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~Big Pit Underground Coal Mine Tour
~Brecon Beacons National Park
~Iron Works Stone Cottages
~Tretower Court & Castle
Departs every Saturday all year round, start time 09:00 hours and return time 17:30 (5.30pm) approx
The tour starts from the National Museum Cardiff - map
Journey to Blaenavon, a town that played a vital part in the Industrial Revolution which transformed the landscape, culture and society of Wales. Situated at the head of the Afon Valley on the slopes of the Coity and Blorenge mountains is Big Pit, (Pwll Mawr), National Mining Museum of Wales. A real coal mine, where for over 200 years was once the workplace for hundreds of men, women and children. Discover what life was like on an underground guided tour led by ex-miners. Or if you prefer, go into the coal mining gallery which is above ground.
Following the coal mine tour, visit the18th century furnished stone cottages at Engine Row and Stack Square.
Sightseeing tour of the Brecon Beacons National Park starts on the eastern region by the Black Mountains offering wonderful high views of the Park.
Lunch stop is in the elegant market town of Crickhowell, accessed by crossing a 16th-century stone bridge, the longest 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 great atmosphere, and is one of the richest areas in Wales for 17th-century architecture.
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 our tour travels to the central region of the park to view the Brecon Beacons mountain range for a short walk and photo stop.
Return to Cardiff by 17:30 (5.30pm) approx .
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