South Wales Gardens, Royal Mint & Brecon Mountain Railway

The wonderful landscapes of South Wales are home to a wealth of historic treasures and lush, green spaces. We enjoy the incredible natural scenery as we explore a range of beautiful gardens, impressive landscaped parkland and an abundance of colourful plants from our base in the coastal city of Swansea. We also visit the Royal Mint Experience where we go behind the scenes and follow the journey of a coin, from blank to bank, and travel through spectacular landscapes on one of the most popular railway routes in Wales. With a visit to the vibrant Welsh capital of Cardiff also included, this trip offers the best of glorious South Wales. 

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Holiday Highlights

  • Return coach travel
  • 4 nights at the Mercure Swansea Hotel with dinner & breakfast
  • Excursions to the Royal Mint Experience, Cardiff, Aberglasney Gardens & National Botanic Garden of Wales
  • Heritage train journey on the Brecon Mountain Railway
  • Scenic drive through the Brecon Beacons National Park

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Mercure Swansea Hotel

The Mercure Swansea Hotel is set in landscaped grounds three miles from the centre of Swansea. All the comfortable bedrooms feature a flat-screen TV and tea and coffee-making facilities. The hotel also offers a cosy bar, restaurant and health club with an indoor heated pool, sauna and gym.

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Hotel Rating

Hotels with a JG3 rating tend to be a more formal style of hotel, often part of a hotel chain, with a greater range of facilities and services. Bedrooms are a little more spacious and have additional features. Public areas are larger and include lounge seating, a bar and restaurant with good quality food served either buffet style or with waiter service.

South Wales Breaks And Royal Mint Experience

The Royal Mint Experience & Cardiff (full day)
We start the day with a visit to the Royal Mint Experience on the outskirts of Cardiff, an interactive exhibition about how coin production works. We watch as workers mint coins and discover fascinating facts about the coins in our pockets, giving us a wonderful insight into one of the UK’s oldest institutions.

We return to the hotel via the bustling Welsh capital of Cardiff, with its beautiful Victorian shopping centres and quirky market. Cardiff Castle is right in the heart of the city and offers a truly remarkable site with a history that spans over 2,000 years (entrance not included).

Aberglasney Gardens & National Botanic Garden of Wales (full day)
We head first to Aberglasney Gardens, one of the finest gardens in Wales set in the beautiful Tywi Valley. Here we can explore the ancient formal gardens with their pools, parapets, cloisters and arches, and discover the rare and unusual plants.

We continue on to the National Botanic Garden of Wales, home to an amazing collection of over 8,000 different plant varieties, spread across 560 acres of beautiful countryside. Set in historic parkland dating back some 400 years, the garden boasts a range of themed gardens as well as a nature reserve. Highlights include the Great Glasshouse and the Double Walled Garden.

Brecon Mountain Railway & Brecon Beacons National Park (full day)
We head to Pant, a small village near the Welsh border, where we board our vintage train and take a trip on the Brecon Mountain Railway, which follows part of the original route of the 1859 built Brecon & Merthyr Railway. We travel through beautiful Brecons scenery and along the full length of the sparkling Taf Fechan Reservoir before climbing to Torpantau, the summit of the original line. We descend down the mountain, making a short stop in Pontsticill before arriving back in Pant.   

On the way back to the hotel we enjoy a scenic drive through the Brecon Beacons National Park, allowing us to admire the spectacular landscapes from a different perspective. Shaped by the Ice Age, there is no shortage of dramatic scenery in this stunning National Park.