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