Called Y Bont-faen (the stone bridge) in Welsh, this understated historic market town has become one of Wales’ most fashionable places to see and be seen.
Originally a Roman settlement, it is one of very few medieval walled towns in Wales: the South Gate and portions of the walls are still standing. You’ll get a great view of Cowbridge from the 14th century St Quentins Castle. ½ mile south of the town.
A couple of miles away and slightly off the beaten track is Old Beaupre Castle, a ruined medieval fortified manor house.
The town boasts dozens of predominantly independent boutiques and restaurants. Some are spread along the High Street, others are in the arcades at Mason’s Yard and Verity’s Court – where you’ll find the Old Wool Barn art and craft workshops. Eating out in Cowbridge is always a treat. The town boasts a superb range of bistros, restaurants, pubs and wine bars catering for every taste.
Right in the centre of Cowbridge are two delightful spaces: Old Hall Gardens and Cowbridge Physic Garden. All plants in the Physic Garden were to be found in Britain before 1800 and are grouped together according to their uses for cooking, healing and dyeing fabric and wool.
Images: St Quentins Castle - courtesy of www.visitthevale.com