Best known for traditional seaside fun on lovely family beaches, Porthcawl is also a town with a fascinating history. It falls within the county of Bridgend – home to legendary family adventures.

Dare To Discover a part of Wales you may not know much about. Easy to get to, the County of Bridgend lies between Cardiff, Swansea and the Brecon Beacons National Park. This area is also part of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast – an area of spectacular cliffs, coves, sand dunes and miles of sandy beaches.

Visit www.visitbridgend.co.uk/  to discover things to DO, places to STAY and events to SEE in Bridgend County.

Bridgend County Council also have their own Visitor Map, which you can take a look at HERE in preparation for your visit to Porthcawl.

Life’s A Beach

Porthcawl is home to some of the closest surfing beaches to London, with consistent year-round waves.

Rest Bay Beach is the most popular spot – surfers of all ages and abilities share the waves with avid kite surfers, paddle boarders and kayakers. Trecco Bay is another popular option, making the most of the swells rolling in from the Atlantic.

Walk This Way

Bridgend County is home to just 11.5 of the 870-mile Wales Coastal Path, but boy, do we make the most of it!

That’s 11.5 miles of dramatic dunes, award-winning beaches, eye-catching castles and National Nature Reserves.

Explore the dunes at Kenfig National Reserve just beyond Porthcawl. Kenfig is a mysterious place. Time Team came to dig here and found a wealthy town built within the castle’s defences.

Part of a Norman port buried beneath the shifting sands. Round off your day out at The Prince of Wales, a pub steeped in tradition and perched on the edge of Kenfig Nature Reserve.

Drive Time

Discover the UK’s hidden golf gem. Six courses, one incredible, unstuffy golfing location.

Follow in the footsteps of Tom Watson, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie and countless other golfing greats.

The Royal Porthcawl is one of Europe’s finest golf courses – host of the Senior Open in 2014 and 2017.


We like to think we’ve made a name for ourselves by hosting a calendar of events you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. From Elvis to Cwlwm Celtaidd and Porthcawl Carnival to Christmas Day Swim, dare to discover our festivals and events.


From cost cottages to quirky camping and luxury hotels to modern bunk houses, we have something for everyone. Visit www.bridgendbites.com/staying for full listings.