Cowbridge High Street

Cowbridge

Towns

This pretty and idyllic market town with cobbled lanes favours independent shops, antiquities, pubs and restaurants.

Discreetly hidden just off the High Street is Cowbridge Physic Garden, a haven of peace and tranquillity and creates awareness of the curative properties of plants.

The town lies on the site of a Roman settlement identified by some scholars as the fort of Bovium (cow-place). Recent excavations have revealed extensive Roman settlement; the town lies alongside a Roman road. There are 17th century references to a ‘cow-bridge’ over a tributary of the river Thaw (which flows through the town) but Cowbridge’s Welsh name, Y Bont-faen, means literally ‘the stone bridge’.