Scenic South Wales Railways 5 Days - Seabank Hotel
Located between Swansea and Cardiff, Porthcawl was originally a port for the iron and steel industries and still has some interesting features from that period, including the oldest maritime warehouse in Wales, an attractive harbour and the last coal and gas powered lighthouse in the country. It developed as a seaside resort after the Great War and the splendid Grand Pavilion dates from 1932. Nearby is Kenfig Nature Reserve, a site of national importance. This attractive seaside resort offers numerous facilities, including the world famous Porthcawl golf course, the finest course in Wales and one of several in the area, an expansive sandy beach and Coney Beach, a fairground with a variety of rides and amusements which was named after the famous New York venue. To the East of the town lies the River Ogmore and the beautiful Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - Outward Travel
Day 2 - Gwili Railway and Carmarthen
One of the most picturesque, preserved railways in the country, the Gwili Railway follows the meandering route of the Gwili Railway on its uphill journey through farmlands and wooded hillsides. Run by a dedicated team of volunteers, they play a big part in recreating the golden age of steam on this nostalgic journey. We also visit Carmarthen – one of the oldest towns in Wales. /n
Day 3 - Day at Leisure
Day 4 - Brecon Mountain Railway & Cyfarthfa Castle
Following part of the original Brecon & Merthyr Railway, the Brecon Mountain Railway takes us into the Brecon Beacons National Park. Travelling along the shores of Taf Fechan Reservoir and climbing high into the hills of the National Park to Torpantau enjoy the spectacular scenery from the all-weather Observation Carriages, hauled by a vintage locomotive. Later in the day we’ll continue our excursion to Cyfarthfa Castle – an impressive, Grade II listed building, set in 65 acres of grounds the castle today is home to a popular museum and art gallery./n
Day 5 - Return Travel
Porthcawl’s most prominent building is situated on a headland, a short walk from the Grand Pavilion and John Street shops. There are spectacular views of the Bristol Channel and South Wales coast from the bar, restaurant and most bedrooms, making it an iconic destination for coach holidays to Porthcawl. At the Seabank Hotel in Porthcawl, all 91 bedrooms are centrally heated and have bath or shower and WC, hair dryer, TV, internal telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. Extensive public areas include the Smuggler’s Bar, Garden Restaurant and large function room with entertainment most evenings.