Catching the train from Cardiff Central to the town of Pyle allows you to arrive feeling refreshed and relaxed. The journey takes around thirty minutes, taking you through some of Wales’ most glorious countryside. Why not use out on-board free Wifi and stream a playlist for your day out?

Lying equidistant between the capital, Cardiff and Wales’ second city, Swansea to the West, the town of Pyle is at the mouth of the River Kenfig. The name is derived from the Welsh for tidal inlet of the sea, which could refer to the tidal river or the sea itself. With numerous family friendly attractions, Pyle has much to offer the visitor.

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With a history of habitation dating back to the 11th century, the Croes Siencyn Incised Stone marks the skills of those ancient stonemasons. Moved from its original location of somewhere between Pyle and Kenfig, to Marlas Road, it has been given Scheduled Monument status, acknowledging its historic importance. 

If you need to tire out energetic kids, Dizzy’s Castle offers an exhausting range of indoor soft play activities. In a safe environment, children can run, jump and climb until their heart’s content, while you relax in the comfortable, welcoming coffee shop. 

Looking out over Pyle is St James' parish church is often called the upside down church. This refers to a 15th century event when the village was overwhelmed by a sandbank as the sea encroached. The church was moved, stone by stone to a new, safer location. The first stones moved from the original site would be the ones placed higher in the building, and therefore the church was rebuilt upside down! A fine example of classic Perpendicular style, it demonstrates the large, wide spaced windows the period is known for 

A beautiful area of woodland called The Collwyn lies to the west of the village. Perfect for a relaxing stroll, or maybe a midweek picnic, the flora and fauna alone make this location well worth a visit. Follow the winding stream to the well preserved watermill and step back in time. 

If you’re a fan of retail therapy, Pyle has all the high street names, and is also home to several independent boutiques showcasing local artistic talent. From cosy knitwear, painting of the local scenery, and home made jewellery, to homemade cakes and pastries. Why not treat yourself for the journey home? 

Take the train home to Cardiff and relax while you plan your next trip. Download our free mobile app, and be the first to hear about our money saving special offers, including the flexible Anytime tickets, or Group travel if you plan to have fun exploring with a friend.