Wales is usually (unofficially) divided into three: North Wales, Mid-Wales and South Wales. Lying west of the Bristol Channel, South Wales is the most populous area: it contains more than half the country's present-day counties; its capital, Cardiff; and its next most populous city, Swansea. Although North Wales had its important slate quarries, South Wales, with its large coalfield and ironworks, was considerably more industrialised. Yet even at the height of its output, the south still had much to recommend it. On the coast, the Gower Peninsula is now designated an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as is the Wye Valley, and two other areas have the status of National Parks: the Pembrokeshire coast and the Brecon Beacons — the latter shared with Mid-Wales. Having trekked from North to South Wales in 1854, George Borrow commented aptly, on the stretch between Swansea and Neath: "I presently came to a place where huge wheels were turning and there was smoke and blast, but there was much that was rural and beautiful to be seen, something like park scenery, and then there were the mountains near and in the distance" (500).
- See Cardiff and Environs (sitemap)
- Edward Seward's (Former) Swansea Harbour Trust Building, Swansea
- St David's Cathedral, Pembrokeshire
- Caerphilly Castle, South Glamorgan
Paintings and drawings
- St Catherine's Isle (Tenby), by John Brett
- A Dog Turnspit in a Kitchen at Newcastle Emlyn, by Thomas Rowlandson
- Chepstow, by David Cox
- Llaugharne Castle, Carmarthen Bay, by David Cox
- Religion Consoling Justice, by Joseph Edwards (Dingestow Church, Monmouth)
- Cardiff and Environs (sitemap)
- North Wales (sitemap)
- "'This Queer Corner of the World': Tourism, Colonialism, and Le Fanu’s Writing of Wales"
- Welsh Railways
Borrow, George. Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery. 1862. London and Glasgow: Collins, 1955.
Jones, Gareth Elwyn. Modern Wales: A Concise History. 2d ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Created 3 May 2018