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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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Bespoke stained glass restorations and repairs, commissions, arts and crafts.
A golf course crafted by nature over thousands of years offering superb views to the coast.
Travel in style while you discover the Vale's hidden beaches, historic villages and secret gardens.
A fun and exciting place for children to explore set on the wonderful family friendly Barry Island seafront.
Explore the historic market town of Cowbridge, its surrounding fields and wooded paths.
Built in the 12th Century, one of the few medieval castles still lived in as a home.
Paws in the Vale doggy blogs.
Take a ride on a heritage locomotive and learn about the history of the railways in Barry and beyond. Trains run on scheduled dates.
Barry Castle once a fortified Manor House
Activity packs for encouraging the younger members of your family to embark on an outing to the coast!
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
Cycling the Heritage Coast Highlights
Barry Island is packed with colourful seaside fun and a stunning blue flag beach.
Magnificently restored Art Deco pavilion on Penarth Pier overlooking the Severn Estuary.
Barry Island Story Trail - stories written by pupils of Barry Island Primary School
Bridgend to Llantwit Major: 54km cycling route
Wern Fawr Farm Ystradowen Cowbridge is the home of Glam Lamb.
A delightful haven of arts and crafts in an attractive courtyard setting.
South Wales Aviation Museum
A leisure centre offering a wide range of different facilities.
RNLI Visitor Experience (free admittance) and Shop
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.
Paws in the Vale: dog friendly visitor attractions in the Vale.
Fontygary Leisure Park is a family run caravan and touring park located close to the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
A picturesque 18 hole golf course located in the attractive and scenic Vale of Glamorgan countryside.
South Wales premier paintballing and outdoor activity centre based in Cowbridge.
A vibrant and exciting multi-purpose arts venue with cinema situated in the heart of Barry.
Located in the historic basins of Penarth Docks, Penarth Quays is the most sheltered location within Cardiff Bay.
Barefoot Studio is one of the leading Pilates studios in the UK.
A leisure centre in the heart of Penarth offering a range of different facilities.
Producer of finest quality home cured artisan bacons and speciality sausages, Farm Assured Welsh Lamb & Beef and traditional fresh Christmas Turkeys.
Visit a large selection of friendly farm animals on this 10 acre farm park.
Spirit distillery and visitor experience coming to Hensol Castle
14th century remains of a large courtyard castle, including a massive twin-towered gatehouse.
Island SUP Club in Barry
High quality Welsh Ice cream made in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan
A challenging golf course with narrow wood-lined fairways, water hazards and over 60 bunkers to test your golfing credentials.
Take a look at our list of activities available in the wonderful Vale of Glamorgan.
Pirate themed adventure golf course situated right on the beach at Barry Island.
Llantwit Circular: 39.5km
Dramatic coastal scenery, sleepy villages: It's all out there waiting for you to discover.
Paws in the Vale: dog friendly venues for eating in the Vale.
Come and see what's occurring in Barry Island on the Official Gavin and Stacey Tour.
Cycling at Cosmeston Lakes
Come take a sneak peak at this remarkable 12th century Castle, once the home of newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst.
This is an idyllic, rural trail where walkers can enjoy delightful natural views and some created by talented historical figures.
Dog friendly sections of Magical Forest Vale Trail
To the City and Back cycling route.
Family fun at Barry Island Pleasure Park with lots of rides, amusements and entertainment.
Situated on the magnificent Glamorgan Heritage Coast, visit the only working lighthouse which is open to visitors on certain dates.
We are very lucky to have a diverse mix of flora and fauna from great crested newts to otters, from wild orchids to bluebells.
An exclusive venue for hire within a country park setting.
A well established, family run business offering a range of horse riding lessons for adults and children.
Cocoa Therapy - beautiful handcrafted chocolate
The Barry Island Parkrun is a weekly 5km timed run open to anyone.
Cwm Colhuw - Llantwit Major's picturesque beach on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
A beautiful but challenging golf course with dramatic views over the Bristol Channel, Penarth and the Vale.
A challenging parkland golf course set in the Vale of Glamorgan's scenic countryside.
Multi-level indoor adventure play area offering unlimited play and an outdoor play fort!
Dragon's Quest Mini Golf at Fontygary Leisure Park
Horsedrawn coastal tours taking in quaint village pubs, the beautiful river estuary and the historic Ogmore Castle.
