Llantwit Major

This beach is a few minutes drive from the picturesque village of Llantwit Major.

The beach has only  patches of sand but plenty of rock pools for the children.There are toilet facilities, refreshments, and as you can see car parking is close to the beach. Again keep children away from the cliffs owing to rock falls!

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Facilities

Cafe

first-aid post.

toilets (including disabled facilities) are all available.

The town of Llantwit Major is an ancient town steeped in history. The first Christian settlements were established by missionaries who travelled through the Celtic fringes of Wales, Ireland, Cornwall.

Llantwit Major, or Llanilltud Fawr, has been occupied for over 3000 years, from the Bronze Age, Iron Age, and the Romans lived here before the Celtic Church made this a place of national importance, but the oldest buildings now seen in the town were built by the Normans.

The Old Swan Inn  pub was at one time a mint. This dates from the Civil War when the owner, Edward Maddocks, struck brass tokens for his workers. The Old Swan was was also a popular inn for American visitors before the 1939-45 war when nearby St. Donats Castle was owned by William Randolph Hearst.

In the centre of the town square is an old preaching cross, which is now the war memorial. Around the square are some Tudor buildings, built when the town had to be rebuilt following a visit the armies of Owain Glyndwr soon after 1400.

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The Old Swan Inn

The Old Swan Inn is the oldest public house in Llantwit Major, dating back to the early 12thCentury.It had a reputation as a mint. This dates from the Civil War when the owner Edward Maddocks, struck brass tokens for his workers.In the early 1930s the inn was very poular with American visitorsstaying at nearby St Donat's Castle as guests of American newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.