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  • Writer's pictureCharlotte Williams

The Top 5 Things to Do in Porthcawl

Updated: Mar 2, 2023

How to Spend Your South Wales Getaway


On the south coast of Wales, nestled between Swansea and Cardiff, you will find the charming seaside town of Porthcawl. Known for its stretching sandy beaches and welcoming cosy pubs, this quaint town is the perfect destination for a fun-filled holiday.

Keep reading for our top five things to do in Porthcawl, whether you're seeking a family staycation or an action-packed adventure.



Sit Back and Relax at the Beach

Sandy Bay Sunset

You are spoiled for choice in this coastal location, stretching from Rest Bay and Pink Bay to Trecco Bay and Sker Beach. Visit a different beach each day to keep things fresh, or choose your favourite of the Porthcawl beaches to return to year after year. There is something for everyone on these spectacular shores, so go crabbing and rock pooling with your little ones, then soak up the sun with a good book.


Step into History at the Porthcawl Museum


Travel back in time at the Porthcawl Museum and immerse yourself in the rich history of Glamorgan (Morgannwg). Run by an enthusiastic volunteer team of local experts, this museum features a gift shop with quality products for keepsakes and souvenirs. There’s plenty to see: check out their current exhibitions and events.


See a Show at the Grand Pavilion


Located on the seafront esplanade in central Porthcawl, this striking octagonal pavilion will surely catch your eye. This performing arts centre seats around 600 people and was built almost 100 years ago, so get a taste of local culture on a trip to the theatre. It hosts many shows for one night only, so check out what’s on and see what takes your fancy!


Get Wet ‘n’ Wild With Watersports

Rest Bay Watersports Centre

Turn things up a notch and get your heart racing with some exciting watersports. Porthcawl is proud to be one of Britain’s fastest-growing surfing destinations and has something for all levels, whether you’re a seasoned surfer who’s ready to ride some waves or just curious to give it a go. You can also find classes for kids, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and bodyboarding - check out Porthcawl Surf School for more info!


Go for a Stunning Sunset Boardwalk

Porthcawl boardwalk

Take a long and peaceful walk along the rugged coast of Wales on the accessible and convenient boardwalk that hugs the Porthcawl beaches - this is one of my favourite things to do! Take your kids on a sunset stroll or embark on a ramble with friends along this smooth wooden boardwalk – it's even suitable for families with young kids and pushchairs. Perfect is all seasons, a crisp winter walk with your bobble hats or a glorious stroll on a warm summers day, a great activity all year round.


What's not to like?


Enjoy all that Porthcawl has to offer (and much more) and make memories that will last a lifetime. Check out Avenue Holidays self-catering holiday lets for a range of comfortable homes to use for your stay, whether you are a large family of ten or a smaller group of friends, there's something for everyone. Get in touch with us today to start planning your stay or for our recommendations of Porthcawl! Take a look at all of our properties here. We can't wait to welcome you to Porthcawl!




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