Thrilling indoor laser tag venue where two teams can battle it out using laser guns.
The Small Space is Wales' smallest theatre holding regular entertainment shows
A walking trail to view sites of particular interest in the historic town of Llantwit Major that have been marked with Blue Plaques.
Cobbles Kitchen & Deli is housed in a gorgeous 17th Century, Grade II listed barn on the fringe of the spectacular Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
The Deli was opened in 1983.
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).
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.
An 18 hole golf course in the picturesque Vale of Glamorgan countryside, complete with spectacular views.
At the heart of the community, Barry Leisure Centre encourages a healthy lifestyle.
Nature reserve with more than 200 acres of lakes, woodlands, meadows and nature trails.
Tomos a Lilford brew beers with a difference - each beer is a classic recipe developed over years of brewing.
Tours can also be tailored to cover the numerous tastes and interests of different individuals
Specialising in award-winning Bara Brith baked right here in the Vale of Glamorgan in small batches.
Knap Gardens are an oasis of calm with a lake, an ideal spot for a picnic.
This linear route offers wonderful insight into the tourism and maritime industries so important to the Vale of Glamorgan.
A leisure centre offering a range of facilities within the heart of Llantwit Major.
From championship to links to parkland there will be a course for you.
Enjoy the outdoors at Porthkerry Country Park 220 acres of woods, meadow land, children's playground, nature walks and cafe.
Slade Farm Gardens within a stone's throw of Dunraven Bay.
Capture the best of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast with expert photography tuition whilst enjoying a spectacular walk along the Wales Coast Path.
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.
Over 25 individual businesses offering vintage, recycled and beautiful craft pieces for you and your home.
Local craft, art, cards, up-cycled and vintage houseware gifts and furniture
An interesting local history museum in Cowbridge. Open on selected days.
Step back in time and experience the Medieval Village, a superbly reconstructed 14th century village: a unique heritage attraction in Wales.
Old Hall Gallery, a great space for exhibitions.
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.
The Vale of Glamorgan is perfectly placed for groups to explore all that Southern Wales has to offer.
Race at high speeds on one of the largest, fastest and most exciting circuits in Wales.
Barry and Back: Cycling
Cardiff and Back using the whole route 88, 95km
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 Paget Rooms is an historic theatre in the heart of Penarth.
Quality surfing lessons and equipment hire, from half day lessons, weekend courses and one to one instruction, for adults, children and youth clubs.
Set in beautiful surroundings under the imposing Ogmore Castle, pony trekking and beach riding for all ages and abilities, open to novices.
The Vale of Glamorgan's historical treasures just waiting to be discovered
A large play area for older children, a separate area for toddlers and a space for reading, role play and imaginative thinking.
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.
Off the beaten track, this beach is perfect for a quiet get away.
A family-run business situated at the heart of the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan market town of Cowbridge.
A Neolithic burial chamber in St Nicholas. Its capstone weighs almost 36 tonnes.
Cottrell Park provides an idyllic getaway deep in the heart of the Vale countryside.
Cider and perry from the Vale of Glamorgan. CAMRA Champion Cidermakers of Wales 2014 & 2016.
Glass by Design, a unique studio gallery.
All-terrain beach wheelchairs are available at Barry Island, giving more visitors the chance to get on the sand at the beach.
The Heritage Coast Visitor Centre at Southerndown on the spectacular Vale of Glamorgan heritage coastline. Open by appointment
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.
Nash Point, in the heart of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, is a spectacular location to visit.
Built around 4,000 BC, the single stone chamber is all that remains of a once much larger burial monument.
Providing you with even more inspiration as to where to go and what to do in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan.
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.
'Challenge Wales' is a 72-foot yacht that offers the chance to learn life skills through sailing training.
Visit this 160 acre working farm with a variety of animals for a great family day out.
Dunraven walled gardens peacefully situated at Southerndown - the perfect place to have a picnic.
Dyffryn Springs offers coarse fishing for all types of anglers.
A ruined medieval fortified manor house dating back to 1300, located in the community of Llanfair.
Hand crafted in the Vale of Glamorgan for more than 10 years.
Weekly markets held in Cowbridge by a thriving group of local producers.
Hot Diggidy Dog Sauces are proper hot with a mouth-wateringly rich, sweet and tangy flavour.
The lake is a 4½ acre natural mill pond which is stocked with a large selection of fish.
