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It’s all ancient history

It’s all ancient history

History really does come to life here in Bridgend County Borough. Like castles? We’ve got four!

Start with the extensive ruins of Coity Castle; stroll under the gatehouse and look up at the imposing walls and towers. From Bridgend town centre, stroll up hill to Newcastle Castle, well worth the climb for great views across the town. Don’t miss the Romanesque gateway with its moulded decoration. South of the borough – in Merthyr Mawr – Candleston Castle is a 15th century fortified mansion house, surrounded by Sahara-like sand dunes. Walk a mile along the River Ogmore, hop across ancient stepping stones and check out Ogmore Castle.

Bridgend County Borough isn’t just about castles though, it is rich in culture. Visit Blaengarw to discover the origins of the famous Welsh hymn ‘Calon Lan’, walk one of the many scenic routes, or visit Kenfig, a village rich in medieval and Roman history Alternatively visit Newton, a village which was once a thriving port.