Porthcawl Museum

The photograph is of the Victorian Police Station which houses the 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. Last October the new wing was opened which houses the Porthcawl Railway Exhibition, Victorian Hats, Police Memorabilia, Archaeology. The Victorian Police Cells are now open to the public.

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Opening hours

Tuesday - Friday 10-12pm & 2-4pm
Saturday 10-4pm

see website for special event days.

Admission charges

adults £1 juniors 50p

Additional info

As the building is a Grade II Victorian Police Station, access for larger wheelchairs is difficult.

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

Porthcawl Museum
Old Police Station
John Street
CF36 5DT






01656 788853

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