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Vale of Glamorgan

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Home to the most southerly point of Wales, the Vale of Glamorgan is only a few miles from Cardiff, so if you are planning on visiting the capital, why not venture a bit further and enjoy our stunning coast and countryside. The Glamorgan Coast is 14 miles of unspoilt coastline and stunning scenery. It's tidal range is the second highest in the world after the Bay of Fundy in Canada, this, along with the dramatic cliffs creates exceptional seascapes to rival any coastline in the UK.

Weather Averages

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MARCH - MAY High 13.19°c Low 6.36°c Precipitation 0.05mm/hr
JUNE - AUGUST High 19.73°c Low 13.33°c Precipitation 0.04mm/hr
SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER High 15.09°c Low 9.07°c Precipitation 0.04mm/hr
DECEMBER - FEBRUARY High 9.05°c Low 2.95°c Precipitation 0.09mm/hr

THINGS TO DO IN Vale of Glamorgan

All of this combined with wooded valleys, spectacular wildlife and 2000 years of human habitation, makes this coastline truly unique. Whether you’re looking for an easily accessible beach with family friendly facilities, somewhere for a short amble or challenging walk, activities to stimulate the children, or just wish to escape the crowds to remote location, you will find the perfect place to visit along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. If you're looking for ideas for a family day out or a relaxing day with family or friends, let's explore.

Barry

Vale of Glamorgan
Barry is the largest town in South Wales and full of rich maritime history. A beautiful seaside resort with family friendly beaches, a shopping centre where you’ll find many nationally recognised stores. The Knap Lake and Gardens provide old school charm with a Welsh harp-shaped boating lake against a backdrop of quaint cafes, and the towns’ parks; Romilly Park and Victoria Park, which are perfect for leisurely strolls and activities for the more energetic visitor. THe town recently has been made famous by the TV series Gavin & Stacey.

Penarth

Vale of Glamorgan
Just across the water from Cardiff Bay is Penarth, a seaside town full of charm and character. Visit Penarth’s restored Art Deco Pier, complete with art gallery, café and cinema. Penarth boasts a number of splendid parks that link the seafront to the quirky independent shops in the tree-lined centre. And, of course, it is just a stone’s throw from Cardiff Bay. Take a water taxi from Penarth Marina or walk, cycle or catch a land-train across the Barrage which forms part of the Wales Coast Path.

Llantwit Major

Vale of Glamorgan
Llantwit Major or “Llanilltud Fawr” has developed quietly while retaining its meandering medieval streets and fine stone buildings. The town exudes history: Iron Age hill forts, fine Tudor buildings, a Roman villa and a medieval grange. St Illtud established a Church and place of learning here in 500AD. In the maze of narrow streets you’ll discover independent shops, friendly cafes serving beautiful dishes for every taste with local produce on most menus. There are a cluster of historical inns dating from the 12th century. A great way to explore the town is to follow the Blue Plaque trail.

LOCAL CUISINE

The Vale of Glamorgan enjoys a rich and varied larder, focused mainly around organic and free range meat, dairy produce, soft fruit and wine and tradition. The Vale offers an abundance of products to suit every palette. Local farmers rear quality Lamb, Beef and Pork. Veal and Venison, ared in Wales’ oldest Deer park at Llantrithyd and traditional baked welsh cakes. All good food needs a good refreshment, so local cider, craft ale and the wines scattered throughout the Vale should have something for everyone.

GETTING HERE

The Vale of Glamorgan is in south Wales on the coast between Cardiff and Bridgend. Take the M4 and exit at junctions 33, 34 or 35, depending on which part of the county you would like to visit. Junction 33 is the quickest exit to take if you are visiting Barry or Penarth.