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 are now closed for 2019 and re-start April 2020

Tour runs on  Monday & Friday

(New) Highlights

  • (New) Stroll through the Royal Forest of Dean to Symonds Yat View Point
  • Visit Chepstow Castle, Britain's oldest Norman Castle
  • Tour at Tintern Abbey
  • (New)Travels further through 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 7-17 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 east towards Wales' only land border.  Starting at Monmouth, a town steeped in history and birthplace of King Henry V. Next travel north across the border to England to visit the Royal Forest of Dean and Symonds Yat View Point, former film locations for Star Wars, Doctor Who and Harry Potter. Journey through the scenic Wye Valley, awarded an 'Area of Outstanding National Beauty',  travelling along the valley basin considered to be the best way to view the valley. Lunch stop at Tintern followed by tour at 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 visit locations all in the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  First stop is Monmouth, a charming town steeped in history, birthplace of King Henry V, home to Britain's last remaining medieval fortied gated bridge, plus a museum dedicated to Admiral Lord Nelson and the Guild Hall. Short 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 take north crossing the border to England to visit the Royal Forest of Dean, the former hunting ground of Kings of England.  Take a leisurely stroll to Symonds Yat famous viewpoint 144 metres above sea leavel, below is the River Wye which twists and winds its way into a large horse-shoe bend in a wooded gorge, and enjoy stunning views of English and Welsh countryside.   During the 18th century the area was visted 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 jouney travelling west to Cardiff.