Glamorgan Heritage Coast Centre

The Heritage Coast Centre offers schools, colleges and community groups a unique and specialised environmental education and outdoor learning opportunities on the coast with its extensive ranger-led activities.


Age Groups: Early Years, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5



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Environmental Education Programme

  • Triassic and Liassic cliffs, rocky shores and wave cut platforms interspersed with sandy beaches. A wide range of flora and fauna, making it one of the richest areas of biodiversity and natural beauty in South Wales

  • Calcareous grassland which is rich in plant life specific to alkaline soil such as the Clustered Bellflower and the Purple Gromwell

  • Woodland carpeted with flowers in spring as well as a variety of trees which are home to badgers, foxes, squirrels and plentiful bird species

  • Abundant marine life adapted to the harsh intertidal conditions of our exposed shores such as anemones, barnacles, periwinkles and many more. We often have sea creatures like prawns and fish stranded in our rock pools by the tides. Dunraven Bay has an expansive area of Honeycomb Worm Reefs

  • Fossils abundantly scattered along the shores, evidence of Earth’s history from the limestone formed in the Carboniferous Period (350 million years ago) to the Blue Lias of the Liassic period (180 million years ago).  

We offer an array of diverse wildlife and habitats to explore; beaches, woodlands, grassland, ponds, cliffs and gardens, this makes it an ideal base for learning about our natural world and tying in with the Welsh National Curriculum and cornerstone topics. 


  • Picnic benches
  • Shop 
  • Tourist Information
  • Disabled parking
  • Dunraven Park Estate dates back to the 17th Century. It spans 56 acres along the cliffs of Southerndown. A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
  • Public Toilets


Book a Visit

For more information, please contact the Heritage Coast Centre:

  • 01656 880157


Walks, Talks and Education