General Information

Useful Local Contacts

By car
Porthcawl is closer than you think, being only 70 minutes drive from Bristol, 2 hours 30 minutes from Birmingham and 3 hours 15 minutes from London, you can be by the coast in no time!

1. Join the M4 westbound from your location, take Junction 37 for Porthcawl.
2. At the roundabout, take the first exit (ahead), to join the A4229 for Porthcawl.
3. At the roundabout, take the second exit (ahead), to stay on the A4229 for Porthcawl.
4. At the roundabout with the petrol station, take the third exit (right), to stay on the A4229 for Porthcawl.
5. At the roundabout, take the second exit (ahead), to join A4106.
6. At the roundabout, take the third exit (ahead) to lead you to the centre of Porthcawl.

By plane
Catch one of many great value flights to Cardiff Airport (40 minutes drive to Porthcawl) or Bristol Airport (1 hour 25 minutes). Both have taxis, vehicle rental or public transport to get you to the coast in no time.

By train
Get a train to Bridgend from London Paddington (2 hours 15 minutes train journey), Bristol Parkway (1 hour) or Reading (1 hour 50 minutes) with Great Western Railway or from Manchester Piccadilly (4 hours 5 minutes) or Crewe (3 hours 20 minutes) with Transport for Wales. Then get a taxi from the rank outside to take you straight to Porthcawl. (20 minutes taxi ride)

By bus
Get the National Express 804 coach to Bridgend Designer Outlet from London Victoria (4 hours 40 minutes coach journey), Bristol (1 hour 50 minutes) or Bath (2 hours 15 minutes). Then get a taxi to Porthcawl (15 minutes taxi ride) by calling Dragon Taxis Bridgend, using the Dragons Taxi Bridgend app or by calling TJ Taxis Aberkenfig. Alternatively catch the regular 63 bus to Porthcawl. (40 minutes bus journey)

Experience Porthcawl proudly opened our Information Hub for tourists in June 2019, the county's only tourist information centre.

You can find us at Eastern Promenade, Porthcawl, CF36 3BN. We're just before the RNLI building and next to the Harbour Quarter Porthcawl building currently under construction.

We're open daily where possible between April and October but currently *closed* to due to public health guidance.

If you're looking to know when's best to surf the waves or just when you make the most of our beautiful beaches - take a look at the tide times for our bays.

Porthcawl Bike Hire
Bucaneer Complex
Mackworth Road
CF36 5BT
Tel: 07850 684740

Porthcawl Surf
Surfboard hire, kayak hire, stand up paddle board hire and wetsuit hire.
Tel: 07583348013

Mobility Scooters
Rear of 53-57 Fenton Place
CF36 3DW

Tel: 07794693667

Porthcawl Medical Centre
Clos y Mametz
CF36 5DJ
Tel: 01656 304204
Open: Monday-Friday 8am-6pm

The Channings
33 Mary Street
CF36 3YN
Tel: 01656 783403
Open: Monday-Thursday 8:30am-12:45pm & 2pm-5pm | Friday 8:30am-12:30pm & 1:15pm-3pm

Porthcawl Dental Care
34 Victoria Avenue
CF36 3HG
Tel:  01656 783217
Open: Monday 8:30am-12:15pm & 2pm-5:15pm | Tuesday 8:30am-12:15pm & 2pm-7pm | Wednesday & Thursday 8:30am-3:15pm | Friday 8:30am-12:15pm

uSmile Dental Practice
21 Hillsboro Place
CF36 3BH
Tel: 01656 782365
Open: Monday-Friday 8am-6pm

72-74 John Street
CF36 3BD
Tel: 01656 782508

Balkwill Chemist
102-104 John Street
CF36 3DT
Tel: 01656 782013

Well Pharmacy
11 Lias Road
CF36 3AH
Tel: 01656 772443

Porthcawl Pharmacy
104 New Road
CF36 5DE
Tel: 01656 782695

Driven Taxis
8 Dock Street,
CF36 3BL
Tel: 01656 788887

Lee's Cabs
39 Esplanade Avenue
CF36 3YS
Tel: 01656 772448

James Taxis
3 Vernon Road
CF36 5LN
Tel: 07585 557315

All Saints
Victoria Avenue
CF36 3HD

Denomination - Anglian
Tel: 01656 786899

Gilgal Baptist Church
Park Avenue
CF36 3EP

Denomination - Baptist / Evangelical
Tel: 01656 785046

Our Lady Star of the Sea
201 New Road
CF36 5BN

Denomination - Catholic
Tel: 01656 652034

Trinity Methodist and The United Reformed Church
John Street
CF36 3DT

Denomination - Methodist
Tel: 01656 786070 / 07484 853067

Saint John the Baptist Church
Church Street
Newton, Porthcawl
CF36 5PD

Denomination - Anglian
Tel: 01656 786899

Grace Community Church
Newton Nottage Road
Newton, Porthcawl
CF36 5RR

Denomination - General
Tel: 01656 773113

Saint David's Church
Florence Street
Nottage, Porthcawl
CF36 3PF

Denomination - Anglian
Tel: 01656 786899

Capel Y Tabernacl
18 Fenton Place
CF36 3DW

Denomination - Welsh-speaking

Arlington Road Presbyterian Church
Arlington Road
CF36 3DD

Denomination - Presbyterian
Tel: 01656 782117

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