The town of Bridgend is a short trip from Swansea by train, which, with services running throughout the day, allows plenty of options.
With our Advance and flexible Anytime and Off-peak ticket deals, not only is travelling by train easy, it also leaves you with plenty left in your wallet. Sitting on the River Ogmore, Bridgend is named after the old stone bridge, constructed in 1425 replacing an older medieval structure that crossed the river.
With lots to see and do, this picturesque town is well worth a visit. Hiking and biking are the two main activities you can enjoy in Bridgend. The Afan Forest Park is a perfect place for mountain biking. With challengingly twisted trails, or more family-friendly routes, this steep sided valley is a wonderful place to get away from it all. If you wish to camp, there is a shop and other amenities at the designated campsites. There is also the popular Glyncorrwg climb for those who want to take on a more arduous physical challenge.
The 19th-century Nash Point Lighthouse is an iconic sight, its 37 metre height standing proud on the skyline. It’s a notable landmark for those who walk the Wales Coast Path and its fog signal is regularly sounded on the first Saturday and third Sunday of each month, echoing across the landscape.
For a great view of the town, climb up the historic Newcastle Hill to reach the castle. This Norman stronghold was built in the early 12th-century by one of the Twelve Knights of Glamorgan. Why not also stop off at the well-preserved, late medieval St. John’s House further downhill.
For shopaholics, visit the main retail shopping area in the town centre, where you’ll also find Bridgend Market, with stalls showcasing local artistic talent.
Pay a visit to Bridgend by booking a trip from Swansea with our easy-to-use downloadable app. Make arrangements in no time with our easy-to-follow timetables and real-time updates. Don’t forget to take full advantage of the free wifi available on our trains.