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Rest Bay, Porthcawl
Photograph © Terry Winter

Porthcawl is a town of population around 16,000 on the South Wales coast in the county borough of Bridgend, traditional county of Glamorgan. Originally built as a port to transport coal from the valley mines, it became a popular holiday resort. It has an extensive promenade and several beaches: a tourist-oriented beach at Trecco Bay, at the east end of the town, a blue flag beach at Rest Bay, which lies to the northwest of the town, and a tarmac-covered beach in front of the promenade. There are many hotels and B&Bs and a funfair. Four rocky points line the shore: Hutchwns Point, Porthcawl Point (on which a lighthouse is situated), Rhych Point and Newton Point. Districts within the town include Nottage to the north, and Newton, to the east.

The Grand Pavilion was built during the 1930s and has a seating capacity of 635. It is the venue for popular shows, including the annual pantomime, one of the most popular in Wales.


 Theatre in Porthcawl: Grand Pavilion


 Farmers Markets in Porthcawl:
 Porthcawl (Bridgend) Farmers Market

       Awel y mor
       Porthcawl
       Bridgend
       CF36 5TS
 10am-1pm Fourth Saturday each month
 http://www.bridgendfarmersmarket.co.uk


 Football in Porthcawl: Porthcawl Town FC


 Golf in Porthcawl:
 Grove Golf Club
       South Cornelly
       Porthcawl
       Bridgend
       CF33 4RP
 01656 788771

 Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
       Rest Bay
       Porthcawl
       Bridgend
       CF36 3UW
 01656 782251


 Libraries in Porthcawl:
 Porthcawl Library

       Church Place
       Porthcawl
       CF36 3AG
 01656 754845
 Mon 9.30-18.00
       Tue 9.30-18.00
       Wed 9.30-13.00
       Thur 9.30-18.00
       Fri 9.30-19.00
       Sat 9.30-17.00


 Cinemas in Porthcawl:
 Grand Pavilion
       The Esplanade
       Porthcawl
       CF36 3YN
 01656 783860


 Rugby in Porthcawl: Porthcawl RFC
       South Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3DH
 01656 784242


 Vets in Porthcawl:
 Shepherd & Partners
       1 Lifeboat Rd
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3BS
 01656 785582


 Tourist Information Centre in Porthcawl:

 Telephone:

01656 786639

 Fax:

01656 782387

 Email:

[email protected]

 Address:

Old Police Station
John Street
Porthcawl
Bridgend
CF36 3DT

 Hours:

Winter Tuesday, Friday & Saturday 9:00 - 17:00
Summer
Monday - Saturday  9:00 - 17:00


 Pubs/Bars in Porthcawl:
 Ancient Briton

       Clevis Hill
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5NT
 01656 782069

 The Apollo Club
       37 The Esplanade
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YR
 01656 784380

 Atlantic Hotel
       West Drive
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3LT

 Brentwood Hotel
       41 Mary Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YN

 The Buccaneer Bar
       Mackworth Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5BT
 01656 785569

 The Cabin Bar
       Manor Suite Complex
       Eastern Promenade
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5TS
 01656 788530

 Esplanade Hotel
       Esplanade
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YP

 The Fairways Hotel
       West Drive
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3LS

 General Picton
       57 New Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5DH
 01656 771650

 Glen Aub Hotel
       50 Glen Aube Hotel Mary Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YA

 Globe Inn
       Bridgend Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5RN
 01656 774000

 The Heritage Hotel
       24 Mary Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YA

 The Hi Tide Inn
       Mackworth Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5BT
 01656 782432

 Jolly Sailor Inn
       Church Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5PD
 01656 782403

 The Knights Arms
       The Square
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3BW

 The Lifeboat Inn
       The Square
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3BW
 01656 773494

 Lorelei Hotel
       Esplanade Avenue
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YU

 The Lifeboat
       The Square
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3BW
 01656 783380

 The New Brogden
       New Brogden
       129 New Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5DD
 01656 783727

 Minerva Hotel
       52 Esplanade Avenue
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YU

 Oceanview Hotel
       46 Mary Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YA

 Penoyre Hotel
       29 Mary Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YN

 Pier Hotel
       Esplanade
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YR

