Bridgend Travel Diary

Discover Bridgend

Discover the largest designer outlet in Wales and its neighboring attractions, located in what's considered South Wales’ best-kept secret, keep reading to to see why people fall for the charms of Bridgend.


Where to shop


Bridgend County is bursting with an array of wonderful independent shops. Whether you’re looking for the latest fashion from local designers, historic family-run businesses dating back generations, or delicious local Welsh produce, you won’t be disappointed.


Those treating themselves to a day of luxury retail therapy can shop the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss, and Osprey London at the Designer Outlet. Conveniently located a short distance from the town centre and within easy access to the M4 motorway, it couldn’t be easier to plan your day out. If you’re arriving from Cardiff, it’s a mere 30-minute drive from the heart of the city.



Where to stay 

If you’re planning a visit, there are plenty of highly commended hotels and guesthouses to choose from. Those looking for a budget-friendly option may want to consider Bridgend’s Premier Inn, where hearty breakfasts and comfortable beds come as standard. In a central location with excellent transport links, you'll be well placed for shopping, dining and exploring the local area. 


For a more luxurious stay, look no further than Coed-y-Mwstwr, an impressive Victorian mansion set amongst leafy surroundings. In addition to the homely decor and considered touches, visitors can expect far-reaching views of The Vale of Glamorgan and the North Devon coast. Alternatively, just a 20 minute walk from Three Cliffs Bay, Parc Le Breos country house, visitors can enjoy their stay in the grounds of a Norman deer park, in the heart of the Gower peninsula.


Those in the mood for a spot of golf may want to consider Vale Resort, a 650-acre private estate in the beautiful South Wales countryside. As well as spa and leisure facilities, this four-star hotel offers two immaculate 18-hole golf courses that come with mature woodland, wide and narrow fairways, a lake, and water features.


Where to eat & drink

From hearty Welsh fare to international cuisine, Bridgend’s wide range of cafes, restaurants and pubs have something to satisfy even the most discerning taste buds. Renowned for producing world-class meats, speciality cheeses and organically grown vegetables, you certainly won’t go hungry. Make sure you explore the wealth of organic farmers’ markets, artisan producers, food festivals, and award-winning restaurants during your visit.


If you’re spending the day at our Designer Outlet, you can also take advantage of new and well-known favourites. Dine at Wagamama, Nando’s or Sidoli’s, a Welsh cafe that’s famous for its irresistible dairy ice cream.


Things to do

In a county like Bridgend, you’ll never be short of things to do. Spend the afternoons exploring sandy beaches, meandering over hills studded with ancient ruins, or walking through quaint towns dotted with characterful pubs. Those visiting at New Year might even be lucky enough to catch The Mari Lwyd, a wassailing folk custom that originates from 1800 and draws in large crowds annually.


Thrill-seekers can hit the waves after a lesson at the nearby Porthcawl Surf School, go mountain biking at Darren Fawr, or marvel at the breathtaking Dan-yr-Ogof ancient caves. Those wanting to enjoy a slower pace can  enjoy some tranquillity at Aberdulais Falls, a beautiful National Trust site that’s home to the UK’s largest electricity-generating water wheel.


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