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Holidays in Bridgend

A quiet town on the banks of the Ogmore, nestled between Wales' two biggest cities

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With its wealth of history and culture, and miles of unspoilt countryside on its doorstep, Bridgend is an excellent base for exploring Wales.

The bustling town of Bridgend is located on the River Ogmore, 18 miles west of Cardiff and 20 miles east of Swansea. This traditional Welsh community is home to a number of remarkable historical buildings, including the towering Coity Castle, one of three castles which formed a defensive triangle for the area during its turbulent past. As you explore the centre of Bridgend, you’ll find a variety of traditional cafes and pubs, and some interesting independent shops.

Bargain-lovers won’t want to miss the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, on the outskirts of Bridgend. Here, you’ll discover almost 100 shops, selling high street and designer brand at discounted prices. There are also cafes, restaurants and a cinema.

bridgendBrecon Beacons, easily accessible from Bridgend

Bridgend is well positioned for exploring some of Wales’ most beautiful coastline and countryside. Cardiff and Swansea are both near enough to make day trips to, and well worth a visit for their history, shopping, restaurants and nightlife. To the north of Bridgend is the wildly beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, the windswept landscapes of which are particularly popular among walkers and wildlife-watchers. Drive west, past Swansea, and you’ll reach the enchanting Gower Peninsula, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where quiet stretches of golden sand await discovery.

A short drive from Bridgend will bring you to Porthcawl, a charming seaside town with vast, sandy beaches, an elegant promenade and a variety of traditional attractions. Porthcawl is one of Wales’ best surf spots, with various waves, suitable for all levels, from complete beginners to experts. Unlike many of the country’s surf spots, Porthcawl is consistent and you’re unlikely to be find a flat sea when you arrive at the beach. Porthcawl Surf School provides all the guidance and equipment you’ll need to hit the water and catch your first wave.

"With its wealth of history and culture, and miles of unspoilt countryside on its doorstep, Bridgend is an excellent base for exploring Wales."

Bridgend is scattered with traditional cafes and pubs, many of which serve traditional Welsh food. The Haywain is an atmospheric, old pub serving a good range of local ales and classic, hearty dishes. The Sunday roast of beef, lamb or pork is particularly popular. Another good option is the Old Cottage Bistro, a relaxed restaurant in the centre of town, serving well cooked meat and fish dishes.

Take a look at our full collection of Bridgend cottages for even more holiday inspiration.

While you’re there


Play a round of golf at this beautiful and friendly golf course.

Coity Castle

Visit the atmospheric remains of this Norman castle.

Bridgend Indoor Market

Buy a wide variety of items, from fruit to crafts!

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