Sometimes you don’t realise what attractions are on your doorstep and recently we visited one of these hidden gems – Margam Country Park.
Margam Country Park is set in 1000 acres of beautiful parkland near Port Talbot in South Wales. The park has free entry although you do pay £4.80 to park.
At the centre of Margam Country Park is the majestic Margam castle, a 19th century grade 1 listed building . Built in 1830 by Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot, it has a spectacular staircase. It really is a gorgeous building and is just waiting for you to explore it.
The 18th century orangery has unique architecture and was completed in 1790. A venue for weddings this lovely building is situated next to the monastic ruins that date back to 1147.
Margam Country Park has many children’s attractions. The children’s Fairytale Land is a children’s village with miniature houses, an adventure castle and play areas, and there is also an adventure playground with a mock moat, slides and tunnels, near the duck pond at the top end of the park.
My favourite area was the farm trail. With a selection of Welsh pigs, Badger face sheep, hens, and Glamorgan cattle, this little farm is not big but is just lovely.
To get around you can even take a train. The narrow gauge railway takes you on a leisurely route through the historic landscape and operates during the Spring Summer season. I know my son would have loved this when he was little as he was obsessed with trains!
There are a few picnic areas dotted around the park as well as a cafe, toilets and gift shop.
Margam Country Park also has Go Ape, a forest adventure experience with zip wires, perfect for those adventurous adults and brave kids out there. Admission is separate to the park.
As you can see, it’s a great place for families to explore, and as admission is free, with parking the main cost, it’s a cheap day out too. If you are in the area, why don’t you visit Margam Country Park, alternatively explore what’s on your doorstep. You may be surprised.