From quiet coves to the bustling beaches of Barry, this trail offers walkers the opportunity to experience the Vale of Glamorgan's diverse coastline.
Substantial remains of a Norman stone-built castle which stands alongside the River Ogmore.
A collection of foodie experiences within the Vale.
Paws in the Vale: dog friendly accommodation in the Vale.
The Vale Makers Network: Arts and Crafts
You are never far from a beach in the Vale of Glamorgan. All very different and well worth a visit.
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?
Coconuts Play Centre also offer a variety of different parties so you can pick the package that suits you.
Looking for a trip to a magical land filled with adventure and beauty?
Cardiff Bay Trail: Art and Heritage.
Dog friendly sections of the Ogmore by Sea Vale Trail.
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?
A small outdoor riding centre offering a variety of friendly riding experiences for children and adults
Managed by the National Trust, explore 55 acres of magnificent Edwardian garden design overlooked by a large mansion.
A magnificent space home to a programme of changing exhibitions.
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.
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
Explore the geology of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
Spectacular, breathtaking views along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast with rural farmlands and the ancient woodlands of St Donat's Castle
Dog friendly sections of Park and Seaside Vale Trail
Bring Porthkerry Country Park to life as you get out and explore!
Award Winning Ice Creams & home of The Brulée Bar
Three stunning coastal and countryside walks around Dunraven on the magnificent Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
Tidal Bowling at Fontygary Leisure Park
Glyndwr Vineyard produces a range of award winning wines.
Put on your walking boots and join Valeways on one of their numerous walks in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan.
Information to assist in planning your Group Visit to Barry Island.
'Paws in the Vale' is a dog friendly scheme based in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.
A family-run craft cider maker in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan.
The Parsnipship makes unique and original vegetarian & vegan food for sale at farmers markets, food fairs, festivals and events.
The Vale of Glamorgan is a fantastic place to go walking - why not try our 10 Vale Trails.
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Discover Cowbridge by following the Blue Plaque Trail
One of the most popular beaches for visitors along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast due to its expansive golden sands and rock pools.
Dog friendly sections of the Coast and Pier Vale Trail
A premier cultural centre set in the beautiful grounds of St Donats Castle.
Enjoy a fun and factual farm safari set amongst 800 acres of organic farm land.
Edward Williams (1747-1826), better known by his bardic name Iolo Morganwg, was undoubtedly one of Wales's most colourful and intriguing sons.
Hazelcourt Ponds caters for the pleasure angler to specialist catfish and carp anglers.
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.
Serving Penarth with the best of local produce since 2002.
Dunraven Bay is much loved by the locals and attracting many visitors.
Delightful, refreshing walk that includes a glacial valley, wooded ravine and, if you're lucky, the occasional leaping salmon.
Picturesque 10-acre vineyard with bistro, restaurant, hotel accommodation, self-guided vineyard tours and a cookery school.
Mark a special occasion or commemorate a loved one with an engraved brass plaque on the decking of Penarth Pier.
Remains of St Baruc's Chapel, Barry Island
Vale Golf Breaks combine challenging golf with quality accommodation to provide the perfect getaway.
60km of the Wales Coast Path runs through a stretch of the coast of the Vale of Glamorgan.
Ewenny Pottery is a well known and long established small family run pottery.
Barry Island has 24 vibrantly coloured beach huts with excellent views across Whitmore Bay.
Dog friendly sections of Salmon Leaps Vale Trail
A testing yet accessible 9 hole golf course set in picturesque parkland.
Set in 650 acres of stunning Welsh countryside, the resort boasts two championship golf courses.
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!
A small and active friendly group who co-ordinate a varied walking programme based in the Vale
Pitch your tent in Amelia Trust's campsite on the outskirts of their fantastic woodlands.
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.
Popular with fishermen and surfers, this is the rockiest beach along this coast, and marks the eastern end of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
A family farm supplying the finest selection of Organic Welsh Beef, Lamb and Pork to the local community
Tucked away behind Old Hall in Cowbridge High Street lie the tranquil grounds of Old Hall Gardens.
Hensol Forest is a mixed wood east of the village of Welsh St Donats.
Exploring Cardiff Bay and Beyond
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.
No matter how long you're here, you can't afford to miss Real Wales tours
Leige Manor Equestrian Centre riding school, training centre and livery yard.
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast, 14 miles of unspoilt coastline and breathtaking scenery.