The Historic Towns of Cowbridge & Llantwit Major
The Historic Market town of Cowbridge is situated less than 3 miles from Bryn-y-Ddafad. Set in a beautiful and secluded area of countryside Cowbridge is an elegant town with a wealth of historic buildings, some dating back to Roman Times. The busy High Street is lined with fashionable shops, chic boutiques, restaurants, wine bars and inns.
Off the High Street the arcades and courtyards are a pleasure to explore, each with its own character. The Old Wool Barn and Craft Centre are set in the attractive Verity’s Court and are home to local artists.
The South gate of the Roman town still stands today. The ancient church and Physic Garden, a must see for visitors are close by.
Cowbridge Physic Garden: The idea was planted centuries ago, with rich historical roots a glorious garden has been created in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan. Discreetly hidden just off the High Street the garden is a haven of peace and tranquillity. It reflects the wide mix of plants, flowers and trees that would have been found in traditional herb gardens to be used in cooking, dyeing fabrics and all importantly for healing. The tranquil atmosphere of the much-loved and nurtured garden is evident at every turn, bed and border. The paths are flat and pedestrian access is easy. The garden is run by volunteers.
Entry is FREE, donations are most welcome.
If time permits leave the High Street in Cowbridge at its western end and journey a few miles to
The Historic Town of Llantwit Major: Lying close to the Glamorgan Heritage Coast the town is steeped in Welsh history and was an ancient seat of learning for Welsh saints. The first Christian settlements were established by the missionaries, the most important was at Llantwit Major where St. Illtud founded a church and religious school around 500AD. This was considered to be a sacred place and became the burial place of the Kings of Glywysing. The imposing church of St. Illtud stands on this site in the centre of the town and contains a collection of Celtic crosses and carved stones. Other periods of history have left their mark on Llantwit Major: Iron Age hill forts, a Roman Villa, a medieval grange or farm and fine Tudor buildings. The original part of the town retains its air of antiquity with its maze of small lanes, narrow streets, quaint stone cottages and ancient inns.