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Where Can I Get To?

There are so many enjoyable places in Wales that you can reach by public transport that it’s hard to know where to start. Here are some suggestions. Most are just a short walk from a train station, coach or bus stop. Remember, this is just a start: Tourist Information Centres can give you more ideas.

 

 

Resorts and Beaches

Saundersfoot

You want beaches? We have them, many with Blue Flags. There are resorts such as Llandudno, Aberystwyth , Barmouth, and Tenby. The Lleyn Peninsula offers coves, nooks and crannies. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and Gower Peninsula (www.countrygoer.org/wales) provide walks, wildlife, cliffs and small beaches galore.

 

 

Castles and Historic Buildings

Castle

CADW (www.cadw.wales.gov.uk) looks after many historic buildings such as the castles at Criccieth, Harlech, Caernarfon, Conwy, and, in the South, Chepstow and Pembroke. Tintern Abbey, Tredegar House Newport, Cardiff Castle and Museum of Welsh Life at Cardiff, are not to be missed. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (access via Ruabon station) is a stunning tribute to the skill and enterprise of the Industrial Revolution.

Llandaff and Brecon Cathedrals are two of our many historic churches. There are many chapels, too! Portmeirion provides a taste of the Mediterranean (and recalls The Prisoner!). The National Trust (www.nationaltrust.org.uk) looks after its castles, houses, and many important stretches of coastline.

 

 

Tourist Railways

Tourist Railway

So many to choose from, combining rail interest and great scenery. The location of the lines are shown on the map, and include the Welsh Highland Railway and Ffestiniog, Talyllyn, Llangollen (accessed via Ruabon station), the Vale of Rheidol at Aberystwyth, and the Gwili, near Carmarthen.

 

 

National Parks: Coast, Hills and Mountains

Mountains

Wales has three beautiful National Parks and a UNESCO Biosphere which can be accessed by public transport.

The Brecon Beacons has rolling green hills, waterfalls and lots of fetivals and events. For details of how to get here and where to go and what to do without your car when you get here, visit: www.breconbeacons.org

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is the only coastal National Park in the UK and showcases the wild coastline with its coastal path walk at www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk

Snowdonia National Park offers some of the most dramatic mountains and climbs but its namesake highest peak can by accessed by train – details at www.eryri-npa.gov.uk

The Dyfi Biosphere is a UNESCO recognised area in Mid Wales that has been acknolwedged for its biodiversity and sustainability. More details about this stunning area at www.biosfferdyfi.org.uk

 

 

Gardens and Other Attractions

Gardens and Other Attractions

Bodnant Gardens near Eglwysbach, Llechwedd Slate Mine, Blaenau Ffestiniog, The National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, St.Deiniols Museum, Hawarden. The National Botanic Garden of Wales and Aberglasney Gardens, both near Carmarthen.

 

 

Towns and Cities

Swansea

Cardiff - a newly expanded shoppers paradise, cultural centre, and home of the National Assembly; Swansea – our second city - and the thriving modern retail centres in Wrexham. Smaller towns are also worth a visit, such as Carmarthengateway to the garden of Wales, Brecon, home of the famous Jazz festival, and Llandudno.

 

 

Activities

Activities

Whether you are a seasoned long distance walker, or looking for a short stroll, there are many walking routes in Wales easily accessible by public transport. There are self guided routes from many points along the Cambrian and Heart of Wales lines, and the Pembrokeshore Coastal Path attracts visitors all year round. Offa’s Dyke and Glyndwr’s Way take you the length of the country (www.nationaltrail.co.uk). Wales also attracts many bird watchers and offers fine golf courses, and attractive places to fish.

 

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