Rediscover the joy of train travel through the eyes of your kids by heading off on a train from Bridgend. An off-peak return day trip to Cardiff, for example, (less than half an hour each way and around £12 for one adult and two children over five – under fives go free) can be turned into a day’s adventure. Pack a picnic and if it’s fine weather, head up to Sophia Gardens (next to Cardiff Castle) and climb trees, rent bikes or play games. If it’s wet, explore the wonderful window displays and bright lights of arcades and malls near to the station.

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