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
The Gwili Railway (fare included in tour cost) was established in 1975 and extended in 2016 to reach Glangwili, near Carmarthen./nKnown as 'the friendly line', this steam and diesel railway operates on part of the former Carmarthen to Aberystwyth line./nThe journey takes in some delightful natural scenery and industrial heritage. There is also a miniature railway display to enjoy./nCarmarthen is one of the oldest settlements in Wales and is believed by some to be the birthplace of King Arthur and Merlin./nCarmarthen Castle (free entry) dates back to the 12th century. There are information boards detailing the castle's history. /nSt Peter's Church in Carmarthen dates from at least the 14th century (present building). It is the largest church in the Diocese of St David's./n
Day 3 - Day at Leisure
Day 4 - Brecon Mountain Railway & Cyfarthfa Castle
Today we take a trip on the newly extended Brecon Mountain Railway, which winds its way high into the Beacons National Park (return fare included in tour cost)./nThe Brecon Mountain Railway was conceived over 40 years ago with construction starting in the late 1970s./nThe railway opened to passengers in June 1980 using the engine 'Sybil' and one carriage./nCyfarthfa Castle was a pivotal location in the industrial revolution./nToday it is a fascinating museum and park with narrow gauge railway and glass house. /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.