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Cwm Tawe: National Showcaves and Craig-y-Nos Country Park

Cwm Tawe: National Showcaves and Craig-y-Nos Country Park

The Cwm Tawe area of the Brecon Beacons is in the heart of the Fforest Fawr Geopark – an area of international importance because of its extraordinary geological heritage. Craig-y-nos sits between imposing crags of Carboniferous Limestone, rock which has been carved into extensive cave systems. Many are accessible only to experienced cavers but the National Showcaves Centre for Wales gives an insight into the subterranean world. Combined with the other attractions developed in the centre, including a dinosaur park, a Shire Horse centre and indoor soft play area, it makes for an action packed family day out.

Later in the afternoon, the romantically named Craig-y-nos (or ‘rock of the Night’) Country Park has extensive grounds to explore. Once the pleasure gardens of the Craig-y-Nos Castle, now a hotel, the grounds are in the ownership of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Level and gently sloping paths take you through a meadow, around tall trees and along the flowing river. Look out for the different ducks on the ponds.

Sample Itinerary

10.00 - 14.30 Visit the National Showcaves Centre at Dan-yr-Ogof
14.30 - 16.00 Enjoy a walk or play family games in Craig-y-nos Country Park
16.00 Depart for home

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