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.