Beaches along the Vale of Glamorgan Heritage Coast, Near Cardiff, South Wales

Come and visit our stunning coast line for breath-taking walks along the cliff tops, or lazy days on the beach.

The coastline is ever changing and always beautiful all throughout the year!

Here is a selection of our favourite local beaches….


Nash Point 

Just 3 miles away
Directions available here

Nash Point beach is a rocky beach with stunning views along the coast.

Not great access down on to the beach, but if your legs are up to it we highly recommend taking a look – especially when the tide is out!

It is home to a beautiful lighthouse which is sometimes open for visitors and also the lovely Cliff Top Cafe for a coffee and a welsh cake.

– See more photos of Nash Point here


Llantwit Major 

Just 3.7 miles away
Directions available here

A rocky beach with easy access from the car park and some sandy stretches of beach at low tide.

There is a cafe on the beach front for breakfasts, lunches, ice creams and cups of tea!

A good for beach for surfing in the right conditions.

– See more photos of Llantwit Major Beach here 



Just 3.5 miles away
Directions available here

Monknash Beach is approx. 20 mins walk from a car park, through a lovely woodland footpath. A great secluded beach with some sandy parts when the tide is out.
We recommend a stop off in The famous Plough and Harrow pub on the way home for excellent food, cider and ales.

 See more photos of Monknash Beach here
– Details of a fantastic walk from Monknash to Nashpoint


Southerndown (Dunraven Bay)

Just 6.4 miles away
Directions available here

Easy access from the car park with a ramp leading all the way to a big sandy beach when the tide is low.
Little shop selling ice cream and buckets and spades etc.
The Heritage Coast Centre is a good visit for lots of information about the coastline and local area.

This is home to the gardens of the old Dunraven Castle, which are still maintained. Great surfing for beginners and improvers.

 See more photos of Southerndown Beach here
– Southerndown Surf School



Just 7.5 miles away
Directions available here

Ogmore beach is great for a family day out with big sandy stretches when the tide is low.

There is lots to do in this small coastal village, from Horse Riding, sand dunes (in next door Merthyr Mawr), castle ruins and some great places to eat!  We recommend the brilliant ‘Cobbles’ cafe/restaurant. Open all day with excellent food and an evening menu of locally sourced Welsh Tapas

– See more photos of Ogmore here



Barry Island 

Just 12.7 miles away
Directions available here

Barry Island (or ‘Barrybados’ as it is known locally) has easy access onto a wide and sandy beach surrounded by newly built beach huts with a long promenade.

It adjoins Barry Island which is your classic British seaside holiday town with fairground rides, amusements, crazy golf and traditional kiosks along the front.

– See more photos of Barry Island here