The first charter granted to Cowbridge was in 1254 by Sir Richard de Clare, Lord of Glamorgan, but there is also a history of Iron Age and Roman occupations, both civilian and military, within the area.
A town wall was completed in the late 13th century and it protected the properties and the castle at Llanblethian owned by the Lord of Glamorgan. The wall had four gates, the North Gate was used for cattle and tolls were collected at the twice weekly markets that were held in the town.
Cowbridge, as now, was a thriving market town with trades and crafts that became the home of professional people and Vale gentry who as residents
of Cowbridge could vote in Parliamentary elections.
Local produce was exported across the Channel from the nearby port of Aberthaw and later with the growth of private transport Cowbridge became an important market town and was acknowledge as the unofficial capital of the Vale.
Today Cowbridge preserves its historic past maintaining its old town walls, fine Georgian buildings and Town Hall which was originally a House of Correction.
Wander through the courtyards and experience the atmosphere and history of this town. Sit and relax by the river, feed the ducks or stop for refreshment yourself at one of the inns, wine bars or restaurants. Refreshed, visit the bespoke stores, stroll through arcades, browse around fashionable shops, or spend hours searching through the many antique and quality craft shops.
With numerous nearby interesting places to visit together with sports and leisure facilities the beauty of the area can also be fully appreciated by walking, cycling or pony trekking through the Vale countryside that surrounds this historic town.
Cowbridge with Llanblethian offers so much you may want to stay longer at a cosy farmhouse, B&B or luxury hotel close by. Whatever you wish we hope to give good value and excellent service