Welsh Rarebits & the Royal Mint Visitor Centre

Welsh Rarebits & the Royal Mint Visitor Centre

Experience a Steam Railway, Medieval House, Brewery Tour & visit to the Royal Mint on this 6 day Welsh Tour to beautiful South Wales


Experience a Steam Railway, Medieval House, Brewery Tour & visit to the Royal Mint on this 6 day Welsh Tour to beautiful South Wales

Gwili Steam Railway

The Gwili Railway is a Welsh heritage railway that operates a standard gauge preserved railway line from the site of Abergwili Junction in southwest Wales along a short section of the former Carmarthen to Aberystwyth.


Rhymney Brewery

A modern incarnation of a long established brewery, now the second biggest in Wales. There is a collection of artefacts and memorabilia, a history of the brewery, some short films and the chance to pull a virtual pint. After you've seen the display, you can have your half at the Dog and Duck, and obviously buy more drinks if you want. The shop sells beer and you can buy 12 pints for under £20. This is outstanding value for good quality beers. 


Blaenafon Cheddar

Blaenafon Cheddar is a specialist cheddar cheese company based in the World Heritage site of Blaenafon. Blaenafon Cheddar is a family run business producing speciality award winning hand made Welsh Cheddar cheeses and soft Welsh goats’ cheeses. The Pwll Mawr cheddar won British Cheese Bronze award 2008 and is matured 300ft below ground in the shaft of Big Pit mining museum.


Penderyn Distillery

Before 2004, there hadn’t been an established whisky producer in Wales for a century. Penderyn changed all that. Whisky from the Brecon Beacons is now sold throughout the UK and in more than 20 countries worldwide. In 2004, a group of whisky enthusiasts commissioned a team of scientists to design a new still and Wesh Whisky was born again! As well as single malt whiskies, Penderyn makes Brecon Gin and other spirits. 


Aberglasney House & Gardens

Aberglasney was made famous by the BBC television series “A Garden Lost in Time” which followed its restoration. Today it is quite simply one of Wales’ finest gardens. A renowned plantsman’s paradise with a unique Elizabethan cloister garden at its heart, Aberglasney offers the opportunity to explore more than 10 acres of magnificent gardens which along with the fully restored ground floor of Aberglasney’s grade II* listed mansion offer a stunning venue for weddings, exhibitions and events. View the Cloister garden, Pool Garden, Stream Garden, Pigeon house Wood, the 18th century Yew Tunnel, Lower & Upper Gardens, Church View and Bishop Rudd's Walk.


Royal Mint Visitor Centre

A fascinating behind the scenes look at how the Royal Mint puts 1000 years of history into combining the finest craftsmanship with cutting-edge techniques to make coins and medals for over 60 countries. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of thousands of glistening coins, hot off the press to the precision striking of over 700 coins per minute and follow the journey of a coin, from a blank to a bank. Discover fascinating facts about the coins in your pocket and the craftsmanship that goes into each miniature work of art.


Gower Heritage Centre & Peninsula

Set in the heart of the Gower Peninsula just west of Swansea, South Wales, the Gower Heritage Centre was established in 1990 as a countryside crafts centre situated in historical and beautiful surroundings. The 12th century water powered corn and saw mill was renovated, and experienced crafts people took up residence on site. Today the centre is recognised as a vibrant crafts and rural life museum that welcomes visitors from all around the world. Situated only a 15-minute walk from one of the most breath taking bays in the Gower; Three Cliffs Bay. The whole peninsula is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has its own very distinctive culture that owes a lot to the mix of Welsh, West Country and Norman ancestry. The 19 mile-long Peninsula starts at Mumbles and extends westwards. It’s famous for its beautiful coastline and beaches (from vast Rhossili Bay to tiny, secluded Pwll Du), and is a favourite destination for walkers and surfers. Inland are sheltered woodland and rolling grasslands; country pubs and fine food.


Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we head via the motorway system to South Wales and our hotel the Best Western Aberavon Beach. Dinner in the hotel.


Day 2

This morning we head to Bronwydd Arms Station for a trip down memory lane. On arrival at the Station we are served tea or coffee and a slice of the Welsh delicacy Bara Brith in the Victorian tea room, before we absorb the nostalgia of bygone days on Gwili Steam Railway. The steam train follows the route originally taken by the Carmarthen to Aberystwyth line through wooded hills and open fields, hugging the river on our 90 minute return journey. In the afternoon we head to Aberglasney House & Gardens, view the Cloister Garden, Pool Garden, Stream Garden, Pigeon House Wood, an 18th century Yew Tunnel, Lower and Upper Gardens, Church View and Bishop
Rudd’s Walk. We include a guided tour of the house and gardens. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 3

A gastronomic day today, we head to the Rhymney Brewery where first we have a talk and tasting from the Blaenafon Cheddar Company who produce fifteen distinctive cheddars and four varieties of goat's cheese. Their unique handmade cheeses are flavoured with local ingredients and one is even matured underground at the nearby Big Pit Museum, before we discover the secrets to crafting Real Ale and gain an understanding of the differences between real ale and mass manufactured beer with a tour and tasting at the Rhymney Brewery. We have a 2 course lunch before heading to the Penderyn Distillery to see the production of Welsh whisky and Brecon Vodka and Gin on a tour and tasting experience. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 4

A fascinating day as we head east towards Cardiff and the new Royal Mint visitor centre, see the heads, hear the tales! The Royal Mint puts 1,000 years of history into combining the finest craftsmanship with cutting-edge techniques to make coins and medals for over 60 countries. We have an introductory talk, guided factory experience and a self guided interactive tour. Afternoon at leisure in Cardiff. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 5

The Gower peninsula today, we start with a guided tour of the mill at the Heritage centre, followed by a light lunch in the tea rooms. We are then joined by our guide who will take us on a coach tour of the highlights of Gower including the heights of Cefn Bryn and the historic 'Arthur’s Stone' to the breath-taking beauty of Rhossili beach and the Worm's Head. Final dinner at the hotel.

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Day 6

We leave our hosts at the Aberavon Beach Hotel and make our way back to Cumbria, arriving home early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Best Western Aberavon Beach Hotel


A 3-minute walk from the beach with views across Swansea Bay and the Gower Peninsula.


The warmly decorated rooms feature en suite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, free WiFi and TVs. Upgraded rooms have pull-out sofas.


Dining options include a relaxed beach-view restaurant serving modern European cuisine and a cocktail bar.


The modern leisure centre has an indoor heated pool with a Jacuzzi and sauna.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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