Cardiff & Royal Mint
If you want to immerse yourself in history and learn about how the money in your pocket is made, then this tour will no doubt fascinate you! You’ll visit Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, the most famous playwright in the world, Cardiff, capital city of Wales and of course, the Royal Mint, home of British currency and a wealth of history.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
After a morning departure from your local pick-up point, you’ll spend the afternoon in Stratford-upon-Avon. This wonderful little town, has over 800 years of history for you to explore and of course, a deep connection with Britain’s most beloved playwright.
In the late afternoon, you’ll re-join the coach and head to your hotel in Cardiff.
William Shakespeare was born in Henley Street, in the house which was owned by his Father, John. John and his wife lived there with their eight children, William being the third eldest. John died in 1601, and the house was passed to William who was by then his eldest surviving child. William lived there for some years after his marriage to Anne Hathaway, but after he bought his own home, New Place, he leased part of the property in Henley street and it became an Inn known as the Maidenhead (and which later became the Swan and Maidenhead). The Inn remained until 1847, long after the death of Shakespeare. When he died, the property passed to his eldest daughter Susanna, who in turn gave it to her daughter, Elizabeth.
The homes which were owned by various members of the Shakespeare family are open for you to visit, though you may find you need to make a return trip to see them all. There’s New Place, which was the house Shakespeare purchased for his family in 1597, but which was sadly demolished in 1759 and has subsequently been turned into a beautiful commemorative garden which is well worth a visit, Hall’s Croft, which was the house owned by Shakespeare’s daughter Susanne and her husband, Dr John Hall, a celebrated physician, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, which is the childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife, and Mary Arden’s Farm, which is the home where Shakespeare’s Mother grew up before marrying John Shakespeare.
Each house has its own unique character, and there’s so much to see and explore than even if you only have time to visit one of the houses, you’d thoroughly enjoy your time there.
Of course, if you don’t want to trawl around old houses for the afternoon, Stratford-upon-Avon had much more to offer than just Bardolatry – there’s the MAD Museum, the UKs only mechanical arts museum, Stratford Butterfly Farm, where you can learn about exotic butterfly species from over 20 different countries, boat trips along the Avon, Stratford Armouries and a town walk if you want to wander.
After Breakfast, you’ll have the full day to explore Cardiff. The city has a rather interesting history, which stretches back at least 6000 years – evidence having been found which would suggest that the area had been settled before Stonehenge had been built.
You can wander through the city, perhaps indulge in a little retail therapy, or visit one of the many attractions Cardiff has to offer: there’s Cardiff Castle, where you can discover tales of prisoners, marvel at luxurious rooms and uncover the secrets left behind by William Burges, the Doctor Who experience where you’ll travel through time and space with the Doctor and come face-to-face with some classic monsters from this beloved Sci-fi adventure, the National Museum of Wales where you can discover the history was Wales and the fascinating natural history of this ancient land, the Cardiff Story Museum which will teach all about Cardiff and its past, the Millennium Centre and much more.
After breakfast you’ll head to Llantrisant and the Royal Mint. The Mint relocated from London in 1980, having been gradually transferred to Wales since the beginning of decimalisation. You’ll be guided round the Mint’s manufacturing areas and discover how blank pieces of metal are made before being struck to become coins. You’ll even be given the chance to strike your own coin as a memento or have a picture surrounded by chests of coins (additional charges will apply for this). You’ll be able to learn exactly how the coins in your pocket are made, and how the Mint creates coins for 100 countries worldwide.
In the afternoon, you’ll head to Caerphilly: home of Caerphilly cheese, and quite a few myths and legends, Caerphilly is a lovely place to explore. From the imposing Caerphilly Castle (a Medieval fortress built between 1268 and 1271 by Gilbert de Clare with extensive water defences and massive gatehouses) to its pretty town centre, Caerphilly is the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon.
After a leisurely start to the day, you’ll check out of the hotel and head to Hatton Country World shopping village – home to a myriad of independent and big brand shops, all housed in Victorian buildings and nestled in the Warwickshire countryside, Hatton Country World is a delightful place to spend a few hours indulging in a unique shopping experience. Whether you want to wander through a garden centre, delve into an antiques shop in search of something unusual or just buy some interesting gifts then this is the place to go. Wander through ‘streets’ of Victorian buildings, take a break in a lovely café and maybe buy some hand-made sweets for the journey home.
In the afternoon, you’ll re-join the coach and head home, hopefully having thoroughly enjoyed your trip to Wales.
Located just 15 minutes from the city centre and close to the surrounding historic attractions, guests can enjoy a little peace and quiet only minutes from Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Bay and St David’s Shopping Centre. Cheerful and comfortable guest rooms offer free Wi-Fi, TV and tea/coffee facilities, while guests can enjoy the use of the fitness centre as well as the delicious food on offer in the hotel restaurant. The hotel has a lift.
- Return coach travel
- 3 nights at the Park Inn Cardiff North, half-board
- Excursions to Stratford-upon-Avon, Cardiff, Caerphilly and Hatton Country World
- Admission to the Royal Mint Experience
The price shown is per person based on two adults sharing a twin/double room.
Child (12 years and under) prices are based on sharing with two full fare paying passengers. Therefore, if one adult and one child share a room the child will pay the adult price.
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