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Bridgend

Travel Guide

Conveniently located halfway between Cardiff and Swansea, and a stone’s throw from the Brecon Beacons and the Gower Peninsula, Bridgend is a thriving market town. Settled since pre-Roman times, it is steeped in history. From its Norman castles, beautiful beaches and areas of outstanding natural beauty, to its bustling shopping district, fine restaurants and excellent sporting facilities, there is truly something for everyone in Bridgend.

Bridgendsits on the River Ogmore, and is named after the old bridge that crossed it. In 2009 a riverside walkway was opened along the river.

Sport in BridgendBridgendhas a long history of rugby and football, with the Bridgend Ravens rugby union team dating back to 1878. For those who enjoy the great outdoors, Bridgend has an abundance of facilities: cycling, surfing, mountain biking, hiking, golf, tennis and swimming are all well catered for.

Shopping in BridgendBridgendtown centre offers a diverse range of independent shops, from traditional butchers to bespoke jewellers. The bustling indoor market is a great place to buy food and local artisan produce, or simply to put your feet up and have a coffee whilst watching the world go by. Just a short drive out of the centre of town you will find plenty of retail parks offering discount designer clothes and much more.

Eating and Drinking in BridgendFrom traditional Welsh fare to international cuisine, Bridgend’s wide range of cafes, restaurants and pubs will have something to satisfy the most demanding food lover.

Things to See and Do in BridgendBridgendboasts three Norman castles which once formed a defensive triangle protecting the area. The ruins of Newcastle Castle stand on Newcastle Hill, overlooking the town centre. A second ruin, Coity Castle, is in Coity Higher to the northwest. To the south lies the third ruin, Ogmore Castle, in the nearby seaside village of Ogmore-by-Sea.

For nature lovers, the Gower Peninsula was declared the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK in 1956 and can be reached by train, bus or car. The Brecon Beacons National Park is also a short drive away, and on summer Sundays and Bank Holidays the National Park operates a Beacons Bus service from Bridgend.

How about a day at the beach? Nearby Sker Bay, Pink Bay, Rest Bay and Southerndown are hugely popular with surfers, and the local surfing academies offer training courses for beginners. If that all sounds a bit strenuous, why not relax on a secluded beach such as Tresilian Bay or Dunraven Bay? Or head down to Ogmore-by-Sea and get onto the Glamorgan Coastal Path for some excellent walking.

Bryngarw Country Park is the largest in the region and offers a variety of natural habitats as well as excellent amenities for visitors. The beautiful Oriental Garden is definitely worth a visit.

Nearby Kenfig Pool is Glamorgan’s largest natural lake, and a national nature reserve, offering spectacular views and important wildlife habitats. Local legend has it that a lost city lies beneath the water.

Visit BridgendThere’s everything you need in Bridgend for an enjoyable holiday, whether you want to keep busy with invigorating activities or just take it easy and enjoy the warmth of the relaxed Welsh welcome.

Days Inn by Wyndham Bridgend Cardiff M4
Days Inn by Wyndham Bridgend Cardiff M4
2.5 out of 5
M4 J36 Motorway, Bridgend, Wales
The price is £34 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
Situated in Bridgend, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Bryngarw Country Park and within 9 miles (15 km) of Southerndown Golf Club and Coed-Y-Mwstwr Golf Club. ...
3.8/5Good! (418 reviews)
"THE INN WAS PLEASENTLY QUIET JUST OFF THE MOTORWAY, VERY CLOSE TO THE BRIDGEND DESIGNER OUTLET SHOPPING CENTRE AND ODEON CINEMA [WHEN ALLOWED TO OPEN POST COVID]. THE CAR PARK WAS ALMOST FULL SO THEY ARE DOING A TRADE. THEY ARE COMPETIVELY PRICED AND THE DESK IS MANNED 24 HOURS. OUR ONLY CRITISM ..."

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2021

Days Inn by Wyndham Bridgend Cardiff M4
The Coed-Y-Mwstwr Hotel
The Coed-Y-Mwstwr Hotel
4 out of 5
Coychurch, Bridgend, Wales
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £129 per night from 28 Jul to 28 Jul
Situated in Bridgend, this golf hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Coed-Y-Mwstwr Golf Club and within 9 miles (15 km) of Southerndown Golf Club and Traeth yr Afon. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)
Lovely
"Great and lovely staff . Beautiful quiet grounds . Will be back ."

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2020

The Coed-Y-Mwstwr Hotel
Best Western Heronston Hotel & Spa
Best Western Heronston Hotel & Spa
3 out of 5
Ewenny Road, Bridgend, Wales
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £95 per night from 28 Jul to 28 Jul
Located in the heart of Bridgend, this spa hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Southerndown Golf Club and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Coed-Y-Mwstwr Golf Club. Traeth yr Afon ...
3.8/5Good! (359 reviews)
"Our first day at the hotel was midweek and very quiet, soulless I think is the expression. There was an mixup over room cleaning, the website said to opt out if you didn’t want it cleaned but on questioning reception they said the website was wrong! So we opted in to have it cleaned! Breakfast and ..."

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2021

Best Western Heronston Hotel & Spa
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James Place @ Dowlais
James Place @ Dowlais
3 out of 5
The price is £73 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
Situated in Merthyr Tydfil, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Brecon Mountain Railway, Joseph Parry's Ironworker's Cottage and Cyfarthfa Park ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (48 reviews)
"Clean place with lovely home made snacks on arrival. We didnt meet due to Covid but the instructions were clear. So we had no issue. The door was hard to open first time, just need to press the buttons slowly and firmly as James mentioned in the email. Nice big TV in the room."

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2021

James Place @ Dowlais
Modern Studios in Cardiff
Modern Studios in Cardiff
3 out of 5
The West Wing, Glossop Road, Cardiff, Wales
Located in Adamsdown, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Capitol Shopping Centre, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena and Cardiff Bay. Cardiff Castle ...
3.4/5Good! (26 reviews)
No cleaning supplies
"Cleaning services are only available once per stay. There were no cleaning supplies in the room though, so i had to buy them myself."

Reviewed on 13 Dec 2020

Modern Studios in Cardiff
The Old Art & Coffee House on the Taff Trail - Wales
The Old Art & Coffee House on the Taff Trail - Wales
The Old Forge, Parish Road, Cardiff, WLS
Situated on the riverfront, this cabin is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Castell Coch (Red Castle) and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Whitchurch Hospital. Caerphilly Castle and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (4 reviews)
Excellent
"Beautiful accommodation, ideal location. Will definitely visit again, highly recommended. Ideal for families who like a good walk and then to relax in the accommodation. The rooms were so clean we thought we must be the first to stay there. 10 out of 10"

Reviewed on 8 Jul 2021

The Old Art & Coffee House on the Taff Trail - Wales
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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