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In Wales, history is everywhere! This enlightening week-long visit takes you to a whole host of fascinating historical landmarks in South Wales.
Parts of this tour are led by local, informative guides meaning you have the opportunity to learn absolutely everything about the area from the experts! In Monmouth and the surrounding area, your guide will show you Monnow Bridge; a rare mediaeval fortified river bridge, Shire Hall and Tŷ Ebbw Fach - the impressive Guardian Six Bells.
The tour visits many many more sights of historical interest including one of the most important settlements in the Roman Empire, the most complete amphitheatre in Britain, the fortress baths and the only Roman Legionary barracks still on view anywhere in Europe.
Wales has an unprecedented amount of castles! We are very proud of the constant restoration and preservation work that goes on to keep these amazing structures in a good condition without changing any of the history they hold. You will have the opportunity to explore a whole host of fascinating Welsh Castles - the heart of this historical adventure.
Even if you don't think history is your 'thing' this tour is suitable for anybody - with a chance for some walking, visiting iconic welsh towns, enjoy spectacular scenery and indulging in local cuisine take some time to see the joys of the beautiful area.
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Day 1: Arrival in Wales
Arrive in South Wales and transfer to your accommodation for the next three days. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, enjoying the local area or making the most of your hotel facilities.
Overnight: Wye Valley
Day 2: Monmouth
Begin the day by visiting Tintern Abbey, one of the greatest monastic ruins in the UK, made famous by William Wordsworth’s "Lines Composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey". Come and experience what inspired the poet so much here, before travelling on to the historical town of Monmouth. Enjoy a brief guided walk here including the unique Monnow Bridge; a rare mediaeval fortified river bridge and gate tower before having some free time to explore and enjoy some lunch in the town. From here, you will move on to the nearby Shire Hall, a Grade I listed, classically designed building with a fascinating past. Once a centre of commerce and governance for the town, it also served as a court house and was the scene of the infamous 1840 Chartist trial. Enjoy a guided tour here before travelling on to Tŷ Ebbw Fach. The impressive Guardian Six Bells was commissioned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1960 mining disaster in Six Bells that claimed the lives of 45 men, and was unveiled in 2010. Learn a bit more of the history here from your guide before heading back to your hotel.
Overnight: Wye Valley
Day 3: Wye Valley > Cardiff
This morning travel to the small town of Caerleon, once one of the most important settlements in the Roman Empire. The National Roman Legion Museum tells the town’s story, while nearby lay the remains of the most complete amphitheatre in Britain, the fortress baths and the only Roman Legionary barracks still on view anywhere in Europe. From here, you will travel Caldicot Castle. This castle’s impressive structure is surrounded by an idyllic 55 acre country park. You will be able to travel through time and discover the home of Welsh castle life, from medieval times to the twentieth century. The castle was developed in Royal hands in the Middle Ages and restored as a Victorian family home. Explore the medieval towers and take in breaktaking views of the parklands and surrounding area from the battlements. The castle also has a packed events calendar throughout the year, including traditional medieval banquets.
Day 4: Cardiff
This morning travel to Caerphilly Castle, one of the greatest medieval castles of Western Europe. It is the largest castle in Britain after the Royal castle of Windsor, and it is the first concentric castle of Britain. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle before travelling on to Cardiff. From here, travel on to Llancaiach Fawr Manor for a guided tour of this 16th Century Manor house. During your tour, you will meet the servants who will explain to you what like was like 350 years ago! You will have free time for lunch in Caerphilly before travelling on to the capital city of Wales and enjoying a city tour. Cardiff is built around a medieval castle which stands proudly in the centre, and the Cardiff Bay is one of the largest waterfront developments in Europe. Your hotel for the next three nights will be in Cardiff.
Day 5: Brecon Beacons
Today you will have a day trip out from Cardiff into the Brecon Beacons National Park. Visit the Rhondda Heritage Park, whose main highlight is the Blaenavon big pit. Blaenavon town is a World Heritage site, and you can embark on a 300 foot descent into the former colliery to experience the life of a working miner. You will stop for lunch in the Brecon Beacons national park before travelling on to Penderyn Distillery. Using the natural spring water from the Brecon Beacons, the distillery produces Penderyn single malt whisky as well as a gin, vodka and delicious cream liqueur. Take a tour of the distillery, appreciating how the whisky differs from any other in the world. See where the whisky is produced, barrelled, finished and nurtured before getting a chance to sample some of the finished product.
Day 6: St. Fagan's
Today you will once again travel out of Cardiff towards the Brecon Beacons National Park. You will visit Castle Coch, a High Gothic, opulent castle built during the Victorian Period by ‘eccentric genius’ William Burges. Before visiting St. Fagans Natural History Museum, located just outside Cardiff. St. Fagan's is one of Europe's leading open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction, and it provides an insight into Wales from Celtic times to modern day.
Day 7: Departure journey
Your final morning will be free to explore Cardiff one last time, before beginning your journey home.