Porthcawl Museum

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Porthcawl Museum is located in the Old Police Station, which was used as a working police station from 1877 to its closure in 1974. This listed building still has the original charge room which now houses the Porthcawl Tourist Information Centre.

Our collections include social, maritime and military history (particularly that of the 49th Recce Regiment, formed in Porthcawl in 1942), Victorian costumes and artefacts, railway history (of the DLPR, dating from 1825, and the GWR).
During 2014 a new Great War exhibition will be displayed at the museum it will include a replica trench experience. To mark the centenary of the start of the Great War in August 2014 town wide events will take place ..further updates will be published soon

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Opening hours

31 March-31 October
Mon-Sun 14.00-16.00
Sat 10.00-12.00, 14.00-16.00

Between Christmas and Easter we are closed on Mon, Tues and Wed for renewal of displays.

Admission charges

Until April owing too new exhibition fitting. only open Wed 2pm to 4 pm. Sat 10 am to 12 noon & 2 pm to 4 pm f

The Museum contains an exhibition of the Welsh Guards featuring memorabilia of the Guards from its formation in 1915 to the present day, including uniforms, regalia, arms, regimental records and much more. The Museum also features a fascinating collection of artifacts, costumes and memorabilia charting the social and maritime history of the Porthcawl area as well as a collection of war mementoes. The wartime records of the 49th Reconnaissance Regiment, which was formed here in 1942, are also on display. The Museum also contains records of the history of the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist founded in 1189.
The Porthcawl Art Society provides displays of the works of local artists on the first floor.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Land Transport, Maritime, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • 49th Reconnaissance Regiment
  • Welsh Guards
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Nurse of the Great War

An exhibition of Nursing in WW1

  • Until 23 October 2015 *on now
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  • From 10 October 2015

An exhibition of Nursing in WW1 will incorporate the various nursing organisations, types of service and challenges they had to face. In particular the part played by the VAD & St John's nurses at the Rest Home, Porthcawl will be highlighted. The Rest Home was known as The St John's Auxiliary Hospital between Jan 1916-April 1919. During that period 2,500 servicemen from the Commonwealth passed through its doors. Man left drawings, poems and stories behind , which too will be on show. Nurses from Porthcawl who served in the war will also be discussed. The exhibition is to coincide with the Centennial Commemoration of the Death of Nurse Edith Cavell, 15th October 1915, by a German firing squad. On display at the museum will be 2 photographs of Nurse Cavell's funeral taken by a soldier from Porthcawl.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adult £1
Children 50p



Porthcawl and its Railway

The Porthcawl Railway

  • Until 27 November 2015 *on now
  • From 24 October 2015

The opening of the new wing of the museum coincides with 'Welsh Museums Festival Week.' An exhibition telling the story of the Porthcawl Museum will be on display. Photographs, posters, memorabilia, models, re-enactments & interactive activities. Original artefacts to be shown for the first time; since the railway was closed to passenger traffic on 3rd September 1963.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adult £1
Child 50p



Porthcawl Museum
Old Police Station
John Street
CF36 5DT






01656 782211

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