Whether you’re travelling from Cardiff Central to Llantwit Major for business or for pleasure, hopping on the train allows you to relax on your trip, whilst using our free onboard Wifi to catch up with the latest soaps, or enjoying a trawl through the social media pages.
Sitting on the Bristol Channel coastline, Llantwit Major is named after Saint Illtyd and his monastery, also known as the Llan of Saint Illtyd. Thanks to this illustrious reputation, the region became one of the most respected sites for Christianity, and at its height, was visited by more than 2000 visitors yearly. This number included members of the clergy and other saints. This continued until 1539 when the Dissolution of the Monasteries caused the monastery to be disbanded.
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The Grade I listed complex, St Illtyd's Church now sits on the site of the old monastery and is referred to as the Westminster Abbey of Wales. First founded in 1100, it has undergone several refurbishments, one of which was the addition, in the 13th century, of the Galilee chapel. The reason for its construction is unknown, and although it sat in ruins for many centuries, it was rebuilt in 2013 and now houses an impressive collection of Celtic crosses.
The beach - Cwm Colhuw, is a must-visit and is especially popular with surfers. Part of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, this pebble beach, with its rocky headland is renowned for its rare flora and fauna, and Britain’s smallest butterfly, the Small Blue Butterfly, can often be spotted dancing along the shoreline and up onto the short grasslands at the top of the cliffs. Like much of the Welsh coastline, the beach is a great place to go fossil hunting, and some of the world’s finest examples of Jurassic Period fossils have been sourced from this beach.
If culture is your thing, St Donats Arts Centre offers a full programme of events, performances and workshops, including many activities for youngsters. In the glorious grounds of St Donats Castle, catch an open-air concert or play here and you won’t forget the experience.
Llantwit Major is a mecca for those seeking unusual gifts, and alongside the big high street names, smaller independent boutiques showcase local artists, craftspeople and visionaries in the field. From handcrafted silver jewellery, beautifully cosy knitwear, and mouth-blown studio glass, to homemade cakes, delicious fudges and locally produced pastries, we dare you to resist!
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