Margam Park, located just outside of Port Talbot, is so much more than just a ‘park’.
It has over 1,000 acres of land to explore, a fairy tale childrens play area, a wooden adventure playground, walks aplenty, lakes for fishing, ponds for feeding the ducks, rivers, waterfalls, a land train, Go Ape high ropes adventure, bike paths, animal farm area, roaming deer and a musical vibrations woodland trail! Rest assured kids of all ages will be in their element in Margam Park!
To top all that it’s also steeped in history with the Margam Park Orangery, Abbey Ruins and Tudor Castle.
We headed to Margam Park on a crisp autumnal day in November, and the park was in it’s full glory with all the colours of Autumn. On entry we veered left through the car park and through the gate towards the Margam Park Orangery.
The Orangery was built to house a large collection of trees, yes you guessed it, citrus trees, back in the late 1700’s. But now you’re much more likely to see a wedding there than trees, as following it’s restoration back in the 1970’s it is now an impressive events centre and wedding venue.
We walked past the Orangery (of little interest to little ones to be fair) straight on to the childrens Fairy Tale play area, which has a park area, and some miniature houses all with a fairy tale theme to look around.
We had fun looking round the Hey Diddle Diddle House, Snow White and the Severn Dwarfs and Little Jack Horner houses.
A favourite with our boys is the Adventure Play Castle, so much so that we struggle to get them back out of it. It is every little knights and princesses dream. Our’s played hide and seek in there for ages, running up and down the different stair wells and hiding in the little nooks and crannies.
From the Fairy Tale play area we headed left on the path leading up to the Castle. On the way we passed the Abbey Church and ruins, where there are some great trees for a spot of tree climbing.
From here, there are steps up to the Margam Tudor Castle, but as we had the pushchair we took the path to the left which is free of steps. There is also a buggy accessible path to the right, but the one on the left takes you past the duck pond where you can stop for a breather and to feed the ducks and swans.
Next stop the Castle! The Listed Grade I Gothic Tudor Castle was was built back in 1890 and took 87 years to build, not surprising as it it was made completely from stone, all supplied from the local Pyle quarry.
It is really quite impressive with its archways, impressive stairway and its octagonal tower.
Just behind the castle is the cafe, and gift shop. We hadn’t taken lunch with us so we bought some lunch at Charlotte’s pantry. The childrens lunch box was very reasonable, for £3.80 they had a sandwich, a drink, a jelly pouch, an apple and a chocolate Freddie.
Now refuelled, we headed further into the Park towards the wooden adventure playground.
This had an elevated walk way, plenty of climbing frames, some castle moats, slides and tunnels to explore. They loved it, and due to the rain that fell yesterday, they got very muddy!
From the playground we headed on to the farm trail area. We managed to see the Turkey’s, some chickens and rabbits. The other animals (goats, horses..) weren’t there, probably due to the colder weather. Ours loved seeing the very vocal Turkeys.
Now, tired and muddy, and what with the weather turning noticeably cooler, we decided to head home. We walked through the vibrations trail, where the park has put some giant musical instruments made from trees.
The kids had great pleasure in banging out a tune, well, more like a very loud noise with very little tune!
The woodland vibration trail meandered through the woods, over the river and waterfall and past some wood carvings, not to mention the very hungry crocodile who was chewing on a man’s head.
We left the park, cold and tired but with our spirits high and our cheeks rosy from all the fresh air.
I have been to Margam Park many times and I cannot recommend it enough! Every time you go you’ll have a different experience, there is just so much to do. I like to visit throughout the year to see it in all it’s glory throughout the changing seasons.
Entrance to the Park is free, but there is a £4.90 car parking charge. Which is still very reasonable price to pay for a family day out. We have purchased the annual car parking pass, which was c£25.00 and allows you to visit as many times as you want outside of event days.
Follow post code SA13 2TJ, this will get you close to the Park, then just follow the brown signs to the park.
The park has toilets and baby changing. It has picnic areas, a cafe and plenty of picnic areas. Note the land train doesn’t run throughout Autumn and Winter so expect to walk.