Cardiff and the Gower Peninsular
3rd June 2019
Price per person:
Restricted availability of single supplement.
Cardiff has an abundance of attractions, culture and leisure facilities - and its all so easily accessible. There's the fairytale castle, the famous Millenium Stadium and acres of lush parkland, along with first class shopping facilities.
We make a lengthy stop in Newbury to enable you to purchase refreshments before we continue to our hotel for our four night stay.
Today we embark on a long but worthwhile day to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. Nestled in the Tywi Valley, the garden combines themed displays, rolling parkland and secluded woodland. The award winning Great Glasshouse is home to a profusion of rare, fragrant, exotic and even spooky plants. In the afternoon, we visit Wales' Waterfront City, Swansea. It sits on the sandy 5 mile stretch of Swansea Bay beach. The City Centre is a vibrant hub with over 230 shops and fabulous market that's home to all sorts of local delicacies.
This morning we make our way to the Gower Peninsula Heritage Centre designated as the UK's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty back in 1956. On arrival we are met by our guide, who will direct us to the Water Wheel to begin the tour. The tour will take us all around the water-powered corn mill and saw mill, into the Miller's cottage and Blacksmith shop and include the history of the mill and descriptions of milling, wood-turning and blacksmithing. Following the tour you are free to take in the rest of the site and purchase refreshments. After lunch our guide will accompany us on the coach to point out the highlights of Gower: from the heights of Cefn Bryn and the historic 'Arthurs Stone' to the breath-taking beauty of Rhossil Beach and the Worm's Head. We return to the Gower Heritage Centre for a traditional cream tea before returning to our hotel.
Today we visit the seaside resort of Tenby. The picturesque town itself is almost surrounded by award winning beaches and views over the Gower Peninsula and Carmarthen Bay. There are plenty of shopping opportunities within the town specialising in locally produced items. In the afternoon we take the short boat trip to Caldry Island (weather permitting). The quiet religious atmosphere conjured up by the monastic buildings and lifestyle of the residents is reflected in the beautiful and peaceful wooded surroundings. The village includes a gift shop, post office, tea gardens and a small museum, while within walking distance are a church, old priory and lighthouse. We return back to Tenby by boat and return to our hotel for an opportunity to see the excellent Cardiff Arms Park Choir rehearsing classic Welsh anthems (subject to availability) just across the road, prior to a slightly later dinner.
We return home via Marlow to enable you to purchase refreshments before we start the last leg of our homeward journey.