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The Vale of Glamorgan is brimming over with history; castles, burial chambers and churches.
Dramatic coastal scenery, sleepy villages: it's all out there waiting for you to discover.
Stunning scenery makes for fantastic walking; take your pick a wide selection of walks.
A wonderful place for a holiday, weekend break or day trip with your faithful friend.
The Vale of Glamorgan Heritage Coast is 14 miles of unspoilt breathtaking scenery.
From local parks and playing fields to fantastic local nature reserves and country parks
Inspire creative learning in exciting surroundings. Which Vale School Trip venue will you choose?
From a lighthouse to a pier to a forest lodge to a stately home; which one will you choose?
You are never far from a beach in the Vale of Glamorgan. All very different and well worth a visit.
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An independent museum run primarily by the Barry at War History Group. The Museum is open Wednesday 2pm - 4pm and the second Sunday of the month (11am - 4pm).
A well established, family run business offering a range of horse riding lessons for adults and children.
Serving Penarth with the best of local produce since 2002.
Inspirational food tours offering backstage passes to some of Wales' food and drink producers.
Tomos a Lilford brew beers with a difference - each beer is a classic recipe developed over years of brewing.
Managed by the National Trust, explore 55 acres of magnificent Edwardian garden design overlooked by a large mansion.
Showcases all the things we love about the American South.
No matter how long you're here, you can't afford to miss Real Wales tours
Visit this 160 acre working farm with a variety of animals for a great family day out.
This circular walk typifies the best of inland Vale of Glamorgan: rich and colourful landscape, large areas of native forest, pretty villages, and a series of impressive views of the coast, nearby towns and city.
Dog friendly sections of Magical Forest Vale Trail
60km of the Wales Coast Path runs through a stretch of the coast of the Vale of Glamorgan.
Wern Fawr Farm Ystradowen Cowbridge is the home of Glam Lamb.
Off the beaten track, this beach is perfect for a quiet get away.
Bridgend to Llantwit Major: Darrell's Route cycling
The Small Space is Wales' smallest theatre holding regular entertainment shows
An 18 hole golf course in the picturesque Vale of Glamorgan countryside, complete with spectacular views.
Wonderful natural views such as the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes, Dunraven Bay, Ogmore Castle, St. Bridget's Church and the walled gardens and ruins of Dunraven Castle
Dramatic coastal scenery, sleepy villages: It's all out there waiting for you to discover.
Surely no other walk in the UK offers neolithic burial chambers, Edwardian gardens and supernatural legends all within an easy 7.5 mile country trail?
Enjoy the outdoors at Porthkerry Country Park 220 acres of woods, meadow land, children's playground, nature walks and cafe.
From quiet coves to the bustling beaches of Barry, this trail offers walkers the opportunity to experience the Vale of Glamorgan's diverse coastline.
A collection of foodie experiences within the Vale.
Dyffryn Springs offers coarse fishing for all types of anglers.
Island SUP Club in Barry
Spectacular, breathtaking views along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast with rural farmlands and the ancient woodlands of St Donat's Castle
A fun and exciting place for children to explore set on the wonderful family friendly Barry Island seafront.
The Vale of Glamorgan's historical treasures just waiting to be discovered
Built around 4,000 BC, the single stone chamber is all that remains of a once much larger burial monument.
A family-run business situated at the heart of the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan market town of Cowbridge.
Vale Golf Breaks combine challenging golf with quality accommodation to provide the perfect getaway.
A leisure centre in the heart of Penarth offering a range of different facilities.
Dog friendly sections of the Ogmore by Sea Vale Trail.
A golf course crafted by nature over thousands of years offering superb views to the coast.
Family fun at Barry Island Pleasure Park with lots of rides, amusements and entertainment.
Hear the stories of the Vale come alive along each of the 10 Vale Trails. Vale Tales; the myths and legends of the Vale of Glamorgan.
Pirate themed adventure golf course situated right on the beach at Barry Island.
Edward Williams (1747-1826), better known by his bardic name Iolo Morganwg, was undoubtedly one of Wales's most colourful and intriguing sons.
