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Get active at the University of South Wales

It's the best of both worlds here. The University of South Wales' main campus in Pontypridd is surrounded by lush green open space but is less than 10 miles from the bright lights of Cardiff. The university has a great reputation for sport, with top-class facilities for students to study and train in. The Treforest Sport Centre caters for elite athletes as well as students who just want to keep their fitness levels up.

Speed through the Taff Valley

If it's adrenaline-filled sports action you're after, head to Taff Valley outdoor activity centre, where you can go quad biking through the beautiful Welsh countryside. Take in the stunning views as you negotiate a 250cc or 90cc Honda. Daring riders can tackle the toughest terrain. The centre has a host of other fun activities too, including clay pigeon shooting, laser shooting, archery and an assault course.

You're in the money at the Royal Mint Experience

Want to see where money is made? This fantastic museum in Llantrisant shows you how UK coins are produced. As part of your tour, you'll see row upon row of machinery that churns out thousands of coins each day. The interactive zones explain the age-old traditions of putting coins into Christmas puds and brides having a silver sixpence in their shoe.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near the University of South Wales? Travelodge Caerphilly Hotel is a 15-minute drive away. Slightly further afield is Travelodge Cardiff M4 Hotel, just off the motorway.