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Explore the very heart of the renowned Welsh countryside

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2021 Tour code: MWS21

About the tour

From picturesque coastline to rolling hills, explore the very heart of the renowned Welsh countryside on this holiday. Enjoy classic heritage railway journeys aboard the Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway and the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway as well as a private tour with a ranger in the Welsh Lake District.

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What’s included

Hotel

Metropole Hotel Llandrindod Wells

Metropole Hotel Llandrindod Wells

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Trains

Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway
Vale of Rheidol Railway
Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway

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4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 33 reviews

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Peter Scragg

4 stars

Submitted 18/Jun

Civid restrictions apart, a very pleasant few days. Martin Jones a very good Tour manager

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David Hackett

3 stars

Submitted 16/Jun

Very difficult to judge a holiday with covid restrictions in place. We spent, probably, too much time in a coach, wearing masks. The tour destinations involved coach journeys of between 1.25 and nearly 2 hours each way.. Holiday very dependent on weather, which was wet one day, but fine on the others. Beautiful scenery when it can be seen ( this part of Wales not noted for being dry) The Tallyllyn railway journey involved sitting knee to knee with those opposite, which was hardly conducive to covid distancing. Elam valley dams and reservoirs spectacular. We were accompanied by a knowledgeable Ranger/guide here. Powis castle impressive with beautiful gardens. Other two railway journeys much better. Not worth the stop in Aberdovey as there is pretty much nothing there and we saw little of Aberwrystwyth as we had only had just over an hour there. The hotel has 4 stars, but probably only merits 3.5. Rooms that we were given was small, to the extent that we had to leave some clothes in the cases, which had to be placed on top of the wardrobe to be out of the way. This was probably, originally, a single room. Others had the same complaint. Bathroom clean but in need of updating. Food very good and staff helpful. Altogether reasonable value for money. Would we have been staying longer an upgrade to a bigger room (which we did not know about, but some did) would have been desirable.

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Lucy Richardson

4 stars

Submitted 16/Jun

A very good tour with lots of interesting places visited. My only comment would be that we spent a lot of time travelling in coaches to get to the venues. Perhaps a different hotel more central to the trains would be preferable. The Metropole hotel was good in particular the food which was excellent.

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Mike Stamper

4 stars

Submitted 15/Jun

We were able to see some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK. The guided drive round the dams was the highlight. I understand the necessity of long coach rides but perhaps a little too long on the bright side it gave me the chance for a bit of a sleep. The hotel was fine, the service and food was excellent but the bed room was a bit of a shame - where did they find the designer!!! Also a big thank you to Martin.

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M Fagan

3 stars

Submitted 15/Jun

Overall we enjoyed our break away in Mid Wales. Martin our Tour Manager was very good. The coach travel, totalling around 4 hours daily, to and from the heritage railways and other destinations was, I think, a bit to much despite the superb scenery. Some public areas in the hotel need a bit of a refurb but the rooms were comfortable, food was very good and staff very hard working and welcoming.

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Tony O'Connor

3 stars

Submitted 15/Jun

All three railways good, albeit, short only could go halfway and then return on the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway as Welshpool would not open their station due to Covid. Elan Valley tour informative and interesting well worth the visit. Unfortunately, limited time in Aberystwyth (1 hr) precluded doing much more than getting a snack. There was insufficient time to do much else such as visit the seafront, or, shopping. Not sure why we visited Aberdovey nothing there of interest. Powis Castle and gardens of interest. Hotel room very small, stuffy and tired looking. Shower did not work properly only got scolding water no adjustment. However, staff helpful and welcoming, food excellent. Coach drivers very good . As always good and interesting company. Martin Jones was pleasant and approachable. He did not provide mush commentary whilst travelling on the coach rather left it to the daily handout; believe this was his first time on this tour. In summary the three days felt more like a coach tour with railway trips thrown in hence the 3 stars. However, all in all an enjoyable short break especially as it was 21months since we had our last holiday. Tony O'Connor.

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