Bridgend County Borough  audio tour: Myths and legends of Porthcawl: From coal port to seaside spot

Myths and legends of Porthcawl: From coal port to seaside spot

Walking Tour

30 mins

About the Tour

Take a leisurely stroll along the iconic Porthcawl seafront while you hear how the town evolved from its humble beginnings as a coal port, into the popular seaside destination it is today.

As you take in majestic sea views on this walking tour, you’ll be regaled with Welsh myths and legends, including one about a famous pirate, and a ghost story from Porthcawl’s beloved Grand Pavilion. The paranormal isn’t confined to Porthcawl’s buildings, though, and a terrifying creature is said to have plagued the town for many years.

You’ll also hear about:

• Tusker Rock, also known as “shipwreck island”
• Barrels of Guinness buried in the sand
• Porthcawl’s unique castle
• The Elvis impersonators that descend on the town annually

From its awe-inspiring transformation over the decades to the quirky traditions still observed today, Porthcawl is a unique seaside town. I look forward to sharing it with you!

Tour Producer


Matthew Rose

I grew up in Kenfig which is home to some of Wales most famous ghost stories and legends so I have always had a keen interest in History and the Paranormal from a young age. I have been doing Ghost tours for a number of years at St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff Castle and Margam Castle and I was delighted to be able to set up my own touring company Dark Wales Tours with my business partner Luke.
My passion and heart lies with the History and Ghosts of Wales which I love sharing with visitors on the tours.

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Major Landmarks

  • Porthcawl Marina

  • Grand Pavilion

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins at the front gate to the Coney Beach Amusement Park. There is plenty of parking in the pay and display car park across the road near the Dominos Pizza shop.

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Places to stop along the way

There are many coffee shops and ice cream venues along the way. There are also numerous fish and chip shops and other takeaways.

Best time of day

The tour can be taken any time of the day, To avoid big crowds morning is recommended as the seafront can get very busy during the summer months.


The tour leads onto a grassy area so during wet weather this could get slightly muddy. During windy days a coat is highly recommended. Bring along some good walking shoes.


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Myths and legends of Porthcawl: From coal port to seaside spot