Tour 4 - Wales Border Explorer

Shared tour available on Saturday to single travellers, families & small groups.


Images courtesy of © Crown copyright (2008) Visit Wales.

This tour is unable until further notice. Posted 26 February 2019

Tour Highlights 

  • Big Pit Underground Coal Mine Tour
  • Crickhowell, market town in Mid Wales
  • Iron Works Workmens' Cottages & Company store open from 1st April to end of October
  • Brecon Beacons National Park


Tour Prices

GBP: Adult £48.00 | Concession (£43.00 (60+ & Student) | Child £28.00 (5 years to under 16 years)

Prices Includes:

  • Top of the range Mercedes air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Professional driver
  • Local guide.

Not Included: 

  • Lunch & refreshments
  • There are no chargeable entrance fees.

Tour summary

The tour travels east to Newport and north to Blaenavon to visit a World Heritage Site. Step back in time on a guided *underground tour of Big Pit coal mine.  Next a stop at Blaenavon Ironwork to visit cottages and Company Store.  Lunch stop in the elegant market town of Crickhowell in Mid Wales.  Sightseeing tour of the Brecon Beacons National Park starting on the eastern region, followed by the central region of the park.   *(There are interesting galleries above ground for anyone not wanting to take the underground tour) 
Start time 8:45am and returns at 5:30  approx
Departs from the outside the National Museum Cardiff, CF10 3NP - click  map



Facilities:  Cafeteria = C     Restaurants = R      Toilet/Washrooms = T     Gift Shop = G

Travel to Blaenavon, a town that played a vital part in the Industrial Revolution which transformed the landscape, culture and society of Wales. Big Pit, National Mining Museum of Wales, is situated at the head of the Afon Valley on the slopes of the Coity and Blorenge mountains. A real coal mine, where for over 200 years was once the workplace for hundreds of men, women and children. Enjoy an award winning underground tour led by ex-miners (Glubenkian Award winner for museums and galleries 2005).  Descend  90 metres (300 feet) down the Big Pit mineshaft,  which delivers a captivating journey around a section of original underground workings.  Following the tour, take the opportunity to visit the coal mining gallery located above ground.   Please Note: To take the underground tour, Big Pit request that you wear suitable enclosed footwear such as trainers/walking boots. Facilities: C, T & G

Next stop is the nearby Blaenavon Ironworks to visit 18th & 19th century former worker's cottages (all furnitured)  and the company store. Facilities: T & G

Sightseeing tour of the Brecon Beacons National Park, starting at the eastern region near the Black Mountains offering a wonderful high viewpoint.  

Lunch stop in the elegant market town of Crickhowell, a town rich in 17th-century architecture.  Access to the Crickhowell is by crossing a 16th-century bridge, the longest stone bridge in Wales. The Mid Wales town of 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. The town has small independent shops, pubs, coaching inns, cafes and a warm welcoming atmosphere. Facilities: C,R, T & G  

After lunch continue the journey travelling west to the central region to explore more of the National Park before we start our return journey to Cardiff. Facilities: T

Arrive Cardiff at 5.30pm approx  

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