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Tour held on Saturday all year round
►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 from the National Museum Cardiff - map
Depart from Cardiff travelling east to Newport, and then north travelling through former mining villages. On your journey your guide will entertain with the stories of coal mining and traditional Welsh music. Blaenavon, a town that played a vital part in the Industrial Revolution which transformed the landscape, culture and society of Wales. The town is situated at the head of the Afon Valley on the slopes of the Coity and Blorenge mountain and our first tour stop is at 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. On the underground tour, led by ex-miners you will discover what the conditions were like for the people and the pit ponies who worked there.. Above ground there is plenty to see, coal mining gallery, pit house baths and exhibition areas. Following the coal mine tour, take a short journey with your guide to visit the18th century furnished stone cottages and company store.
Our tour of the Brecon Beacons National Park starts on the eastern region by the Black Mountains which offers superb views of the Park, weather permitting, farms, livestock - cattle and sheep,wild ponies, canals, lakes and reserviours.
Lunch stop is in the elegant market town of Crickhowell, in Mid Wales, which is accessed by crossing a 16th-century bridge, the longest stone bridge in Wales. Crickhowell 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, and has small independent shops, pubs, coaching inns, cafes and great atmosphere. The town and surrounding areas is known for its wonderful 17th-century architecture.
After lunch we travel to the tranquil village of Tretower in the beautiful Usk Valley to take 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. In addition to the medieval buildings and gardens, nearby is a sheep farm where sheep and spring lambs graze in the lush green fields, providing great photo opportunities! On leaving Tretower we continue our tour of the Brecon Beacons National Park and more photo stops.
Return to Cardiff by 17:30 (5.30pm) approx .
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