Gileston sits 6 miles west of Barry and 1 mile south of St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales. The village is a short walk to Limpert Bay and its pebble beach.
Its important church, dedicated to St Giles, dates back to the 15th century and has a beautiful churchyard, which contains the graves of the Giles family, who gave the village its name. The church is locked but wardens can be contacted to open it for visitors.
The village of West Aberthaw sits to the east and Cardiff International Airport is just 4 miles further to the east.