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“Should Have Been Much Better” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Margam Park

Margam Park
Margam, Port Talbot SA13 2TJ, Wales
(01639) 881635
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CARDIFF, WALES
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15 attraction reviews
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“Should Have Been Much Better”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Visited on a Saturday in early September after reading the Parks Website. First disappointment was that the narrow gauge railway has stopped running until Easter, no mention of that on the website! Lots of building work going on and the Castle was closed. Trying to make the best of it we visited the in-house cafe just before 2pm to find that the only food left was a dried up roll or small packets of dried up chips! We weren't impressed so went to the other cafe which is open until 3pm, only to find, at 2.25 pm that the staff had closed it and were on their way home because business was slow. They had also locked up the visitors toilets. Poor signage and a complete lack of waste bins throughout the park reinforced our impression that we didn't want to stay. Great shame, could be so good.

Visited September 2013
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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
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“Good Family Day Out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

I visited Margam Park with my husband and a friends 9 year old daughter. There is no entrance fee, just £4 for the car park. We visited the fairy tale play area which was enjoyed by the 9 year old. The castle was a favourite. But I felt it was in need of some repair and updating. Some of the garden areas are a little neglected and there was some renovation ongoing of the monastery ruins area which were fenced off. The church and main house were very interesting with lots of historical information. There were water sports on the lake and some visitors were cycling. There is a large adventure playground and a farm trail, with many different farm animals, which were happy to be petted. There was also an educational centre with activities for children. The train was running but we did not use it. There was plenty to do to occupy 3-4 hours. The site does also have the Go Ape attraction which incurs an extra fee. To see everything including the different garden areas, this does involve a lot of walking. We took a picnic with us and sat on a bench by the lake, although there are also two cafe's on site. There are large green open areas where you can sit, but there is a shortage of picnic tables, other than for those using the cafe, there are just a few by the adventure playground. Overall it was a great family day out, for very little cost and I would highly recommend a visit.

Visited August 2013
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“Jewel in the Crown of Port Talbot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Margam Park is a superb mountain biking venue. They have introduced family trails which are quite challenging as well as giving the opportunity for families to cycle around the lakes on the flat. The experience is enhanced by the herd if deer which are roaming free all around you. The park used to be the back garden of the stately home, giving us an idea of the lives the ultra rich Victorians used to lead. Some of the earliest photographs in the world were also taken in the park by the Talbot family who were pioneers of photography in the early years.

Visited July 2013
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“Nice place, shame about the cafe”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

Nice place to come, cheap as many have pointed out. Great walk, with extensive play area, lots of animals to see. The 2 cafes are very disappointing (we love a nice cafe) - lots of chips, horrible jacket potatoes, baked beans, burgers and stale pre-made sandwiches. If this was improved I'm sure we would visit more often. The train is very good, but too seasonal - as soon as the summer hols are over it completely stops, even on weekends.

Visited August 2013
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“Medieval August Bank holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

My Husband and I went to Margam park, for the medieval day, it was so good that my Daughter came along with her family, it was a truly good day out, they had a good group of entertainers, my grand children enjoyed the ferret racing.
Have been to Margam park many times before, this time we had a ride on the small train, you got along ride for the money this was the first time we had ever seen the train run . There's a some good cafes serving some good food. There's a small animal farm with some real unusual chickens. A good Adventure play ground and a nice visitor centre. You can have a wonder around the castle, which has sadly been damaged by fire, you have a number of ponds, the mini motor boat pond, there's a garden centre and some lovely woodland walks. There's usually something going on most weekends I'm sure there's still parts of the park I haven't discovered yet

Visited August 2013
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