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Shared tour available on Tuesday & Friday to single travellers, families & small groups.
►Caerleon former Roman Garrison to visit Amphitheatre, Roman Baths & Roman Museum
►Chepstow Castle, Britain's oldest Norman Castle founded in 1067AD
►Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
►Start time 9am and return time 5:30pm approx
►Departs from outside the steps at the National Museum Cardiff -click map
Facilities: Cafeteria = C Restaurants = R Toilet/Washrooms = T Gift Shop = G
Travel east of Cardiff to Caerleon town, formerly called Isca Silurum, the permanent garrison for the Second Augustan Legion of the Roman army, back in the first century. The extent of Roman remains in the town is impressive, and regarded as Britain's most revealing Roman site. Join your guide on tour of the Roman Bath House, Amphitheatre and the Roman museum. All admissions are free. Facilities = T & G
Next stop is Monmouth, a charming town steeped in history and the birthplace of King Henry V. Photo stop at Britain's last remaining medieval gated bridge, dated 13th century. Facilities = T
From Monmouth take a scenic journey, following the flow of the River Wye as we enter the Wye Valley, awarded an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. In springtime ancient woodlands are carpeted with bluebells, wild garlic and wood anemones, in the summer, lush meadows come alive with an abundance of wild flowers, and the autumn delivers one of natures grandest colour displays from the trees in the ancient forest.
Lunch stop at Tintern which offers a good selection of food, and your guide is there to offer helpful advice. Facilities = C, R, T & G
Early afternoon take a tour at the 13th century Tintern Abbey, truly a masterpiece of decorated Gothic architecture which has inspired poets and artist for centuries. Chargeable entrance fee. Facilities: T & G
Continue our journey through the scenic Wye Valley to the quaint border town of Chepstow. Entry to the town is through the 13th century gateway, where there are still sections of medieval town wall still intact. Travel through the town's main street and shopping area to Chepstow Castle, Britain's oldest Norman castle founded in 1067AD. (Film location for the 50th anniversary of Dr Who). Take a tour of the castle, there is a steep climb to the entrance, all very manageable and not rushed. Or if prefer, free time in the town, walk to the River Wye and across the Regency Cast Iron Bridge which will take you to England, all in a matter of a few minutes walk. Castle has a chargeable entrance fee. Facilities = C, R, T & G
Returns to Cardiff at 5.30pm approximately.
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