The imposing church of St Illtud's built in 500 AD believed to be Britain's oldest seat of learning. Galilee Chapel houses the most important collection of Celtic Christian crosses in the UK.
Barry Island Story Trail - stories written by pupils of Barry Island Primary School
Substantial remains of a Norman stone-built castle which stands alongside the River Ogmore.
A ruined medieval fortified manor house dating back to 1300, located in the community of Llanfair.
A leisure centre offering a range of facilities within the heart of Llantwit Major.
Cottrell Park provides an idyllic getaway deep in the heart of the Vale countryside.
A family farm supplying the finest selection of Organic Welsh Beef, Lamb and Pork to the local community
Cycling the Heritage Coast Highlights
A challenging golf course with narrow wood-lined fairways, water hazards and over 60 bunkers to test your golfing credentials.
Barry Island is packed with colourful seaside fun and a stunning blue flag beach.
South Wales premier paintballing and outdoor activity centre based in Cowbridge.
Weeklymarkets held in Cowbridge by a thriving group of local producers.
Activity packs for encouraging the younger members of your family to embark on an outing to the coast!
Barry Island has 24 vibrantly coloured beach huts with excellent views across Whitmore Bay.
Cardiff Bay Trail: Art and Heritage.
Tucked away behind Old Hall in Cowbridge High Street lie the tranquil grounds of Old Hall Gardens.
We are very lucky to have a diverse mix of flora and fauna from great crested newts to otters, from wild orchids to bluebells.
Remains of St Baruc's Chapel, Barry Island
Come take a sneak peak at this remarkable 12th century Castle, once the home of newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst.
Come and see what's occurring in Barry Island on the Official Gavin and Stacey Tour.
Explore the historic market town of Cowbridge, its surrounding fields and wooded paths.
Barry Castle once a fortified Manor House
Bespoke stained glass restorations and repairs, commissions, arts and crafts.
Steeped in history and opulence with turrets, gothic towers, sweeping staircases and original architecture, Hensol Castle and its perfectly landscaped surroundings are guaranteed to impress your guests.
The Heritage Coast Visitor Centre at Southerndown on the spectacular Vale of Glamorgan heritage coastline. Open by appointment
Cardiff Capital Region – a confident, collaborative and connected region primed for economic growth.
Mark a special occasion or commemorate a loved one with an engraved brass plaque on the decking of Penarth Pier.
Hensol Forest is a mixed wood east of the village of Welsh St Donats.
Dunraven walled gardens peacefully situated at Southerndown - the perfect place to have a picnic.
South Wales Geo Tours
Leige Manor Equestrian Centre riding school, training centre and livery yard.
Three stunning coastal and countryside walks around Dunraven on the magnificent Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
Paws in the Vale: dog friendly venues for eating in the Vale.
A small outdoor riding centre offering a variety of friendly riding experiences for children and adults
A walking trail to view sites of particular interest in the historic town of Llantwit Major that have been marked with Blue Plaques.
Paws in the Vale: dog friendly visitor attractions in the Vale.
14th century remains of a large courtyard castle, including a massive twin-towered gatehouse.
Dragon's Quest Mini Golf at Fontygary Leisure Park
From championship to links to parkland there will be a course for you.
A picturesque 18 hole golf course located in the attractive and scenic Vale of Glamorgan countryside.
At the heart of the community, Barry Leisure Centre encourages a healthy lifestyle.
Paws in the Vale: dog friendly accommodation in the Vale.
Specialising in award-winning Bara Brith baked right here in the Vale of Glamorgan in small batches.
Set on the cliffs of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, The Barn at West Farm offers exceptional views and is the perfect backdrop for those special photos that you will cherish for a lifetime.
Glyndwr Vineyard produces a range of fine, award-winning wines which have been carefully blended and fermented by their skilled winemaker for over a quarter of a century.
This is an idyllic, rural trail where walkers can enjoy delightful natural views and some created by talented historical figures.
This linear route offers wonderful insight into the tourism and maritime industries so important to the Vale of Glamorgan.
Magnificently restored Art Deco pavilion on Penarth Pier overlooking the Severn Estuary.
