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Interesting places further afield

Interesting places further afield

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  • St Fagans (Welsh Folk Museum)
  •  Cowbridge Physic Garden
  •  St Donats Castle and Arts Centre
  •  Cosmeston Medieval Village
  •  Welsh Hawking Centre




St Fagans: Museum of Welsh Life
St Fagans is one of Europe's foremost open–air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction. It stands in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle, a late 16th-century manor house donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth. During the last fifty years, over forty original buildings from different historical periods have been re-erected in the 100-acre parkland. The re-erected buildings include houses, a farm, a school, a chapel and a splendid Workmen's Institute. There are also workshops where craftsmen still demonstrate their traditional skills. Their produce is usually on sale.  Native breeds of livestock can be seen in the fields and farmyards, and demonstrations of farming tasks take place daily

Cowbridge Physic Garden: The hidden treasure of the Vale
Down Church Street and behind a high stone wall lies Cowbridge Physic Garden. The garden was originally part of the Old Hall Gardens, laid out by the Edmondes family in the 18th century. Badly neglected in the 20th century it was brought back to life by enthusiastic volunteers and today is a glorious array of medicinal plants and herbs, typical of physic gardens from centuries past. The site is relatively small, just ½ acre but is laid out in a formal pattern and contains a fascinating variety of species that would traditionally have been used for healing, cooking and dyeing fabrics.
The garden is free for all to enjoy. It has been described as a small oasis of calm and tranquillity, just a few steps away from the noise and pressures of modern day life. All paths are flat and well maintained, so pedestrian and wheelchair access is easy. It is open every day except Christmas Day, 10am-4pm in winter and 10am-6pm in summer.
Website @oldhallgardens 




St Donats Arts Centre
St Donats Arts Centre is a publicly funded centre of excellence for arts and education in Wales, offering the Vale and its community a high-quality professional arts programme in a unique setting.  
It is based in a 14th Century Tythe Barn converted into a professionally equipped theatre.  
There is a cafe in the Glass Room, which offers stunning views across the sea towards the Exmoor Hills, to create one of the most inspired and inspiring public buildings in Wales.
St Donats, Vale of Glamorgan CF61 1WF 
01446 799100    Website     This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


St Donats Castle and Atlantic College

St. Donat's Castle is the home of Atlantic College, one of twelve United World Colleges. St. Donats dates from the 12th century and was purchased in 1928 by William Randolph Hearst.Atlantic College, is an international school for 16 - 18 year olds. The first of the twelve United World Colleges, Atlantic College launched the UWC movement that now spans the globe. There are around 350 students who come from more than 75 countries with the aim of fostering respect for diverse cultural, social and religious backgrounds. Students from diverse nationalities live together for two years, and study for the International Baccalaureate Diploma.St Donats Castle, Llanwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales CF61 1WF
01446 799000  Website  




Cosmeston Medieval Village
The medieval village is located in attractive Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and is a unique Heritage project in Britain.  The reconstructed village is on an original site and consists of medieval buildings, gardens, rare breeds and a small yet fascinating museum. Tours of the village are conducted by costumed villagers with special events throughout the year.
Cosmeston Medieval Village is set in the year 1350, a troubled period in the history between the English and Welsh. The village grew out of a fortified manor constructed around the 12th century by the Costentin family, who were among the first Norman invaders of Wales. In 1350, the chosen year of life we see today in Cosmeston, many of the small villages along this coast were multi-cultural with populations made up of Welsh, English, French and Flemings. 
This faithfully recreated attraction near Penarth has been used as a location for the BBC TV series Merlin  Website

    Welsh Hawking Centre
At the Welsh Hawking Centre there are over 200 bird of prey including eagles, owls, hawks, falcons and buzzards.  
They can be seen and photographed in the mews, weathering ground, breeding and, if you are fast enough, flying!  
Flying demonstrations are the most important feature of a visit to the centre. Weather permitting, birds are flown every day beginning noon.
Welsh Hawking Centre, Weycock Road, Barry   CF62 3AA

01446 734687   Website  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    


Llantrisant is an ancient hill town dating back to 500 AD.  The the region’s centre for contemporary design and craft (The Model House) is in the centre of the village.  There are also a number of specialist shops: Butcher’s Arm Gallery – coffee shop and gallery; Traditional Toys – rocking horses, teddies and traditional wooden toys; Indian Summer – interior goods; General Stores – selling old fashioned sweets; Pink Zebra – designer clothes and shoes.
Further down the road near the Royal Mint is The Potting Shed selling garden furniture and gifts (CF72 8LP).   01443 237190