FSC Margam Discovery Centre is situated within Margam Park, an 850-acre country estate nestling on the narrow coastal plain and southern slopes of Mynydd Margam. The Centre is situated just of the M4 between Swansea and Cardiff and has easy access to a wide variety of field sites on the Gower ANOB, a few miles to the west; the Heritage Coast to the east and Brecon Beacons to the north, as well as access to the diverse and varied landscape of Margam Park.
Food at our centres
For one day visits you are usually asked to bring a packed lunch unless it is specified otherwise.
Residential visits include freshly prepared seasonal meals, with a hot breakfast, packed lunch and choice of evening meal. Food is sourced locally wherever possible and we can cater for any dietary requirements. All of our residential centres have been awarded the Soil Association’s Food for Life Served Here Bronze Award which recognises organisations which go the extra mile to make sure visitors are receiving healthy, nutritious and sustainable meals.
We want your stay to be as comfortable as possible. Our residential centres offer a range of room sizes and layouts from single and twin up to larger dormitories. Some rooms are en suite and others have shower and toilet facilities close by. Please contact us if you want to discuss your room requirements.
Each centre also has places to relax during any free time such as a lounge, games room and outdoor space.
Health and Safety
- Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge
- Carbon Trust Standard
- Food Hygiene rating: 5*
- Investors in People
- Secondary Geography Quality Mark (Geographical Association)
- Eco Centre
- Green Tourism Award Gold
- Green Dragon Award Level 3
- Met Office active participant
- Safety Shield Health and Safety Award (Moorepay) Gold
- Visit Wales
How to find us
FSC has developed links with First Travel Solutions (FTS), and we recommend them as a coach travel provider to help reduce the cost of transport for academic groups to our Centres. FTS provide a fully supported, UK wide school travel service, providing a dedicated contact for each coach booking from the initial contact through to tracked delivery with 100% security on all deposits paid. If you would like to receive a quote from First Travel Solutions please enquire here.
If travelling by bus:
Stops at main road entrance, 15 minutes walk to reception area
From Bridgend & Pyle: First Cymru X1
From Neath: First Cymru 226 or 227 to Port Talbot Bus Station, then X1
From Port Talbot Bus & Train Stations: First Cymru X1
From Swansea: First Cymru X1
Bus information Traveline Cymru; 0871 200 22 33; text 84268
If travelling by train to Port Talbot Parkway:
Frequent Great Western links London Paddington, Reading, Swindon and Bristol Parkway (connections from north east England and Midlands) with Port Talbot. Arriva Trains Wales direct to Port Talbot from Cardiff, Newport, Hereford, Shrewsbury, Crewe and Manchester, with connections at Cardiff from south and west of England. For overseas visitors, there are good rail/air links from London Gatwick & Heathrow, Bristol and Cardiff International Airports.
Bus X1 from outside Port Talbot train station; taxis also available at station
Minibus transfer or taxi from centre possible from Port Talbot Parkway – approx 10miles away
Train information National Rail Enquiries: 08457 48 49 50
If travelling by car:
Margam Country Park, is easily accessible off Junction 38 of the M4 Motorway. If travelling from Swansea take Junction 38 and continue along the A48 signposted to Pyle. You PASS the main gates to Margam Country Park and continue for just over a mile until you reach a very short section of dual carriageway. Just after the start of the dual carriageway you will see a brown sign on your left for Margam Discovery Centre and Twyn yr Hydd House, turn left here down the slip road until you approach a large set of double gates.
If travelling from Cardiff, take junction 38 off the M4 motorway and go right around the large roundabout and take the A48 signposted to Pyle, the rest is the same as for the Swansea directions.
Accessing Centre Gates
You will arrive at 2 sets of gates. The Margam Discovery Centre gates are the gates to the right and signposted ‘Margam Discovery Centre’. You will need to press the CALL button in the silver box to the right of the gates to gain entry. Please speak clearly, specifying your name and organisation, our centre staff will activate the gates to allow you access.
Once inside the Park, please follow signs to Margam Discovery Centre (left for cars, right for coaches). Once you have crossed the little stone bridge, take the next left and follow the road to the Discovery Centre. The centre car park is at the back of the building. Please park your vehicle and report to reception.