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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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Langland Bay

Langland Bay

Colin Smith / Langland Bay / CC BY-SA 2.0

Langland Bay is reminiscent of the french riviera and has kept its Victorian charm, even though most of its hotels have now been converted to other uses.  There is a golf course, tennis courts and old-fashioned Green beach huts which are available to rent in the summer months.  The bay is overlooked by a manor, Llan-y-Llan which was “built in the Scottish baronial style by the Crawshay family, the Merthyr Tydfil Ironmasters”, it has now been converted into apartments and is called the Langland Bay Manor.  The beach is joined at low tide to Rotherslade Bay and is only a separate beach at high tide when a spur of rock separates them.

There is a good restaurant overlooking the beach with indoor and outdoor seating.

The beach has both rock pools and sand and during the summer lifeguards are on patrol, it is a popular surfing beach for experienced surfers only.

This beach gets extremely busy when the weather is really sunny, this beach is the one along from Caswell Bay and you can walk along the coastal path to it.

Car parking fees in the Spring/Summer are 1hr £1.50, 2hrs £3, All Day £5

Download our factsheet: Langland Bay

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Dan yr Ogof – National Showcaves Centre for Wales

Dan yr Ogof – National Showcaves Centre for Wales

Postcode:  SA9 1GJ

Distance: 15 minutes’ drive

Only five miles north of Ystradgynlais.

Entry and Admission:  3 pm is last entry. £14 for adults and £11 for children.

Showcaves:

The showcaves are the start of a 17-mile-long cave system beneath the Cribarth and Penwyllt areas, the gateway to the Brecon Beacons National Park.Visit the amazing Cathedral Cave, walk under an underground waterfall.  The River Llynfell is a 6km underground river. The Morgan brothers, who discovered Dan yr Ogof in 1912, entered here. They had only candlelight to guide them, and a small boat called a coracle to cross the underground lakes.

 

Dinosaurs, Shire Horse Centre and Playbarn:

Also included with your entry are numerous giant plastic dinosaurs, a model of an iron age fort, reconstructed stone circles, horses and animals to visit, historical displays and a café and play barn.  It needs a whole day to see it all.

 

Seasonal Opening:

The showcaves are open from the first of April until the 5th of November and opens specially for events at Easter, Halloween, and Christmas.