History and Mystery

The Vale of Glamorgan's historical treasures just waiting to be discovered

The Vale of Glamorgan is brimming over with history; castles, burial chambers and churches.    From the Medieval Village at Cosmeston in the East through to Ogmore Castle in the West and lots more inbetween, there is something of interest for everyone.   

 

 

 

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Barry Castle

Barry Castle

Barry Castle once a fortified Manor House

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Barry Tourist Railway

Barry Tourist Railway

Take a ride on a heritage locomotive and learn about the history of the railways in Barry and beyond. Trains run on scheduled dates.

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Barry War Museum

Barry War Museum

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).

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Blue Plaque Trail - Llantwit Major

Blue Plaque Trail - Llantwit Major

A walking trail to view sites of particular interest in the historic town of Llantwit Major that have been marked with Blue Plaques.

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Cosmeston Medieval Village

Cosmeston Medieval Village

Step back in time and experience the Medieval Village, a superbly reconstructed 14th century village: a unique heritage attraction in Wales.

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Cowbridge Blue Plaque Trail

Cowbridge Blue Plaque Trail

Discover Cowbridge by following the Blue Plaque Trail

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Cowbridge Museum

Cowbridge Museum

An interesting local history museum in Cowbridge. Open on selected days.

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Digital Vale

Digital Vale

Digital Vale - Bringing the Vale to life through digital technology

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Dyffryn House and Gardens

Dyffryn House and Gardens

Managed by the National Trust, explore 55 acres of magnificent Edwardian garden design overlooked by a large mansion.

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Fonmon Castle

Fonmon Castle

Built in the 12th Century, one of the few medieval castles still lived in as a home.

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Iolo Morganwg (1747-1826)

Iolo Morganwg (1747-1826)

Edward Williams (1747-1826), better known by his bardic name Iolo Morganwg, was undoubtedly one of Wales's most colourful and intriguing sons.

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Nash Point Lighthouse Visitor Centre

Nash Point Lighthouse Visitor Centre

Situated on the magnificent Glamorgan Heritage Coast, visit the only working lighthouse which is open to visitors on certain dates.

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National Coastwatch Institution

National Coastwatch Institution

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.

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Ogmore Castle

Ogmore Castle

Substantial remains of a Norman stone-built castle which stands alongside the River Ogmore.

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Old Beaupre Castle

Old Beaupre Castle

A ruined medieval fortified manor house dating back to 1300, located in the community of Llanfair.

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Penarth Pier & Pavilion

Penarth Pier & Pavilion

Magnificently restored Art Deco pavilion on Penarth Pier overlooking the Severn Estuary.

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South Wales Aviation Museum

South Wales Aviation Museum

South Wales Aviation Museum

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St Baruc's Chapel, Barry Island

St Baruc's Chapel, Barry Island

Remains of St Baruc's Chapel, Barry Island

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St Cadoc's Church

St Cadoc's Church

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.

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St Donats Castle

St Donats Castle

Come take a sneak peak at this remarkable 12th century Castle, once the home of newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst.

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St Illtud's Church and Galilee Chapel

St Illtud's Church and Galilee Chapel

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.

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St Lythans Burial Chamber

St Lythans Burial Chamber

Built around 4,000 BC, the single stone chamber is all that remains of a once much larger burial monument.

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St Quentin's Castle

St Quentin's Castle

14th century remains of a large courtyard castle, including a massive twin-towered gatehouse.

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Tinkinswood Burial Chamber

Tinkinswood Burial Chamber

A Neolithic burial chamber in St Nicholas. Its capstone weighs almost 36 tonnes.

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