Heart of Wales by Rail via Swansea - Day 2

Tuesday - Our itinerary today is to spend the morning in Llandeilo and then catch the 15.34 train to Llandovery.



More time to explore the town including the side streets and all the quirky shops! Or what about Dinefwr Castle, a mediaeval castle of Welsh princes, remains of Roman forts, and Newton House, a mid-seventeenth century mansion set in glorious parkland - plus a National Nature Reserve. Not too far to walk and too good to miss! The Castle, Park and Newtown House are normally open from 10 am.


Dinefwr has a tea room and you can have lunch in the Billiard Room restaurant at Newton House - or back into town.


We need to collect our luggage and head back to the railway station in time to catch the 15.34 Shrewsbury bound train for a 20 minute trip calling at Llangadog, Llanwrda and Llandovery where we will arrive at 15.55.

See Points of Interest Llandeilo-Llandovery for Journey Notes.

The Romans built a fort around AD 50 to 60 to the north-east of Llandovery and constructed roads to Brecon, Carmarthen and to the nearby goldmines at Dolaucothi. Llandovery Castle was built in 1110 and almost immediately captured by the Welsh, changing hands between Normans and Welsh until the reign of King Edward I of England. Today Llandovery is a market town with a population of 2,900; the River Tywi is just to the north-west.

Turn right out of the station and take the A40 Brecon road (Queensway); pass Llandovery College (a coeducational independent school) and bear left to still follow the main road. This is the town centre with shops and eating places off this road. On the right will be the Tourist Information Centre and the Castle Hotel; take the road in between the two through the car park to the Norman Castle. Or bear left towards Market Square for more places to eat, shops and places to stay including the Drovers. Keep on the main road to reach the Craft Centre (in the old market hall) and Penygawse Guest House - on the left after Stone Street.

Llandeilo railway station is on the Heart of Wales Line that runs from Shrewsbury to Swansea.

Station Rd, Llandeilo, SA19 6ND


Swansea/Heart of Wales Town Tour Journey Notes 2 - Llandeilo to Llandovery.

Llandeilo Railway Station, Station Rd, Llandeilo, SA19 6ND


Llandovery is delightful little town at the northern edge of Carmarthenshire. The name Llandovery means 'church amongst the waters', owing to its position in a valley where the rivers Towy, Bran, Gwydderig and Bawddwr coincide.

Llanymddfri | Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, SA20 0AW

Walkers are Welcome Towns and Villages



A stroll around the town and an evening meal at the Castle Hotel or another restaurant in the town.


Some examples of where to stay overnight - the recently refurbished historic Castle Hotel off Kings Road, Penygawse, a grade II listed Georgian townhouse on High Street, or the Drovers B&B, tastefully restored 17th century townhouse located in Market Square.

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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