Telephone for general enquiries 0300 111 1202
For press and media enquiries   0845 460 1202
Postal Address: 17 Dean Street, Liskeard,
Cornwall, PL14 4AB


Welcome to Porthcawl NCI

Situated in the South Wales coastal resort of Porthcawl at the eastern end of the Esplanade, Porthcawl NCI Station is located in the old Victorian Pilot Lookout Tower built in 1870, and is a Grade 2 listed building, adjacent to the RNLI Station. We overlook the Bristol Channel almost opposite Lynton and Lynmouth in North Devon, some 15+ miles away. Our field of view stretches east up to Nash Point on the Welsh side of the Channel, over to Minehead and down to Ilfracombe in the west. The lookout has been refurbished with grant funding from the Townscape Heritage Initiative, by Bridgend County Borough Council and the full support of Porthcawl Town Council. The lookout was in use during both the First and Second World Wars and has been used for various activities between those conflicts up until the 1960’s.

Porthcawl is a popular destination all year round, with visitors from all over the world for the surfing and the ‘Elvis’ Festival. The harbour has recently been refurbished with lock gates and moorings for some 70 boats, ensuring an increase in marine traffic. There are also several beaches in view of the lookout. The increase in coastal leisure users from swimmers, surfers, kitesurfers, walkers and fishermen, plus the high tidal ranges in the Bristol Channel, means that the maritime rescue and emergency services are kept busy.

Access : 

Access to the lookout is via the Esplanade. With a plentiful mix of free and paid parking, coffee shops, restaurants and other amenities and the Town Centre adjacent to the Esplanade, all visitors can easily access most areas, including the lookout.

Visitor Policy: 
At the present time the lookout is open every day - and visitors would normally be most welcome – although when an incident is on-going this may not always be convenient and the duty watchkeepers may ask that visitors call back later. You may even see a lifeboat launch and recovery at this time, from just behind the lookout.
Summer Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Summer opening times coincide with British Summer Time (BST)
Winter Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Monday, October 29, 2018
Friday, March 1, 2019
Winter Opening Times commence at the end of BST
Opening Hours

During May, June, July, August and September the station will remain open until 2100hrs on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays           

51 28' 26" N
03 42' 07’' W
OS Reference: 
SS 819 764
Station Post Code: 
CF36 5TS
Station Elevation: 
13’ (4 metres)
Visual features of station: 
A round white tower with black roof and mast with a two-level array of aerials and twin arm flagpole to one side. A set of black stairs with platform to allow access to the watchroom on the landward side of the tower.
Local Hazards: 
The approaches to Porthcawl are an area that requires extreme caution with Skar Weather Sands to the west and Nash sands running up channel, in closer proximity are the Tusker and Fairy Rocks.
Operational Capability
This station has Declared Facility Status
This station reports to CGOC Milford Haven
Current local weather, sea conditions ,tides and marina opening times are broadcast on channel 65 at 9.30am, 1.30pm and on evening watches at 5.30pm , you can also call us on CH 65 or contact us via telephone for the latest local conditions.
Defibrillator Available: 
Station Telephone: 
01656 782936
Visual Watch: 
Radar Watch: 
AIS Watch: 
DSC Watch: 
Radio: Listening watch on channels: 
Radio: Channels in use (call direct not via ch 16): 
Radio: Channel 00: 
Listening watch and ready to transmit as authorised by Coastguard
Station Call Sign: 
Porthcawl NCI
Visual Horizon: 
6+ NM
Station Address
Primary Contact: 
Phil Styles
Primary Contact role: 
Station Manager
Primary Contact Telephone: 
07854 046094 / 01656 741798

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