Tour 2 - Wye Valley, Tintern Abbey & Castle

This tour departs from Cardiff visiting the former Roman Garrison town of Caerleon,scenic journey along the Vale of Usk to the border town of Chepstow & 11th century Castle. Visit 13th century Tintern Abbey & sightseeing tour of Wye Valley and Symonds Yat

 

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.

Tour runs on Tuesday & Friday

Highlights

  • Explore Caerleon former Roman Garrison - Amphitheatre, Roman Baths & *Museum
  • Visit Chepstow Castle, Britain's oldest Norman Castle
  • Spend time at Tintern Abbey
  • Travel through the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Take lunch and free time at Monmouth Town, birthplace of King Henry V

 

Tour Prices

GBP Sterling
Adult £48.00 | Senior £43.00 | Student £43.00 | Child 5-15 years £28.00

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

Roman Fortress Baths Adult £4.20  | Senior £3.40  | Junior 5-17 & Student £2.50 | Family Ticket £12.20
* Family Ticket admits 2 adults and 3 children under 16 years

 

Tour summary

Your tour travels east towards Wales' only land border.  Starting at Caerleon, where historians say the extent of Roman remains in the town is impressive, visit the Amphitheatre, Roman Baths and Roman Museum. Next travel through the Usk Vale and Usk Town, known as the town of flowers.  Lunch stop at Monmouth, a town steeped in history and birthplace of King Henry V. After lunch enjoy a scenic journey through the Wye Valley, awarded an 'Area of Outstanding National Beauty', ancient woodlands and delightful villages. The journey travels southward along the valley basin - the best way to view the valley. Guided tour at the 13th century Tintern Abbey or free time to explore the area. Final stop is 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 and return time 5:30pm approx
Departs from outside the steps at the National Museum Cardiff - click map
 

Itinerary

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. Facilities include Gift Shops 

Lunch stop at Monmouth, a charming town steeped in history, birthplace of King Henry V, home to a museum dedicated to Admiral Lord Nelson and the Guild Hall. With so much to see why not consider a packed lunch and explore the town - especially Britain's last remaining medieval fortified gated bridge. Facilities include Cafeterias, Restaurants, Coaching Inns, Gift Shops & Toilet/Washrooms

From Monmouth 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.  

Early afternoon take a tour at the 13th century Tintern Abbey,  a masterpiece of decorated Gothic architecture which has inspired poets and artist for centuries.  Chargeable entrance fee.  Facilities include Cafeterias, Gift Shop & Toilet/Washrooms

Continue your 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, 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 jouney travelling west to Cardiff.