We meet at Cardiff Central Station around lunchtime and are introduced to the city by way of a guided tour to see the important buildings of Government and history by coach and rail. We end up at the seaside, Barry Island that is, for a private visit to the Barry Tourist Railway. But that is not all, there will still be time to take to the water for a cruise of the recovered and vibrant waterfront and up the Taff in the shadow of the Millennium Stadium.
A big day out starts by rail to Treherbert and continues with a stunning drive over the top and then along the Heads of the Valleys Road. Our morning is spent at the Big Pit Mining Museum. This fascinating place was a working coal mine for 100 years and here we will learn all about the life of the miner and take a trip deep underground. Our steam today is courtesy of the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway on which we will take a chug through the remote upland scenery. Our circular day is completed by rail back to Cardiff from Ebbw Vale.
More Valleys Lines rail starts us off as we head out of Wales steam in the forest – the Dean Forest that is. This is a lovely line run by friendly folk and runs between Lydney and Parkend amongst the leafy surroundings. Later, we’ll discover the delights of Coleford and visit the narrow-gauge Perrygrove Railway for another steam train ride. Our return to Cardiff takes us via Chepstow and views of the two Severn Crossings.
Time to head for home but not before a final dose of steam and holiday highlight. Using Valleys Lines out and back we are going to enjoy a stunning journey into the National Park with the Brecon Mountain Railway running out of Pant. Lunching opportunities here before homeward bound journeys commence from Cardiff Central Station mid-afternoon.
This large, comfortable, hotel is ideally situated in the city centre close to Cardiff Queen Street Station. There are many modern hotels in the city but this one is only modern on the inside being a traditional hotel that has been completely, and stylishly, renovated by this reputable hotel group. Our evening dining here is from a table d’hote menu, changing daily and, to ensure quality of service and cuisine, will be at an agreed time according to each day’s itinerary.