Southerndown Tourism

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Southerndown is a village in South Wales to the southwest of Bridgend, in St Brides Major community, close to Llantwit Major and Ogmore-by-Sea. It is mostly known for its beach (officially named Dunraven bay, or in Welsh: Bae Dwnrhefn), which is a popular tourist destination during the summer months and since 1972 has been designated a Heritage Coast and is part of the Southerndown Coast SSSI. When the tide is out there is an expanse of sand and pools. The cliffs are an obvious example of sedimentary rock. As Southerndown, along with nearby Ogmore-by-Sea, is a west-facing beach (and hence on the Atlantic coast), off-shore winds from the East generate much good-quality surf, helped by the warming effects of the Gulf Stream. There are actually two beaches separated by a headland. On the headland are the remains of Dunraven Castle (in Welsh: Castell Dwnrhefn). The second beach is only accessible by steep steps and is largely unused. The steps also reach the beach fairly far out from the cliffside, so it's easy to become cut off from them and stranded on the beach at high tide. The second beach is one of the largest in Glamorgan and stretches all the way down the coast to Nash Point near Llantwit Major. It has been used in the occasional TV production, including on Doctor Who: as Bad Wolf Bay in "Doomsday" and "Journey's End" and as the surface of the alien planet in "The Time of Angels" and "Flesh and Stone" and as the engine room of the ark ship in "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship". It also appeared in Merlin in the first season episode 'The Labyrinth of Gedref'. It was also featured in the Bob Dylan film Hearts of Fire, with Dylan looking out over the second beach down onto Rupert Everett. During the summer, Southerndown Lifesaving Club use the beach as opposed to St Donat's Castle. It has a notable golf club, Southerndown Golf Club.

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Facts and Stats for Southerndown*

  • Pollution Statistics in Southerndown

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    • Air Pollution 30 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 16.67 (Very Low)
  • Southerndown: Crime and Safety

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    • Burglary and Theft 30.26 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 30.26 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 23.68 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 17.11 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 26.32 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 31.58 (Low)
    • Attacks 28.95 (Low)
    • Drug offense 55.56 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 84.72 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 57.89 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 40.28 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 22.37 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 35.94 (Low)
  • Living in Southerndown - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Southerndown is 179.4 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 66.63 (High)
    • Climate Index 90.76 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 20.23 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 19 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 74.41 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 70.9 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.05 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 80.97 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Southerndown

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Southerndown

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.16 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.26 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39.3 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 71.53 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 74.71 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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