Tour 2 - Wye Valley, Tintern Abbey & Castle

Tour departs from Cardiff visiting the historic town of Monmouth, the Royal Forest of Dean & famous viewpoint at Symonds Yat, the border town of Chepstow & 11th century Castle, tour at 13th century Tintern Abbey & stunning Wye Valley.

 

Images courtesy of © Crown copyright (2008) Visit Wales.  Main photo  River Wye.  Top Row: Chepstow Castle, Tintern Abbey and Usk Vale.  Bottom Row: Wye Valley, Monmouth Medievel Bridge and Tintern Abbey background.

Tours start April 2020

Tour runs on  Monday & Friday

Highlights

  • (New) Stroll in the Royal Forest of Dean to the famous Symonds Yat viewpoint
  • Visit Chepstow Castle, Britain's oldest Norman Castle
  • Tour at Tintern Abbey
  • (New)Journey further north of the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Free time at Monmouth Town, birthplace of King Henry V

 

2020 Tour Prices

GBP Sterling
Adult £48.00 | Student £43.00 | Child 7-15 years £30.00

Price Includes tour with an experienced, friendly and knowledgeable driver and guide. Relax in the comfort of 16-seater Mercedes Air-Conditioned Mini Coach.

Not Included
X Lunch and refreshments
X Chargeable Entrance fees:
Chepstow Castle Adult £7.30 | Senior £5.80 | Juniors 5-17 & Student £4.40| *Family Ticket £21.20
Tintern Abbey Adult £7.30 | Senior £5.80 | Junior 5-17 & Student £4.40 | * Family Ticket £21.20

 

Tour summary

Your tour travels south east towards the Welsh border to Monmouth, a market town steeped in history and birthplace of King Henry V.  Ample free time to explore the town.  Depart Monmouth and travel north to the Royal Forest of Dean and take a stroll to the famous Symonds Yat viewpoint and former film location for Star Wars, Doctor Who and Harry Potter.  Take a journey through the scenic Wye Valley, awarded an 'Area of Outstanding National Beauty',  to Tintern village for lunch stop followed by a tour at Tintern Abbey or free time to explore the area.  Final stop in the border town of Chepstow, home to the oldest Norman castle in Great Britain.  Guided tour of the castle or free time in the town.

 

Times & Departure Point

Start time 8:50am, please arrive 15 minutes before start time.
Departure point from outside the steps at the National Museum Cardiff - click map  CF10 3NP

Your tour returns to the National Museum Cardiff at approximately 5:30pm

 

Itinerary

Travel east of Cardiff to visit locations all in the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  First stop is Monmouth, a charming market town steeped in history, birthplace of King Henry V, home to Britain's last remaining medieval fortified gated bridge, a museum dedicated to Admiral Lord Nelson and the Guild Hall. Ample stop to take a walk through the town where your guide will point out the places of interest. Facilities include Cafeterias, Restaurants, Coaching Inns, Gift Shops & Toilet/Washrooms

From Monmouth travel further north, crossing the Welsh border to England to visit the Royal Forest of Dean, the former hunting ground of kings of England, to take a leisurely stroll to Symonds Yat, the famous viewpoint 144 metres above sea level.  Below the viewpoint is the River Wye which twists and winds its way into a large horse-shoe bend in a wooded gorge, to enjoy stunning views of Wales and England's countryside.   During the 18th century the area was visited by famous poets, painters and writers seeking inspiration and today established as a popular tourist attraction.

Next take a scenic journey, following the flow of the River Wye to 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 village followed by a tour at Tintern Abbey,  a masterpiece of decorated Gothic architecture.  Chargeable entrance fee.  Facilities include Cafeterias, Gift Shop & Toilet/Washrooms

Continue your journey to the quaint border town of Chepstow, entered 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, take a short walk to the Regency Cast Iron Bridge which will take you to England, all in a matter of a few minutes walk.  Facilities include Cafeterias, Gift Shops, & Toilet/Washrooms

Depart late afternoon for the return journey to Cardiff.