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2-Day Tour of West Wales
Highlights ~Pembrokeshire Coast National Park ~Tenby ~Newgale Sands ~Pembroke medievel walled town ~Pembroke Castle birthplace of King Henry VII ~Aberaeron Coastal Village ~St Davids Peninsula ~St David's City & Cathedral ~Fishguard ~Solva village & harbour ~St Non's Bay ~Gwaun Valley ~Preseli Hills ~Pentre Ifan Neolithic Chambered Tomb Prices: Adult £115.00 & Concession £105.00 (over 60s and student ID required) Includes top of the range Mercedes air conditioned mini-coach.and services of professional driver and tour guide . Extras Entrance fee to Pembroke Castle (approx prices Adult £5 & Concession £4.00) Lunch and and refreshments Accommodation £45.00 Extra 1 Night star at 3-star Fishguard Bay Hotel located in Pembroeshire Coast National Park. All All bedrooms are ensuite, equipped with telephone, hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee facilities. Breakfast ad 3-course dinner Payment Terms: Deposit £60.00 and balance paid 6-weeks prior to departure 2013 Dates: S aturday 27 - Sunday 28 July Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 September Sunday 13 - Monday 14 October Additional dates available for groups of 8 minimum to 15 maximum. Please contact the office. Tour start 09:00 and return 17:30 (approx) National Museum Cardiff
This two day tour offers amazing tour stops at 'must see' places in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, wonderful sandy beaches, quaint villages, lush valleys and heritage sites.
Depart from Cardiff at 09:00 toTenby. You will have time to explore the stunning coastal town, three beaches and harbour, and much of the 13th century wall which surrounds the town still intact. The houses are painted from the pastel palette of a classic fishing village amidst the white elegance of Georgian mansions. 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 overlooking the harbour with panoramic views across Carmarthen Bay to Worms Head and the Gower Peninsular. Your guide will take you on a walk to familarise you with the town and places of interest. Lunch stop.
There are two scenic stops before St David's: the vast west facing coastal area of Newgale Sands with a broad expanse of golden sands and sweeping cliff landscapes followed by the picture-postcard village of Solva, built around a fine natural harbour where there was once a direct passenger service to New York.
St David’s, Britain’s smallest city, a place of pilgrimage for more than 1500 years, and home to Wales' largest church. The setting has a mystical presence and where the Welsh language plays a major part in everyday life. Hidden in a hollow and behind high walls is the 12th century St David’s Cathedral, the focal point of the little city.. Adjacent to the cathedral are the buildings of St Mary’s College and the remains of Bishop’s Palace, built by Bishop Gower in the 14th century. The Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace are marvels of medieval architecture, made all the more remarkable for the tranquility of this remote setting. Join your guide on the tour of the cathedral.
Our final stop is St Non's Bay, named after the mother of St David (Dewi Sant) , the patron saint of Wales. The bay is a peaceful location overlooking Ramsey Island. We take a short walk to St Non's Well, where use of its water to cure various ailments continued to the 18th century and onto the ruins of the 6th century chapel, known traditionally as the birthplace of St David. This is a stunning location which leads us onto the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Nearby is the present St Non’s Chapel , built in the authentic early-Celtic style in 1934 using stones from the ruins of nearby Whitewell Priory. Just outside the chapel is a seating area, perfect to take in the wonderful coast views.
Late afternoon we arrive at Fishguard Bay Hotel for one night stay. 3 course dinner served at the hotel
After breakfast we visit the Lower town of Fishguard, an archetypal fishing village, with houses clustered close to the waterfront mainly on the eastern side of the old harbour. This is undoubtedly one of the prettiest coastal settlements in Wales and it was no surprise that it was chosen for the film version of Dylan Thomas’s "Under Milk Wood" and "Moby Dick". The modern town was formerly a cluster of cottages until the 1800s, but gradually it expanded to become the main shopping centre of North Pembrokeshire and nearby is Fishguard Harbour which operates the Irish ferry service between Fishguard and Rosslare, in Ireland.
Our journey takes the us northbound to the Preseli Hills, which has a fascinating prehistoric landscape, scattered with hill forts, standing stones and famous as the source of the mysterious bluestones of Stonehenge. We visit Pentre Ifan, the largest dolmen in Wales, a 4500-year-old Neolithic burial chamber set on a remote hillside with superb views across the Preseli Hills, Nevern Valley and Cardigan Bay.
Next stop is Aberaeron, on the west coast of Wales just below Aberystwyth. This is a beautiful coastal village and harbour with a long history as a fishing port, where one in four houses is of special architectural or historic interest. Ample time to explore. Lunch stop.
We travel southeast to our final tour stop Pembroke Castle, birthplace of King Henry VII. This was a major stronghold with the walls at its base 20 feet thick, and under the castle is the Wogan Cave, where supplies could be brought in at high tide. You have great fun exploring the labyrinth of passageways and towers with wonderful views from the 75 ft high Great Keep.
Return to Cardiff 5:30pm approx
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