Day Tours: Wales Border Explorer Tour
Full day tour of the Welsh borders from Cardiff including the Brecon Beacons National Park
Wales Border Explorer Tour
What's it all about?
A group tour of the Welsh borders which inludes Big Pit Underground Coal Mine Tour, Brecon Beacons National Park, Iron Works Stone Cottages, Crickhowell, Tretower Court & Castle
Nearest Destination: Cardiff
Transport type: Coach
Length: Full Day
Days of operation: Saturdays
Wales Border Explorer Tour Itinerary
Today you will join a group tour of the Welsh Borders. The tour starts by travelling east of Cardiff to Newport, Wales' youngest city, then north to Blaenavon, a town which played a vital part in the Industrial Revolution. At the head of the Afon Valley on the slopes of the Coity and Blorenge mountains you will find Big Pit, (Pwll Mawr), National Mining Museum of Wales, here you will discover what life was like on an underground guided tour led by ex-miners followed by a visit to 18th century furnished stone cottages where you will witness how difficult life was for working families. Next you will travel to the beautiful Usk Valley, crossing the charming 16th-century stone bridge for a lunch stop at Crickhowell, a picturesque Mid Wales market town, looking towards the Sugar Loaf Mountain and Table Mountain. The town has small independent shops, bustling atmosphere, and one of the richest areas in Wales for 17th-century architecture. After lunch you will travel further north to a location which offers two medieval buildings: the ruins of the four-storey 12th Tretower Castle and the 14th Tretower Court, a manor house with recreated medieval gardens and orchard. The medieval buildings are situated in a stunning location overlooked by the Black Mountains. You will depart Tretower mid-afternoon and continue sightseeing of the eastern side of the Brecon Beacons National Park with rolling hillsides and lush green valleys, to Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, considered by many to be Britain's most picturesque canal.