Gardens Of South Wales 5 Days - Seabank Hotel
Located between Swansea and Cardiff, Porthcawl was originally a port for the iron and steel industries and still has some interesting features from that period, including the oldest maritime warehouse in Wales, an attractive harbour and the last coal and gas powered lighthouse in the country. It developed as a seaside resort after the Great War and the splendid Grand Pavilion dates from 1932. Nearby is Kenfig Nature Reserve, a site of national importance. This attractive seaside resort offers numerous facilities, including the world famous Porthcawl golf course, the finest course in Wales and one of several in the area, an expansive sandy beach and Coney Beach, a fairground with a variety of rides and amusements which was named after the famous New York venue. To the East of the town lies the River Ogmore and the beautiful Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - Outward Travel
Day 2 - Full Day - Harrogate & Ripon
The beautiful spa town of Harrogate is famous for its elegant gardens and health-giving waters./nThe area was voted the happiest place in Britain for two years running./nRHS Garden Harlow Carr stand on what was once part of the Forest of Knaresborough, an ancient Royal hunting ground (entry fees apply). /nRipon is a beautiful market town that was founded over 1300 years ago and is famous as an old Cathedral City where monasteries have stood since the 7th Century./nHome to many historical buildings and museums such as the Cathedral, the Wakeman’s House, Studley Royal, Fountains Abbey and Ripon Spa Gardens (entry fees may apply)./nThe Cathedral allows visitors to soak up the atmosphere and architecture, enjoy special music, explore the ancient crypt or perhaps light a candle in memory of a loved one./n
Day 3 - Full Day - York
York's medieval walls were built by Henry III around 1220. Some stretches can be walked on today (steep stairs)./nYork's Minster (entry fee applies) is the largest medieval cathedral in England - it took over 250 years to complete. /nThere are museums of Roman, Viking and medieval history (charges apply), as well as many interesting shops in "The Shambles"./n
Day 4 - Full Day - Castle Howard & Helmsley
One of Yorkshire’s grandest houses, the construction of Castle Howard took nearly a full century./nThe grand house was extensively restored following a fire in 1940./nThe house and its extensive gardens offer many elegant and dramatic scenes to delight the eye. /nHelmsley is a charming small town with a variety of interesting shops and cafes./nThe mais sight is the ruined Helmsley Castle and adjoining walled garden (entry fees apply)./n
Day 5 - Return Travel
Porthcawl’s most prominent building is situated on a headland, a short walk from the Grand Pavilion and John Street shops. There are spectacular views of the Bristol Channel and South Wales coast from the bar, restaurant and most bedrooms, making it an iconic destination for coach holidays to Porthcawl. At the Seabank Hotel in Porthcawl, all 89 bedrooms are centrally heated and have bath or shower and WC, hair dryer, TV, internal telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. Extensive public areas include the Smuggler’s Bar, Garden Restaurant and large function room with entertainment most evenings.