All Places in Vale of Glamorgan
- Cosmeston Medieval Village is a restored and reconstructed village from the medieval period situated near Lavernock in the Vale of Glamorgan. It was when the Cosmeston Lakes Country Park was being developed in the late 1970s that the archeological trust uncovered evidence of a 600-year-old village. Today visitors can travel back in time to 1350 to see how life was lived then. The village has free admission and is open all year round.
- Barry Island has 24 vibrantly coloured beach huts with excellent views across Whitmore Bay. The huts come in two sizes:larger huts are around 2.4m x 2.5m and have electricity sockets and access to running water smaller huts are around 2.5m x 1.8m. and have electricity sockets Hours are 10:00am to 8pm with July/August school holidays being 10:00am to 10:00pm.
- The two main beaches on Barry Island are Whitmore Bay between the two peninsulas of Friar’s Point and Nell’s Point, and the other is the smaller and secluded Jackson’s Bay around the headland and cliffs, connected by Clement Coley Walk. Little Island beach sits on the far side of Friar’s Point round near the old harbour, this is sometimes referred to old harbour beach. When the tide is out you have a massive expanse of sand and can make it over to the Knap. A good alternative is the two main Barry Island beaches of Whitmore Bay and Jackson’s Bay are busy. Car parking is by the old harbour or a walk from Whitmore Bay on the other side of Friar’s Point. To get to other facilities you need to head to Whitmore Bay.
- Jacksons Bay beach is a secluded bay, backed by cliffs with one end being formed by the breakwater at the entrance to Barry Docks. Often overlooked by most people who stay on the larger beaches next door. Take the concrete footpath running from the east end of Whitmore Bay along the cliff top and you will eventually come to Jackson’s Bay. Beware in stormy weather or high tide as the path descends to the foot of the cliffs to reach the beach.
- Watch House Bay beach is a quiet sandy beach looking over to the old harbour on Barry Island. Watch House Bay is on the other side of Cold Knap Point and the busier larger Knap beach. When the tide is out you have a massive expanse of sand in front of you and can make it over to Little Island. It is often easier to use the facilities over on the main Knap beach but you do have a small amount of parking.
- Ogmore-by-Sea beach is a west facing beach with sand at low tide and rocks at high tide. The beach is to the East of the River Ogmore estuary and on the other side is Newton Bay beach and the large sand dunes of Merthyr Mawr. The rocky shoreline is popular as a rock climbing location. Depending on the wind can be popular with surfers, kitesurfers, windsurfers and kitebuggies.
- Fontygary (Ffontygari) Bay beach is a pebble and sand beach backed by cliffs with rock pools. Fontygary Park holiday camp offers bars, play areas, indoor pool and health club plus luxury holiday homes for sale or hire. Bar on the Bay is open to the general public Friday and Saturday evenings.
- Dyffryn Gardens are located near the villages of Dyffryn and St Nicholas in the Vale of Glamorgan. They are a collection of botanical gardens run by the National Trust and were recently selected as one of the top 100 gardens in the United Kingdom. The gardens, forming part of the Dyffryn Estate, are a really good example of Edwardian garden design. From Easter 2013, you will also be able to visit parts of Dyffryn House as well as the gardens. A visitor attraction all year round, Dyffryn Gardens is split into three areas: the arboretum, the Garden Rooms and Dyffryn House. There is a charge for entry, with a gift shop and tea room housed in the admissions building.