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T4 – Cardiff via Pontypridd, Merthyr Tydfil, Brecon, Builth Wells, Llandrindod Wells to Newtown


Wales’s Capital City is home to rugby and football stadiums, castles, museums, theatres, concert halls and lots of shopping.

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The town sits at the junction of the Rhondda, Taff and Cynon Valleys.  The Welsh National Anthem ‘Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau’ was composed in Pontypridd by local poets & musicians Evan and James James. You can visit their memorial at Ynysangharad Park.

Other places to enjoy:

Merthyr Tydfil

Merthyr Tydfil is ideally placed between the Brecon Beacons National Park and Cardiff. It was once known as the iron capital of the world and its history comes alive at various locations throughout the town.

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Brecon is the main market town in the Brecon Beacons and has an array of interesting and unusual shops selling antiques, local arts and the finest Welsh food produce.  It’s a perfect base for either a low-key day out on the canal or an energetic adventure on the hills by bike, on foot or on horseback.

You can also enjoy:

  • Brecon Cathedral and Close , a haven of peace and quiet
  • Regimental Museum – The Royal Welsh

Builth Wells

Builth Wells is a bustling rural town with a selection of good independent shops. In the centre of the town is a 1000-foot mural that depicts the final days of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the last native Prince of Wales.

Cilmeri is a 2.5 mile walk west of Builth Wells on the A483. The village is famous for being close to the spot where Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the last native Prince of Wales,  was killed by Edward I‘s  soldiers on 11 December 1282. A memorial stone was erected on the site in 1956.

Llandrindod Wells

Llandrindod Wells in the Victorian era was a very popular resort and Spa town. The Rock Park & Heritage Centre is a restored relic to that period. Located in the centre of the town is the National Cycle Museum which houses hundreds of cycles and accessories, in period settings, from the 19th Century to the present day.


Founded originally as a market town at the end of the 13th century, Newtwon’s Saturday market is still thriving today. The town continued to prosper with the expansion of the woollen industry in the early 19th century.

Other places to enjoy

  • Newtown Textile Museum Open on Saturdays but check opening times in winter
  • Oriel Davies Gallery, Open Saturdays series of events organised throughout the year

Things to do

  • Treasure Trails: Llandaf Cycle Trail and Cardiff Bay
    These Trails are great for seeing a location from a new perspective, whatever age, whatever the weather! Trails can either be downloaded or posted.

Adventures in the outdoors

Theatres, Museums and Arts Centres:

Look out for various matinee shows, lunchtime concerts, exhibitions, films  and family workshops as well as the cafes and restaurants.

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