Known as Pen-y-Bont Ar Ogwr in Welsh, literally translated as “the head of the bridge on the Ogmore.” Bridgend grew from a ford on the River Ogmore, and serves as the main route between east and west Wales. Interestingly, there are three rivers that meet just north of the town - the Rivers Ogmore, Llynfi, and Garw.
Bridgend is a haven for nature lovers. One of the most unique locations is the Methyr Mawr Sand Dunes. As part of the Merthyr Mawr House estate, the 19th century church and Neolithic remains are surrounded by the dramatic dunes, the second highest in Europe, and the setting for many scenes from the film, Lawrence of Arabia. The whole site is a must-visit on your trip to Bridgend. Bryngarw Country Park offers numerous outdoor activities for the whole family - cycling along the riverbank, joining craft activities with the friendly rangers, or have fun in the play area. This vast parkland, with its woodlands, gardens and wealth of wildlife is as peaceful as it is beautiful.
For the little ones, Bridgend has thought of everything. Dizzy’s Castle allows children to run riot with ball parks, slides, tunnels and more, it even has special play sessions for children on the autistic spectrum. If your children are into their sports, Play Sports offers everything from football and rugby to dance and cheerleading.
Bridgend’s famous indoor market contains lots of the familiar high street names, but also a quirky mix of independent retailers. Showcasing the best of homegrown talent, from studio pottery to delicious homemade fudge - this is the place to look for gifts for loved ones, or yourself!
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