Bridgend is a lively market town surrounded by historic castles and elegant country estates, while the picturesque Wales coastline is nearby. Bridgend is also home to one of the country's top outlet malls, where you can score huge discounts on luxury British brands.
Things to do in Bridgend
Bridgend is 15 kilometres from Margam Country Park, a magnificent estate anchored by a 19th-century Tudor Gothic mansion. The grounds are filled with historic buildings, including a stunning Neoclassical orangery. The manicured gardens are filled with flowers, while the woodlands are home to one of Britain's biggest herds of deer.
Perched on the banks of the River Ewenny, Ogmore Castle was raised by the Normans in the 1100s. Access is via a quaint wooden bridge or a series of stepping stones that jut out over the river. Keep an eye out for horses grazing beneath the ruins.
Newcastle Castle is just steps from the town centre. The medieval stronghold is set high on a hilltop and commands sweeping views over Bridgend and the surrounding countryside. It's famous for its high-quality stonework, including beautifully carved doorways.
McArthurGlen Bridgend is one of the country's premier outlet shopping destinations. The open-air complex is built in the traditional village style and is home to over 90 stores, including Lacoste, Fossil and Osprey London. If you need a break from shopping, there are plenty of restaurants and bars in addition to a multiplex cinema and kids’ play area.
Getting around Bridgend
Bridgend is easy to get around on foot and is serviced by its own railway station, with connections to Cardiff and Swansea in 30 minutes. Rental cars let you explore South Wales at your own pace.