 Porthcawl Hotel Ltd
       John Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3AP

 Prince Of Wales
       10 New Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5DN
 01656 783410

 Queens Hotel
       New Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5DL
 01656 785058

 Rock Inn
       John Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3DT
 01656 782340

 The Royal Oak
       South Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3DH
 01656 782684

 Sandpiper Inn
       52 New Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5DN
 01656 785609

 Sandville Hotel
       19 Mary Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YL

 Seagull Inn
       Sandpiper Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3UT
 01656 785420

 Seahorse Inn
       South Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3DH
 01656 782885

 Seaways Hotel
       28 Mary Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YA

 White Breakers Private Hotel
       27 Esplanade
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YR


 Hotels in Porthcawl:
 Atlantic Hotel
       West Drive
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3LT
 01656 785011

 Brentwood Hotel
       35-41 Mary Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YN
 01656 782725

 Collingwood Hotel
       40 Mary Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YA
 01656 782899

 Fairways Hotel
       West Drive
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3LS
 01656 782085

 Heritage Hotel
       24 Mary Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YA
 01656 771881

 Lorelei Hotel
       36-38 Esplanade Avenue
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YU
 01656 788342

 Minerva Hotel
       52 Esplanade Avenue
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YU
 01656 782428

 Penoyre Private Hotel
       29 Mary Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YN
 01656 784550

 Pier Hotel
       39 Esplanade
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YR
 01656 782028

 Porthcawl Hotel
       John Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3AP
 01656 782257

 Queens Hotel
       79 New Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5DH
 01656 785058

 Sandville Hotel
       19 Mary Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YL
 01656 773774

 The Seabank
       West Drive
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3LU
 01656 782261

 Seaways Hotel
       26-28 Mary Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YA
 01656 783510


 B&B's/Guesthouses in Porthcawl:
 Anton
       50 Esplanade Avenue
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YU
 01656 772801

 Blue Seas
       72 Beach Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5NE
 01656 786540

 Edmon House
 33 Esplanade Avenue
       Porthcawl
       Bridgend
       CF36 3YS 
 01656 788102
 01656 783682
 [email protected]
 http://www.edmonguesthouse.co.uk

 Haven
       50 New Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5DN
 01656 788706

 Marllew House
       39 Esplanade Avenue
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YS
 01656 789319

 Rosedale
       48 Esplanade Avenue
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YU
 01656 785356

 St Sebastien House
 30 Esplanade Avenue
       Porthcawl
       Bridgend
       CF36 3YU 
 01656 771594
 [email protected]
 http://www.saintsebastienhouse.org

 Val's
       Apsley House
       13 Esplanade Avenue
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YS
 01656 782813

 Villa Guest House
       27 Mary Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YN
 01656 785074


 Campsites/Carvans in Porthcawl:
 Dan Y Graig
       Heol Drewi
       South Cornelly
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF33 4RA
 01656 740510

 Trecco Bay Holiday Park
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5NG
 0871 641 0323
 0191 268 5986
 [email protected]
 http://www.parkdeanholidays.co.uk/trecco-bay-holiday-park.htm?e=1383

 The White Wheat Caravan Site
       Zig Zag Lane
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5EH
 01656 786641
 http://www.whitewheat.co.uk/

 Happy Valley Caravan Park
       Wig Fach
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF32 0NG
 01656 782144
 01656 782146


 Restaurants in Porthcawl:
 Coast Restaurant
       2-4 Dock Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3BL
 01656 782025

 Enrico's Italian Restaurant
       33 Esplanade
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YR
 01656 785556

 Jaipur (Indian)
       34 The Esplanade
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YR
 01656 786950

 La Rochelle (Seafood)
       9 Well Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3BE
 01656 782330


 Cafes in Porthcawl:
 Bakerboy
       3 Gwendoline Court
       Lias Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3AH
 01656 772472

 Edens Coffee Shop
       15 Well Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3BE
 01656 773101

 Olympic Cafe
       9-11 John Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3AP
 01656 773886

 Pietros
       32 Esplanade
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YR
 01656 771492

 P Sidoli & Sons
       18 John Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3BA
 01656 783539

 Seagulls Cafe & Bar
       Beach Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5NE
 01656 773951

