Vale of Glamorgan tourist information & travel guide
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Vale of Glamorgan tourist guide
In the centre of the Vale of Glamorgan, the visitor will find a rather attractive old market town and one of the last few remaining walled towns in South Wales - Cowbridge. It is an unusual town in as much as while it is most definitely rural, with all the charm to prove it, it also has an air of a small city about it. What surprises the visitor is that one high street is just a department store, with fashion, beauty, health, gifts, food and drink all under one roof.
There is a surprisingly large selection of restaurants, bars and real ale pubs, all justifiably boasting the best in locally sourced and produced food and drink. There's a wonderful farmers' market, plenty of farm shops and believe it or not, a vineyard as well! And the area always has an activity of some description to either take part in or visit all year round - garden festivals, folk, jazz and food events, outdoor and walking activities, even medieval jousting.
The Cowbridge area is also one of the firm favourites of walkers, ramblers and hikers. It makes no different whether you want a casual rural stroll with the family from café to inn, or a serious historical hike, you'll have no problem in finding a suitable one.
While in the Vale of Glamorgan, a visit to Dyffryn Gardens and the wonderfully restored house is a must. The Gardens are no so much 'a garden' but a series of outdoor 'rooms' surrounded by yew hedges and include sweeping lawns, an arboretum, wild garden and relaxing croquet lawn. The house, when lit up at dusk, makes a splendid sight.
Also worth visiting is the National Roman Legion Museum at Caerleon, near Newport. Wales was the furthest reach of the Roman Empire and they ruled the region from there for some 200 years. According to the legend, Caerleon was also one of King Arthur's courts. The ruins include the most complete amphitheatre in the UK, the Roman garden is a wonderful mixture of smells and sights, there is a barrack room where you can try on replica Roman armour and the accompanying exhibitions and artifacts give a unique insight into life in Roman Britain.