Living in South Wales
Discover an area that’s packed with natural beauty
From the sweeping hills of the Brecon Beacons to the city-centre bustle of Cardiff, South Wales is a top spot to start a new adventure in your golden years. Plus, thanks to the convenient location of our retirement properties in South Wales, you can have the best of both worlds, meaning your retirement can be as active or as relaxing as you like.
Living in South Wales
From ruined abbeys to industrial canals, there are plenty of intriguing historical sights to see around our retirement properties in South Wales. You can visit the second- largest castle in Britain at the lakeside Caerphilly Castle, go 300 feet into an underground coal mine at the Big Pit National Coal Museum, or take a tour of the exuberant stately rooms at the 17th century Tredegar House near Newport.
You'll find more than 40 rebuilt buildings representing different parts of Wales at the open-air St Fagans National Museum of History, exhibits around innovation and industrial revolution at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, and archaeology, botany and geology at the National Museum Cardiff.
Whether you're looking for modern art or classic opera, you'll find a huge range of venues dotted around the area. There's ballet, comedy and musicals at the 1,800-capacity Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, pantomimes, touring drama and Russian ballet at the Swansea Grand Theatre, or classical, jazz and world music at St David's Hall in Cardiff.
For larger performances, head to the Principality Stadium, also known as the Millennium Stadium, in Cardiff. As well as being the home of the Welsh rugby team, the stadium has also been used to host major concerts, including performances from Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones and Sir Paul McCartney. Away from the music world, the stadium has also hosted the Speedway Grand Prix, the Wales Rally and several FA Cup finals.
With around a third of the region covered by a National Park, it's no surprise that South Wales is such a popular retirement destination. You'll find prehistoric remains and the island of Worm's Head next to three miles of sandy beaches at Rhossili Bay, part of the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. In addition, you can wander through 130 acres of Capability Brown-landscaped gardens at Cardiff's Bute Park, or see more than 2,000 different plants at the botanical Clyne Gardens in Swansea.
At the Brecon Beacons National Park, you'll find staggering mountains, curious caves and towering waterfalls, as well as a number of ponies and sheep that graze in the area. You can ride the Brecon Mountain Railway or hike to the top of Pen y Fan, the highest peak in Britain that’s south of Snowdonia. Here, the views reach as far as the Bristol Channel.
There are more than 40 golf courses and over 30 major parks dotted around the area, so there are plenty of opportunities to keep up an active retirement. You can ride horses on the beach at Ogmore-by-Sea or kayak and canoe at Monmouth Canoe and Activity Centre.
Alternatively, you can try and explore all of the 250 acres of lakes, woodland and meadows at Cosmeston Lakes Country Park, scour the 70 square miles of moors, cliffs and sandy beaches of the Gower Peninsula or even visit the 180 miles of cliff tops along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
If you like the sound of green valleys, busy cities and the fresh air of an unspoilt countryside, take a look at some of our latest retirement properties in South Wales.
Retirement Homes in South Wales
“We really enjoy going out to lunch and we are spoiled for choice here. In fact, everything we need is within walking distance. It all adds up to a very attractive place to retire to!”