Things to do in the Vale of Glamorgan

Boat entering Penarth Marina
Penarth Marina, Glamorgan Heritage Coast
Between the coastlines of Cardiff and Swansea, the Vale of Glamorgan is a rural stretch of towns, villages and natural beauty. From beaches and sand dunes to vineyards and fruit farms, there are plenty of things to do in the Vale of Glamorgan. Here are just some of them.

Dyffryn Gardens

Owned by the National Trust, this Grade 1 registered Edwardian-design garden measures in at over 55 acres. With formal lawns, a collection of trees from around the world, ponds, walled gardens, tea rooms and a house to explore, you can easily spend half a day in this idyll. Dogs and children are very welcome.

Ogmore by Sea

As beaches go, Ogmore is one of the most popular along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. It's not hard to see why. Enjoy vast stretches of sand for sunbathing or walking the dog, fertile rock pools for clambering or discovering starfish, fossils to find and, of course, the perfect sea for surfing or paddle-boarding. 

Hendrewennol

A family business through and through, Hendrewennol first opened as a Pick Your Own fruit farm in 1978 and has been passed down the generations ever since. Over multiple fields, you can find the likes of currants, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blueberries and more, depending on the time of the year. Once you've finished fruit-picking, have a cuppa in the cafe area or escape the maize maze Little ones can let off steam in the children's play area.

Barry Island

Barry Island has attracted visitors since the 1870’s and the appeal of its golden beaches, cafes and family amusements is stronger than ever. The recently refurbished seafront now offers a sweeping promenade along the entire length of the award winning Blue Flag beach Whitmore Bay, against a backdrop of enticing cafés and restaurants, vibrant beach huts and lots to amuse the kids with a climbing wall, mist feature, adventure golf and beautiful landscaped gardens. Or for the more adventurous, Barry Island Pleasure Park offers thrilling rides.

Penarth

Just over the barrage from Cardiff Bay, Penarth is a quaint town with its own identity. There's a lovely seafront, complete with a promenade and pier, and a marina that offers perfect viewpoints of Cardiff. In the heart of the town, cute shops, bars and cafés sit on top of a hill, while Alexandra Park makes for a nice walk between the waterfront and the main roads. 

Amelia Trust 

This working farm and residential animal care centre is hidden away on Five Mile Lane, near Barry. There's a small animal centre with rabbits, guinea pigs and other fluffy friends, a piglet trail, birdwatching areas, pens of all your typical farm animals and dipping ponds. There is also a woodland trail that's straight out of a fairytale. Families love it.

Llanerch Vineyard

Famed for its award-winning Cariad Wines, this 20 acre estate of woodlands and vineyards is hidden away in the lanes of Hensol. Wine lovers can enjoy a guided tour of the vineyard with tasting opportunities before buying souvenirs from the on-site shop. The restaurant and bar are very good, with smart fine-dining inspired food and gorgeous surroundings. After food, go for a toddle around the ancient woodland trails to see blankets of flowers and ponds teeming with wildlife.