Bridgend in the county borough of Bridgend is a short 22 miles away from the capital. The town derived its name from the bridge that originally crossed the Ogmore River. The Bridgend area has its roots back in prehistoric times, with several burial mounds suggesting that the area was settled well before the Romans came to the area. The Normans invaded and conquered the area in 1066 and officially established a settlement in the area. Bridgend got it's foothold in the area at this time. It grew to an important agricultural town for many and even though it is still considered a small town it is an important market town with many things to see and do.
If you are the nightlife type of person then Bridgend is for you. There are numerous public houses in the town center but only one that is labeled as an actual nightclub. Have no fear though, while only one carries the name of "nightclub" there are many pubs that double as pub and nightclub for those interested in partying hard. You don't have to worry about much when you are out and about, although Bridgend does have its share of alcohol-fuelled incidences. Just be sure to have a designated driver or buddy to help you out and you should be okay.
Don't forget the music scene. Bridgend is home to a variety of styles and bands that play the local centers. You can probably catch a show while you're in town.
Shopping is an important part of Bridgend. It is an important market town and has many shopping centers to enjoy. The main shopping area is the Rhiw Shopping Center because it contains the Bridgend Market. There are also many other retail areas such as Adare Street, Queen Street, Dunraven Place, Market Street, Cheapside, and Caroline Street. You can find locally owned businesses as well as the big name chain stores. It's a great place to head if you are looking to shop till you drop. You are certain to find what you are looking for.
If you are looking for something for other than just parties and shopping then you should check out the area castles. The Ogmore Castle is located near the village of Ogmor-by-Sea. This castle was constructed by William de Londres in 1116 as part of the Norman invasion. All that is left of the castle now is some ruins but it is considered a local landmark. The castle was actually in use up until the 1800s for a variety of purposes such as a prison and court of justice.
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