Porthcawl, Cardiff Tenby & Royal Mint 8Days-Seabnk
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 - Tenby
With four magnificent sandy beaches and a delightful harbour (boat trips to Caldey - fees apply) Tenby is reminiscent of Italy's Ligurian coast./nThe fifteenth century Tudor Merchants House (entry fees apply) gives an insight into life when Tenby was a busy trading port. /nAdjacent to the castle is an excellent independent museum of local life, and its attendant art gallery (entry fees apply)./n
Day 3 - Full Day - Cardiff and St Fagans National History Museum
Cardiff is the largest city in Wales. It was made a city in 1905, and proclaimed the capital of Wales in 1955./nThe Cardiff Story Museum, housed in the grand old library building, recounts the city's development. The city centre also includes Cardiff Castle and Principality Stadium./nCardiff Bay is one of the most successful regeneration projects in the United Kingdom with its restaurants, waterside views and Wales Millennium Centre./nSt Fagans is one of Europe’s premier open air museums and the most popular heritage attraction in Wales. /nThe museum affords visitors a journey through the history of Welsh life with over 30 preserved and re-constructed buidings spanning 500 years of history./nAmongst these you will also find indoor exhibitions displaying costume, daily life and farming implements./n
Day 4 - Day at Leisure
Day 5 - Day at Leisure
Day 6 - Barry Island Half Day
Barry Island, together with the coastline between the Island and Porthkerry, has long been noted for its beautiful beaches and cliff scenery./nIt was used as a setting of the BBC TV show Gavin and Stacey./nThe Barry Tourist Railway provides the chance to experience a railway in operation and learn about the history of railways in Barry (Entrance fees apply)./n
Day 7 - The Royal Mint Half Day
With a fascinating visit to the Royal Mint you will learn where UK coins are made and a gain an insight in to the history of our currency./nExplore the coin making process-from preparing blank metal discs to striking the coins./n
Day 8 - 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 91 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.