Porthcawl was originally a port for the iron and steel industries and still has some interesting features from that period including the oldest maritime warehouse in Wales, an attractive harbour and the last coal and gas powered lighthouse in Wales.
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century it was transformed into an attractive seaside resort which continues to delight the visitor. At the western end of the resort is the world famous Royal Porthcawl golf course, the finest course in Wales and one of several courses in the area. A rocky promontory with spectacular sea views separates the golf course from the main part of the town including the harbour and the expansive sandy beach to the east.
Coney Beach, a fairground with a variety of rides and amusements was named as a tribute to the famous New York amusement park on Coney Island. The town has an attractive high street with numerous shops and the fascinating Grand Pavilion offers theatre and a pleasant bar. There is good bathing from several beaches and the Atlantic swell ensures there is often excellent surfing.
During the summer months the pleasure steamers ‘Waverley’ & ‘Balmoral’ leave Porthcawl’s harbour for cruises along the Bristol Channel and over to Lundy Island. Nearby Bridgend offers additional shops and a cinema. In the summer, Porthcawl hosts several festivals including the annual Porthcawl Carnival, Sea Festival, Porthcawl International Jazz Festival and Wales’ biggest Celtic Festival of music and dance.
Porthcawl is surrounded by places of natural beauty including Kenfig National Nature Reserve, one of the most impressive conservation areas in Britain. Porthcawl is just 20 miles from Swansea and 35 miles from Cardiff, making it a superb location from which to explore the rich history and breathtaking beauty of south Wales.
We use the Seabank Hotel, a Leisureplex Hotel.
Porthcawl’s town centre is mostly pedestrianised and enjoys a good range of shops, restaurants and cafés. At its seaward end lies the famous Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl’s popular seafront theatre, with its octagonal dome and striking frontage.
Sandy Bay and Trecco Bay are both backed by the Coney Beach Pleasure Park, whilst the quieter Rest Bay boasts a European Blue Flag award. Visitors to Porthcawl’s beaches will find plenty on offer, including yachting, kayaking, surfing, scuba diving, windsurfing and kite surfing, a local speciality.