Heart of Wales by Rail via Shrewsbury - Day 1

Welcome aboard at Shrewsbury for five days in Wales on a little train on the Heart of Wales Line; taking in the market and spa towns along the way, we will visit Knighton, Llandrindod Wells, Llanwrtyd Wells, Llandovery and Llandeilo. Suggestions for overnight accommodation are in or very close to the towns (and their railway stations) that we will be visiting so that you can drop off your luggage when you arrive and not have to carry it around with you!

For each stage of the journey, there are notes available with points of interest along the railway as we travel down the line.

The itinerary is from Monday to Friday based on National Rail timetables from 15 December 2019 to 16 May 2020. Subsequent train times until December will probably be similar but will not be confirmed until nearer the time.

Note that the Royal Welsh Show at Builth Wells starts on Monday 20th July 2020 for four days; it is the best-attended event of its kind in Europe attracting in the region of 240,000 visitors. This means that all accommodation for many miles around (especially in Builth & Llandrindod Wells) is likely to be booked. So avoid this week for this itinerary but book well in advance and spend a few days at the show another time! Llandrindod has a very popular Victorian Festival - 24th to 30th August 2020- check accommodation in advance for this week.

How to join the tour:-
From Birmingham & the West Midlands - Catch the Aberystwyth train to Shrewsbury from Birmingham International at 08.08, New Street at 08.25, Wolverhampton at 08.44 or Telford at 09.00; this arrives Shrewsbury at 09.22.

From Manchester Piccadilly - Take the 08.31 train to Shrewsbury (or from Crewe at 09.08) which arrives at 09.38.

From Shrewsbury - The Heart of Wales train heading for Swansea leaves at 10.09.



Monday - We start the Tour with a trip through Shropshire to the Welsh border town of Knighton; leaving Shrewsbury at 10.09, this takes about 50 minutes.

Journey notes available - please see Points of Interest Shrewsbury-Knighton.

For the first 20 miles or so, we travel south through Shropshire and call at Church Stretton and then Craven Arms; from here we take the Heart of Wales Line south-west past some little villages and on to Knighton where we leave the train at 11.00.

Croeso y Cymru - Welcome to Wales! Actually, we are not quite in Wales yet - the station is in England but the Wales/England border runs through the station car park!

The market town of Knighton, with a population of 3,300, stands on the route of Offa's Dyke. Up to 65 feet wide and 8 feet deep, the Dyke is named after the 8th Century King of Mercia who traditionally is believed to have ordered its construction; it roughly follows the current border between England and Wales.

A brief tour of Knighton - drop off your luggage, ideas for lunch and suggestions for the rest of the day.

Turn left out of the station and follow this road down to a T Junction (opposite the Knighton Hotel). For shops and eating places, turn right into Broad Street and up the hill towards the clock tower (built in 1872), past the George & Dragon Inn on left. Left at the clock tower for the High Street. Knighton is rich in history with half-timbered houses and steep, winding streets known as the Narrows - you will see why when you get there! This area is home to more shops (many very individualistic!) and cafes/eating places. Straight on at the clock tower into West Street for the Offa’s Dyke Centre, the Knighton Tourist Information Centre and the Red Lion Hotel.

Shrewsbury railway station is the hub for many rail services to and from Wales.

Castle Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY1 2DQ


Shrewsbury/Heart of Wales Towns Tour Journey Notes 1 - Shrewsbury to Knighton.

Shrewsbury Railway Station, Castle Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY1 2DQ


Knighton is a Mid Wales Marches town with a remarkable landscape and rich history. Located on the scenic Heart of Wales railway line, it makes a great base to explore the Offa's Dyke Path or Glyndwr's Way National Trails.

Powys, LD7 1EN

Walkers are Welcome Towns and Villages



After the steep hills of Knighton, a chance for a rest and some lunch!


After lunch, more time to explore the town - or time for a walk? You couldn’t be in a better place! Knighton is positioned at about the halfway point of the Offa's Dyke Path National Trail and at the start of the Glyndwr's Way National Trail - but there is also a wide range of shorter walks that radiate from the town. The Offa’s Dyke Centre will be able to provide you with all the details.

An interactive exhibition at the Offa’s Dyke Centre allows you to learn about the Dyke and its construction, the Welsh Princes of the Anglo-Saxon period and the history of Knighton and the border area in general

The Offa's Dyke Centre is the number one port of call for everything to do with Offa's Dyke, the National Trail and Welsh border region.

West Street, Knighton, Powys, LD7 1EN



Enjoy dinner at your hotel or one of the local restaurants and inns.


Overnight stay at the Knighton Hotel, the Red Lion or local B&Bs.

Other Itineraries

> Explore Mid Wales Days Out

> Heritage Railways

> Scenic Railway Day Trips

> Short Breaks by Train

> Short Breaks in Mid Wales

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