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This page contains useful links to information on the following:

Timetables & Tickets
Attractions
Tourism
Towns
Organisations
Events
Books

       
       
           
         
       
 

Timetables & Tickets:

       
 

Arriva Trains Wales
Timetable enquiries and online booking of tickets.

 

    Website

arrivatrainswales.co.uk

 

Explore Wales by Train and Bus
Also on the Arriva Trains Wales website is information about the Explore Wales Pass, including how to buy tickets, how to plan your journey and what discounts are available. This pass replaces the Freedom of Wales Flexi Pass.

 

    Website

arrivatrainswales.co.uk

 

Traveline Wales
The Traveline Wales Web site provides information on Public Transport timetables in Wales.

 

    Website

traveline-cymru.org.uk

 

Heart of Wales Travel Centre
Our local ticket office is based in Llandrindod and offers national rail tickets and railcards at discounted prices as well as information on best prices. Ideal for those who wish to speak in person or over the telephone.

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Attractions:

       
 

Aberglasney Gardens
Historic gardens spectacularly set within the beautiful Tywi Valley that have been an inspiration for poetry.

 

    Website

aberglasney.org.uk

 

National Botanic Garden of Wales
Gardens set within the Tywi Valley, displaying a wealth of vivid and varied plants from all over the world.

 

    Website

gardenofwales.org.uk

 

Carreg Cennen Castle
'...a breathtaking fortress perched on... the great escarpment behind Llandeilo" Wynford Vaughan Thomas.

 

    Website

castlewales.com

 

Dolaucothi Goldmines
Roman mines near Llanwrda, offering the chance to take a trip underground and experience the life of a goldminer.

 

    Website

nationaltrust.org.uk

 

Gigrin Farm Red Kite Feeding Station
Learn more about the the Red Kite, one of the rarest and most majestic birds of prey in Britain which can be spotted soaring over the steep-sided valleys, moors and mountains of the Heart of Wales.

 

    Website

gigrin.co.uk

 

White Springs Fishery
Recently voted the UK's number one fishery a few years ago by The Anglers Mail, the uk's top selling weekly angling magazine, White Springs attracts visitors from around the UK.

 

    Website

whitespringsfishery.co.uk

 

National Cycle Museum, Llandrindod Wells
Journey through the lanes of cycle history and see bicycles from 1819, such as the Hobby Horse, Boneshakers and Penny Farthings, up to the most modern Carbon Fibre machines of today.

£1 discount on admission, on sight of that day's Heart of Wales Line railway ticket.

 

    Website

cyclemuseum.org.uk

       
         
       
 

Tourism:

       
 

Scenic Wales by Rail
Information and links to 6 beautiful railways within Wales and The Borders which are all supported by Community Rail Partnerships. As well as the Heart of Wales Line, the site also features, the Conwy Valley Line, the Chester to Shrewsbury Line, the Cambrian Railways, the Borderlands Line and the Railways of South West Wales.

 

    Website

scenicwales.co.uk

 

The Wales Map
An interactive map of Wales which is useful whether you are visiting or whether you live here, inlcuding links to cities, towns, castles, marinas, rugby clubs, football clubs, national parks, railways and much more.

 

    Website

www.thewalesmap.com

 

The Brecon Beacons National Park
A comprehensive guide to visiting this well-known national park where there is something to do for the whole family.The site has links to accommodation, attractions and activity websites to ensure your visit is as enjoyable as possible. The park is easily accessible from Llandovery and Llandeilo Stations on the Heart of Wales Line.

 

    Website

breconbeacons.org

 

Explore Heart of Wales Tours
Walking and driven day tours and short break holidays in Mid Wales tailored to guests’ individual requirements with drop off and collection service provided from the Heart of Wales Line railway stations.

 

    Website

exploreheartofwales.co.uk

 

VisitWales.co.uk - Wales Tourist Board Official Site
Information & ideas for those planning a visit to Wales.

 

    Website

visitwales.co.uk

 

Visit Mid Wales
Information & ideas for those planning to visit Mid & West Wales, including on-line booking of accommodation.

 

    Website

visitmidwales.co.uk

 

The Cambrian Mountains
Information for visiting the Cambrian Mountains.

 

    Website

cambrian-mountains.co.uk

 

Pathfinders Rail Tours
Pathfinders have been organising special rail trips since 1973 and since then the business has grown steadily to meet an ever strong demand for leisure rail travel to all corners of the British Isles. The company now runs some 40 - 50 tours and excursions by rail every year, with several distinct styles of itinerary.

 

    Website

pathfindertours.co.uk

 

The Hultsfred-Västervik Railway, Sweden
Running for 44 miles through dark forests, along small lakes and through small villages between Västervik and Hultsfred, this is the first Swedish railway that has been listed as a national heritage.

 

    Website

hwj.nu

 

Branch Line Britain
Information about other branch lines and minor railways within Britain. For each line featured the site provides details of the line and its history, its stations, nearby places of interest and reviews of journeys on the line.

 

    Website

branchlinebritain.co.uk

 

Welsh Cottages
For holiday cottages in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

 

    Website

welsh-cottages.co.uk

 

Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages
Family-run self catering holiday cottages situated on the home farm of the historic Plas Cilybebyll Estate, between Brecon Beacons National Park and Gower Peninsula.

 

    Website

walescottages.com

 

West Wales Holiday Cottages
For family-friendly and dog-friendly holiday cottages in Wales, West Wales Holiday Cottages are the local specialists.

