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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, 14th April 2023
4 days for  £689 per person
£1378 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, branch lines, and interesting attractions, this tour has so much to offer.

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 also take to the water for a cruise from the recovered and vibrant waterfront, up the Taff, past the Millennium Stadium, to the Castle. Here we will enjoy a guided tour which gets you into rooms otherwise not open to the public.

Meals: Dinner
Day 2 - Saturday

A big day out starts by rail to Treherbert and then a stunning drive over the top and into the Brecon Mountains National Park. We’ll have Welsh Cakes while enjoying views of Pen Y Fan at the National Park Centre and then head to Pant. Here we discover the Brecon Mountain Railway. A 90-minute ride, behind steam, in the National Park will make for a memorable afternoon. We return to Cardiff by rail from Aberdare and should still have time to offer the option of a rail journey to Coryton…because we can!

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 3 - Sunday

More Valleys Lines rail starts us off as we rattle up to Merthyr Tydfil and attack the Heads of the Valleys Road. Our day is spent in the Blaenavon area where there are two excellent attractions. The Big Pit Mining Museum 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. Then, it’s time for steam which comes courtesy of the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway. We will take a chug through the remote upland scenery and have a nose around all that is here. Our circular day is completed by rail back to Cardiff from Rhymney.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 4 - Monday

Time to head for home but not before a final morning of rail and history. We start off with a circular rail trip to do the Cardiff Airport line that you wouldn’t normally use unless you wanted to go to the airport. So, Cardiff to Bridgend and then Bridgend to Penarth. Nearby is the fascinating Cosmeston Medieval Village, a recreation of a village that stood here 600 years ago. We have a guided tour to bring the place to life hopefully led by Henry Hogg the swine herd. Homeward bound journeys commence from Cardiff Central Station early 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

Leonardo Hotel, 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.

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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