South Wales Aviation Museum
Race at high speeds on one of the largest, fastest and most exciting circuits in Wales.
Built in the 12th Century, one of the few medieval castles still lived in as a home.
Situated on the magnificent Glamorgan Heritage Coast, visit the only working lighthouse which is open to visitors on certain dates.
Cobbles Kitchen & Deli is housed in a gorgeous 17th Century, Grade II listed barn on the fringe of the spectacular heritage coast in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan.
Slade Farm Gardens within a stone's throw of Dunraven Bay.
Barry and Back: Cycling
The perfect route for those who enjoy a bit of history with their walk. The town of Llantwit Major has been a settlement for over 3000 years.
To the City and Back
An interesting local history museum in Cowbridge. Open on selected days.
The Parsnipship makes unique and original vegetarian & vegan food for sale at farmers markets, food fairs, festivals and events.
Looking for a trip to a magical land filled with adventure and beauty?
Nash Point, in the heart of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, is a spectacular location to visit.
Spirit distillery and visitor experience coming to Hensol Castle
Delightful, refreshing walk that includes a glacial valley, wooded ravine and, if you're lucky, the occasional leaping salmon.
Providing you with even more inspiration as to where to go and what to do in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan.
Fontygary Leisure Park is a family run caravan and touring park located close to the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
Pitch your tent in Amelia Trust's campsite on the outskirts of their fantastic woodlands.
Old Hall Gallery, a great space for exhibitions.
Take a ride on a heritage locomotive and learn about the history of the railways in Barry and beyond. Trains run on scheduled dates.
Set in 650 acres of stunning Welsh countryside, the resort boasts two championship golf courses.
Glyndwr Vineyard produces a range of award winning wines.
You are never far from a beach in the Vale of Glamorgan. All very different and well worth a visit.
See over 200 magnificent birds of prey and watch the falconry displays.
High quality Welsh Ice cream made in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan
Cowbridge Physic Garden was recreated on the site that was once part of Cowbridge Old Hall, the home of the Edmondes family from the 18th to the 20th century
A testing yet accessible 9 hole golf course set in picturesque parkland.
Information to assist in planning your Group Visit to Barry Island.
Over 25 individual businesses offering vintage, recycled and beautiful craft pieces for you and your home.
The Vale Makers Network: Arts and Crafts
Picturesque 10-acre vineyard with bistro, restaurant, hotel accommodation, self-guided vineyard tours and a cookery school.
Award Winning Ice Creams & home of The Brulée Bar
'Paws in the Vale' is a dog friendly scheme based in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.
Knap Gardens are an oasis of calm with a lake, an ideal spot for a picnic.
'Challenge Wales' is a 72-foot yacht that offers the chance to learn life skills through sailing training.
Set in beautiful surroundings under the imposing Ogmore Castle, pony trekking and beach riding for all ages and abilities, open to novices.
A small and active friendly group who co-ordinate a varied walking programme based in the Vale
Put on your walking boots and join Valeways on one of their numerous walks in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan.
The lake is a 4½ acre natural mill pond which is stocked with a large selection of fish.
The Barry Island Parkrun is a weekly 5km timed run open to anyone.
Hazelcourt Ponds caters for the pleasure angler to specialist catfish and carp anglers.
A delightful haven of arts and crafts in an attractive courtyard setting.
The Paget Rooms is an historic theatre in the heart of Penarth.
Ewenny Pottery is a well known and long established small family run pottery.
Horsedrawn coastal tours taking in quaint village pubs, the beautiful river estuary and the historic Ogmore Castle.
Multi-level indoor adventure play area offering unlimited play and an outdoor play fort!
An exclusive venue for hire within a country park setting.
Dunraven Bay is much loved by the locals and attracting many visitors.
Travel in style while you discover the Vale's hidden beaches, historic villages and secret gardens.
Enjoy a fun and factual farm safari set amongst 800 acres of organic farm land.
Hot Diggidy Dog Sauces are proper hot with a mouth-wateringly rich, sweet and tangy flavour.
There are plenty of fantastic parks and gardens throughout the Vale of Glamorgan. From local parks and playing fields to fantastic local nature reserves and country parks.
