Beautiful seaside location, nice beaches
Funfair area can be very, very busy in School hols!!
A nice seaside town with a unique promeade
The Porthcawl lighthouse at the end of the breakwater that guards the harbour (Known as The Pier).The lighthouse was built in 1860 and is still in use. It beams a continuous light over the entrance to the harbour with red or green lights to the sides to guide ships. It was powered by Gas untill only 1997 when it was converted to Electric.It has...more
Going down to coney beach fun fair for a day out...Good rates available in book buys of tickets and on special wed and friday nights where some rides are half price at certain times.The front shops along the prom have had a recent lick of paint and new dodgems and beach party are some of the favorites.Personally, I prever the funfair feel to trecco...more
You can walk to the ruins of Kenfig Castle from the Countryside Centre or by parking on the road just past the Prince of Wales Pub.The walk over the dunes which covered the old town is quite nice as are the large cows with BIG HORNS that you have to walk past, we had no trouble though.There is not much remaining of what was once quite an important...more
Porthcawl has a nice promanade that was built in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee it runs along the seafront from Lock's Common on the west to Porthcawl's harbour were it joins the eastern promenade to Coney Beach. it has plenty of seating offering some great views over the Bristol Channel and is a great place for a stroll, there...more
The beach in front of Coney Beach Fairground is known as Sandy Bay because it is (you probably guessed) sandy. It is a large sheltered beach. The water quality is rated as excellent and it is constanty a Blue Flag beach making it very popular with swimmers and surfers. It has lifeguard cover from May to September and is popular with families as you...more
Newton Beach is on the east side of Porthcawl, it is a long sandy and rocky beach that is backed by the Newton Burrows and Merthyr Mawr sand dunes which are great places to explore, the dunes of Merthyr Mawr are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.This great beach ends at the mouth of the River Ogmore in a plcae called Ogmore by...more
The small funfair which is called Coney Beach is a little run down looking but it is still extremely popular, it was originally built to entertain American troops when they were returning from World War I with the park being named in tribute to the world famous New York amusement park on Coney Island. Although small it has a lot of rides packed...more
The lovely Church in the Village of Newton was founded by the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem (otherwise known as the Knights Hospitalers, Knights of Rhodes and the Knights of Malta) over 800 years ago. It would originally have looked more like a fortress with it's fortified tower an ideal place for look outs to warn of attacks from...more
The Sand Dunes that stretch along the back of Newton Beach turning into the great expanse of Merthyr Mawr Dunes is a great plce to go for a walk. These Dunes make an important wildlife habitat and are a site of scientific interest sheltering a rich variety of flora and fauna.I really enjoyed walking along the Beach and then over the dunes, some of...more
This small museum is located within what was the Old Police station along with the Tourist Information centre. It is well worth a visit if you can cartch it open (It's opening times are sadly limited) and has a nice collection of social, maritime and military history along with Victorian costumes and artefacts.more
This traditional looking pub is in the village of Laleston not far from Porthcawl. The entrance is off the car park and not through the front door (which is now the entrance to the upstairs flat)The interior of the pub has a homely feel and has an array of curiosities on numerous shelves, backs of seats and on the walls. To the right of the bar is...more
This is a nice pub on the front at Porthcawl, don't be fooled by the exterior. The interior is really nice and comfortable, we only had a drink here but the food looked lovely with very generous helpings. I have visited again quite a few times and the menu has been updated and improved and they do some nice offers on different days, Mondays sees...more
This lovely pub is situated near to Ogmore Castle so if your visiting the Castle it really is worth calling in for some food, I had Fish and Chips, It came in a basket lined with greaseproof paper in the guise of news paper, It was really nice, great chips and lovely Fish.The pub has a nice atmosphere and the have live music every weekmore
Of course the food is the main thing with any restaurant but you also have to take into account the whole look and feel of the place. Well the Jaipur on the promenade is an average looking Indian restaurant with a reasonable menu that does appear quite limited but they were quite willing to make changes and to make just what you want, the Food was...more
The Watermill is located near Ogmore-By-Sea, just a 15 minutes drive away from Porthcawl. It is in an idyllic setting, not far from ogmore Castle and the pretty village of Merthyr Mawr. This really is one of my favourite pubs in this area. They have a great outside eating area which overlooks open pastures where you can see Geese and cattle...more
Even though it can get a little packed at times, the staff are well trained and offer a good nightout with good music and reasonable drinks on happy hour and special night during the week..
Two floors and a good size dance floor..
Dress Code: Smart
The Promenade Princess is a brightly coloured land train which travels the length and breadth of Porthcawl offering a round trip from Sandy Bay in the East to Rest Bay in the West. There are stops by the funfair, town and Rest Bay. The trip will cost around £2 and all the while you are entertained by the conductor/tour guide who is the funniest man ever, telling jokes while giving you some info on the landmarks and buildings along the way.
When in porthcawl for the day I went into the welsh gift shop based at the top of the town.This shop specialised in welsh gifts and has the largest dispay of welsh lovespoons I have ever seen!!(even bigger than mine and i have a few!!!) Other gifts included welsh money boxes, mugs, teddies, magnets, flags, ornaments and a wide selection of welsh...more
Each year on the last Weekend in September literally thousands of Elvis fans descend on the Town of Porthcawl for what is said to be the largest Elvis Festival in Europe. Fans flock from miles around to enjoy the party atmosphere at the High Tide Inn and go to one of their many free shows whilst others take it a bit more seriously and take part in 'The best festival Elvis' competition which is held in the Grand Pavillion. Over 20 venues within the town take part in the festival, some of the hotels even change their name for one weekend only. The Brentwood Hotel becomes the Heartbreak Hotel and the Blue Seas in Newton becomes the Blue Suede Shoes Hotel. It is a great carnival atmosphere in the town when the festival is on, only in Porthcawl will you see so many people dressed as Elvis in such a small area.
In 2009 the festival attracted over 10,000 people from far and wide. Extra venues were created, the High Tide Inn had non-stop live Elvises in 3 bars which included the new 'Graceland Marquee'. All day long the beer was £2.00 a bottle so needless to say the party atmosphere didn't take long to take off.
Just outside the Village of Merthyr Mawr you will find the 15th Century Dipping Bridge. Farmers used to dip sheep here by pushing them through the holes so that they fall into the river - poor things!! Legend also has it that Local Innkeepers robbed Pilgrims here leaving them for dead.Directions: Leave Porthcawl via the A4106, take the A48 towards...more
Ewenny Priory has been described as the best preserved example of a Norman Priory Church in South Wales. It was founded as a cell of the Benedictine Abbey of Gloucester. The historical and Archeological evidence points to William De Londres building Ewenny Priory Church between 1116 and 1126 on the site of a Celtic Christian Monastery. As you drive...more
Ogmore Castle is situated about a mile from the coast and nestled on the banks of the River Ewenny. William de Londres established the first castle in 1116 at the site, this was a wooden fortification . The surviving earthworks, encompassing an inner ward with a ditch that filled during high tide may date to this original stronghold. By the middle...more
Rest Bay in Royal Portcawl attracts surfers. I don't know much about surfing but suspect the waves are not as good as elsewhere in the world. There were dozens of young men coming and going in their wet suits and carrying their boards, so the waves must be ok.
Equipment: Bring your own wet suits and boards