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Heart Of Wales, Powis Castle & Aberystwyth - Jg Explorer

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS9793

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Luxury Coach

5 days

UK 2024

PRICE FROM ? £449 per person
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Travel in deluxe style on this holiday aboard a JG Explorer coach!  

Join us on our expedition to discover some of the most inspiring and historic sites in the heart of Wales, including a visit to the magnificent Powis Castle and Gardens, a scenic drive through the breathtakingly beautiful Cambrian Mountains and entry into the award-winning Judge’s Lodging in the small border town of Presteigne. With an exciting itinerary, this tour promises to be full of glorious Welsh scenery and fascinating history at every turn.


Included Excursions

Powis Castle and Gardens (full day)

On our first full day excursion, we travel to Powis Castle, once described as ‘the most magnificent castle in Wales,’ and well known for its formal gardens and rare collection of beautiful art and artefacts. Now under the care of the National Trust, this tall castle has a rich history, from border fortress to aristocratic country house. Built in the 13th century, we discover the inspiring treasures on display inside this medieval grand fortress while outside, we can explore the beautiful 25-acre gardens, terraces and an orangery attributed to architect William Winde.

Aberystwyth & Elan Valley Visitor Centre (full day)

Today we journey to Aberystwyth through the awe-inspiring Cambrian Mountains. The Cambrian Mountains have been dubbed the ‘Green Desert of Wales’ in reference to its sparseness of population and is one of the few remote areas of wilderness left in Southern Britain. The area is one of outstanding natural beauty and known for its reservoirs and lakes, green-tinged peaks and lush valleys.


Next, we arrive in Aberystwyth, a thriving seaside town known for its rugged coastline. We finish the day at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre, set against a magnificent Victorian stone dam and featuring an excellent exhibition and audio-visual show about the history and wildlife of the area.


Judge’s Lodgings (half day)

We make our way to the small border town of Presteigne in the very heart of Wales. Here we have the chance to see the world through the eyes of a traditional Victorian judge, with entry to the Judge’s Lodgings, a fascinating Victorian museum that showcases the ‘upstairs downstairs’ world of a judge’s private apartments, complete with the servant’s quarters, courthouse and basement cells below.


In this audio walking tour, we learn about Reverend Richard Lister Venables, Chairman of the Magistrates, as he reminisces about the changes he has seen in his lifetime. In the courtroom, hear the trial of William Morgan, local duck thief, find out about the tragic hanging of Mary Morgan and hear echoes of past souls, like grumbling housekeeper Mr Luggar and Mary the hard-working maid.

Coach Bullets

  • Return coach travel on a JG Explorer Coach (see Helpful Information below)
  • 4 nights at the Commodore Hotel, Llandrindod Wells (JG3 rating) with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Entertainment some evenings
  • Excursions to Powis Castle and Gardens, Aberystwyth, Elan Valley Visitor Centre & Judge’s Lodgings
  • Scenic drive through the Cambrian Mountains

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  • 4 nights at the Commodore Hotel, Llandrindod Wells (JG3 rating) with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Entertainment some evenings
  • Excursions to Powis Castle and Gardens, Aberystwyth, Elan Valley Visitor Centre & Judge’s Lodgings
  • Scenic drive through the Cambrian Mountains





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Helpful info

JG Explorer Coaches 

We are pleased to introduce JG Explorer – a brand-new deluxe coach, thoughtfully designed to provide an elevated coach experience and ensure your journey is special and memorable.

Exclusive to the JG Travel Group, the design of these coaches has been meticulously thought through with your comfort in mind – with only 44 seats meaning more room on board and padded seats. There’s improved legroom and a footrest, making certain that wherever you sit, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your journey. We know it’s the small things that make a big difference in terms of ease and added convenience, so our Explorer coaches feature a floor-level, rear-mounted toilet, accessible to all customers.

On-board entertainment throughout your journey is easy to find on the JG Explorer, with access to Azimut, our wireless media system, providing films and quizzes. Simply bring along your smartphone or iPad and enjoy this entertainment interruption-free, with the use of our extra reliable Wi-Fi, free to all passengers and a handy USB port at each seat.

The layout of the JG Explorer includes a floor-level, rear-mounted kitchen with a sink, an espresso machine to purchase delicious Nespresso coffee, dispensed by your driver during comfort breaks, and a fridge stocked with cold drinks and milk. Customers are welcome to help themselves to complimentary JG bottles, that can be used for refill at the built-in cold-water filter, cutting down on the need for disposable plastic bottles and doing our part for the environment. 

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Commodore Hotel

The Commodore Hotel is located in the spa town of Llandrindod Wells and offers a relaxing stay with lovely views of the Welsh hills. The hotel features a restaurant, bar, and an outdoor pool (April to September only). All rooms are en-suite and offer tea and coffee making facilities and a flat screen TV. Free Wi-Fi in public areas.

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