Glamorgan Heritage Coast

South Wales

  • Dog in front of Barry Island Pleasure Park
  • Penarth Waterfront with Penarth Pier in the background
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Beach huts at Barry Island
  • Cardiff Bay waterfront
  • Rolling countryside at Aberthaw

South Wales is best known as home to the Welsh capital Cardiff, but travel away from the city and further down towards the coast and you will be treated to unspoilt countryside, stunning views and sandy beaches.

Vale Holiday Parks in South Wales

The southern region of Wales is often ranked as one of the top places to visit in the UK and it’s not difficult to see why: beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery and fantastic golf courses all make it a wonderful holiday destination.

Located in the stunning Vale of Glamorgan, Porthkerry Leisure Park has beautiful views over the North Devon coastline and easy access to all that South Wales has to offer. It is the ideal spot for a seaside holiday, there are plenty of sandy beaches such as Cold Knapp Bay to visit and the famous Barry Island Pleasure Park is just a 15 minute drive.

Relax in the Vale’s beautiful countryside surroundings, explore the nearby coastal paths, or if you fancy a day of shopping then Cardiff City Centre is less than 10 miles away.

Our holiday parks in South Wales

  • Porthkerry Leisure Park is a new addition to Vale Holiday Parks, it is currently an owners-only park but keep checking back for updates.


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Our Holiday Parks

  • Porthkerry Leisure Park

    Porthkerry Leisure Park

    Porthkerry Leisure Park is a family and pet-friendly holiday park in South Wales close to Barry Island, Cardiff and the scenic Vale of Glamorgan heritage coast and countryside.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • QWhat are the best beaches in South Wales?


    Jackson’s Bay​​, Whitmore Bay and Cold Knapp Bay are all Seaside Award beaches. 

    The best beaches in South Wales include:

    • Jackson’s Bay
    • Whitmore Bay
    • Cold Knapp Bay
    • Rest Bay
    • Dunraven Bay
    • Ogmore-by-Sea
    • Aberthaw Beach
    • Penarth Beach
  • QWhere are the best places to visit in South Wales?


    There are plenty of places to visit in South Wales:

    • Relax on one of the areas beautiful beaches and have a dip in the sea
    • Visit Cardiff city centre for a spot of shopping and sight-seeing
    • Ride the rollercoaster at Barry Island Pleasure Park
    • Play a round of golf at one of the many courses in the region
    • Explore Waterfall Country in Brecon Beacons National Park
    • Catch a show or a match at the Principality Stadium
  • QWhat towns / cities are in South Wales?


    ​​​​​​Towns and cities in South Wales include:

    • Cardiff
    • Newport
    • Swansea
    • Neath Port Talbot
    • Rhondda Cynon Taf
    • Bridgend
    • Vale of Glamorgan
    • Monmouthshire
    • Torfaen
    • Blaenau Gwent
    • Caerphilly
    • Merthyr Tydfil
  • QWhere are the best places to take the kids in South Wales?


    There are lots of funs things to do with the kids in South Wales, including:

    • Amelia Trust Farm, Barry
    • Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail, Tongwynlais
    • Margam Country Park, Port Talbot
    • Barry Island Pleasure Park, Barry
    • Porthkerry Country Park, Porthkerry
    • National Museum, Cardiff
    • Millennium Coastal Park, Llanelli

Things to do in South Wales

  • Cardiff Bay Waterfront

    Cardiff Bay

    Visit the vibrant waterfront at Cardiff Bay, where there are plenty of fun things to do for all the family.Catch a comedy show at the Glee Club, visit the iconic Pierhead or play ten pin bowling at Hollywood Bowl. Or why not book a boat trip around the bay, taking in the beautiful scenery and views of the coast? If you're hungry there are plenty of restaurants nearby to choose from - indulge in some seasonal European cuisine and panoramic views at The Classroom, tuck into fajitas at Las Iguanas or enjoy a cask ale and traditional pub food at The Eli Jenkins.

  • Barry Island

    Barry Island Pleasure Park

    Barry Island Pleasure Park is home to over 17 attractions and rides, making it the perfect spot for a fun-filled family day out. Thrill seekers can ride the log flume and Wild Mouse rollercoaster while those looking to take it easy can enjoy a ride on the giant ferris wheel, taking in the sights of the Vale coastline. Entry to the park is free and tokens can be purchased for the rides. There is also a selection of food and refreshments onsite, including a street food stand, candy floss vendor and an ice cream van!

  • Nash Point Lighthouse

    Glamorgan Heritage Coast

    Stretching over 14 miles, from Aberthaw to Porthcawl, the Glamorgan Heritage Coast boasts unspoilt coastline and stunning views. Seaside lovers can choose between an abundance of beautiful beaches, from family favourite Dunraven bay to the secluded Cwm Nash. Visit one of the local towns, such as Cowbridge or Merthyr Mawr, for bustling markets and great food and drink options. Seasoned walkers can hike along the entire coastline or alternatively there are plenty of shorter loops and easily accessible beaches for everybody to enjoy.

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For three generations our family has owned and run holiday parks in Cornwall and Wales, so they are very different from those of our larger competitors. We know that the personal touch is the magic ingredient that brings people back time and time again to stay with us.

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