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South Wales Steam Railway Holiday

South Wales Railway Holiday

Valleys Roundabout

"It's not unusual" to have a good time

Holiday date: Friday, 13th May 2022
4 days for  £649 per person
£1298 for two people sharing
Single supplement £90
Tour reference: VR4/1

May we introduce this 4-day adventure based in the heart of the Capital of Wales. Brimming with activity and interesting attractions this could be the liveliest and most varied short break we do!

Holiday Highlights

Mountain railways with Brecon and the Pontypool & Blaenavon
Valleys branch lines galore
Discover mining heritage at the Big Pit Museum
Fascinating Cardiff tour by coach, boat, and train
Island life – the Barry Tourist Railway
Steam, steam, steam, in the Forest of Dean

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday

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.

Meals: Dinner
Day 2 - Saturday

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.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 3 - Sunday

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.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 4 - Monday

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.

Meals: Breakfast


Barry Tourist Railway

Heritage DMU rides between Barry Town and Barry Island - a super friendly visit.

Brecon Mountain Railway

Narrow gauge line running through the highly scenic Brecon Beacons National Park

Dean Forest Railway

Lovely, leafy journey for 4 1/2 miles between Lydney and Parkend

Perrygrove Railway

Purpose built miniature steam line near Coleford

Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway

Steam train rides through the industrial landscape next to Big Pit Mining Museum

Our Hotel(s)

4 Star

The Jurys Inn, Cardiff

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.

Features and Facilities

Free, fast and unlimited WiFi
Flat screen LCD TV with Freeview
Tea and coffee refreshment dock
Ensuite with complimentary toiletries
Iron & Ironing Board
Full length mirror
Work desk
A number of bedrooms suitable for wheelchair access
Accessible toilets in public areas
Lifts available

What's included


All heritage railway rides
All public transport journeys, in standard class accommodation
Private coach transfers throughout the holiday


All entrances
Detailed itinerary/information pack
Services of courier throughout


Hotel accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis

What's not included

Travel to/from the holiday start point
Personal holiday insurance
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