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PorthcawlUnited Kingdom

Porthcawl is a bustling seaside resort on the South Coast of Wales, with all the best traditions that we know and love — a promenade, safe sandy beaches fringed by rocks, craggy cliffs, waves for surfing and the Coney Beach Amusement Park for all the fun of the fair. There is a nature reserve, a museum and a ruined castle too.

Once you arrive, it is hard to imagine that you are only 20 miles from the city of Swansea or 30 miles from Cardiff. This is another advantage of a trip to Porthcawl — it is so easy to get to, just 10 minutes off the M4, with reasonable public transport access too.

In the days when mining in the Welsh valleys dominated the region, Porthcawl harbour was used to export coal but that industrial past is no longer in evidence. Tourism is its trade now.

Before the closure of so many of the coal pits, Porthcawl was once the favoured place for miners and their families on their annual two-week break in the summer, but even that is a piece of history now. Porthcawl is simply an all-round great resort for anyone who enjoys a traditional seaside holiday.

While families, above all, enjoy Porthcawl, the town hosts a number of festivals that attract a wider range of visitors. Each September, for example, there is the Elvis Festival — the largest in Europe, with Elvis lookalikes and tribute artists from all over the world congregating on the promenade. There is also a jazz festival, and Surf Cult too, so pick your time carefully, depending on your interests.

Available in a range of star ratings, there is plenty of holiday accommodation in Porthcawl, so your requirements will be satisfied no matter what you are able to spend.

There is a variety of hotels, both large and small. One iconic building stands right on the seafront with spectacular sea views from many of the 89 bedrooms. Another is associated with the local golf course and has a newly built orangery where you can dine in style. Otherwise, there are many guesthouses, inns and B&B accommodation throughout the town.

As far as self-catering goes, the east side of Porthcawl has a huge holiday park with caravans and a leisure complex. Elsewhere, there is a selection of holiday apartments and cottages to let.

There is no shortage of places to eat out - fish bars, brasseries, carveries, Indian, tapas, ice-cream parlours, cafés, pubs and hotel restaurants.

John Street is the retail centre of town, where there are quirky craft shops as well as regular stores for your everyday needs. Around Castle Hill it is surfers' shopping heaven. For bulk food purchases, it is only a short hop by car to Bridgend.

Top hotels in Porthcawl

Rose And Crown
Rose And Crown
3.5 out of 5
Heol-Y-Capel, Nottage, Porthcawl, Wales
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Situated by the ocean, this inn is within 2 mi (3 km) of Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club and Newton Beach. Margam Castle and Southerndown ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (17 reviews)

"The property was at a very clean standard and all covid restrictions were in place Very friendly staff this is my 4th visit and allways made to feel welcome fab👍😃"…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2020

Rose And Crown
Mary House
Mary House
3 out of 5
46 Mary Street, Porthcawl, Wales
The price is £36 per night from 21 Feb to 22 Feb

Situated in Porthcawl, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mile (2 km) of Coney Beach, Porthcawl Rest Bay Beach and Trecco Bay. Newton Beach and Royal Porthcawl ...

3.7/5Good! (48 reviews)
lovely hotel

"had a lovely 4 night stay here the lady is so kind and helpful really enjoyed our stay and would recommend to friends and family and will be returning soon as we can."…"

Reviewed on 9 Sep 2020

Mary House
The Fairways Hotel
The Fairways Hotel
3 out of 5
The Seafront, West Drive, Porthcawl, Wales
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Situated in Porthcawl, this golf hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Porthcawl Rest Bay Beach and Coney Beach. Royal Porthcawl Golf Club and Trecco Bay are also ...

4/5Very Good! (120 reviews)
brill hotel and very friendly staff

"we had a wonderfull stay room lovely and clean and staff very welcoming"…"

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2019

The Fairways Hotel
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Porthcawl

A&M Trecco Bay Porthcawl Caravan
A&M Trecco Bay Porthcawl Caravan
Trecco bay holiday park, Brambles, Porthcawl, WLS

Situated in Porthcawl, this campsite is within a 15-minute walk of Coney Beach, Newton Beach and Traeth yr Afon. Trecco Bay and Porthcawl Rest Bay Beach are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (6 reviews)
stay at Brambles 79

"very nice caravan! Andrew the owner was very kind! He couldn't do enough for me he tendered to all my needs bless him!!"…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2020

A&M Trecco Bay Porthcawl Caravan
Brambles 66 static caravan
Brambles 66 static caravan
Trecco bay, Porthcawl, WLS

Situated in Porthcawl, this campsite is within a 15-minute walk of Coney Beach, Newton Beach and Traeth yr Afon. Trecco Bay and Porthcawl Rest Bay Beach are ...

Brambles 66 static caravan
Cosy Cwtch holiday home, close to beautiful beaches, restaurants and town
Cosy Cwtch holiday home, close to beautiful beaches, restaurants and town
48A Park Avenue, Porthcawl, WLS

This family-friendly Porthcawl holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Porthcawl Rest Bay Beach and Coney Beach. Trecco Bay and Newton Beach are also within ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Spot on!

"Absolutely spotless, excellent location near to beach and town. Hosts were easy to contact, very friendly and happy to help with anything. We were booked for 2 nights but unfortunately due to a sudden family bereavement we had to leave after one night."…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2020

Cosy Cwtch holiday home, close to beautiful beaches, restaurants and town
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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