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.

Rose And Crown
Rose And Crown
3.5 out of 5
Heol-Y-Capel, Nottage, Porthcawl, Wales, CF36 3ST
The price is £45 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly inn in Porthcawl. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions Coney Beach and Royal Porthcawl ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (42 reviews)
"Lovely place very clean, and very freindly staff go out of there way to help with any requirements requested, This is the fourth time we have stayed and have thoroughly enjoyed will be returning soon"

Reviewed on 7 Feb 2022

Rose And Crown
The Brentwood Hotel
The Brentwood Hotel
2.5 out of 5
37-41 Mary Street, Porthcawl, Wales, CF36 3YN
The price is £59 per night from 17 May to 18 May
Stay at this hotel in Porthcawl. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
3/5 (51 reviews)
"I had a very clean and quiet stay , I have stayed at the Brentwood before and always found it very clean and quiet , and the staff are very helpful ."

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2022

The Brentwood Hotel
Bayside Guest House
Bayside Guest House
3 out of 5
70 Mackworth Road, Porthcawl, Wales, CF36 5BT
The price is £60 per night from 19 May to 20 May
Stay at this 3-star guesthouse in Porthcawl. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 beach bars. Popular attractions Coney Beach and Trecco Bay are located nearby. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (6 reviews)
"The independence , just come and go as you please"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2022

Bayside Guest House
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Inviting 3-bed Caravan in Porthcawl
Inviting 3-bed Caravan in Porthcawl
2 out of 5
Porthcawl, Wales
Stay at this campsite in Porthcawl. Enjoy free parking, a TV and digital TV. Popular attractions Trecco Bay and Coney Beach are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Amazing, clean, home from home"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2022

Inviting 3-bed Caravan in Porthcawl
Brambles 66 static caravan
Brambles 66 static caravan
Porthcawl, WLS
Stay at this campsite in Porthcawl. Enjoy an outdoor pool, breakfast and WiFi. Popular attractions Trecco Bay and Coney Beach are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
Brambles 66 static caravan
Caravan to rent trecco bay
Caravan to rent trecco bay
Trecco bay holiday park, Bay view road, Porthcawl, Wales, CF36 5NG
Stay at this campsite in Porthcawl. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges. Popular attractions Trecco Bay and Coney Beach are located nearby. Discover ...
Caravan to rent trecco bay
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