An Artist's Impression of
the Royal Mint Visitor Centre
Welsh Treasures and the Royal Mint
Based in the capital city, this tour captures the essence of Welsh culture and spectacular scenery, in addition to including a visit to one of the most interesting new attractions in many years: The Royal Mint Visitor Centre. Since decimal coinage was introduced, the Royal Mint has been at Llantrisant, but for half of its 1,000 year history it was located in the Tower of London. It now produces coins and medals for over 60 countries worldwide. Tours are based on Monday departures.
National Botanic Garden of Wales • Royal Mint • Big Pit Mining Museum • Penderyn Visitor Centre
Day 1 Travel to Cardiff with a recommended stop in Monmouth.
Day 2 A long but worthwhile day to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. Nestled in the Tywi Valley, the garden combines themed displays, rolling parkland and secluded woodland. The award winning Great Glasshouse is home to a profusion of rare, fragrant, exotic and even spooky plants. Continue to Carmarthen, one of Wales' oldest towns, before returning to the hotel.
Day 3 Today begins with admission to the Royal Mint Visitor Centre, for an escorted tour of the production process. From here, enjoy an engaging, self-guided tour of static and interactive exhibits, bringing to life the Mint's heritage. This afternoon, we include an introductory tour in the attractive city centre of Cardiff, as well as the modernised Cardiff Bay with its fascinating public buildings, including the Welsh Assembly.
Day 4 An excursion to the foothills of the Brecon Beacons National Park and a morning visit to Big Pit Mining Museum to learn about the region's heritage. As well as an underground tour of the mine, there is a virtual tour above ground, providing a moving and entertaining illustration of the lives of miners at work and home. This afternoon visit Penderyn Visitor Centre to learn about whisky making in Wales and general Welsh history in the exhibition centre. Return to Cardiff for an opportunity to see the excellent Cardiff Arms Park Choir rehearsing classic Welsh anthems (subject to availability) just across the road, prior to a slightly later dinner.
Day 5 Homeward journey.
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Angel Hotel, Cardiff
A beautiful Victorian landmark, the Angel occupies a fantastic location near the castle in Cardiff city centre. Guests are greeted by a grand sweeping staircase and traditional public areas. A gentle refurbishment in 2015 will further enhance stays at this lovely hotel. Evening meals include 5 choices for each course.
• 4 star • 102 bedrooms • Lift
• Coach parking
Your tour includes:
• 4 nights half board in Cardiff with:
Tea/coffee and welsh cakes on arrival
Full Welsh breakfast
5 course dinner with choice and tea/coffee
• Admission to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales
• Guided tour of the Royal Mint Visitor Centre
• Introductory tour of Cardiff
• Visit to Big Pit Mining Museum
• Tour and tasting at Penderyn Visitor Centre
• Special viewing of the Cardiff Arms
Park Choir rehearsal (STA)
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