Blackwood City Guide

Situated in the South of Wales on the banks of the rushing Sirhowy River, Blackwood is rare for a Welsh town in that it was never a major centre of mining. Although it may not have bloomed at the peak of Wales’ coal-mining industry, it makes up for this today as a bustling commercial and retail hub, home to hi-tech businesses and great shops.

Blackwood is more than just a business district, however. Its location in the undulating hills and valleys of the Caerphilly countryside means it is also a popular base for those looking to explore the Welsh countryside, including the abundance of outdoor activities available in the nearby Brecon Beacons National Park.

Nature in Blackwood

Walkers, cyclists and rock climbers will easily find a rocky trail or cliff face to keep them happy in the Brecon Beacons National Park. For something more local, why not hike along the Sirhowy River? Once heavily polluted by mining, a clean-up operation in the area means this is now a picturesque beauty spot. In fact, in testament to the river’s renewed purity, salmon breeding was recently recorded here for the first time in over 100 years.

Golf in Blackwood

If hiking is a bit strenuous for your tastes, you could perhaps enjoy the Monmouthshire countryside from Blackwood Golf Course. While small – only nine holes, rather than the traditional 18 – this parkland course nevertheless makes a tranquil afternoon out. If you’re looking to play, you’ll need to bring your handicap certificate. That said, the clubhouse is open to everyone, and has some hearty meals and a warm Welsh welcome on offer.

Architecture in Blackwood 

Traversing the Sirhowy Valley, the Chartist Bridge was opened in 2005 as part of a regeneration project in the area. The bridge itself is an impressive manmade complement to the surrounding countryside and provides fantastic views over the lush valley and the river at its centre. You could also visit Blackwood Baptist Church, a minimalistic example of Victorian architecture with some exquisite stained glass windows.

Culture in Blackwood 

After a day in the countryside, or working in Cardiff, relax with a drink in one of the Blackwood’s many traditional pubs. If you’re not a big drinker, you could also soak up the 1930s splendour of the Maxime cinema. Situated right in the centre of Blackwood, some of the original features of this cinema are still present today. As cinemas go, the snacks and the tickets are surprisingly affordable, too.

Finally, why not see what’s on at the Blackwood Little Theatre? As the name suggests, this local community theatre is not large, but the performances definitely are. Cutting-edge, despite its small size, Blackwood Little Theatre was one of the first in the UK to put on an amateur production of Calendar Girls

Enjoy Blackwood Today

Whether you’re here on business, for an unforgettable outdoor holiday, or just want a break from the hubbub of big city life, Blackwood makes a great Welsh getaway. Search online for a great deal and book your trip to Blackwood today with Expedia.

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