Bridgend has historically been an important town in South Wales. It sits slap bang in the middle of Cardiff and Swansea, and for centuries, people came through Bridgend across the River Ogmore via The Old Bridge. The heritage doesn’t end there. Visit Bridgend, and you can take a trip back in time to the ruins of not one, not two, but three castles dating back as far as the early 1100s. There are also beautiful days out in the Welsh countryside and excellent evening entertainment options too. It’s enough to build up quite an appetite, so it’s a good job the local food scene is fantastic. The pub life is pretty great too if you fancy a pint before making your way back to one of our Bridgend hotels.
Things to do in Bridgend
McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Bridgend is your No. 1 shopping option in South Wales. It’s just off Junction 36 of the M4 and no more than a couple minutes’ walk from our Bridgend Central hotel. It’s home to the local Odeon Cinema, as well as more than 90 stores, cafes and restaurants, including designer fashion favourites like Calvin Klein, Joules, Lacoste and Tommy Hilfiger, and luxury brands like Whittard, Radley and Le Creuset. If you fancy some retail therapy in Bridgend town centre, begin at the Rhiw Shopping Centre on Nolton Street and venture out into the surrounding streets; much of Bridgend is now pedestrianised, making the town centre perfect for shoppers.
Bridgend sits halfway between Cardiff and Swansea, with both of our Bridgend hotels situated just off the M4 and the town centre a couple minutes’ drive away, so it couldn’t be easier to drive to Bridgend. Bridgend Bus Station is conveniently located just off Market Street, a couple minutes’ walk from the Old Bridge. There are several Bridgend taxi providers to help you get around town or to get back from some of our recommended pubs. Among the most popular are Dragon Taxis and Jackson Cabs. If you’re travelling by train, Bridgend Railway Station can be found on Station Hill. Regular services run east to Cardiff Central, Bristol Parkway and London Paddington, and west to Port Talbot Parkway, Neath and Swansea.