Dunraven Bay
Dunraven Bay
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Ingrid Jones
Bridgend, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Exceptionally beautiful beach and surrounding countryside.
However, Dunraven Estates and Vale of Glamorgan Council should be ashamed of themselves with all the money generated from taking our money for car parking of £5 and more and the TOILETS ARE AS DISGUSTING AS THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN! Small, doors without locks, dirty, smelly, unsanitary NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE!!
Wise up you money grabbers, you've lost us the 'blue flag status' all because of this. Shameful!!
Written April 28, 2024
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davenet58
Bristol, UK39 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
My car was keyed in the car park here. Parked correctly in first bay next to hatched area leading to rocky part of beach. Reported to attendant but no CCTV.
Written October 3, 2023
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Claire P
Cardiff, UK8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
This is a review for Dunraven Estates Properties Ltd who manage the overflow car park at the top of the hill and the toilet facilities. Visited yesterday and it was packed. Each car would have paid £5 which probably equates to well over £1000. The field has lots of massive holes in which mean you end up reversing a long way to retrace your route in order to not damage your car.
The toilets are not well kept - no soap or loo roll by the afternoon. It would be money well spent to maintain the upkeep of both of these areas. Little things go a long way.
Written September 10, 2023
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Joe B
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
I have been enjoying the beauty of southerndown beach/Dunraven bay for 52 years
For most of my adult life I've been keeping the beaches clean picking up after others and cleaning up crap that gets washed up along coastline
Generally litter picking all the way throughout vale of Glamorgan as it's my home.
I've done more than most die to being a hiker as I didn't drive until later in life .
Since they started charging down southerndown I've always payed ,even though it's expensive,I've still always payed .
For a single parent like me ,to go there sometimes five days a week at least you can imagine that's allot of money each week .
One day I didn't have cash on me
I genuinely forgot to take cash down with me this ONE DAY , so I let the staff taking money know I'd be back with the money and 48 hours later I went down beach and payed them the £5 for the other day and the five pound the day I was there .
They were incredibly rude to me both times very intimidating, one guy bangs hard on your vehicle if you have been there early dayrise and then comes over to get payment from you as I said in a very aggressive way.
There is one guy that works there who is always pleasant but the other guys especially the guy working in the shop there selling ice creams is very aggressive and very rude.
This has RUINED southerndown beach experience for so many .
People go to the beach to enjoy themselves or self heal . They don't expect to go there and be intimidated and spoken to like trash .
This is my own and many others experience of them .
Written April 9, 2023
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Valleys chick
Wales, UK306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
We first visited Southerndown in August 2021 and were blown away by the beauty of the beach and The Three Golden Cups pub and camp site. In recent years we have visited several times with family and friends.  On all occasions we visited by car, because the beach isn't accessible by bus. There is a charge to use the carparks, but you can stay all day. We prefer to park in the field, because the spaces are bigger, the views are fantastic and it's only a short walk to the beach.

Usually we arrive early with everything we need including cool boxes, pack lunches, umbrellas and beach chairs.  Near to the carpark there are lifeguards, toilets and a small shop where you can buy drinks, snacks and ice-cream.  If you don't bring a picnic there are some great pubs including The Fox and The Pelican Inn.

The bay is a sun trap, but can be rocky in places.  This is a spacious beach that can get very busy especially on hot days. There are some great walks along the cliff and to the castle ruins.  Along the way you may bump into the resident sheep.  This is a great place for solo traveller's, couples, families and large groups looking for a cheap day out. We would recommend a visit all year round if the weather is dry
Written February 21, 2023
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David G
Hereford, UK475 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Really nice beach with towering cliffs similar to Jurassic Coast in Dorset.The tide was in when we visited on 30/1/2023.
The first car park you come to is Pay and Display but the lower car park is free.That is where the toilets are and the Heritage Coast Centre,which was closed at this time of year.Lots of walks all around but some of them are strenuous along the cliff.Fossils in the rocks are Devils Toenails,an extinct oystershell.I would think that in season it would be very busy.The car park is flat with about 30 spaces.The beach is stoney with large boulders.There is a slipway to walk down.Views are across to Devon opposite and to Porthcawl up the coast.
Written February 1, 2023
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Joanne N
360 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Dunraven Bay (Southerndown Beach) is a very popular beach that can become extremely busy especially on bank holidays, the weekends and the summer holidays. There is a long country road down to the beach, where there is a car parking attendant. At the beach there is a small car park with limited spaces, but there is a large overflow carpark in a nearby field. There is a charge to park the car, but you can stay all day.

The beach is quite small, but the sand is golden and there are some great rock formations. The rock pools are great for crabbing, starfish and small fish. If visiting Dunraven Bay, we would suggest bringing a picnic, suncream, drinks and beach toys, because facilities are limited. Onsite there are toilets and a small shop selling ice-cream, snacks and hot drinks. Meals are available at several pubs including The Watermill, Frolics and The Three Golden Cups within easy driving distance.

Above the beach is The Strand which is a cliff top walk with magnificent views. This is a great location for a picnic, but we would not suggest visiting with children due to the sheer drop from the Clif edge. There are some fantastic walks with great scenery and castle ruins. Within the vicinity there are also camping facilities. This is a great place to visit all year round.
Written December 20, 2022
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Amorally O
Greater London, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We visited Dunraven Bay last Saturday, it was an amazing trip to a beautiful beach. The rock pools are super, we found some very interesting items including an intact Gryphaea, one of the genera known as devil's toenails. The beach is very clean and the sand leading up to the sea is soft. There is a beachside shop that sells hot and cold drinks and ice-cream, along with a picnic area for those with their own food. The rest rooms are clean and includes a room for those with mobility issues. The only downside is there is no-where on the beach front that sells a more substantial edibles, there are however a few pubs within a mile or so walk from the beach that serve decent grub. There is ample parking, but for those not steady on their feet or able to walk up and down unpaved terrain, or with a pushchair or toddling children, I would advise you drive down to the beach front and use the available parking....at £5 a day you cannot really go wrong.
Written June 3, 2022
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LondonSouthLondon
South Wales, UK93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Great day out, with woods, castle ruins, cliff walks a beach and a chance to go rock-poooling, tere was a lot to keep us all occupied. Definitely ned to bring a good picninc, but tere are toilets and an icr cream stall on site.

£5.00 for the parking and you pay the attendant when you arrive.
Written May 5, 2022
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PrestonGuild
United Kingdom55,910 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
On our trip to south wales we were determined to visit a beach from Cardiff.

This was one of the easiest to get to. It is also famous as having being featured in Doctor Who as Bad Wolf Bay.

Also called Southerndown beach, it has rock pools along the bay.

Once we parked the car which coast £5. We decided to not only explore the beach. We wandered to the walled gardens and the ruins of Dunraven castle.

We also climbed further and did a coastal walk along the cliffs. A spectacular view of the Welsh coastline.
Written April 13, 2022
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