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A charming base for exploring South Wales

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The streets of this fashionable town are packed with unique historic buildings and some of the region’s best eateries.

Cowbridge is a charming market town in the Vale of Glamorgan, seven miles west of Cardiff. Thanks to its attractive, historic centre and increasing number of upmarket independent shops and eateries, it has become a popular place to visit.

As you wander through the town centre, you’ll discover a number of beautiful buildings, including the town hall, which is said to date back to the Elizabethan era and served as a prison until the 1830s. The town’s excellent museum is housed in what were once cells.

Hidden away behind a high, stone wall on Church Street, you’ll find the enchanting Cowbridge Physic Garden. The garden was built in the 18th century but was badly neglected in recent years. Thanks to the hard work of local volunteers, it has been restored to its former glory with a wonderful collection of medicinal plants and herbs. This oasis of calm is free to visit and volunteers are often on hand to share their knowledge.

Every May, the excellent Cowbridge Food Festival takes place, giving visitors the chance to sample some of the best fresh produce the Vale of Glamorgan has to offer. This two-day family-friendly event features more than 100 stalls, cooking demonstrations, live music and children’s activities.

For a fairly small town, Cowbridge has an impressive number of excellent cafes, restaurants and pubs, and has become a magnet for food-lovers. Check out The Market Place on the High Street, an atmospheric restaurant where the head chef, Tim Marriot, creates a variety of classic Welsh dishes with a modern twist.

"The streets of this fashionable town are packed with historic buildings and some of the region’s best eateries."

Our Cowbridge cottages are an excellent base for exploring Wales. The lively cities of Swansea and Cardiff are both a short drive away, offering some of the country’s best shopping, eating and nightlife. Continue west, past Swansea, and you’ll soon reach the ruggedly beautiful Gower Peninsula, where vast, sandy beaches can be discovered, many of which remain almost empty for munch of the year. To the north of Cowbridge is the Brecon Beacons National Park, a wonderfully unspoilt environment for hiking and wildlife-watching.

While you’re there

Old Beaupre Castle

Visit this medieval manor house and admire the magnificent Renaissance porch.

Cowbridge Physic Garden

A fascinating garden full of plants used for healing, cooking and dyeing fabrics.

St Quentin's Castle

Wander around the remains of this 14th century castle.

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