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Heart of Wales Steam & the Brecon Beacons

Introducing four great preserved steam railways and a scenic mainline on one great rail holiday based in the Heart of Wales spa town of Llandrindod Wells. View coastlines, valleys, reservoirs, and mountains from your window on the Vale of Rheidol Railway, the Heart of Wales Line, the Brecon Mountain Railway and, last but not least, the Talyllyn, the world’s first ever preserved railway.

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5 days from £650



Thursday 2 May 2024

Thursday 13 June 2024

Thursday 15 August 2024

Thursday 12 September 2024



  • Travel along the picturesque Heart of Wales Line

  • Enjoy magnificent Aberglasney House and Gardens

  • Experience the Talyllyn Railway, the original preserved railway

  • Steam on the Vale of Rheidol Railway – one of the Great Little Trains of Wales

  • Visit Aberystwyth & Devil’s Bridge

  • Explore the unique industrial landscape of the Blaenavon UNESCO World Heritage site and visit the Iron Works and Big Pit Museums

  • Marvel at reservoirs and mountains on the Brecon Mountain Railway


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage


We arrive in Llandrindod Wells, where our hotel is situated in the heart of this spa town. There is time to get to know your new surroundings before our evening meal.



A morning at leisure allows you to relax in the hotel’s leisure facilities or explore Llandrindod a little, as a small market takes place today. At around midday we step aboard the ‘Heart of Wales Line’, one of Britain’s prettiest rural routes, travelling through tranquil scenery en route to Llandeilo. Here we transfer to the medieval Aberglasney House and Gardens, one of Wales’ finest gardens set in the beautiful Tywi Valley, before returning to Llandrindod.

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Today we depart Llandrindod by coach, heading to coastal Cardigan Bay for a journey special to anyone with an interest in railway heritage. The Talyllyn Railway runs for seven miles from Tywyn to Nant Gwernol through the Fathew Valley, passing Dolgoch Falls. Opened in 1865 to carry slate, the railway fell on hard times in the early 1950’s. A team of pioneering enthusiasts took over the running of the line and built the world’s first preserved railway. Our coach then transports us south to Aberystwyth, where there is free time to take lunch before our journey by steam train through the beautiful Rheidol Valley. The Vale of Rheidol Railway is one of the Great Little Trains of Wales, running between Aberystwyth on the Cambrian coast and Devil’s Bridge. See the countryside change as you travel through wide open fields, woodland, and rugged mountain scenery, the line twisting and turning as it clings to the hillside.

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We travel by coach to the Blaenavon UNESCO World Heritage site and visit the preserved Iron Works and the Big Pit Museum to uncover the rich industrial heritage of South Wales. If free time allows you can also opt to travel on the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway, which transports visitors through the heritage site. This afternoon we continue to Pant for a journey on the Brecon Mountain Railway. Formerly part of the Brecon & Merthyr Railway, the line passes the full length of the Pontsticill Reservoir on its way to Torpantau, high in the Brecon Beacons.

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Bidding farewell to Llandrindod Wells, we depart on our homeward journeys.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


The Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells

Situated in the spa town of Llandrindod Wells, the 4-star Metropole Hotel is a great base for exploring the varied attractions of the Heart of Wales. The hotel is also a great place to relax, as its Victorian style conservatory houses an 18-metre pool, thermal suites, Jacuzzi, and gymnasium.



Fare Region



London: Euston



Greater London



South of England



East Anglia



South West



Heart of England









North East



North West



South Wales



North Wales






*Please note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class only, so First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of journeys.


Join & Leave at Hotel £655


£5 tour discount for holders of National Railcards


Single Room Supplement £55


June Departure Supplement £40

Aug/Sept Departure Supplement £60


4 nights’ bed, breakfast & table d’hôte evening meal

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage


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Railtrail Tours Limited
21 The Smithfield Centre, Leek
Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 5JW
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