The Hidden Here just waiting to be discovered


The Hidden Here just waiting to be discovered.

Hidden Away but not so hidden are some of our 'gems'.   Some are off the beaten track but well worth a visit.  We have lovely gardens, parks and outdoor spaces - some just off main shopping areas where you can combine a bit of retail therapy and then relax for a few hours!    Our visitor attractions are always great fun for the whole family and many are inland away from the sometimes hustle and bustle of our major resorts.   The Vale is blessed with a plethora of historical buildings, churches - you name it we've got it.    Our major resorts are wonderful but we have a coastline of many beauties.   Here's a little taster to whet your appetite.   If you are visiting for the day and are concentrating on one particular destination we've put together a guide of each of our towns so that you can get as much as possible out of your visit.

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The Great Outdoors

If you love the great outdoors, take the time to come and explore our wonderful country parks, formal parks, gardens and open spaces.   There are plenty waiting to be discovered - so much to explore.  

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Romilly Park (1) TH 300sq


Historical Treasures

The Vale of Glamorgan is steeped in rich history.  There are burial chambers, castles (both ruined and lived in), a National Trust stately home and lots more all waiting to be discovered

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Dyffryn House


Family Attractions

Great days out for the whole family from family parks, medieval villages and historical experiences (including dinosaurs).  There's high adrenalin days out at the South Wales Karting Centre and the South Wales Aviation Museum with a fantastic array of aircraft and memorabillia.

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SWAM 300 sq


Coastal Delights

Away from the hustle and bustle of the main resorts, there are have lots of other beaches to discover just off the beaten track.  If you love all things maritime the wonderful Penarth Marina makes for an interesting visit and is only a walk across the Barrage to Cardiff Bay

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Luca at Southerndown 300sq



Barry has lots of hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered.  Take the time to visit the wonderful parks both formal and country, seaside gardens and lake, family farm with animals and naturewalks and not forgetting the wonderful coastline.

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lKnap flowers



The beautiful seaside town of Penarth has lots to shout about on top of a fab town centre with beautiful independent shops and its very own arcade.  The Esplanade, beautiful parks, a country park and medieval village, beaches and the Marina are all worthy of a visit.

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Penarth Marina 1


Cowbridge and Rural Vale

Cowbridge is an ancient market town, brimming over with history - discover wonderful gardens, castles, burial chambers, farm parks, museums and a National Trust property all within easy reach.  It is very well know for its fabulous selection of independent shops and its superb range of eateriesand cafes.   Something for everyone.

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Cowbridge Physic Gardens Cone Flowers300sq


Llantwit Major and the Glamorgan Heritage Coast

Llantwit Major is brimming with historic buildings, it has fine cafes, restaurants and Inns and is ideally placed on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast making for stunning walks along the Wales Coast Path.  Search out the little bays and coves as well as Castles and Celtic Crosses.  Lots to see and discover.

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St Illtuds Church


There's so much to see and do in the Vale of Glamorgan both on and off the beaten track, our  Stay A While pages features lots of accommodation to suit every taste.   

If visiting with your dog please visit our Paws in the Vale pages for places to eat, stay and visit.