Glamorgan is one of the thirteen historic counties. Glamorgan is latterly represented by the three preserved counties of West Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan and South Glamorgan. The county of Glamorgan comprised several distinct regions: the industrial valleys, the agricultural Vale of Glamorgan and the scenic Gower Peninsula.
From the mid-18th century onwards, Glamorgan's uplands underwent large-scale industrialisation, due to Glamorgan's long coastline, several settlements grew and prospered as harbour and port towns , in particular Swansea and later Cardiff.
Where there were breaks in the rocky coastline, small fishing and cockling communities existed, such as Port Eynon and Penclawdd.
Things to do
Home to the most southerly point in Wales, the Vale of Glamorgan is perfect for those who love the outdoor life and discovering towns and villages packed full of traditional charm and character.
Barry Island is a fantastic place for a day out with the family and has over thirty rides and attractions and a wide assortment of shops, bars and restaurants. Barry Island has become familiar as the home of the hit TV show Gavin & Stacey. If you love the show, then you'll love Barry Island too.
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast begins at Aberthaw and goes all the way to Porthcawl in the west. Featuring dramatic cliffs, amazing rock formations, secluded romantic coves, all backed by rolling countryside.