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Where When Wales Tours depart daily from Cariff
Saturday all year round
►Big Pit Underground Coal Mine Tour
►Brecon Beacons National Park
►Iron Works Stone Cottages
►Crickhowell, market town in Mid Wales
►14th centuryTretower Court & 12th century Castle
Departs every Saturday. Start time 09:00 hours and return time 17:30 approx
The tour starts from the National Museum Cardiff - map
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 take a short journey to the18th century furnished stone cottages at Engine Row and Stack Square and company store.
Travelling a short distance we enter the Brecon Beacons National Park on the eastern region by 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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