Things to see and do in Glamorgan From magnificent castles and vast country parks to nature reserves and ancient potteries, Glamorgan is a wonderful place to explore at any time of year. Here's our guide to the top places to visit. A Bryngarw Country Park Bryngarw County Park in Bridgend, Glamorgan Heritage Coast As wedding presents go, getting a sprawling country park must be one of the best. John Popkin gave Bryngarw to his sister to mark her union in 1775, and it was designated a country park 200 years later. Lakes, formal gardens, great facilities and exotic plants are among the highlights. More parks and gardens in Glamorgan Heritage Coast. B Watch the potters at Ewenny Pottery Ewenny Pottery in Bridgend, Glamorgan Heritage Coast by A chance to see a really authentic experience at the oldest working pottery in Wales, a small pottery where pot-throwing was first recorded at the start of the 15th century. See the family at work and perhaps take home your very own piece of iconic Welsh history, handcrafted on site by seventh and eighth generation potters. More arts and crafts centres in Glamorgan Heritage Coast. C Follow the Knights at Coity Castle Coity Castle, near Bridgend, Glamorgan Heritage Coast These atmospheric ruins were once a Norman castle built by one of the Knights of Glamorgan during the 12th century. It’s easy to see why its circular stone structures were designed as a defensive structure, perched on a hill with fine views of Bridgend. Gaze out and feel the history. More heritage attractions in Glamorgan Heritage Coast. D Lifes a beach in Porthcawl Rest Bay, Porthcawl, Glamorgan Heritage Coast Porthcawl has seven beautiful beaches to choose from. They range from the surfing territory of Sandy Bay to the Merthy Mawr sand dunes at Newton Beach, which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Accessible through the nature reserve, the secluded Sker Beach is the place to relax. E Village life at Llantwit Major Llantwit Major, Glamorgan Heritage Coast Ancient buildings are everywhere in one of the Vale of Glamorgan’s most beautiful villages – the first church was recorded in the settlement more than 1,500 years ago, and lush countryside, caves and sandy beaches make for glorious surroundings. St Donat’s Castle houses an Arts Centre with a year-round programme. F Stop and relax at Newton village Inland from the bay, Newton is a cosy place with an 800-year-old church, St John the Baptist, and a picturesque green at its centre. Built around Clevis Rock, it plays host to fairs and flower festivals, and the ancient village pubs are welcoming stopping points for a spot of lunch. G Newcastle Castle Newcastle Castle, Glamorgan Heritage Coast On top of a slope with a grand view of Bridgend, Newcastle Castle is particularly notable for its amazing circular stonework. The Normans originally built it at the start of the 12th century, but Henry II is thought to have been behind a further strengthening of the fortress during the 1180s. More heritage attractions in Glamorgan Heritage Coast. H Kenfig Nature Reserve A reserve loved by the public for more than 30 years, Glamorgan’s last natural lake is the place to wander around if you fancy getting away from it all. A Fen Orchid helps encourage a diverse array of rare and endangered plants and animals – no wonder birdwatchers flock here. More coast and countryside attractions in Glamorgan Heritage Coast. I Nash Point Lighthouse Nash Point Lighthouse in Marcross, Glamorgan Coast Engineer James Walker designed this lighthouse to protect the coast during the mid-19th century, and it was the last manned lighthouse in Wales before being automated in 1998. Opened to the public five years ago, it’s an excellent starting point for a cliff-top walk with dramatic views. J Rivers and Sand Dunes, Merthyr Mawr Ever dreamed of meeting Lawrence of Arabia? Sequences from the 1962 classic were filmed at the historic Sand Dunes here, overlooking the River Ogmore. Two castles, a number of cottages you’ll fall in love with. The 19th century mansion Merthyr Mawr House also makes this a village well worth visiting. Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Fly south for winter A blaze of autumn colours kicks off a season of winter wildlife. South Wales days out Discover a fabulous range of things to do, just a short driving distance from the Vale of Usk. City lights and sights Bustling city centre shopping, relaxing vineyard tours and Welsh Whiskey tasting. South Wales walks South Wales has some great walks and scenery, all within a stones throw of the major cities. South Wales' wildlife Wildlife is everywhere you look - from rare butterflies to bats and orchids to bluebell fields. South Wales history The Big Bang, castles built on shifting sands, the rise of industry and the call of the collieries.