RNLI Experience and Shop
Coconuts Play Centre also offer a variety of different parties so you can pick the package that suits you.
The Church of St. Cadoc at Llancarfan is the focus of this small and charming village in the heart of Vale of Glamorgan. Wall paintings from the 15th Century have recently been discovered.
A leisure centre offering a wide range of different facilities.
Cider and perry from the Vale of Glamorgan. CAMRA Champion Cidermakers of Wales 2014 & 2016.
A perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Sevenoaks Fishery is isolated yet still easily accessible and offers a perfect day out for everyone.
Dog friendly sections of Salmon Leaps Vale Trail
A vibrant and exciting multi-purpose arts venue with cinema situated in the heart of Barry.
Discover Cowbridge by following the Blue Plaque Trail
Bring Porthkerry Country Park to life as you get out and explore!
One of the most popular beaches for visitors along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast due to its expansive golden sands and rock pools.
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast, 14 miles of unspoilt coastline and breathtaking scenery.
Cardiff and Back using the whole route 88, 95km
Nature reserve with more than 200 acres of lakes, woodlands, meadows and nature trails.
A premier cultural centre set in the beautiful grounds of St Donats Castle.
A magnificent space home to a programme of changing exhibitions.
Quality surfing lessons and equipment hire, from half day lessons, weekend courses and one to one instruction, for adults, children and youth clubs.
Paws in the Vale doggy blogs.
All-terrain beach wheelchairs are available at Barry Island, giving more visitors the chance to get on the sand at the beach.
Tidal Bowling at Fontygary Leisure Park
Step back in time and experience the Medieval Village, a superbly reconstructed 14th century village: a unique heritage attraction in Wales.
Popular with fishermen and surfers, this is the rockiest beach along this coast, and marks the eastern end of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
Glass by Design, a unique studio gallery.
A challenging parkland golf course set in the Vale of Glamorgan's scenic countryside.
A beautiful but challenging golf course with dramatic views over the Bristol Channel, Penarth and the Vale.
A family-run craft cider maker in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan.
Producer of finest quality home cured artisan bacons and speciality sausages, Farm Assured Welsh Lamb & Beef and traditional fresh Christmas Turkeys.
The activities at Bijou are sure to capture the imagination of all youngsters with the exciting play structure and a variety of themed birthday parties, plus a playstation corner.
Cwm Colhuw - Llantwit Major's picturesque beach on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
Take a look at our list of activities available in the wonderful Vale of Glamorgan.
Capital Adventure offers you the opportunity to make your adventure unique and enjoyable. Select an activity and let them know your level of experience and they'll develop activities perfect for you!
Dog friendly sections of Park and Seaside Vale Trail
Cycling at Cosmeston Lakes
What's your wedding venue style? From flower meadows, and farm barns to stately homes and lighthouses, we've got some great wedding venues in the Vale of Glamorgan. Which one will you choose?
Cocoa Therapy - beautiful handcrafted chocolate
Dog friendly sections of the Coast and Pier Vale Trail
The Vale of Glamorgan is a fantastic place to go walking - why not try our 10 Vale Trails.
Barefoot Studio is one of the leading Pilates studios in the UK.
Capture the best of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast with expert photography tuition whilst enjoying a spectacular walk along the Wales Coast Path.
Located in the historic basins of Penarth Docks, Penarth Quays is the most sheltered location within Cardiff Bay.
Hand crafted in the Vale of Glamorgan for more than 10 years.
The Vale of Glamorgan is perfectly placed for groups to explore all that Southern Wales has to offer.
Thrilling indoor laser tag venue where two teams can battle it out using laser guns.
Local craft, art, cards, up-cycled and vintage houseware gifts and furniture
Visit a large selection of friendly farm animals on this 10 acre farm park.
Nells Point Coastwatch station is the first NCI station established on the Welsh coast and is on the site of a derelict coast guard station.
The Deli was opened in 1983.
A Neolithic burial chamber in St Nicholas. Its capstone weighs almost 36 tonnes.
A large play area for older children, a separate area for toddlers and a space for reading, role play and imaginative thinking.
Exploring Cardiff Bay and Beyond