Mid Wales Town Tour by Rail - Day 1: Monday

Glad you can join us for five days in rural Mid Wales from Shrewsbury and taking in the towns of Welshpool, Newtown and Machynlleth on their market days and two days on the coast at Aberystwyth - all reached along the scenic Cambrian Line railway. 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 to Aberystwyth.

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.

How to join the tour:-
From London Euston - Take the 08.43 to Birmingham International which arrives at 09.53 (or alternatively the 08.23 arriving at 09.33); the 10.09 train for Aberystwyth will be waiting for you on Platform 5.
From Birmingham & the West Midlands - Take the Aberystwyth train from Birmingham International at 10.09, New Street at 10.25, Wolverhampton at 10.43 or Telford at 11.00.
From Manchester Piccadilly - Take the 09.31 Carmarthen train to Shrewsbury (or from Crewe at 10.08) which arrives at 10.38.
From Cardiff Central - Leave on the 09.22 Holyhead train (09.36 Newport, 10.02 Abergavenny, 10.29 Hereford) which will arrive at Shrewsbury at 11.22; there is an earlier train from Cardiff at 08.50 arriving Shrewsbury 10.51.
From Shrewsbury - The Aberystwyth train leaves at 11.27.



Monday - We start the Tour with a short trip down the Cambrian Line to Welshpool; leaving Shrewsbury at 11.27, this takes about 20 minutes.

Welshpool is the first stop; leave the station by the footbridge.

Before heading into town, visit Edinburgh Woollen Mill’s shop which is housed in the imposing Old Station building constructed in 1860. The railway was realigned and the current station built in 1993 to facilitate the provision of a new road to by-pass Welshpool.

Journey notes available - see Points of Interest Shrewsbury-Welshpool

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

Castle Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY1 2DQ


Mid Wales Towns Tour Journey Notes 1 - Shrewsbury to Welshpool.

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



A brief tour of Welshpool - drop off your luggage, ideas for lunch and suggestions for the afternoon.

From the Old Station, walk straight ahead for the town. On your left, we pass the Powysland Museum by the canal bridge. At the crossroads/traffic lights, if you are staying at the Royal Oak this evening, you can drop off your luggage. Shops, etc. left or right; right for the Tourist Information Centre. The main street for shops and cafes is straight ahead together with Welshpool Market which is held beneath the clock tower; there will be street stalls as well.

The footpath to Powis Castle (about a mile) is from Park Lane off Broad Street/High Street near the Town Hall. Continue past the Town Hall and up out of the town to the Welshpool & Llanfair Railway’s Raven Square station which is by the roundabout at the junction of the A458 and the A490.

Welshpool is a Mid Wales town which lies only 4 miles from the border with England. Its Welsh name 'Y Trallwng' means 'the marshy or sinking land' referring to the fact that the town is low-lying on the River Severn.

Powys, SY21 7DD



After lunch, more time to look around the town or visit one of the following:-

The National Trust’s Powis Castle is a world class medieval castle and gardens - not to be missed! Normally open all year from 10.00 or 11.00 to 16.00/17.00/18.00.

Powysland Museum illustrates the archaeology and social history of Montgomeryshire; it is housed in a restored warehouse beside the Montgomery Canal. The Museum is closed for the time being due to refurbishment.

The Welshpool & Llanfair steam Railway was closed in 1956; restoration of the line began in 1959, the first passenger train ran from Llanfair Caereinion in 1963 and by 1981 the line was open again to Welshpool, some 8 miles. Trains are limited on Mondays but on some dates (6 & 13 April, 25 May and 20 July - 25 August) you can take an early afternoon steam train from Welshpool to Llanfair and back.

World-famous garden, 13th century medieval castle and historic collection. Cared for by the National Trust since 1952.

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Y Lanfa is housed in a restored historic warehouse beside the Montgomery Canal with Welshpool Library on the ground floor and Powysland Museum upstairs. The museum depicts the archaeology and social history of Montgomeryshire.

Y Lanfa Powysland Museum, The Canal Wharf, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 7AQ


A narrow gauge train trip up the steepest gradients in Britain. Steam locos and coaches from around the world. Shops and picnic areas at both termini.

The Station, Llanfair Caereinion, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 0SF

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Take a stroll along the banks of the Montgomery Canal or Powis Castle Parkland. Enjoy dinner at the Royal Oak or at one of the many local restaurants and inns.


Overnight stay in The Royal Oak Hotel, a historic coaching Inn or local bed and breakfast.

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> Short Breaks in Mid Wales

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