history, Llantwit Major lies near the coast
and was an ancient seat of learning for Welsh
It was St. Illtud who founded a church and religious school here around 500 AD, tutoring both St. David, patron saint of Wales, and St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. The remarkable ‘double’ church of St Illtud dates from the 12th century and contains a collection of Celtic crosses and stones carved with Latin inscriptions.
Nearby, the valley of the Col Huw River offers interesting walks and a few miles along the coast is St Donat’s Bay with its ‘Gothic’ St Donat’s Castle, once the home of the Amercian newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Beyond Llantwit Major is a Roman villa and Iron Age hill forts.