 

    Website

West Wales Holiday Cottages

 

BayTrans
BayTrans promotes green travel to and around Swansea Bay including the city of Swansea, Mumbles, Gower, Neath, Port Talbot and the valleys

 

    Website

baytrans.org.uk

       
         
       
 

Towns:

       
 

Church Stretton
Further information about this Shropshire town.

 

    Website

churchstretton.co.uk

 

Bucknell
Further information about the Parish of Bucknell and Bedstone within the Teme Valley.

 

    Website

bucknellandbedstone.org

 

Llandrindod Wells
Further information about this famous Mid Wales spa town.

 

    Website

llandrindod.co.uk

 

Spa Town Trust
A community organisation supporting the development of Llandrindod Wells and the Heart of Wales.

 

    Website

actionteam.org.uk

 

Llandeilo
Further information and photographs from this charming town within the Tywi Valley.

 

    Website

llandeilo-info.co.uk

 

Llandeilo
Further information and photographs from this charming town within the Tywi Valley.

 

    Website

llandeilo.gov.uk

 

Swansea
Further information about Wales's 2nd city and its beautiful bay.

 

    Website

visitSwanseaBay.com

 

Swansea
Further information about Wales's 2nd city and its beautiful bay.

 

    Website

Swansea.gov.uk

       
         
       
 

Organisations:

       
 

Heart of Wales Line Enterprise Network
Heart of Wales Line Enterprise Network is a new social enterprise initiated by the Heart of Wales Line Forum and supported by the Welsh Government. The aim of the network is to create new links with communities and fresh opportunities for tourism and local businesses along the line.

Click on the link and find out how you can be involved!

 

    Website

howlenterprise.co.uk

 

HoWLTA
Information about the Heart of Wales Line Travellers Association and the Heart of Wales Line.

 

    Website

howlta.org.uk

 

Amman Valley Railway Society (AVRS)
Amman Valley Railway Society is the driving force behind the Swansea 9 Lines Eco Tram project to reintroduce a sustainable, affordable transport network to the Swansea Bay City Region, South West Wales and beyond.

    Website

avrsonline.co.uk

 

ACoRP
The Association of Community Rail Partnerships, a federation of over 60 community rail partnerships and rail promotion groups which include the Heart of Wales Line Forum.

 

    Website

acorp.uk.com

 

Sustrans
Sustrans (it stands for sustainable transport) is a charity that works on practical projects to encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport in order to reduce motor traffic and its adverse effects. Find out more about the National Cycle Network on their
website.

 

    Website

sustrans.co.uk

 

The Barking to Gospel Oak Line User Group
A rail users' group for the Barking-Gospel Oak line who for many years we have been campaigning for improvements to train services and stations

 

    Website

barking-gospeloak.org.uk

 

The National Trust
Information about this well-known independent charity that now cares for over 612,000 acres of beautiful countryside, almost 600 miles of coastline and important buildings and gardens.

 

    Website

nationaltrust.org.uk

 

Youth Hostels Association
Information about hostelling all over the world, including on-line booking.

 

    Website

yha.org.uk

 

The Railway Children
Information about a charity that helps children in India who live on railway stations.

 

    Website

railwaychildren.org.uk

 

The Cambrian Railways Society
The official website for this group who have gathered an invaluable collection of artefacts from railways in the former Cambrian Railways Company area. They have established a registered museum in the last remaining Cambrian Railways goods shed and have also transformed Oswestry South Signalbox from a derelict eyesore to a fully functioning educational facility.

 

    Website

cambrianrailwayssociety.co.uk

 

Rail Rambles
Information on guided walks from railway stations in Mid Wales and the Marches.

Work is currently going on to set up a programme of rambles from stations at the Southern end of the Heart of Wales line. If you require information on this, or if you can volunteer to provide support for the programme, please contact David Edwards.

 

    Website

ramblers.org.uk

 

BagAge - Reusable Shopping Bags
The Heart of Wales Line Forum supports local, sustainable, businesses and is pleased to host this link to BagAge.

 

    Website

bagage-reusableshoppingbags.co.uk

 

The Troserch Woodland Society
Troserch Woods are part of an ancient woodland, on either side of the Morlais river north of Llangennech. In 2006, about 80 acres of woodland were bought for the community, dedicated to wildlife conservation and public enjoyment. The woods are home to a variety of wildlife from badgers and foxes to buzzards and bats.

 

    Website

troserchwoods.co.uk

 

Kickstarter Carriage Restoration Project
Erwood Station Craft Centre near Builth Wells has recently uploaded a project on to Kickstarter, a fundraising website that they hope will help achieve the target of restoring a third carriage and converting it into a great useable space for community events, workshops and demonstrations.

    Website

kickstarter.com

       
         
       
 

Events:

       
 

Shrewsbury Flower Show
Information about this famous annual show that attracts thousands of visitors every year.

 

    Website

shrewsburyflowershow.org.uk

 

Llandrindod Wells Victorian Festival
Information and history about this annual festival held for a whole week in August.

 

    Website

victorianfestival.co.uk

 

Special Events Page
For the latest information events that are taking place near to the Heart of Wales Line, don't forget to check our events page!

Click here for events information

       
       
         
       
 

Books:

       
 

Nigel Bird Books - The Railway Bookdealer
One of the top specialist railway book dealers in the UK with literally thousands of customers worldwide. Very substantial stocks of rare, out of print, used and new railway titles are carried which runs to well in excess of 7000 items.

 

    Website

nigelbirdbooks.co.uk

       
           
 

 

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