The Vale Resort is the perfect base for your South Wales adventures to begin. We’re set amid acres of charming Vale of Glamorgan countryside, for starters, so if you’re craving a romantic break filled with fresh air and nature then leave the sofa and TV at home and blow away the cobwebs with exhilarating walks.
Our hotel is close to a stunning 14-mile stretch of heritage coast, where you’ll find spectacular golden beaches, waterfalls, surf schools and Victorian seaside resorts, like Barry and Penarth. They don’t call it ‘Barrybados’ for nothing.
Cardiff also ticks the cultural box with Cardiff Castle and the National Museum of Wales offering a rich, family-friendly glimpse of our national history. Did you know Cardiff houses the largest collection of Impressionist art outside of Paris? Fact.
And just a hop and a skip from the city centre is Cardiff Bay, a bustling waterfront that’s home to the Wales Millennium Centre and the Senedd.
Hensol Castle Distillery is located on the grounds of the Vale Resort and is only a short walk, or drive from our hotel.
So, when next visiting the Vale Resort enhance your stay with a look around the distillery operation, learn about the history of gin and Hensol Castle, discover the ingredients that go into the different gins, and enjoy a gin tasting in our cocktail bar. For a real treat, you will also be able to distil your own bespoke bottle of gin made to your own specific taste.
This unique attraction takes visitors ‘behind the scenes’ of coin making. Exciting exhibitions, thrilling tours, spellbinding storytelling, there’s something for everyone at the Royal Mint Experience. Plus, strike your own coin to take away as a momento. You’ll never look at the coins in your pocket the same again.
Whatever the weather, a trip to Rhondda Heritage Park –Welsh Mining Experience is a MUST to add to your tour itinerary, where visitors can enjoy a unique experience at an authentic coal mine in the South Wales Valleys. Come along and learn about the International story of Welsh coal and about the people who made it a global business.
A living testament to the coal-mining communities of the world-famous Rhondda Valleys, the popular family tourist attraction offers a fascinating insight into the rich culture and character of the area. Former miners, guide visitors on the Black Gold Experience, a 90 minute journey around the colliery site. Nobody knows the coal industry better than our guides, and visitors will be enthralled at their tales of life underground.
Speaking of money, there are plenty of great places to spend it in this neck of the woods. The historic market towns of Cowbridge and Llantwit Major have dozens of independent shops to explore, and our hotel is very near to Cardiff, Wales’ vibrant capital. The city has shopping to suit all tastes, with a mix of high-street chains in modern shopping centres, and Victorian and Edwardian arcades crammed full of quirky independents.