West Wales Explorer Tour

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1-Day Extended Day Tour 

HighlightsTenby Coastal Town
►Carew Castle & Tidal Mill
►Carreg Cennen Castle & farm 
►Brecon Beacons National Park exploring the West & Central regions


Prices GBP: Adult £55.00 | Concession £50.00 (over 60s and students) Child £25.00 (over 5 and under 16 years) Includes: top of the range Mercedes air-conditioned mini-coach. services of professional driver & tour guide. Extras:Lunch and refreshments.  No chargeable entrance fees.

2014 Tour Dates  Times 08:30 start 18:30 return 
Sunday 4 May 
Saturday 28 June
Wednesday 27 August 
Saturday 6 September 
Additional tour dates are available for groups of 8 or more persons


The tour starts from the National Museum Cardiff - map.


Tour Summary: If you only have one day, this tour will deliver coast, heritage sites and a National Park!  Your tour starts from Cardiff, travels west to Pembrokeshire to the charming coastal town of Tenby and further west to Carew Castle and Tidal Mill. Mid afternoon the direction changes to north east to Mid Wales and the western region of the Brecon Beacons National Park to Carreg Cennen Castle.


Your tour departs from Cardiff at 08:30 to travel west to the quaint coastal town of Tenby.  You will have ample time to explore the town, where much of the 13th century wall which surrounds the town are still intact, and stroll along the three sandy beaches and harbour. The town has a delightful mix of architecture from the pastel palette of a classic fishing village to the white elegance of Georgian townhouses.  Free time to visit the oldest furnished residence in the town is the 15th century Tudor Merchant's House which you can enter for a small entrance fee, take a walk up Castle Hill which overlooks the harbour, with panoramic views across Carmarthen Bay to Worms Head and the Gower Peninsular.  There are a range of cafeterias and pubs to enjoy a delicious lunch in the town.

After lunch travel further west to Carew Castle, a magificent ruin which stands on a low limestone ridge at the head of a tidal inlet of the Carew River and medieval bridge.  The nearby Carew Meadows was the site of the last medieval-style tournament held in Britain in 1507, attended by King Henry VII, his son Arthur, wife, Catherine of Aragon and 600 knights. The castle's history is full of interesting characters to include Princess Nest, knight Rhys ap Thomas and Sir John Perrot who died in disgrace in the Tower of London. Carew also has the only restored tidal mill in Wales with a 23-acre millpond and a superb 4 metre tall 10th-century Carew Celtic Cross.  The visit offers an exterior guided walk with ample opportunities for photos.

From Pembrokeshire your tour travels east then north to enter the Brecon Beacons National Park on the far western section.  We visit the farm which is located just below Carreg Cennen Castle for a refreshment stop.  Another great photo opportunity to view the stunning backdrop of the Black Mountain and the park.  Depart and travel further east for another photo stop before we making our return journey to Cardiff.

Returns to Cardiff at 6.30pm approx. 

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