Old Police Station
Porthcawl Tourist Information Centre
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).
We also have an 1866 drawing of the proposed new town of Porthcawl, a large collection of commemorative china donated by Mr & Mrs Redwood, and a library of local history photographs and slides.
The Samtampa exhibition commemorates the tragic shipwreck at Sker Point in April 1947.
31 March-31 October
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.
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.
Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Land Transport, Maritime, Social History, Weapons and War
Key artists and exhibits
- 49th Reconnaissance Regiment
- Welsh Guards