Diverse and densely populated Glamorgan
The county in Wales with the mostly populated and the most highly industrialized is the county of Glamorgan. The geographic characteristics of Glamorgan are very diverse, ranging from valleys, agricultural vales, and scenic locations.
Its northern area is very mountainous and also has very deep valleys. To the south is an extremely rich area of agriculture called Vale of Glamorgan. To the west is the Gower peninsula, the first location in the United Kingdom to be called an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Vale of Glamorgan, aside from its agricultural merits, also attracts many tourists annually. Varieties of shops, bars, and restaurants are located in Barry Island, an island in the Vale of Glamorgan. It also hosts along its coast an amusement park called Barry Island Pleasure Park. It has more than thirty rides and attractions.
A railway infrastructure also in Barry Island features the heritage of railways in the county of Glamorgan. It is also a great tourist attraction. Another tourist destination, St. Donat’s Castle is situation on sea cliffs on the west of the county which features medieval architecture. More of medieval attractions can be found in the Cosmeston Medieval Village. It was reconstructed in 1970 and is considered the best example of what a medieval village was like. Reenactors put up tents just outside the village and perform for the public combats in history.
The Vale of Glamorgan is also home to the Atlantic College, a private boarding school, which is a member of the United World Colleges dedicated to the interaction and education among different countries.
The Gower peninsula is situated on the south coast of Wales and is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Its coastline is frequented by many walkers. Tourists and locals also visit its many beaches such as Bracelet Bay, Caswell Bay, Landland Bay, Port Eynon Bay – all of which have won the prestigious Blue Flag Green Award.
Beaches in the Gower peninsula have also been awarded the Green Coast Award which is given to beaches with Guideline water quality and pure, unspoiled environment. Rhosilli Bay, Mewslade Bay, Tor Bay, Pwll Du Bay, and Limeslade Bay have all been awarded a Green Coast Award.
Glamorgan is a county with many locations of natural beauty and architectural excellence. The Aberdulais Falls has Europe’s largest waterwheel generated by electricity. It is located in the River Dulais.
The conservation of animals is also prevalent in Glamorgan. An estate that serves as a country park, Margam Country Park, is famous for its peacock population as well as many varieties of deer such as the fallow deer, red deer, Père David’s Deer. It has been inhabited since the Bronze Age and Iron age. The largest orangery in Britain is also in Margam Country Park.
Many Norman castles are still in existence in Glamorgan including the Caerphilly Castle which is the largest castle in Wales and next only to Windsor Castle as the largest in Europe.
The Cardiff Castle is also located in this county. It is a medieval castle and was revived as a mansion during the Victorian Period.