in more detail...
This is our tour through the South Wales Valleys and the Brecon Beacons National Park.
We start the day at 'Big Pit' National Mining Museum of Wales for a visit to a famous Welsh coal mine and its award winning* underground tour. The descent into the depths attract people from all around the world to visit and wonder at the life a coal miner in Wales over 100 years ago. You will discover how this part of the world became the heart of the Industrial Revolution and how the town of Blaenavon has now become a World Heritage Site.
Heading ashort distance north we enter the Brecon Beacons National Park for a tour of some breathtaking Welsh countryside. This is a landscape shaped by glaciers but now with rolling green hills, sandstone peaks, high mountain lakes and cascading waterfalls.
The town of Brecon is on route - and what a lovely town it is too. Cosy little streets with plenty of shops and boutiques. A fine Cathedral, museum, indoor market and a number of well stocked craft shops to keep you browsing. As for lunch, Brecon has some lovely cafes and pubs but the Tower Cafe at St Mary's church in the centre of town is something different with fine food and the chance of a chat with the locals.
We stop next at the National Park Visitors Centre situated in the heart of this inspiring 'breathing space' to discover why the Brecon Beacons is so special**. Maybe you'll feel like a short walk or perhaps, if you're feelinga little fitter, a walk up to an ancient iron-age hillfort to stand where people lived over 2500 yrs ago.
*Gulbenkian Award winner for museums & galleries 2005 & UNESCO World Heritage Town
**UNESCO Geopark 'Fforest Fawr' & recently named the world's 5th International Dark Sky Reserve
National Coal Mining Museum 'Big Pit' at Blaenavon
Tour of the Brecon Beacons National Park (BBNP):
Brecon town (inc lunch time),
National Park Visitors Centre
Iron age hillfort (optional - 40 minute walk)
(Non-walkers stay at the visitor centre for: cafe, exhibition, video room and shop) - short walk available here too.
Departure days: Every Tuesday & Friday
Pickup point: National Museum Cardiff - map
Saver £40.00 (Students & seniors over 60yrs)
Child £25.00 (under 16yrs old, over 3yrs)
Infant under 3yrs goes free but you must have a suitable car seat.
(No admissions are applicable on this tour)