Off Margam Road, Groes, Port Talbot SA13 2TJ. Tel: 01639 881635

About 20 minutes drive from Bridgend, there’s no shortage of things to do at Margam. You can explore the 850-acre country estate, watch deer, visit the miniature houses in fairy-tale land and look round the Tudor Gothic mansion – all for free (except when special events are taking place). Or, if you have cash to spare, activities include the narrow-gauge railway, kayaking, Go Ape, family bush-craft days and living history events. Historic Margam Abbey, founded 1147, is adjacent. You can visit for free except during bank holidays or when they are hosting special events. Check the website before you go. There is a charge for using the car park.

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