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The Bear has origins as far back as the 12th Century. Probably best known as being the inn where they changed the horses on the mail run from Cardiff to Swansea. During the 18th Century Napoleon’s troops were held in the ‘Bear Pit’ en route to London after a failed invasion at Fishguard!! This famous Coaching Inn is steeped in history.  Nowadays, this privately owned 3 star hotel is famed for it’s fine home cooked food, friendly atmosphere and really good ale.


The Bear Hotel Cowbridge is just 20 minutes away from Cardiff city centre and the Cardiff Bay development, making it an ideal base to visit Europe’s fastest growing city for art, culture, shopping and entertainment.

Explore Cardiff with the excellent St David’s shopping centre, home to over 100 shops and 25 bars & restaurants and the largest John Lewis store outside London.

With FREE parking at the hotel, including 2 designated disabled parking bays, hop on the local bus just outside the hotel which will take you straight into the city centre.

The surrounding area is rural, with numerous interesting places to visit:  National Trust Dyffryn Gardens, Hendrewennol  Fruit Garden, Museum of Welsh Life, Castell Coch, Ogmore Valley and many more. You may fancy a walk along one our section of the Wales Coastal Path which includes the fine beaches on the Heritage Coast or Gower.  On a clear day, Devon is visible from the local cliff tops!

Brecon Beacons and the Welsh Valleys are close by, with breathtaking views. Some of the Valleys still have the mining houses visible as you drive through.

The hotel is on the main high street of the beautiful town of Cowbridge. This quaint market town boasts some fabulous boutique shops, lingering walks around the Roman wall and some of the most beautiful town houses.


Leisure facilities

Cowbridge Leisure Centre is a short stroll from the hotel and guests of the Bear are able to use all their facilities free of charge.  Should you wish to use the Gym you would need to complete an induction first, please contact the centre direct for more information.  Visit their website.

Bike Hire at the Bear You can now hire a mountain bike, or even a tandem and cycle your way around the Vale.  All bike hire charges are donated to our nominated charity, Velindre Cancer Centre Fundraising, so Get Fit…  Fight Cancer…  Booking Information



Cycle the Vale – information of circular and family routes around the Vale of Glamorgan.  
  Even an Olympic Gold medal winning route from Nicole Cooke MBE






Vale Trails - 10 walking trails will help you discover the Vale on foot.  From the Glamorgan Heritage Coastline, inland and follow in the footsteps of Iolo Morganwg.  You’ll discover all the very best the Vale of Glamorgan has to offer.  Visit the Vale Website




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