Living in… South Wales

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The very best things about living in this green country

South Wales has so much to offer. This gloriously green region features many stunning towns, villages and cities – read on to see the best things about living here…

Cardiff

The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a bustling city full of exciting things to see and do. From museums to a rather beautiful castle, there’s a range of cultural and leisure activities for everyone to enjoy. Cardiff is excellent for shopping – visit any of the impressive malls for a combination of designer brands and high-street shopping, or head over to the charming Edwardian and Victorian arcades for a variety of independent shops. Cardiff Bay is Europe’s largest waterfront development and is home to attractions, hotels, bars and restaurants – a great day out for the whole family! Cardiff has an overall average house price of £230,514.

Monmouth

Located in the historic county of Monmouthshire, Monmouth is a beautiful town with an impressive array of events running throughout the year. Ideal for families, it is home to Monmouth Festival, one of Europe’s largest free music festivals and is within close proximity to no more than nine castles to explore! It also has a lovely high street full of independent and premium brands for those who live to shop. There is a range of drinking and dining options here, and as it is placed between the Brecon Beacons and the Wye Valley, you can glide along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal too! Monmouthshire has an overall average house price of £270,530.

Chepstow

Also situated in Monmouthshire, Chepstow means marketplace in Old English, and it is as picturesque as you’d expect it to be! Featuring stunning Georgian and Victorian buildings, it’s the perfect place to move to if you’re after a little countryside, with lots of local amenities. There’s Britain’s oldest surviving post-Roman stone castle, a busy high street full of big-name brands and independent shops, a range of food and drink options and some truly beautiful historic sites to visit. Head over to Tintern Abbey, just six miles from the centre, to visit the sublime ruins or simply explore the expanse of the Wye Valley! Chepstow has an overall average house price of £242,892.

Newport

Not far from Cardiff is the cathedral and university city of Newport. Featuring a blissfully small city centre jam-packed with lots to explore, it’s becoming a draw for young professionals and families alike. And with a handsome cathedral, a museum and art gallery and a traditional covered market, it’s not hard to see why! As well as this, Newport is home to Newport Centre – a 2,000-capacity music venue and a theatre, presenting an array of opera, comedy dance and music events. Those looking to get close to nature should visit the Newport Wetlands Reserve, or spend some time delving into the depths of history at Tredegar House. Newport has an overall average house price of £174,496.

Cwmbran

A new town in South Wales, Cwmbran lies within the historic boundaries of Monmouthshire and is one of the largest urban areas in Wales. Featuring a pedestrianised centre, there’s certainly something for everyone here, including cultural and leisure amenities such as a theatre, cinema and an arts centre. Those looking to pick up some bargains won’t be disappointed by the 170-plus shops, and there’s lots for outdoorsy types, such as the boating lake and the Greenmeadow Community Farm. Cwmbran has an overall average house price of £159,928.

Swansea

Situated on the south coast of Wales, this sprawling city has so much going for it. The second largest city in Wales, it has some breathtaking views and is the perfect place to move to if you’re looking for a good mix of city and seaside. The city itself has many attractive prospects – good shopping, a whole host of bars and restaurants and an excellent university – but it’s the sweeping coastline that people flock here for. Encompassing many striking areas including The Mumbles and The Gower Peninsula ( the UK’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), there are sandy beaches and coastal walks to enjoy in every direction. Swansea has an overall average house price of £148,021.

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