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Living in Wales

St Donat’s is a small village located just outside Llantwit Major in the Vale of Glamorgan which is the most southerly point of Wales.  The Vale is one of the most affluent areas in South Wales and we are lucky to be blessed with beautiful towns, villages, countryside and the coast.  

We are approximately 30 minutes from Cardiff, the capital city, which is the largest city in Wales and has a wealth of facilities you would expect to find in a major city, yet it's compact, welcoming and accessible. It's a friendly city with a prosperous economy and its aspiration is to become Europe’s most liveable Capital City, all of which makes for an excellent quality of life.  Cardiff Bay is a vibrant and prosperous area full of walks, historic buildings, restaurants, bars and things to do.  

Although the College is in a rural location, the road links are good and there are train stations in Llantwit Major and Bridgend, and Cardiff airport is just 20 minutes from the College.

Wales’ warm welcome, rich culture and wealth of natural resources provide for a distinctive way of life - and inspiring opportunities to work, live and study.

Wales and the UK

Situated on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, the Vale of Glamorgan and its surrounding areas offer a huge range of activities for people of all ages.  This leaflet provides a wealth of information on things to do and places to see.

The excellent road links from St Donat's to the surrounding areas and also to the 
rest of the UK enable easy access to a huge variety of activities, sights and attractions all across Britain. The following guide shows what the UK and Wales have to offer:


The climate in Wales is generally temperate; we have four defined seasons but it does rain quite frequently.

The current weather can be viewed here. Summers can be hot and winters can be very cold with occasional snowfall. You can also expect frequent and sometimes heavy rain so be prepared for these changes in climate.