Days 1-2 - Swansea & Brecon Mountain Railway
Meet at your hotel in Swansea, where you spend five nights. Set
amidst the rolling hills and golden sands of Swansea Bay, the city
is an ideal base for exploring South Wales.
On Day 2, journey on the Brecon Mountain
Railway from Pant. This heritage railway takes you through dramatic
landscapes, its vintage steam locomotive winding through leafy
countryside and alongside the mirror-like waters of the Taf Fechan
Reservoir. Climb to the summit of the original line, Torpantau,
nestled high in the Brecon Beacons, admiring the wild surrounding
vistas from the observation carriages before your return journey.
Stop off en route at Pontsticill. With a little free time here, you
could visit the Lakeside Café or take a scenic walk along the
waterfront. Continue by coach to Caerphilly Castle, a striking
medieval fortress and Britain's second-largest castle after
Windsor. Sprawling across 30 acres and surrounded by an artificial
lake, the 13th-century ruins are perhaps best known for the
'Leaning Tower', a tower to the South East of the castle that leans
out over the lake at a jaunty 10-degree angle, beating even the
Leaning Tower of Pisa. You have time to explore the castle and grab
lunch in Caerphilly before returning to the hotel.
Day 3 - Swansea
Enjoy a free day in Swansea. Perhaps gain an insight into the
city's rich cultural history with a visit to the fascinating
Swansea Museum, or step back in time at 1940s Swansea Bay, a museum
that details what life was like here during the Second World War.
You could visit a local café to sample traditional Welsh fare for
lunch. The country is known for its Welsh rarebit, toast topped
with a cheese sauce, often with ale and Worcestershire sauce, and
laverbread, a puréed edible seaweed that's locally known as
Day 4 - Gwili Steam Railway & The Mumbles
Travel to Abergwili Junction for a nostalgic journey on the
Gwili Steam Railway. This preserved heritage line harks back to a
time when life moved at a slower pace, taking you on a round trip
alongside the River Gwili, past rocky outcrops and the cascading
waters of Gwili Falls. As you soak up the scenery, you're treated
to a 'Welsh Elevenses' service, enjoying tea or coffee accompanied
by delicious traditional Welsh cakes. Next, transfer by coach to
the breathtaking Gower Peninsula. This beautiful promontory juts
into the Bristol Channel, creating a seemingly endless stretch of
rugged cliffs, topped by dense woodlands and fringed by sandy
beaches. Such is its scenic allure, the area was designated an Area
of Outstanding Beauty in 1956 - the first place in the UK to
receive the title. You visit the delightfully named The Mumbles, a
pretty little seaside town crowned by a medieval hilltop castle.
The Mumbles epitomises Welsh seaside charm; with some free time
here, maybe visit the historic lighthouse, which was built in 1794,
or take a stroll along the Victorian Pier. For lunch, you could
indulge in some 'fresh off the boat' seafood, followed by an ice
cream from one of the famous Welsh-Italian ice cream parlours.
Days 5-6 - Pembrokeshire Coast National Park & Home
You're immersed in more of South Wales' stunning scenery today
as you embark on a full-day coach excursion around Pembrokeshire
Coast National Park. Designated a National Park in 1952 due to its
splendid coastline, this area is highly regarded as one of the most
beautiful in the UK. Stop at historic Fishguard, a typical fishing
village split into two parts, Fishguard and Lower Fishguard,
connected by a winding hill. Next, you visit Milford Haven, a
vibrant town situated by one of the world's deepest natural
harbours. Finally, explore the charismatic seaside town of Tenby.
Surrounded by 13th-century walls and known for its sandy shores,
pastel-hued houses, and winding cobbled streets, the town is
steeped in history. Lunch today is delicious local fish and chips,
the perfect accompaniment to a day spent exploring the magnificent
After breakfast on Day 6, you're free to make
your way home.
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