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Valleys and Railways of Mid Wales

Explore the very heart of the renowned Welsh countryside

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From picturesque coastline to rolling hills, explore the very heart of the renowned Welsh countryside on this exciting tour. Enjoy classic heritage railway journeys along some of the country's oldest lines and roll through the stunning scenery that Wales has become synonymous with.

The itinerary for your journey
Tour highlights

What’s included

Day 1 - To Wales
Llandrindod Wells Panoramic Views Wales

Today meet with your Tour Manager and fellow travellers and check into the 4-Star Metropole Hotel & Spa in Llandrindod Wells, where we enjoy a welcome dinner together this evening.

Day 2 - The Rheilfford Talyllyn Railway
The Rheilfford Talyllyn Railway

This morning we board the steam-hauled* Rheilfford Talyllyn Railway. Tucked away in the wildflower meadows of southern Snowdonia, the beautiful Talyllyn Railway paints its merry red trail over the bridges and through the forests of North Wales. This was the first heritage railway in the world - originally opened in 1865, and the society created for the upkeep was established in 1951.We enjoy the 7-mile journey which takes us past waterfalls and streams and through the delightful Merioneth mountains.

You have free time here, where you may wish to take a look around the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum and discover the world of locomotives through the delights of video, sound and plenty of displays. See how the Welsh slate industry was transformed by narrow gauge railways. There is also a recreation of Reverend Wilbert Awdry, author of the much-loved Thomas the Tank Engine book series. Awdry was also a volunteer on the Talyllyn Railway.

Alternatively, take a ramble through picturesque countryside on the Dolgoch Falls Walk, or stroll along the sandy beaches of Tywyn. You may wish to visit the Halo Factory Shop, home of the famous Honey Ice Cream. The shop's gardens are perfect for enjoying this sweet treat along with the excellent views of Cader Idris, one of Wales' highest peaks.

*Steam-hauled where possible

Day 3 - Elan Valley & Vale of Rheidol
Elan Valley Dam

Today we enjoy an excursion to Elan Valley, location of the mighty, and incredibly photogenic 6 dams. A particularly beautiful dam is Craig Goch, which is built in the 'Birmingham Baroque' style, a style which can be seen echoed slightly in the other 5 dams due to the water that it supplies to Birmingham, and the tower on the top of the dam.

Here we enjoy a guided tour by a local ranger and view the stunning architecture on display at the dam sites. Afterwards, we continue to Devil's Bridge, where we join the steam-hauled* Vale of Rheidol Railway for a scenic journey through Welsh valleys to Aberystwyth.

One of the many wonderful Welsh railway journeys which criss-cross this mystical nation, the Vale of Rheidol Railway is a heritage, narrow-gauge railway which runs between the Devil's Bridge and Aberystwyth. Winding through the verdant green Welsh countryside, the Vale of Rheidol Railway makes its way on a historical journey in restored carriages to give a true taste of the Wales of the past. You have free time in Aberystwyth to explore and you may like to take a journey on the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway.

Day 4 - Powis Castle and Welshpool & Llanfair
Powis Castle

Today we explore medieval Powis Castle and its attractive formal gardens. The castle dates back to the 13th century, and was built by Prince Gruffudd ap Gwenwynwyn, who wanted to establish independence from his enemies, the princes of Gwynedd. The gardens are a paradise steeped in history. They look truly marvellous all year round with something to see in every season. As the days become warmer, the gardens offer a fantasic burst of spring colours. Drawing into autumn, there is a glow about the gardens with the hazy, golden sunshine.

Later, we travel by coach to Welshpool, where we board the steam-hauled* Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway for a heritage journey through the heart of Wales.

Making the most of the wild and dramatic Mid-Welsh countryside, a green canvas of deep forests and impressive mountains, the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway was first opened in 1903. Its route, taking passengers from Welshpool to Llanfair, is one of the British Isles' most historic rail journeys, having been in operation for over 100 years. The charming old carriages and green steam engine run on a narrow gauge railway, recalling the halcyon days of train travel.

After our farewell dinner this evening, we are joined at the hotel by the Builth Wells Ladies' Choir for an evening performance.

*Steam-hauled where possible

Day 5 - Homeward bound
homeward bound

After breakfast, the tour concludes and you are free to make your way to the airport for your flight home.

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

Recommended Airport

We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to and from Cardiff airport, which is approximately 80 miles from your base in Llandrindod Wells. 

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure Dates

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

Trains
Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway

Tucked away in the wildflower meadows of southern Snowdonia, the beautiful Talyllyn Railway paints its merry red trail over the bridges and through the forests of North Wales. This is the first heritage railway in the world - the railway originally was built and rain in 1865, and the heritage society created for the upkeep was established in 1951.  Nearly seven miles of railway is available, and the nostalgic engines of the Talyllyn Railway are a delight to behold as they steam across the landscape.

Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway

Making the most of the wild and dramatic North Welsh countryside, a green canvas of deep forests and impressive mountains, the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway is one of Wale's greatest railways. Its route, taking passengers from Welshpool to Llanfair, is one of the British Isles' most historic rail journeys having been in operation for over a hundred years. The charming old carriages and green steam engine run on a narrow gauge railway, recalling the halcyon days of train travel.

Vale of Rheidol Railway

One of the many wonderful Welsh railway journeys which criss-cross this mystical nation, the Vale of Rheidol Railway is a heritage narrow gauge railway which runs between Aberystwyth and the Devil's Bridge. Winding through the verdant green Welsh countryside, the Vale of Rheidol Railway steams its way on a historical journey in restored carriages to give a true taste of the Wales of the past. Rolling through valleys and alongside mountain streams, the Vale of Rheidol has continuously run since its creation as far back as 1902, and it is widely regarded as one of Wales' favourite rail journeys.

Hotels
Metropole Hotel Llandrindod Wells
Metropole Hotel Llandrindod Wells

The 4-Star Metropole Hotel & Spa in Llandrindod Wells is a family run establishment with over a century of history. The hotel boasts luxurious rooms and excellent facilities, including a superb bar and brasserie, a thermal spa, gym and a fabulous 18 metre pool.

Upgrades

We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

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