Coity Castle, Ogmore Castle and Newcastle
Explore the rugged ruins of castles in south Wales
Visit the lovely, quiet village of Coity in Bridgend and take a stroll along the open grounds of the beautiful Coity Castle, built by Sir Payn.
The kids will have plenty of fun climbing, exploring and running around the gorgeous space, established in the early 12th century.
Take in the ruins as you tuck into a marvellous picnic at one of the best-preserved castles in Glamorgan.
A lovely day out for the whole family, even dogs are welcome here as long as they're kept on a lead.
Together, you can all admire the outstanding pieces from each era as the sunlight sheds its warm rays on the ancient stone.
The information on the Cadw board will help your imagination come to life as you read all about how the castle would originally have appeared.
Even more to discover
If Coity Castle has ignited your love for history, why not make the short drive to its nearby neighbour, Ogmore Castle?
The trees sway gently in the wind near the remains of this Norman beauty.
Stroll around the 12th and 13th century remains, built to defend Glamorgan from the Welsh armies.
The history of this place is remarkable! Stare up at the blue, clear sky, reflecting on the fact that the castle was in use until the 19th century as a court of justice and a prison.
This stunning landmark is positioned on the south bank of the River Ewenny and the east bank of the River Ogmore so you can try your hand at pebble skimming.
There are even ancient stepping stones that you can use to get over to the other side if you're feeling brave enough.
Animal lover? You'll absolutely love seeing the horses crossing through the river and walking down to the beach on a sunny day - why not have a go yourself at the nearby stables?
Another castle, another adventure
Finish your day off with a trip to beautiful Newcastle.
You'll be blown away when you walk through the striking Norman arched stone doorway - this is a truly perfect castle that has hardly been touched since the 12th century.
Butterflies will dance around your head as you notice the details, preserved in pristine condition.
These ancient stones still guard important river crossings, which they've overlooked for centuries.
A day out enjoying these historic buildings will be wonderful for all.
Heol Yr Eglwys,