Towns To Visit Along The Cambrian Lines

On the Cambrian lines, you’re travelling through some of the most significant historical parts of the UK – an area of myths and magic, castles and kings, and princes and parliaments.

Visiting by train is a great way to see the area, you’ll see more from the train than you will by car, and you’ll pass through areas unspoilt by development and see the true beauty and majesty of our incredible countryside. This is by no means a full list of where to go and what to see, but we hope we can give you a quick flavour of what a journey it is on the Cambrian lines.

You’re Not Just Travelling Through Wales

You're Travelling Through History

Those looking for Welsh ancestry can take the train to the National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth – a reference library and repository for ancestral information, and then visit the areas of forefathers by train and local bus.

The Castle at the town, still looks a bit worse for wear – the result of heavy and sustained cannon fire followed by centuries of weathering.

See more here: www.aberystwyth.com

The Original Capital City

Machynlleth is the home of Owain Glyndwr’s Parliament – the first Welsh Parliament predating our current Welsh Government by some 500 years, and nearby are some significant sites in Owain’s illustrious life – Pennal, where he wrote his letter appealing for French support to the Welsh cause, the Hyddgen battle site where he – outnumbered by 3 to 1,  defeated the army of Henry IV.

At Harlech an impressive fortress still stands – the site of a major seige which Owain won and then lost years later.

For Machynlleth

For Owain Glyndwr’s Parliament 

For Harlech

Historical Significance

You're Travelling Through History

Newtown is a vibrant market town which itself has historical significance relating to a more modern age. Robert Owen (1771), was known for being one of the fathers of ‘co-operatives’ and workers’ rights, and indeed, other important figures also have close connections.

Davied Davies of Llandinam – a key figure of the Inustrial Revolution, and of course there’s Pryce Pryce-Jones (1834), who’s department store still stands, but made a name for himself as a pioneer of ‘mail order’ shopping. Queen Victoria  and Florence Nightingale were customers of his.