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Margam Park

Margam House

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Photo: Tourism Swansea Bay

A 19TH Century gothic revival Tudor style mansion built in 1830-40 it is now a Grade 1 Listed building.  Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (1803–1890) had Margam castle built after he came back from his grand tour. He hired Architects Thomas Hopper (1776–1856), while Edward Haycock Snr (1790–1870. The house was passed down in the Talbot Family until 1941, when David Evans-Bevan, the industrialist and owner of the Vale of Neath Brewery bought it, He found it too large and tried unsuccessfully to get a public body to manage it. After this, it started to become dilapidated. And was closed although the local government had taken it on. A large fire gutted it in 1977 and since then it has been slowly being restored. It is now mainly used for Ghost Hunts, Wedding Photos and as a film set.   Within the courtyard, there is a small snack bar open in the warmer months.

 Orangery

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Photo: Tourism Swansea Bay

The Orangery  is now used for Weddings, funerals, conferences, Events, corporate and private venue hire

 “The Orangery in Margam Park was built to house a great collection of orange, lemon and other citrus trees which the Talbots inherited from their Mansel forebears. Nothing is known for certain of the origin of these trees, but legends suggest that they were originally a gift for the crown. As they were being transported, the ship was wrecked on the coast near Margam and the trees claimed by the Mansels.”

Prior to this, the trees had been housed in several different greenhouses around Margam Park.

Fairytale Village

Miniature houses and a fairytale castle to run around in designed for children under 10. In Spring/Summer it is open from 10 am to 5 pm, in Autumn/Winter it is open from 10 am to 3 pm.

 

  • Fairytale Cottages
  • A toddler play area
  • A 6-10 play area
  • Picnic area
  • Giant chess and draughts
  • Willow cathedral and adventure trail
  • Adventure Castle

  Wood Vibrations Trail

 Discover giant instruments made from carved trees. There are also giant wooden toadstools to find.

 Go Ape

For those aged 10 and over and for a fee, you can experience the Go ape treetop high wire adventure course. Book in advance online.

 Adventure Playground

Margam has a great adventure playground for older children built in the shape of a wooden palisade castle.

Rare breed Farm Trail

A lovely petting zoo style farm trail to bring toddlers to see different rare bread animals. They have been chosen because their particular breeds were favoured by local farmers for their hardiness and produce.

 The Parkland

There are 800 acres of parkland to explore and there is a 600 strong deer herd which provides for excellent venison.  Margam park has several cycle trails if you prefer to go by bike, there is a large BBQ area available to hire and also dogs are very welcome on a lead. For longer distance walkers, the park links to Afan Forest Park Country Park via the Coed Morgannwg Way.

Cloisters

This site has been home to an abbey from the 11th century until the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry the 8th in 1536. the site may have been a major centre of the early Celtic Christian church prior to it being a Cistercian abbey. The site had previously been occupied for at least 4000 years.

 Margam Park Train

A diesel locomotive, that runs on a 24” Gauge Track., The Margam Park Train runs during the warmer months. It has three carriages that can seat up to 24 people undercover and the train is wheelchair accessible.

Train Prices: All tickets are valid for a one-way journey only.

  • Adult: £2.00
  • Child/OAP: £1.00 (Children under three are FREE,
  • Child 3-18,
  • Family Pass (2 Adults 2 Children) £5.00

Entry:  Free Entry

Parking: £5.60 as of May 2018

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Explore Our Coast!

Here at River Tawe Holiday Apartment you will find a rural escape with easy access to city life.  Situated in between Swansea and Brecon, This is an ideal base from which to explore.

Whether you fancy a fun-filled family day out at Aberavon or exploring the caves and ancient monuments of the Gower Peninsula, fine dining in the Mumbles or a cocktail at sunset by Swansea Marina, our coastline has a lot to offer.

The village of Ystradgynlais links directly through to central Swansea by both the A4067 and the Sustrans cycle path 43 part of the National Cycle Network.  This cycle path consists of mainly off-road cycle paths and some stretches of safe road and dedicated cycle lanes. Both the road and cycle path provide excellent access to Swansea Bay and the Gower. Download this map for more information on the Swansea Valley Trail and download this brochure Traffic Free South Wales

 

Family Fun Days

For family days out, there are so many options:

  • You could choose Aberavon Seafront.   It has a new swimming pool, outdoor kids splash water play, crazy golf, huge and exciting play area and excellent cafes.
  • Why not head to Mumbles pier to play in the arcade or visit the lifeboat house and then find the secret beach at the end of the pier for rock pools and lovely sand.  Take a trip to Verdi’s cafe for pasta or pizza and an ice cream.  With quick service, a floor length glass frontage with views over the bay, and plenty of outdoor seating, it’s a favourite with families. –Verdi’s – Italian Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlour – great views quick service
  • Let the kids try rock climbing  and swimming at LC2: Swansea’s Leisure pool and sports centre.  Afterwards they can enjoy the five level indoor play centre, then go for  some delicious lunch by the marina at a waterside cafe or bar like The Swigg. You could follow this with a trip to one of Swansea’s many museums or art galleries. –The Swigg – Marina Side Bar and Cafe with excellent food and drinks.- National Waterfront Museum Dylan Thomas Centre

 

An Elegant Adventure

Start with an early lunch at Norton House served from 12-2.30,  £13.95 set menu for two courses.  Then why not head to the shops and boutiques and beauty parlours of The Mumbles for some retail therapy and pampering.

 

 

Fine Dining Restaurants

 

Munch of Mumbles

Fairyhill in Llanrhidian

Hanson at the Chelsea

Beach House at Oxwich

 

Coastal Pursuits

You can try sailing, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, sea caving, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, walking, bird-watching, whale watching, archery and much much more.

 

Whatever you love doing River Tawe Holiday Apartment can accommodate you!

 

 

 

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Black Mountain, Y Mynydd Du

The Brecon Beacons contains two stunning areas, which can often be confused due to the similarity of their names. The westerly one is Black Mountain or  Y Mynydd Du, and it is on the Border between Carmarthenshire and Powys, above Upper Brynamman.  The Black Mountains are over towards Crickhowell and Talgarth, to the east of the Brecon Beacons, and they form a border separating Wales from Herefordshire.

 

While either area is well worth a visit, the Black Mountain is much closer to Ystradgynlais and with limestone outcrops and tremendous views, it is a place to explore the rugged hills and try to spot the rare alkali loving plants found in the area.

 

There are a couple of car parks along the A4069 one with spectacular views and picnic benches and sometimes a burger or ice cream van!  The other allows for exploration of old Limestone Quarry Known as Herberts Quarry, good for climbing and boldering.  There are several caves in this area so be cautious with younger children.

 

From  Ystradgynlais Follow the road to Cymllynfell at the junction with the A474 at the north of Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, and travels through Lower Brynamman and Brynamman. The route then crosses over the Black Mountain range of the Brecon Beacons and emerges near Felindre near Llangadog. It then crosses through Llangadog and continues northeast until the junction with the A40 at Llandovery. It reaches a height of 493 m (1,617 ft) above sea level.

Download and print the Black Mountain River Tawe factsheet PDF