Places to Visit in Wales

The Vale of Glamorgan

Places to Visit in
Vale of Glamorgan
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Old Beaupre CastleLlantwit MajorBoverton Village ManorGhosts of Llantwit MajorLlantwit Major BeachDyffryn House and Gardens2015 RHS Flower Show Cardiff


vale of glamorgan, south walesThe Vale of Glamorgan is at the southern-most tip of South Wales and had a host of places to visit in Wales such as villages, hamlets, historical buildings and sites. The Vale runs from Penarth (nr Cardiff) in the East to Ogmore-By-Sea in the west.  At the northern boundary runs the M4 motorway that marks the border with the county of Rhondda Cynon Taff - to the west is County of Bridgend and to the east the County of Cardiff.  Running right through the centre of the Vale of Glamorgan is the A48 trunk road, that at one time was the main trunk road connecting South Wales to London -  a trip that I frequently made in my youth which back then was considered a busy, but "good" road, due to the centre lane for over-taking that could be used by traffic travelling in both directions!  Needless to say, there were many bad head-on collisions but nowadays the overtaking central lane is gone and the A48 is relatively quiet, unless there is some mishap that blocks the motorway and then it becomes grid-locked!  But back to the Vale of Glamorgan.


The Vale of Glamorgan has a fascinating coastline along the part of the Bristol Channel, and due to it's rugged rocks and violent storms that blow in from the Atlantic, it has a history of shipwrecks over the years.  although these days with improved navigational instruments, thankfully this no longer happens especially to any of the big cargo ships heading for Cardiff,  Bristol or the West of England coast to the south of the Channel.

The coastline is also a great place for fossil hunters, particularly on the cliff-faces along Llantwit Major Beach, which is considered the best place in Wales for the finding of fossils from the Jurassic Age that are to be found in the layered cliff face.

For those who enjoy surfing or other beach activities, the best sandy beach lies to the West of the Vale of Glamorgan with a large sandy beach at Ogmore.

The Vale of Glamorgan is well served by transport links. A train run from the South Wales Valley through Cardiff, and then down through the Vale to Bridgend via Penarth, Barry, Rhoose, Llantwit Major and terminating at Bridgend, where there are links to the rest of the UK.  Cardiff Bus and other bus companies also offer transport to and through the Vale.

The Vale of Glamorgan also has Wales (Cardiff) international airport situated at Rhoose.

 Below I have provided links to other articles targeting more specific places to visit in the Vale of Glamorgan. Don't forget to check out the links to the ghosts and legends pages in the Vale of Glamorgan.


Links to Places to Visit in Wales

Town of BreconBrecon Beaconscardiff tiger bayCaerphilly and Castle GhostsCastell Coch and GhostsCefn Cribw IronworksMerthyr TydfilSt Fagans MuseumSwansea CityCounty of Bridgend


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