Transport Heritage in WalesTour ID: 177


Transport Heritage in Wales

Wales was at the forefront of transport innovation at the dawn of the industrial age.

Take a trip throughout Wales, visiting sites that revolutionised travel and enjoy experiencing the variety of transport options still possible today.

Sample itinerary:

Day 1 - Arrive in Wales. Overnight in North Wales.

Day 2 - Enjoy a trip on the Tramway, dating back to the times of Queen Victoria, that climbs to the summit of the Great Orme, overlooking the seaside resort of Llandudno. Ascend the highest peak in Wales, Mount Snowdon, using the 19th Century Mountain Railway. Overnight in North Wales.

Day 3 - Visit the Isle of Anglesey to view Menai Bridge, once the longest suspension bridge in the world, that connected the island to mainland Wales. Take on photo at the railway station with the longest name in the World - Llanfairpwillgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch! Follow the road, constructed by Thomas Telford, through the Snowdonia Mountains, to the World Heritage Site featuring his famous Pontcysllte Aquaduct. Overnight in North Wales.

Day 4 - Journey through the Snowdonia National Park to the west coast, for a ride on the Cambrian Line. Part of main rail network, this is one of the most spectacular lines in Britain, featuring dramatic coastal views and crossing a long wooden viaduct at Barmouth. Continue to the narrow guage Talylynn Railway, part of a United Nations World Heritage Site and the birthplace of 'Thomas the Tank Engine'. Overnight in Mid Wales

Day 5 - Travel on the delightful rural Heart of Wales railway to the south coast of Wales and the waterfront city of Swansea. Visit the National Waterfront Museum, which has an outstanding transport collection. Overnight in South West Wales.

Day 6 - A day in the Valleys of South Wales. This was a cradle for innovation at the start of the industrial era. Visit the town of Merthyr Tydfil, where the first rail movement of goods and passengers took place, using the Penydarren Locomotive (pictured above) back in 1804. Explore Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site, with it's network of tramroads, early railways and canal. Overnight in South East Wales.

Day 7 - Visit the City of Newport, and take a ride on the Transporter Bridge, the iconic symbol of the city. Trace the history of motoring and early aviator, Charles Rolls, in the rural county of Monmouthshire, which includes the Wye Valley 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. Overnight in South East Wales.

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Alternative Start Points: Heathrow Airport