 Yum Yums Ice Cream Parlour
       Bay View Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5NG
 01656 786978


 Take Aways in Porthcawl:
 Burger King
       Mackworth Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5BT
 01656 772883

 Cantonese Take Away
       26 New Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5DN
 01656 785529

 Caspian's
       36 The Esplanade
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3YR
 01656 773534

 Chris' Takeaway Fish Bar
       12 Mackworth Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5BY
 01656 785522

 Eastern Spice
       1 Eastern Promenade
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5TS
 01656 788866

 Finnegans (Fish and Chips)
       16 New Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5DN
 01656 782883

 Llew's (Fish and Chips)
       12 Beach Road, Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5NH
 01656 772566

 New Road Chinese
       271 New Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5BG
 01656 773883

 Panda Takeaway
       68 New Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5DG
 01656 784888

 Pizza King
       Mackworth Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5BT
 01656 773771

 Porthcawl Tandoori Takeaway
       1 Eastern Promenade
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5TS
 01656 788193

 Rogers Takeaway
       18 New Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5DN
 01656 772288

 Roosters (Fish and Chips)
       36 Mackworth Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5BP
 01656 782322

 Sidoli Bros (Fish and Chips)
       13 Well Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3BE
 01656 783766

 Silver River
       81 New Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5DH
 01656 773133


 For Children in Porthcawl:
 Bright Beginnings (Nursery)
       Florence Street
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3PF
 01656 773864


 Taxis in Porthcawl:
 Don Tax
       Porthcawl Hotel
       Dock St
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3BL
 01656 785336

 Gordon Cars
       33 New Rd
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3DL
 01656 788887

 Porthcawl Cars
       Old Station Lane
       Station Hill
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5TL
 01656 786655


 Other in Porthcawl:
 Porthcawl Marine (Watersports)
       20 New Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5DN
 01656 728392

 Porthcawl United Services Club Ltd
       35-37 New Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5DL
 01656 782302

 Prince Of Wales Court Bowling Club
       Penylan Avenue
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3LE
 01656 785111

 Royal Air Forces Association
       6-8 New Road
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 5DN
 01656 782802

 Ye Pirates Club
       Harbour House
       The Square
       Porthcawl
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF36 3BW
 01656 782091


Porthcawl - From 'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' (1849)
PORTHCAWL, a rising sea-port, in the parish of Newton-Nottage, union of Bridgend and Cowbridge, hundred of Newcastle, county of Glamorgan, South Wales, about 5 miles (W. S. W.) from Bridgend. This place is situated on the shore of the Bristol Channel, and forms the natural outlet of the Llynvi and other valleys abounding with coal and ironstone: it is also the water-side terminus of the Llynvi-Valley railway, formerly called the Dyfryn-Llynvi and Porthcawl tramway. The beach offers facilities for bathing; there are two inns, and several very convenient lodging-houses have been recently erected. About twenty-five years ago scarcely any business was done here: in 1827, however, a breakwater was constructed, for the purpose of making the port efficient for the coal-traffic of the district, and a large trade was thus created. The tramway was formed about the same time, at an expense of 92,000, reaching inland for a distance of seventeen miles, and opening up a means of conveyance for the produce of the mines and quarries of a tract rich in ironstone, coal, and stone. In 1843, a great extension of the iron-trade was caused by the discovery of blackband, or carboniferous ironstone, in the hills near the line of the tramway; this species of ironstone being smelted at a much less expense than the argillaceous kind, which alone had been previously worked. The exports in the year 1846 were, of pig-iron 25,554 tons, and of coal 22,913 tons; in 1847, of pig-iron 36,705 tons, and of coal 18,340 tons. In the latter year, thirteen blast-furnaces were in operation near the line of tramway, at Maes Tg, Llynvi, and the other works. The harbour is artificial, formed by two substantial arms of masonry, inclosing a bed of soft mud, with twenty feet of water at spring, and twelve at neap, tides; it is capable of accommodating twenty vessels, and is about to be improved. In 1847 an act was passed for the conversion of the tramroad into a locomotive railway, and several important extensions are projected: at present, the length of the line, including a branch of four miles and a half to the thriving town of Bridgend, is twenty-one miles and a half.



 

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