Taking a trip from Pontypridd to the town of Abergavenny? Catching the train allows you to arrive relaxed and ready for a day’s adventure, and with our special money-saving ticket deals, Off-peak and Group discounts, for example, you’ll have more to spend at your destination.
Sitting guardian-like on the Welsh border, Abergavenny is a splendid mix of old and new. This ‘Gateway to Wales, as it’s known, is the perfect base for exploring the River Usk, Brecon Beacons or the atmospheric Black Mountains. By taking your bike on the train, you have the ideal way to enjoy this ancient land. Head for the foothills of the iconic volcano-peaked Sugar Loaf where you’ll find a successful vineyard. Nestled among the fertile slopes, White Castle Vineyard supplies local restaurants and further afield with highly popular and well-respected wines. Stop off for a tasting session and pop a bottle or three into your backpack.
The site of a Roman fort, Abergavenny grew into an impressive medieval town, surrounded by protective walls, within the folklore-rich Welsh Marches. Home to many of the artefacts and relics found in the region, Abergavenny Castle, constructed in 1087, is just to the south of the town’s centre. Surviving many blows to its defences, from drawn-out sieges to being sacked by the Welsh, it has stood the test of time. The museum is housed in the adjacent hunting hall. The surrounding formal gardens are impeccably maintained and have splendid views over the Usk valley.
For a culture fix, head for the nearby Borough Theatre. With a year-round programme of events, performances and exhibitions, there’s something to suit everyone, whether you enjoy live music, stand up comedy or an art show. There’s also an eclectic mix of workshops and activities to take part in, including artisan baking, textile classes, or painting with watercolours.
Catch the train home to Pontypridd, and reflect on your day spent in Abergavenny. Why not download our app? It’s designed to alert you to all our special offers and make booking tickets simple and quick. Save money with our Anytime discounts and Off-peak options, giving you more to spend in Abergavenny!