Mint, Mine & Vine - South Wales
5 daysImmerse yourself in true Welsh history and heritage with Mint, Mine & Vine and experience three destinations all within 15 minutes of each other for a true baptism into the wonderfulness that is Welshness! Follow the journey of a coin, visit an authentic coal mine and taste award-winning Welsh wines. Staying right in the heart of Cardiff, the Welsh capital since just 1955 and one of Britain's leading urban centres, make the most of this compact city with an ultramodern waterfront.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Your ItineraryDay 1 - Join your holiday coach to head to South Wales with a comfort stop en-route. Arrive in Central Cardiff for your 4 night stay DBB
Day 2 - 4 - At leisure in Cardiff with two included excursions.
The young Welsh Capital continues to re-invent itself and has become one of the UK's most compelling destinations. It combines an exhilarating mix of heavyweight cultural sights, exciting regeneration projects (including the revitalised Cardiff Bay) and a vibrant food and music scene. Weave your way through nearly a kilometre of arcades, dating back to Victorian and Edwardian times where you can find independent shops, family-run cafes and cute boutiques. Or maybe visit Cardiff Castle (entrance not included) or the National Museum Cardiff (entry FOC) which houses the largest collection of Impressionist art outside Paris as well as works spanning over 500 years of art history.
MINT, MINE & VINE
Go behind the scenes and uncover the Royal Mint's 1,100-year history. Discover first-hand how coins are made following the journey from a blank to a bank - experience the sights, sounds and smells of thousands of glistening new coins, hot off the press. Then immerse yourself in Welsh Mining Experience at the unique Rhondda Heritage Park's authentic 200-year-old mine. Hear fascinating tales of mining life from ex-miner guides as you are led through the mine by the very same men who once worked in perilous conditions. Hold on tight as your visit ends with an exciting 'virtual experience'. Last but not least a visit to Llanerch Vineyard for a wonderful grape to glass experience with a guided wine tasting tour through the mature vines with the opportunity to breathe in, taste and delight in the award-winning 'Cariad' wines. (NB Reasonable amount of walking required today. Some uneven surfaces at the Rhondda Heritage Park)
Located on Glamorgan's Heritage Coast, Porthcawl is all about traditional seaside fun. Just behind the seafront Esplanade, you'll find an exciting range of independent shops and cafés, alongside high street brands. On the harbour is the RNLI station and Wales' oldest listed bonded warehouse, the Jennings Building, which is now a bustling waterside spot with cafés and restaurants. Make a stop en-route at Bridgend's excellent McArthur Glen Designer Outlet where you will find all the brands you love at over 90 high-street and designer stores plus plenty of places for a coffee or a snack.
Caerphilly - The Big Cheese - Half Day
The town of Caerphilly guards the entrance to the Rhymney Valley and is synonymous with the popular variety of mild, slightly crumbly cheese that was once made in farmhouses all over South Wales. Its main claim to fame is its massive castle, Wales' largest and Britain's second largest castle after Windsor (entrance not included). It is also the birthplace of Tommy Cooper, the much-loved comedian whose statue in his trademark fez overlooks the castle.
Day 5 - After breakfast, a final visit before departing Wales. St Fagan's National Museum of History is where traditional crafts and activities are brought alive in workshops where craftsmen still demonstrate their ancient skills. Onward to interchange and your hometowns later today. Back to top
JURYS INN CARDIFF
With its grand stone facade, this sophisticated 4* hotel fronts the bustling pedestrian thoroughfare of Queen Street and is within walking distance of Cardiff's top attractions. Sleek guestrooms come with contemporary furnishings, free WiFi, flat-screen TV, tea / coffee making facilities and minifridge. There is a chic restaurant plus a bright lounge bar. There is a lift.