SOUTH WALES VALLEYS TOUR
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Tour on Monday & Thursday in 2014 (& 2015)
► Brecon Beacons National Park
► Caerphilly Castle Wales' largest castle
► Castell Coch (English translation - The Red Castle)
► Brecon Town in Mid Wales
► Optional short walk
► Libanus Visitors' Centre
► Taff & Rhymney Valleys
PRICES GBP*: Adult £45.00 | Over 60s & Students £40.00 | Child £25.00 (5 years & under 16 years)
►Top of the range Mercedes air-conditioned mini-coach
►Lunch and refreshments
►Entrance fee to Caerphilly Castle: Adult £5.50 | *Concession 4.10 | **Family ticket £16.50
*Concession ticket admits 1 x senior 60 and over, or 1x student or 1x child under 16 years
** Family ticket admits 2 adults and all children under 16 years
Tour summary: The tour travels as far north as Mid Wales for a sightseeing tour of the Brecon Beacons National Park, visiting the Central region of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains to the east. Lunch stop at Brecon town. Starting first with a photo stop and exterior tour of Castell Coch, a medieval castle and the former hunting lodge of the Marquis of Bute, followed by a journey through ancient woodland to the Mountain Road to enter the town of Caerphilly. At the town enjoy a guided tour at Wales' largest castle (film location for Dr Who) and a tower that out leans Pisa.
►Start time 09:00 hours and return time 17:30 hours approx
►Departs from the outside steps at the National Museum Cardiff.- map
Depart from Cardiff for a short exterior tour and photo stop at the enchanting 13th-century Castell Coch, (Red Castle): Norman Castle, Hunting Lodge and a Dr Who film location!
Enjoy a scenic drive through ancient wood to the mountain road and descend into the Rhymney Valley to the town of Caerphilly.
Guided tour at Wales' largest castle (Caerphilly Castle), a mighty fortress with the famous leaning tower. Ample free time to explore the castle, another Dr Who film location!
Take a journey through the former industrial valleys of South Wales where you guide will tell the story of how coal and iron making and how it impacted on the Nation.
Late morning enter the Brecon Beacons National Park, a jewel in the crown of the UK's protected landscapes. Starting at the east region stopping at a high view point near the Black Mountains, photo stops to capture the beauty and diversity of its stunning rolling hills and lush green valleys. This is a beautiful part of Wales with an abundance of wide open spaces for Welsh black cattle, wild ponies and sheep to graze.
Lunch stop at Brecon, a traditional Mid Wales market town, positioned on the banks of the River Usk and River Honddu, and sheltered by mountains. There are plenty of lunch options which your guide will be happy to point out to you.
After lunch we travel to the central region, enjoy a short walk to view the Brecon Beacons mountain range and visit Libanus Visitors' Centre. This is an ideal location offering further information on the park, and the nearby high peaks. The walk is optional, or enjoy the journey by coach to Libanus.
Depart the park around 4pm and travel south returning to Cardiff at 17.30 approx.
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*Tour prices will increase effective March 1 2015: Adult £48.00|Concession £43.00|Child £28.00