Walk down Church Street in the ancient market town of Cowbridge and behind a high stone wall lies Cowbridge Physic Garden.
The garden was originally part of the Old Hall Gardens, laid out by the Edmondes family in the 18th century. Badly neglected in the 20th century, it was brought back to life by enthusiastic volunteers and today is a glorious array of medicinal plants and herbs, typical of physic gardens from centuries past.
The site is relatively small, just ½ acre (0.2ha), but is laid out in a formal pattern and contains a fascinating variety of species that would traditionally have been used for healing, cooking and dyeing fabrics.
It has been described as a small oasis of calm and tranquillity, just a few steps away from the noise and pressures of modern-day life. The garden is open to all and has been designed and laid out to make it accessible for wheelchair users. The entrance from Church Street has a ramp and all paths are suitable for all visitors.
There is no parking available outside the garden itself, but spaces are normally available nearby. There are no toilet facilities within the garden.