WALES BORDER EXPLORER TOUR

 

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  Tour on Saturday in 2014 (&2015)

HighlightsBig Pit Underground Coal Mine Tour
 ►Brecon Beacons National Park
 ►Crickhowell, market town in Mid Wales 
 ►14th centuryTretower Court & 12th century Castle
 
PRICES GBP: Adult £45.00 | 60s+ & Student £40.00 | Child £25.00 (5 years to under 16 years)
 
Prices Includes:
►Top of the range Mercedes air-conditioned mini-coach
►Professional driver
►Local guide.

 
Not Included: 
►Lunch & refreshments
►Entrance fee to Tretower Court and Castle: Adult £4.75 | Concession £3.60
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 Tour summary: The tour travels east to Newport fthen north to Blaenavon to visit a World Heritage Site. Step back in time on a guided *underground tour of Big Pit coal mine.   Sightseeing tour of the Black Mountains on the eastern region of the Breacon Beacons National Park. Lunch stop in the elegant market town of Crickhowell, in Mid Wales.  Guided tour of two medieval buildings at Tretower, in the village of Tretower, followed by further sightseeing tour of the National Park. *(There are interesting galleries above ground for anyone not wanting to take the underground tour)

► Start time 09:00 hours and returns at 17:30  approx

► Departs from the National Museum Cardiff - map

ITINERARY  
Travel to Blaenavon, a town that played a vital part in the Industrial Revolution which transformed the landscape, culture and society of Wales. Big Pit, National Mining Museum of Wales, is situated at the head of the Afon Valley on the slopes of the Coity and Blorenge mountains. A real coal mine, where for over 200 years was once the workplace for hundreds of men, women and children. Enjoy an award winning underground tour is led by ex-miners (Glubenkian Award winner for museums and galleries 2005).  Descend  90 metres (300 feet) down the Big Pit mineshaft,  which delivers a captivating journey around a section of original underground workings.  Following the tour, take the opportunity to visit the coal mining gallery above ground. 

Depart from Big Pit and travel to the Brecon Beacons National Park starting at the eastern region near the Black Mountains offering wonderful high views of the Park. 

Lunch stop in the elegant market town of Crickhowell, a town rich in 17th-century architecture.  Access to the Crickhowell is crossing a 16th-century stone bridge, the longest stone bridge in Wales. The Mid Wales town, is built on the edge of a hillside called Crug Hywel, where the first settlement was made over 2000 years ago, and where the name Crickhowell comes from. The town has small independent shops, pubs, coaching inns, cafes and a warm welcoming atmosphere.  

In the afternoon enjoy a guided tour of two medieval buildings: the ruins of the four-storey 12th Tretower Castle and the 14th Tretower Court, a manor house with recreated medieval gardens and orchard. 

Late afternoon explores more of the National Park before we start our return journey to Cardiff.

 

Return to Cardiff by 17:30 (5.30pm) approx  

 

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*Tour prices will increase effective March 1 2915: Adult £48.00 | Concession £43.00| Child £28.00

 

 

 

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