Rugged cliffs lashed by restless seas, secluded romantic coves and breathtaking views, fresh breezes and exhilarating walks make the Heritage Coast a must to see. This 14 mile stretch of protected coastline starts in the east at Aberthaw and ends in the west at Porthcawl. A coastal path runs along the cliff tops joining the narrow valleys which lead down to the sea. The Bristol Channel boasts the second greatest tidal range in the world.
Glamorgan Heritage Coast Centre
Situated behind Southerdown beach car park it has information and displays including the coastal footpath.
Explore the walled gardens of the ruined Dunraven Castle high above Southerdown Beach.
The Legend of Dunraven can be found in our Blog Pages.
Merthyr Mawr Warren
The mysterious windswept sand dunes are one of largest in Europe. Important wildlife habitat that shelters a rich variety of plants & animals and can be explored by a network of footpaths. The ruins of Candleston Castle, once a 15th C fortified Manor House stand at the edge of the dunes. Access is via the delightful village of Merthyr Mawr with its quaint thatched cottages.
Riverside ruins of a once important Medieval Castle built by Norman Lord William de Londres in the early 12th C at a strategic fording point with a crossing of stepping-stones leading to Merthyr Mawr.
St. Donats Castle
Medieval castle with many fine original features-once the home of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst whose guests included most of the glittering idols of Hollywood history, now home of Atlantic College the world's first international 6th Form College.
St. Donats Arts Centre
Situated in the grounds of St. Donats Castle, the theatre is a converted 14th century tithe barn and the visual arts gallery dates back many centuries. In contrast, the modern architecturally designed 'Glass Room' hosts performances and offers stunning views across the sea towards the Exmoor hills.
Nash Point Lighthouse
This lighthouse was the last manned lighthouse in Wales and was automated in 1998.
The historic Fog signal which is no longer an Aid to Navigation will normally be sounded on the 1st Saturday and 3rd Sunday of the month.Tours lasting approximately 1 hour are available. You can even get married in the lighthouse!
Fortified religious building, one of the most exceptional in Britain founded by Norman nobleman Maurice de Londres in 1141 which continued to flourish through medieval times until dissolved by Henry VIII. It then came into the hands of the Carne family, the heiress married into the Turberille family who still live in the Priory today. The nave is still used as the local parish church, whilst the eastern part in unused except during the annual Vale of Glamorgan Festival when it provides an evocative setting for classical and choral music.
St Iltudd's Church, Llantwit Major (meaning sacred enclosure)
Situated in the ancient town of Llantwit Major this magnificent medieval church is built on the site of a 5th C Monastery, houses a collection of medieval crosses and is the burial place of the Kings of Glywyssing.
The town still retains an air of antiquity with its maze of narrow streets, quaint stone cottages and old inns.