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The Vale of Glamorgan is just a stone’s throw from Cardiff, the vibrant capital city of Wales with an abundance of shops, theatres, restaurants and nightlife. The exciting Cardiff Bay waterfront is home to the Welsh Assembly and the modern Millennium Centre. In the city centre the main tourist attractions are the Millennium Stadium and historic Cardiff Castle.

The unspoilt protected Heritage Coastline of the Vale has dramatic plunging cliffs and tiny secluded coves. The picturesque countryside of rolling hills and wooded valleys is steeped in history, beauty and culture and peppered with legendary villages, historic towns, fine gardens, ancient churches and medieval castles.

Cowbridge is an attractive place to visit and a fantastic place to shop with a diversity and choice unexpected of a small town.

Llantwit Major situated on the Heritage Coast retains an air of antiquity; its narrow streets are home to many interesting shops and its ancient church houses a collection of rare Celtic crosses.

Seeking a day out with a difference? Take to the waves of the Bristol Channel from the Victorian Pier at Penarth aboard the Waverly, the last sea-going paddle steamer in the word. Alternatively return to the age of steam on the railway at Barry Island – if you’re lucky you may even see ‘Thomas the Tank Engine!

At fine restaurants sample our magnificent Welsh lamb or Welsh Black Beef or for a truly Welsh breakfast try laverbread served with bacon a local speciality.

If its outdoor activities you’re seeking walking the coastal path unveils the most breathtaking seascapes, it a great place for cycling too. Opportunities abound with fourteen golf courses to choose from and fishing both at sea and inland. You can even try your hand at paintballing or go-karting!

If you looking for a base to explore the rest of South East Wales the Brecon Beacons, the Gower coast and the National Botanic Garden of Wales the Vale of Glamorgan cannot be beaten.

Keep following this page as we take an in depth look at individual attractions in the Vale of Glamorgan, over the next few weeks.

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