New Homes in Bridgend
Welcome to Bridgend
Located midway between Swansea and Cardiff in the county of Glamorgan, Bridgend is a thriving town just a short distance from the South Wales coast. The town has a pedestrianised centre, excellent transport links and lots of local businesses, making this a popular place to live and work. So whether you’re exploring the local countryside, enjoying a spot of retail therapy or discovering cultural sights, there’s plenty to see and do from your new home in Bridgend.
A quick history
Bridgend dates back to pre-Roman times, with the discovery of ancient burial mounds in the local area. There are a number of Roman roads close to Bridgend, including a portion known as the ‘Golden Mile’ where historians believe Roman soldiers would queue up to be paid, and it’s likely the town was a stop-off on the way to Roman settlements to the east and west.
A number of castles were built in the local area during Norman times in the 12 century, including Ogmore Castle and Newcastle Castle. Coity Castle was also nearby, making Bridgend defensively strong. In later centuries, Bridgend became a thriving market town, while coal mining, ironworks and brickworks also became important in the valleys, especially after the Great Western Railway was opened.
During the Second World War, Bridgend was home to a munitions storage facility which employed thousands of locals with three sites across the town. There was also a Prisoner of War camp at Island Farm. The town’s growth continued into the 20th century, with a population of around 39,500 people in the 1980s jumping by almost 100,000 residents by 2011.
Businesses and industry
Historically the local industry in Bridgend has centred on agriculture, coal mining and manufacturing. Today the manufacturing industry is still going strong, with the local Ford engine plant being one of the town’s biggest employers. Other big businesses in Bridgend include the IT services firm CGI, Bassets Property Holdings, J&J Motors and The Princess of Wales Hospital Bridgend. Businesses ranked in the top 300 Welsh companies include Rockwool, TES Parts, Biomet UK, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Dunraven Finance, Invacare, Airborne Systems and Gamestec Leisure.
Things to do in the area
There’s plenty of things to see and do in and around Bridgend, from shopping at the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet to swimming at the Bridgend Recreation Centre and uncovering history at the local castles. For families, Bridgend Miniature Railway, the South Wales Karting Centre and Wiggleys Fun Farm are all popular, while sports fans can watch Bridgend Ravens rugby team and Bridgend Town AFC at Brewery Field. The Ospreys rugby union team and Swansea City FC both play their home matches just a short drive from Bridgend at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium.
If you love exploring in the great outdoors, there are lots of attractions near to Bridgend including Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes, Bryngarw Country Park, Parc Slip Nature Reserve and Kenfig National Nature Reserve. For strolls along the beach, nearby Porthcawl is home to Trecco Bay, Newton Beach and Rest Bay, perfect if you like surfing or simply want to breath in some fresh sea air.
Travel and commuting
Bridgend have very good transport links to nearby towns and cities, which is ideal if you’re commuting for work. The M4 is just north of Bridgend, connecting the town to Swansea and Carmarthen in the west and Cardiff, Bristol and London in the east.
As for public transport, Bridgend Railway Station has regular services to Swansea, Cardiff and beyond. The train to Swansea takes around 45 minutes, while Cardiff can be reached in just 20 minutes by rail. Bridgend also has a modern bus station, while the nearest airport is Cardiff Airport, a 35 minute drive from the town.