New Homes in Vale of Glamorgan
Welcome to the Vale of Glamorgan
Whether you’re exploring the beaches, discovering historic sites or rambling in the countryside, there’s lots to see and do in the Vale of Glamorgan. Located in South Wales just a short drive from Cardiff, a new home in the Vale of Glamorgan is ideal if you’re looking to live in a rural yet vibrant area, close to beautiful coastlines, bustling towns and lots of family-friendly attractions.
A quick history
The history of the Vale of Glamorgan stretches back to ancient times, with the discovery of artefacts in the region. There’s evidence of Roman occupation, including a villa at Llandough, while the Vikings later raided Barry Island and the surrounding areas.
During the Medieval era, the village of Cosmeston was home to the Norman De Costentin family’s manor house. They were some of the first Normans to settle in Wales after the invasion by William the Conquerer in 1066.
In the 19th century, Barry started to become a port town, and by the 1910s it was one of the biggest exporters of coal in the world. In 1996, the Vale of Glamorgan became its own county borough.
Business and industry
Employers in the Vale of Glamorgan include Dow Corning and Harris Pye Engineering in Barry and Hexion UK in Penarth, while Cardiff is home to Admiral Group, GE Aircraft Engine Services, Arriva Trains Wales and Western Power Distribution. Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Council are also major employers nearby.
Things to do in the area
Barry is the largest town in the Vale of Glamorgan, where attractions include Barry Island Pleasure Park, Whitmore Bay, the Memo Arts Centre and Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf. There are a number of historic places of interest in the region, including Coity Castle and Ogmore Castle, while popular surfing beaches include Rest Bay and Trecco Bay in Porthcawl.
If you’re moving to the area with children, you can go exploring in Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes, spend a day at Ogmore Beach, or go for a walk along the Glamorgan Heritage Coastline. For some retail therapy with a difference, Cowbridge is home to a number of independent boutiques, along with its annual food and drink festival.
Other sights in the area include Cosmeston Medieval Village, Bryngarw Country Park and Kenfig National Nature Reserve, while the Grand Pavilion theatre hosts performances in Porthcawl throughout the year. If you want to go to the hustle and bustle of the city, Cardiff is home to St David’s Shopping Centre, Cardiff Castle and Mermaid Quay.
Travel and commuting
The Vale of Glamorgan is well-connected to Cardiff and beyond by road and rail. From Barry, the journey to Cardiff takes just 20 minutes by train or 25 minutes by car, while the car journey from Barry to Swansea takes one hour five minutes via the M4. If you’re travelling to Bristol, the journey by car takes around one hour 25 minutes depending on traffic.
To get to London, you can catch a train from Barry to Paddington, changing once in Cardiff Central. The journey takes two hours 30 minutes on average, much quicker than the equivalent car journey which takes around three hours 15 minutes without traffic.
If you’re going abroad, you can catch a plane from Cardiff Airport, located in Rhoose just 10 minutes away from Barry by car.