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Restaurant James Sommerin

The chef with his name on the window earned a Michelin star for his previous Monmouthshire restaurant and is surely on track for another one here. Much that issues from the kitchen looks as exquisite as it tastes, m…
Tomb in Vale of Glamorgan

Tinkinswood Burial Chamber

The 6000-year-old Tinkinswood chamber consists of a wall of stones supporting a mammoth 7.4m-long, 36-tonne limestone capstone, thought to be the largest of its kind in Britain. It was once covered in an earth mound…
Tomb in Vale of Glamorgan

St Lythans Burial Chamber

Dating from around 4000BC, the St Lythans cromlech consists of three supporting stones capped with a large, flat stone, forming a chamber nearly 2m high. It was once covered with a mound that is now long gone.
Park in Barry (Y Barri)

Porthkerry Country Park

Spanning 90 hectares, this vast expanse follows a lush wooded valley terminating at a pebbly beach, overshot by an impressive Victorian railway viaduct. There are plenty of trails, a popular playground for the kids,…
Welsh in Penarth

Fig Tree

The name might sound like it has Mediterranean delusions but this Fig Tree is a particularly Welsh affair, with a commitment to sourcing most of its product from within 30 miles of the restaurant. It's a great place…
Gallery in Penarth

Ffotogallery

Also known as the Turner House Gallery, this red-brick building near the train station hosts edgy photographic, video and multimedia exhibitions. It's at its busiest during the month-long Diffusion international pho…
Beach in Barry (Y Barri)

Barry Island

Barry Island stopped being a real island in the 1880s when it was joined to the mainland by a causeway. Amusement arcades and fun parks line the waterfront at sandy Whitmore Bay, which is easily the best beach this …
Arts Centre in Penarth

Penarth Pier Pavilion

Penarth's rock-strewn shoreline may not be particularly attractive but it is the closest beach to Cardiff. In 1894 it was graced with that icon of the Victorian seaside, a pier. This elegant art deco pavilion follow…
Steak in Penarth

Pier 64

Jutting out over the water in a slick modern building, this upmarket wine bar and steakhouse caters to the boat-shoes brigade with slabs of meat of Flintstones proportions. They also serve plenty of sophisticated bi…
Park in Penarth

Alexandra Gardens

This pretty Edwardian-era park slopes from Penarth's bustling town centre down to the esplanade. Its formal gardens are filled with topiary and colourful flowerbeds.