To get there by train...
For those thinking of flying into a London airport, which one is the most
convenient train-wise to connect to the station that is only 30 mins from
the castle. The Nearest station in question is called Neath Central. Trains
(London) arrive every hour and the journey is quick (2 hours or so)
and visually interesting, they are clean and comfortable too.
Cardiff airport is about 90 mins from the castle but of course there are
only 2 flights a day (KLM/Northwest from Amsterdam) which makes the pick-up
easier unless there is some co-ordination on train arrivals.
John's preference is to have folks fly into Cardiff and have two shuttle
runs for there to the castle. I am sure many of the european folks will
fly into London or train over to Neath Central, Neath Central is a 30
minute ride to the castle
London Heathrow Airport has a direct express train route to Paddington
(about 20 mins). www.heathrowexpress.co.uk
£13 single £25 return.
Gatwick. There is the Gatwick Express train route to London Victoria station
(30 mins), from where it is about 20 mins or so to Paddington on the Underground.
£11 single £21.50 return (fair deals for groups "4 for
Train fares to Neath Central...
Note: there are some British rail terms here. The trick is to book early
enough to get a "Saver" return (round trip), or "Supersaver".
The only thing you really need to know is Supersaver is generally cheapest.
Standard return is usually double the standard single fare. Oh, and you
need to book in advance to get the good deals. Assumptions: fares are
based on going on a Monday midday and coming back on a Friday
evening, as the dates are 25 -29 Oct. Coming back on the Saturday pushes
the Supersaver up. Also, you can't get prices on journeys that far ahead.
Use this web site to book your tickets online: http://www.internet-booking.co.uk/trainbooking.htm
Paddington - Neath
Supersaver Return 37GBP each
Saver Return 56.50GBP each
Standard open return is 128GBP
Will check on if and how Supersaver price can be obtained.
Portsmouth - Neath
Supersaver Return 38GBP each
Saver Return 48.90
Standard open return 144GBP
Birmingham - Neath
This is showing odd results.
The only return fare available is the Saver, at 41.90 GBP, yet the single
price is showing "from 13 GBP".