A market town in the Vale of Glamorgan, Cowbridge is about 7 miles west of Cardiff and has a population of 3,600. It is one of very few medieval walled towns in Wales, and substantial portions of the walls, together with the south gate, are still standing.
On 13 March 1254, Cowbridge received its first borough charter from Richard de Clare, the Lord of Glamorgan. The main street contains a number of Georgian houses, including the former town houses of important local families.
The present Cowbridge Town Hall, served as a prison until 1830, when it was converted into a town hall; eight of the original prison cells are still intact, six of which house the exhibits of the Cowbridge Museum. It is an attractive place to visit and shop with a diversity and choice generally unexpected of a small town. Many traditionally run family businesses and new enterprises combine to create a unique mix of traditional and modern.
Cowbridge boasts a superb range of bistros, restaurants, pubs and wine bars, each with their own individual character and style.