Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff

Stylish Cheltenham to the cultural melting pot of Cardiff with an enchanted sojourn through the Severn Estuary!


Advance fares from £14.80 and an Anytime Single is £23.70

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No. of Attractions:

15 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

1 hour 16 minutes

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Starting point:

Cheltenham Spa Railway Station

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Journey fact:

Newport is home to the world's smallest national park, the Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve. This unique urban nature reserve, created in 2000, covers just over 437 hectares and serves as a haven for diverse bird species, including the rare Avocet.

Journey Overview

The Severn Shores railway line delivers you from historic, Regency style Cheltenham to the bustling Welsh city of Newport, with its unique blend of scenic and industrial heritage. Throughout the route you can enjoy panoramic views of the River Severn and rural South Gloucestershire.

From Gloucester the line meanders its way south towards the Royal Forest of Dean and its fab variety of flora and fauna and dense woodland with views to the left of the train of the edge of the Cotswolds of green hedgerows, lush pastures, farmyards, patches of woodland and a slightly elevated terrain before picking up the shoreline between Westbury on Severn and Newnham on Severn.

Apart from short bursts of the route, the railway line now hugs the Seven Estuary all the way past Lydney and Chepstow, travelling eastwards towards Caldicot and Newport. The natural beauty of the Wye Valley and historic buildings provides a particularly fascinating backdrop as the train passes Chepstow and the scenery is tantalising and eye catching throughout.

As the line continues into South Wales, look out across the Estuary and you’ll see both of the impressive Severn Bridges connecting the road network from Wales to England. They stand out as a beacon of engineering magnificence and with every change in weather, there is a different, unique and atmospheric view from the window gazing over the Severn.

Through Monmouthshire the train goes, a patchwork of fields, stonewalls, neat cottages and pretty villages and historic churches.

Newport emerges with a mix of rural and more built up views from the window and the dramatic crossing of the Wye as the train arrives at the station before continuing onto Cardiff where the scenery continues to be diverse as the train arrives at this bustling, vibrant city with so much to see and do!

A Fab Day Out!

Before boarding the train enjoy a bit of relaxation in Cheltenham’s Pittville Park with its lovely boating lake then stroll along the elegant Regency street, The Promenade, lined with shops, cafes, and the impressive Neptune Fountain.

It’s a pleasant 20 minute walk to Cheltenham Spa railway station and then onto the train to Gloucester and a visit to the stunning Gothic cathedral, known for its beautiful cloisters and as a filming location for the Harry Potter movies.

Back into the train and if you are planning a short staycation then maybe stop off at Chepstow and visit Chepstow Castle. Discover the history of one of the oldest surviving stone castles in Britain, with breathtaking views over the River Wye.

Chepstow Museum is also fab and you can learn about the town’s history and its role in the development of the Wye Valley area – a scenic hike through his beautiful countryside is also recommended if you are making a longer trip to the region.

To Newport, the train makes its way and Tredegar House. Explore this grand 17th-century mansion set in stunning parkland, offering a glimpse into the past. A peruse of Newport Transporter Bridge is also great. This unique historic structure is one of only a few transporter bridges remaining worldwide. Carleon Roman Fortress and Baths is also fab. Discover the remnants of a significant Roman site with well-preserved baths and an amphitheatre. Be sure, to visit Newport Distillery too!

Now for the final denouement in Cardiff and a taste of the vibrant nightlife or if you are planning an overnight stay then a trip to Cardiff Castle is highly recommended! Explore this historic castle with its impressive interiors and beautiful grounds right in the city centre. Visit the National Museum, housing extensive art, natural history, and archaeology collections. A trip on an open top bus in summer months to Cardiff Bay is not to be missed. Enjoy the vibrant waterfront area, featuring attractions like the Wales Millennium Centre, restaurants, and boat tours.

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