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Explore the Treasures of The Vale of Glamorgan

Dunraven Bay

Situated just west of bustling Cardiff, The Vale of Glamorgan often remains a hidden gem for visitors. Yet locals know its allure well: picturesque villages, breathtaking coastlines, and lush green landscapes that enchant year-round.

Embrace the Great Outdoors

One of the Vale’s best-kept secrets is its serene and untouched natural beauty, surprising given its proximity to Cardiff. Here, amidst the tranquility, you can stroll along sandy beaches, explore historic castles nestled in rolling countryside, and wander through charming villages with inviting pubs.

Coastal Rambles and Woodland Trails

The Vale offers diverse trails suitable for all skill levels. The Wales Coast Path unveils nearly 50 miles of stunning coastline, unveiling hidden beaches and secluded coves. Inland, ancient forests and glacial valleys invite exploration.

Discover Parks and Gardens

Duffryn House and Gardens

Step into a world of horticultural wonders at Dyffryn House and Gardens, a National Trust property boasting 55 acres of meticulously manicured landscapes. Delight in the fragrant oasis of Dunraven Gardens, with its romantic castle ruins overlooking the sea. 

Porthkerry Coutry Park

Porthkerry Country Park offers 220 acres of woodland, meadows, and a picturesque viaduct, perfect for family outings.

For family-friendly fun, visit Slade Farm Gardens, where wooded walks and a working farm await. Meanwhile, Fonmon Castle beckons with its Victorian gardens and mediaeval farm.

Indulge in Wine and Dine

For adults seeking refined pleasures, Llanerch and Glyndwr Vineyards offer award-winning wines and immersive tasting experiences. Llanerch, with its chic farmhouse hotel and acclaimed restaurant, promises a luxurious escape.

Discover Barry Island’s Charms

Barry Island, famed for its role in “Gavin & Stacey,” offers more than nostalgia. Enjoy sun-soaked days on Whitmore Bay, explore the vibrant Barry Island Pleasure Park, and savor seaside treats along the bustling promenade. Don’t miss attractions like Barry War Museum, Knap Lake and Gardens, and the trendy Goodsheds complex.

Explore Charming Villages

Cowbridge Physic Garden

The Vale’s quaint villages, frozen in time, offer a glimpse into Wales’ rich history. Penarth enchants with its Art Deco Pier and upscale dining, while Cowbridge boasts historic walls and trendy boutiques. Llantwit Major beckons with ancient landmarks and scenic countryside.

Unearth Hidden Gems

Experience the legacy of Ewenny Pottery, crafting fine ceramics for over 500 years. Marvel at Nash Point Lighthouse’s dramatic coastal views and delve into the history of shipwrecks. Discover Lawrence of Arabia’s cinematic backdrop at Merthyr Mawr’s sand dunes and navigate the stepping stones of Ogmore Castle.

Ogmore Castle