A 4-night tour to Cardiff touring the region, staying at the Holiday Inn Cardiff.
- Hay on Wye
- National Museum of Cardiff
- Cardiff Castle
- Cowbridge Physic Gardens
- Dyffryn House and Gardens
- Tredegar House National Trust
Full Tour Details
Tuesday 11th September 2018
Departing The North West we travel south to Cardiff stopping en route on the motorway. We then make an extended stop at Hay on Wye. This charming market town has built up a strong reputation within the literary world. With over 20 book shops the Hay literary festival was described by Bill Clinton as the Woodstock festival for the mind.
After plenty of free time we continue our journey over the Brecon Beacons national park eventually to Cardiff and the Holiday Inn Cardiff. Located in the heart of Cardiff city centre and offers comfortable rooms with all the usual amenities. We will stay here for 4 nights DBB basis
Wednesday 12th September 2018
This morning we will visit the National Museum Cardiff, home to one of Europe’s finest Art Collections housing five hundred years of magnificent paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics from Wales and across the world, including one of Europe’s best collections of Impressionist works.
Next we visit Cardiff Castle, 2000 years of history in the heart of the city. From the arrival of the Romans, through the Norman Conquest to lavish Victorian design − all have left their distinctive mark on the Castle. A local guide will give us a guided tour of the castle. We will have plenty of time here before boarding the coach for a panoramic tour around the Cardiff Bay area. The old Cardiff docklands have been redeveloped in the last decade to create Cardiff Bay, home to a large freshwater lake, a stylish five-star hotel, and Mermaid Quay – a restaurant hotspot catering for all tastes. The Norwegian Chapel, a former Norwegian Sailors Church, is one of the landmark buildings here with panoramic views over the waterfront, we will also see the Visitors Centre, Millennium Centre & the National Assembly Building before returning to our hotel passing by the Millennium Stadium.
Thursday 13th September 2018
Today we first visit Cowbridge Physic Gardens. The garden was originally part of the Old Hall Gardens, laid out by the Edmondes family in the 18th century. Badly neglected in the 20th century it was brought back to life by enthusiastic volunteers and today is a glorious array of medicinal plants and herbs, typical of physic gardens from centuries past.
From here we drive to Dyffryn House and Gardens NT, an exceptional example of Edwardian garden design. Covering more than 55 acres they feature a stunning collection of intimate garden rooms including a rose garden, Pompeian garden and several ponds. The enormous great lawn is bordered by seasonal bedding and a croquet lawn. There is also a large glasshouse, statuary collection, and arboretum featuring trees from all over the world. Designed by eminent landscape architect Thomas Mawson in 1906, the gardens are the early 20th-century vision of coal magnate John Cory and his son Reginald. We return to the hotel mid afternoon and will have time to visit some sites in Cardiff.
Friday 14th September 2018
After breakfast we will make the short journey to Tredegar House National Trust, the ancestral home of the Morgan Family, later lords Tredegar, for over 500 years. To give you an idea of their importance, at the end of the 18th century the Morgan’s owned over 40,000 acres in Monmouthshire, Breconshire and Glamorgan. Most of the house we see today dates from the 1670s but there are very few plans which show us how, or when, the house was built and developed.
Later in the afternoon if time permits we will return via Caerphilly to see one of Wales’ largest castles. We will probably only have time for a cup of tea and to view the castle from the exterior.
Saturday 15th September 2018
This morning we will have breakfast before checking out of the hotel. Our main stop of the day will be at Croft Castle (NT) A lavish country mansion which started life as a Norman stronghold on the border of Wales. Deep in the heart of Herefordshire countryside surrounded by 1500 acres of historic woodland, farm and parkland, home to the Croft family for nearly 1000 years.
After some free time here we board the coach and continue our journey back to Washway Farm where we expect to arrive at approximately 8pm traffic permitting.
Location Map - Holiday Inn Cardiff City Centre, Wales
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