nature in the area. Take a walk in Bwlch Nant yr Arian or enjoy mountain biking. Alternatively, watch red kites being fed there. Go fishing or dolphin watching in Cardigan Bay. 

(Zip World – near Bangor)

Bangor:

Climb Snowdon or take part in some of the outdoor activities available in the Snowdonia National Park.

Activities include Zip World, the longest zip line in Europe and it can reach speeds of 100 mph. 

Enjoy surfing either at one of the beaches or at Surf Snowdonia.

Cross Thomas Telford’s Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straits to Anglesey. This beautiful island where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lived when they were first married.

Visit Penrhyn Castle, a 19th-century fantasy castle. The castle is crammed with fascinating items such as the one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria.

Sample the local produce.  Dine on mussels from the mussel beds of Conwy, Porthmadog, Bangor and the Menai Straits.

There are plenty of bars and traditional pubs to chose from at night and Venue Cymru in nearby Llandudno hosts international acts, plays and musicals on a regular basis.

(Caerphilly Castle 15 minutes from Cardiff and Pontypridd)

Cardiff:

Watch sport or enjoy live music or theatre at one of the many great venues in the city. Venues include the Principality Stadium, the Wales Millennium Centre, St Davids Hall, The New Theatre and the Motorpoint Arena.

Take a trip to Cardiff Bay. Enjoy a meal, visit the Senedd or walk along the barrage.

Keep your eyes open for Doctor Who and Sherlock being filmed all over the city!

(Cardiff Half Marathon runners near the Millenium centre Cardiff)

Go whitewater rafting in Cardiff Bay or get running and take part in the Cardiff Half Marathon.

Visit the National Museum, Cardiff, St Fagans Museum of Welsh  Life or explore Cardiff Castle.

Enjoy shopping in Cardiff city centre. There are modern shopping malls and Victorian arcades to explore.

Cardiff is one of the greenest cities in the UK. Relax in some of the many parks including Bute Park, close to the city centre, Roath Park with a boating lake or discover wildlife at Forest Farm and Glamorgan Canal.

[Whitewater rafting in Cardiff Bay]

Carmarthenshire:

Visit the National Botanic Gardens at Llanarthne. See the world’s largest single span glass house which houses plants from around the world. The glass house was the Hydroponics Centre in the Dr Who episode “The Waters of Mars”.

Read Dylan Thomas’ poetry in the place where much of it was written; visit his Boathouse in Laugharne.

Take an underground tour of the Dolaucothi Gold Mines.

See birds at the WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre.

Enjoy some of the best surfing beaches in the UK.

There are also a number of Michelin star restaurants in the area to enjoy.


Newport:

Follow in the footsteps of Team GB cyclists by training at the Wales National Velodrome or become a supporter of Newport County Football Club or Newport Gwent Dragons if your game is rugby.

Go underground and learn about Wales’ mining history at the Big Pit in Blaenavon, one of Wales’ free national museums. 

Tredegar House is one of the most significant examples of a Restoration period house in Britain. It is managed by the National Trust but you can relax free of charge in the grounds and parkland all year round.

Visit Caerleon and discover Roman history at the National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths and the amphitheatre.

[Big Pit – easily accessible from many of our South Wales Universities]

Pontypridd:

Explore the countryside from the Taff Trail, a 55 miles route between Cardiff Bay and Brecon. It's part of the dedicated cycle route which runs throughout Wales.

BikePark Wales is linked directly to the Taff trail and offers a variety of trails.

Take an outdoor swim in Ponty Lido.

Learn to sing the Welsh National Anthem in the town where it was written by father and son Evan and James James.

[Three Cliffs Bay in the Gower Peninsular]

Swansea:

Follow the Swans – Swansea City’s Premiership football Club or for those interested in rugby, the Ospreys are the regional team. There are many local clubs to support or get involved with too.

Explore Gower, Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and take a walk along some of the all Wales coast path. Three Cliffs Bay in the Gower Peninsular is only 20 minutes from Swansea University.

Visit the birth place of Dylan Thomas, one of Wales' most famous writers.

Feast on Penclawdd cockles and laverbread from Swansea Market. This is an acquired taste but one you should try when you are in Wales. Welsh cakes are delicious too.

There are a number of music and theatre options including the famous Swansea Grand or festivals Proms in the Park and Escape into the Park.

[The Liberty Stadium, home to and Premiership Football, Rugby and live music acts]

Wrexham

Gaze in awe at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, one of Wales’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – or travel over it on the Llangollen canal.

Join the world when it comes to Wales every July for the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod.

Visit the Erddig Estate and gardens (a National Trust property).

Enjoy horse racing at the Bangor on Dee Racetrack.

Enjoy the music at Wrexham’s International festival Focus Wales.

Taste Wrexham Lager -
Britain’s oldest lager brew. 

Find out more about our sports, activities, food and restaurants, our varied music Scene and Welsh culture and the arts.