Cowbridge Travel Guide

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Cowbridge Things to Do

  • Physic Garden

    The Physic Garden in Cowbridge was created by The Cowbridge Physic Garden Trust, they recreated the type of garden that In the Middle Ages would have been found in monasteries and close to hospitals where the Monks and healers coluld grow herbs and plants that would be usefull in treating a wide range of ailments such fevers, aches and pains,...

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  • St. Michael's Church, Llanmihangel

    Opposite the lovely Plas Llanmihangel St Michael's Church is first mentioned in 1254 it has a lovely partly fortified tower. it is one of few Churches in Britain that has no Electricity. The key is kept at Plas Llanmihangel so when we were stopping there we went over to have a look inside. Althoiugh the interior is simple it is lovely and well...

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  • The Church of the Holy Cross

    This fantastic looking Medieval Church is situated just off the High Street of Cowbridge. The church was initially a chapel of ease to the parish church at Llanblethian.One of the striking features of this Church is the great medieval whitewashed tower. This stands out from miles around, in fact we spotted it whilst looking at the town walls.The...

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  • South Gate

    The South Gate is the only one of the town gates remain, it is part of the remaining wall and spans Church St just near the Old grammer School.

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  • Holy Cross Church

    The parish church of cowbridge was originally built as a Chapel of Ease for the parish church in Llanblethian and until the 20th century the Church was dedicated to St Mary. It was probably founded along with the town in the Medieval period with continuing alterations in that period untill being extended in the 14th and 15th centuries with...

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  • The Town Walls

    The Town Walls of Cowbridge are unique in Glamorgan. They were built in the 1300's to enclose the 'New Town' of Cowbridge.

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  • The Town Hall

    Cowbridge Town Hall dates back as far as the Elizabethan era and served as a prison until 1830, when it was converted into a Town Hall to replace the former Guild Hall, demolished at that date. Today it is the administrative offices of the Town Council, the two main halls are used by the community and the original cells of the House of Correction...

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  • Town Hall and Museum

    The town hall building probably dates back to the Elizabethan era and was a prison until 1830 when money was raised by the townsfolk for the reconstruction of the building and it was converted into a town hall to replace the former Guild Hall which was then demolished.The Building contains the town museum within Six of the original prison cells....

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  • Town Walls

    It was in 1254 that Sir Richard de Clare who was then Lord of Glamorgan granted Cowbridge it's first charter and by 1266 Cowbridge had walls around it with four gateways. Over the years much of the walls and 3 of the gateways have vanished with the stone probably being stolen for building but there are extensive remains of the South Wall including...

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Cowbridge Restaurants

  • A Great Country Pub

    The Bush Inn is a great old Country pub. It's situated in the picturesque medieval village of St Hilary, just a few miles away from the market town of Cowbridge. The Bush Inn is an attractive thatched building which was formerly a 16th century coaching inn. We popped in for a snack on a sunny October afternoon. The interior is every bit as charming...

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  • Nice Welsh Cakes

    We bought some nice Welsh Cakes from this shop, they had a lot of really nice looking cakes and biscuits, i really wanted a Halloween cake but Vicki would not let me have one :(

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  • The Big Bear

    The Bear Hotel is steeped in history as is the whole area around it. This old coaching house dates back to the 12th Century although it is probably best known as being coaching house where the horses were changed on the mail run from Cardiff to Swansea. I also read that during the 18th Century French troops were held in the Bear when on route to...

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  • A Great Haunted Pub

    This fantastic pub dates back to 1383 when the area Monknash was the richest estate owned by the cistercian abbey at Neath and was established by the monastery to provide food and other goods. With the disolution of monastic houses in 1536 the land and it's buildings were sold off to the wealthy Stradling family of nearby St Donats Castle.The pub...

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  • Great Food

    After walking around Cowbridge we headed back to Plas Llanmihangel and then walked for about half a mile to The Victoria Inn in nearby Sigingstone. It is a traditional country inn packed full of antiques and real character. We were warmly welcomed and the service was excellent. we got a couple of drinks and studied the menu which consisted of some...

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  • Countryside retreat

    The Victoria Inn is situated in the picturesque Village of Sigingstone in the Vale of Glamorgan. This is the perfect place to call in for something to eat after a visit to Cowbridge or the Heritage Coast.We called in for something to eat and drink on a Monday night so it was therefore relatively quiet; however it seems as if their Sunday lunches...

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  • Horse and Groom

    On the corner near the Town Hall this is a large pub that seems to be even larger inside, i should imagine that it is very busy at the weekends and is almost big enough to be a disco !

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  • Old Brewery

    Located at the premises of the former Vale of Glamorgan Brewery it gets some really good reviews, It's only a small pub with a large collection of beer mats hanging from the ceiling behind the bar.

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  • The Duke

    Said to be the oldest building in Cowbridge this Brains Pub was built in the 15th C and retains a traditional feel with roaring open fires and fine furnishings. A great place to go for a drink or to sample some of their excellent award winning food. If you visit during the summer you can eat outside in the enclosed courtyard beer garden which seats...

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Cowbridge Nightlife

  • Lovely Atmosphere

    The Bear Hotel was formerly a coaching Inn and meeting place. This Medieval building was once the home of the Thomas's of Llanmihangel.The bar/lounge area provided a lovely relaxing area to sit and have a drink or a meal. We called in on a Monday night for a drink and loved the ambience. The deserts on the blackboard sounded really nice and only...

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  • Cosy little pub

    The Vale of Glamorgan is a lovely little cosy pub right in the middle of Cowbridge town centre. We popped in for a drink on a Monday night and it was quite busy and is obviously a favourite amongst the locals. The pub has a really nice friendly atmosphere and quite a collection of beer mats above the bar.

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  • A Lovely pub

    The Duke of Wellington originated as a 17th Century coaching Inn. At that time it was called the 'Black Horse' but underwent its' change in name after the Duke himself stayed at the Inn whilst on a journey to visit General Picton in Carmarthen.An unusual feature in the lounge of this pub is a functional Well. The Well has Roman origins but the font...

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