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Vale of Glamorgan LogoBarry Tourist Railway
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Barry & Barry Island

Barry Tourist Railway

Experience a real-life railway in operation and learn about the history of railways in Barry and beyond. The Railway is open on dates throughout the year for families, groups and rail enthusiasts, offering a fun and enjoyable trip.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoBarry War Museum
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Barry & Barry Island

Barry War Museum

An independent museum run primarily by the Barry at War History Group.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoBlue Plaque Town Trails
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Llantwit Major & the Glamorgan Heritage Coast

Blue Plaque Town Trails

Discover the historic towns of Llantwit Major and Cowbridge by following their Blue Plaque town trails.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoCosmeston Medieval Village
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Penarth

Cosmeston Medieval Village

Cosmeston Medieval Village is one of Wales' leading open-air museums and a popular heritage attraction within the Vale of Glamorgan. Discover how people lived and worked in the village circa 1350 with guided tours.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoCowbridge & District Museum
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Cowbridge & The Rural Vale

Cowbridge & District Museum

Cowbridge & District Museum

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoFonmon Castle
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Barry & Barry Island

Fonmon Castle

Unique South Wales heritage property hosting a fascinating family attraction. The Castle and its beautiful gardens are open to the public where visitors will be delighted by dinosaurs, fairies and medieval history brought to life.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoNational Coastwatch Institution, Barry Island
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Barry & Barry Island

National Coastwatch Institution, Barry Island

Situated at Nell's Point, Barry Island - the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI), looks out over the Bristol Channel and beyond.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoOgmore Castle
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Llantwit Major & the Glamorgan Heritage Coast

Ogmore Castle

Remains of a stone Norman castle, situated in a delightful spot alongside the River Ogmore.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoPenarth Pier and Pavilion
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Penarth

Penarth Pier and Pavilion

Penarth Pier stands majestically looking out over the Severn estuary and is home to the iconic 1929 art deco styled refurbished Pavilion building.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoSt Baruc's Chapel
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Barry & Barry Island

St Baruc's Chapel

During 1894 and 1895 excavations took place on Barry Island, which revealed remains of a chapel parts of which date from 12th Century and until the 17th Century it was covered in sand.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoSt Cadoc's Church, Llancarfan
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Cowbridge & The Rural Vale

St Cadoc's Church, Llancarfan

The Church of St. Cadocs at Llancarfan is the focus of this small and charming village in the heart of Vale of Glamorgan.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoSt Donats Castle
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Llantwit Major & the Glamorgan Heritage Coast

St Donats Castle

Standing above the Bristol Channel is the imposing St Donats Castle, which is the longest continually inhabited castle in Wales.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoSt Illtud's Church and Galilee Chapel
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Llantwit Major & the Glamorgan Heritage Coast

St Illtud's Church and Galilee Chapel

One of the most important churches in Wales containing a collection of ancient crosses.

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoSt Lythans Burial Chamber (Cadw)
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Cowbridge & The Rural Vale

St Lythans Burial Chamber (Cadw)

Lonely Neolithic tomb with links to Arthurian legend

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Vale of Glamorgan LogoSt Quentin's Castle, Llanblethian (Cadw)
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Cowbridge & The Rural Vale

St Quentin's Castle, Llanblethian (Cadw)

Ruined remains of a 14th-century castle

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