Lose yourself in Lovely Llantrisant
Take a look at the shops, restaurants and cafés of Llantrisant
Perched high on a Taff Valley hilltop is the ancient town of Llantrisant.
It’s a wonderful mix of history and modern living.
Myths, legends and ghosts seem to swirl around the old, cobbled streets, which are now lined with great places to eat, drink and shop – there’s loads to explore.
One of the best ways to explore the town is via the Llantrisant Trail. Download it as a PDF or a narrated, audio guide and be guided to key sites such as:
The statue of Dr William Price, an eccentric druid and pioneer of modern cremation who is said to have inspired Hollywood actor Robert Downey Junior’s lead role in the film Dr Doolittle.
The statue is located in the central Bullring (yes, it was an actual Bullring but fights were stopped due to the rowdiness of the crowds!) The Bullring is now lined with shops and places to eat and is home to the lovely Model House Gallery, which has a gift shop and guests crafters.
You can take your time here and explore the shops. If you are hungry, the Butcher’s Arms gallery serves delicious hot drinks, snacks and cakes and is a treasure trove of gifts and homeware!
After a quick refreshment stop, gets back on to the trail, to Llantrisant Church, from which you can enjoy views for miles.
Then down to Castle Green, Llantrisant Castle ruins and the Guildhall. This is an incredible place to explore. The castle is said to have been the last holding place of King Edward II before he was executed.
The stocks remain but very little of the castle. Say hello to the goats who snack on the greenery that covers the ruins, to keep it trimmed and protect the ruins. Take time to visit The 14th Century Guildhall, which is now a heritage and visitor centre and is packed with fascinating displays and artefacts. Learn the story of the formidable Llantrisant Longbowmen, who changed the face of modern warfare when they fought in the Battle of Crecy. Kids will love the historic role play.
A trip to Llantrisant is not complete without exploring beautiful Llantisant Common and surrounding countryside - the Bunny Walks take you through the area up to the mysterious Billy Wynt and Llantrisant Forestry.
Llantrisant is a tiny town with a mighty punch. It has just the right mix of history and modern living. Tucked away on the hilltop, it’s like a different world. Why not make a stay of it? The town is now home to the gorgeous Cwtch Cottage, which is dog-friendly and the perfect place to stay?
Restaurants and dining
The Bear Inn
The Cross Keys Hotel
The New Inn
The Butchers Arms Gallery – A restaurant/café and as a gallery and gift shop
Jafran Indian Takeaway
The Guildhall – Private room hire and wedding functions
Model House - Contains 15 small local and creative businesses