HA Tour to Cardiff

Published 22nd November 2017

Tour leaders: Elizabeth Yarker with Kathleen Morris

With Cardiff as the base, the tour sets out to explore 2,000 years of history in this fascinating area of Wales. There will be visits to Cardiff Castle, Llandaff Cathedral, the Welsh National Museum and Cardiff Bay where we hope to tour the Welsh Assembly. Not far away are Castell Coch, the Victorian extravaganza, St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life, Caerphilly – a giant among castles – and the Royal Mint.

In nearby Newport – site of the 1839 Chartist uprising – we have St Woolos Cathedral, the fifteenth-century Newport Ship, the unusual Transporter Bridge and Tredegar House, home of the powerful Morgan family. In Usk, there is a delightful Museum of Rural Life and ruined castle. In Abergavenny we hope to meet Marcher effigies and reach Tretower Castle and Court.

The itinerary has not yet been finalised, but we hope to have time to explore the towns and villages of the Valleys: Blaenavon with its well-preserved ironworks and Cyfarthfa Castle in Merthyr Tydfil which demonstrates the wealth of the Ironmasters and the skill of their workers. The history of the coal industry will be explored at either the Big Pit or the Rhondda Museum of Welsh Mining. We will pay our respects to those who worked in this hazardous industry at the Mining Memorial at Senghenydd, site of Universal Colliery, most dangerous of the mines. We hope to include the importance of water transport at the Fourteen Locks Canal Centre alongside other smaller museums and sites.

The tour aims to cross the Vale of Glamorgan to Llantwit Major to see the standing stones (and many inns) and to visit Ewenny Priory, a Norman gem with fortifications. We will see castles such as Ogmore and Coity, now ruins, guarding an early border, and to call in at Dyffryn House.

Hotel: we will be staying at the Clayton Hotel in the city centre adjunct to Cardiff Central railway station. Parking is £9 for 24 hours but Cardiff is easy to reach by train. The hotel is modern and comfortable with striking views over the city.

Provisional costs: £914 with a £300 single supplement based on a minimum of 20 people. Costs will include dinner, bed and breakfast, coach travel, guided tours and entrance fees for all except National Trust (NT) properties. NT members should remember to bring their membership card.  Lunches are not included, but there will be a good choice available daily. Some places have free entry but do rely on donations which are not included.

Agent: Greatdays Holidays Ltd of Altrincham, ABTA and ATOL members. Your contract is with Greatdays.

Booking and payment: Please send a non-returnable deposit of £50 payable to Greatdays Holidays Ltd by 31 December 2017 to:
Miss Elizabeth Yarker, 35 Prestwich Avenue, Worcester WR5 1QF or call 01905 352997. The balance will be payable by 30 April 30 2018. Please include your name, address and phone number with your payment.