‘Fantastic’ Welsh seaside resort with seven beaches named one of the best – ‘has it all’

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A seaside holiday is a great staycation option for Britons all year round. Which? named some of the most popular seaside towns in the country and a South Wales town was on the list.

Porthcawl is located between Cardiff and Swansea.

The town boasts seven beaches, making it the perfect destination for Britons looking for a beach holiday.

On Tripadvisor, Steve D said of Rest Bay: “This beach has it all, great waves, rock pools and sand. It is enjoyed by all.

“We walked down the beach passed the golf course and on to a further beach towards Port Talbot.

“It really was a nice walk and the beaches were so big that you never felt crowded. I would highly recommend a visit.”

And Catherine R said of Newton Bay Beach: “Fantastic beach for the family and our milo (chocolate Labrador). Cheap to park right by the beach, lots of friendly dogs off the leads and lovely and clean.”

As a beachy town, Porthcawl is popular for water activities and sees many surfers take to its waters, even hosting surfing competitions.

The seaside resort’s promenade and Grand Pavilion are two popular attractions.

Of the Grand Pavilion, Jon said: “The Grand Pavilion is located on Porthcawl seafront and is a venue I visit very often. They provide a good variety of entertainment to suit all tastes. I usually go to see the music artists, some are the original acts but many are good tribute acts.

“There is a bar and drinks are allowed into the auditorium and during the day there is a nice cafe that offers drink and snacks.”

And Porthcawl has even more attractions for holidaymakers.

Coney Beach Amusement Park promises traditional fun for the whole family.

Lucy L said: “Fair with lots to do, a little run down but kids will love it. Best to go in the evening as the lights make it extra exciting for kids.”

A short drive from town, Wiggley’s Fun Farm allows visitors to get close to its animals.

Nature lovers will want to head to Parc Slip Nature Reserve or Margam Country Park, both with plenty of wildlife-spotting opportunities.

Porthcawl Museum will give holidaymakers an insight into the local history and further afield in Bridgend, Coity Castle is a 12th century ruined castle.

Of the museum, JillyPenge said: “Fantastic gem. This museum is a former police station where the police officers also lived.

“I can’t say which room was my favourite as I was intrigued by the classroom, intimidated by the prisoner in the cell – all the models look so lifelike – and loved the archaeology display. So many different artefacts arranged so well to capture your interest.

“It’s like a tardis!”

Ogmore Castle is also a popular attraction not far from Porthcawl, with the Grade I listed fortress free to visit.

Porthcawl is also the location of the world’s largest Elvis festival, taking place in September.

Porthcawl was named the top seaside spot in Wales by Rightmove, it was also the fourth most popular seaside town in the UK.

The town is evolving, with a planned luxury spa hotel hoping to offer luxury facilities and accommodation in Porthcawl.

This summer, a new attraction was unveiled.

Lucie the Porthcawl Land Train taking holidaymakers on a round trip ride from Rest Bay to Sandy Bay.

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