Porthcawl | South Wales | Tourism | Accommodation | Things to Do
Porthcawl was originally a town dependent on the export of coal, but it's shipping industry was soon overtaken by operations at Barry and elsewhere. Since the end of the 19th century its focus has been on providing leisure facilities for the region, and honing the art of providing relaxation and respite for all. A testament to this legacy is the Porthcawl promenade that dates from 1887. The Porthcawl museum and the Grand Pavilion should also not be missed by those interested in delving into the past of the South Wales coastline, whilst nearby Morgan Park and Bryngarw Park provide a historically orientated day out that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Nature lovers will be enraptured by the Merthyr Mawr Dunes and Kenfig Nature Reserve, which are both just a few miles from the centre of town. Porthcawl itself boasts not one but two Blue Flag beaches, their golden sands have proved a hit with the surfing community for whom Porthcawl is a home from home, attracting national and international competitions each year. Other annual events include the Porthcawl Elvis Festival and the Jazz Festival. The Coney Beach Pleasure Park at the western end of the promenade brings a little taste of Coney Island to South Wales, whilst the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club has a formidable international reputation.
A Visit to Porthcawl
What to see and do in Porthcawl, South Wales...
- KENFIG NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE Wonderful wildlife and spectacular views across Swansea Bay
- PORTHCAWL MUSEUM The old police station on John St tells the story of Porthcawl
- GRAND PAVILION The Pavilion hosts everything from poetry to panto
- CONEY BEACH Bringing a taste of New York to South Wales since 1920