Please, please follow the directions on this page. We are actually very easy to find as the sign for Buckland Hall is at the top of our lane on the A40. You can't miss us! However, many guests have suffered problems relying on SatNav or other internet maps/journey routes based on postcode etc. This is a standard problem for many rural locations and until the SatNav/internet folk get their maps sorted, you are better switching off SatNav at Abergavenny (coming from the east) and at Brecon (if you are coming from the west).
Seriously, please take this advice - just keep to the directions on this page. You'll thank us for it.
Road Directions from London
1. M4 towards South Wales. Go over new Severn Crossing (£6.70 in 2017). Turn off M4 at junction 24 (Sign-posted Newport/Monmouth). At roundabout as you leave M4, take A449 towards Monmouth. On A449, take second exit sign-posted to Abergavenny/A40 all the way from here.
2. Just before Abergavenny, you come to a large double roundabout. Keep on A40 through Abergavenny towards Brecon. Along the A40 you pass through Crickhowell, then Bwlch. Keep on the A40 and, after going through Bwlch, you pass a series of three lay-bys on your left.
About one mile from Bwlch, the third lay-by has a small post-box. Just after that lay-by, you will see the new CREAM sign to the left side of the road. Turn left off the A40.
3. Turn left down the lane. Please drive carefully along the lane and give priority to farm activity. After half a mile, opposite the farm you will see another sign to Buckland Hall to your right. Follow the drive all the way to the mansion house.
Road Directions from Birmingham
Take M5 south. Turn off M5 at Junction for M50, sign-posted to Ross-on-Wye. Take M50 past Ross towards Monmouth. The road becomes the A40. Keep on it past Monmouth, then turnoff the road following signs: A40 to Abergavenny. Stay on A40 all the way from here. From Abergavenny follow directions 2 & 3 as above.
Road Directions from Cardiff
From Cardiff take A470 north. Keep on A470 past Merthyr Tydfill towards Brecon. Just before Brecon the A470 meets the A40. Take A40 towards Abergavenny. After 5 miles or so, you pass the junction for Talybont-on-Usk. Then you pass a large lay-by to your left. Opposite the end of the lay-by there is a lane to the right which is sign-posted Buckland Hall. Then follow directions 3 as above.
Local Train Station
The nearest train station to Buckland Hall is Abergavenny. There are taxis outside the station and the taxi ride is approximately 25 minutes. Often, you'll be able to share with a fellow guest to Buckland and many of our guests get the return lift to the station from folk they meet during the course, so it's usually possible to minimise the taxi costs. See below for taxi telephone numbers, though these do tend to change at short notice. Local buses are infrequent and leave you to walk a mile with your luggage, so not recommended.
Public Transport from London
Take a train from Paddington Station to Newport. These are the London-Swansea trains and are frequent (mainly on the hour every hour). At Newport you connect to a train for Abergavenny. Usually, the connection arrives within ten minutes and it takes 25 minutes, but late at night and on weekends, the connections may be less frequent, so best to check. The total journey to Abergavenny should take two and a half hours.
Public Transport from Manchester
There are direct trains running from Manchester to Abergavenny on their way down to Cardiff. They take two hours and thirty five minutes.
From Cardiff International Airport
From Cardiff International Airport, take a taxi to Barry railway station (taxis are readily available outside the airport). From Barry railway station take the train to Cardiff Central Station. A train runs directly from Cardiff Central Station to Abergavenny Station. Then use a taxi from Abergavenny Station to Buckland Hall (which will take about 25 minutes).
From Bristol Airport
Bristol Airport provides a bus service to its nearest railway station which is Bristol Temple Meads. This service will cost you £4.00 single and £6.00 return. From Bristol Temple Meads you to travel to Abergavenny Station. Please check carefully as some trains go directly to Abergavenny, whereas for others you may need to change at Newport Train Station. Then use a taxi from Abergavenny Station to Buckland Hall (which will take about 25 minutes).
From Birmingham Airport
From Birmingham Airport you will need to get to Birmingham International Train Station (via a free monorail provided by the airport. From there you will need to travel to Birmingham New Street. Your next destinaton will then be Hereford Train Station and from there you can travel directly to Abergavenny Train Station. Then use a taxi from Abergavenny Station to Buckland Hall (which will take about 25 minutes).
From the airport go to Reading Station (there is a coach link from the airport terminals, or alternatively take a taxi). At Reading Station catch a train to Newport Station and there change trains and get off at Abergavenny station. Alternatively, you could take the Heathrow Express Underground to Paddington Station and from there make the above connection to Abergavenny Station via Newport Station.
Please call us if you need any help.
Train and Taxi contact numbers
Train times and prices
For more information and train times call 08457 484950 (24 hour telephone line) or visit National Rail Journey Planner
Taxi Numbers (subject to frequent change)
Big Mike's Taxis 07989 998706
Brecon Taxis 01874 623444
Abergavenny Taxis 01873 854140
Lewis Taxis 07780 457477 or 01873 859839