We thank all participants for a very successful ICCST-12

 

 

TOUR INFORMATION

 

 

 

Tuesday 23rd July 2013 – Accompanying Persons

Full Day Guided Tour of West Wales and the Heritage Coastline

Pick up and drop off locations and times  to be confirmed

Please note that lunch is not included

Leaving the city we travel towards Swansea along the M4 Motorway passing the steel town of Port Talbot...birthplace of Sir Anthony Hopkins. Our first stop is the Dylan Thomas Centre, where the life and works of the most famous poet Wales has ever produced can be seen.... a man who after Shakespeare is the most quoted writer in the English language. After a short walk around the Marina, an area of Swansea old dock which has been transformed we visit the National Waterfront Museum and experience more than 300 years of Welsh Industry and innovation Following our tour of the museum we continue our journey to the village of Mumbles.

Mumbles (also known as Oystermouth) is known as the "gateway to the Gower"  Here we stop to allow free time for refreshments and to explore this quaint village   Being famous for the place where the world’s first passenger railway journey took place in 1807, it is renowned for its numerous independent shops and friendly cafes as well as being the site of  Oystermouth Castle, which was once home and fortress to the Norman Lords of Gower. Mumbles lighthouse which was built in 1794 still makes passing boats aware of undersea sandbanks and is situated on the outer of two islands off Mumbles Head. It is the most photographed landmark of the village. It can be best viewed from the car park above the Victorian pier.

Suitably refreshed we leave Mumbles and drive along the coast taking in breathtaking views of  Langland and Caswell Bay and continue our journey to  the magnificent Rhossili Bay and Worms Head. Here we visit the most western and most photographed part of Gower. And view Worms Head, which stretches out to sea but becomes an island when the tide comes in.

Wednesday 24th July – Coaches will depart at approximately 14.00 from the Julian Hodge Building, (No 14 on the Cardiff University location guide).

 

Accompanying Persons -  Please ensure that you arrive at the Julian Hodge Building between 13.45-14.00 and report to reception to check in. 

Please note that lunch is not included.

 

A choice between Penderyn Distillery OR a trip on the Brecon Mountain Railway

 

PENDERYN DISTILLERY

Located in the perfect spot in the old village of Penderyn, nestled in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, and there we have created the best little distillery in Wales. And the smoothest wysgi on earth.

About Penderyn

In 2007, Penderyn Distillery introduced three further brands: Brecon Five Vodka, Brecon Gin and Merlyn Cream Liqueur. Like Penderyn Single Malt Whisky all three have won international recognition and are gaining an excellent reputation in the UK and abroad as premium spirits.

The Brecon Beacons National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty famed for its breathtaking scenery, open moorland, clear rivers and tumultuous waterfalls.

 

Penderyn Single Malt Welsh Whisky was first launched on St David’s Day, 1st March 2004, in the presence of HRH Prince Charles, to huge critical acclaim from both acknowledged whisky experts and "ordinary" consumers. Indeed, The Welsh Whisky Company has already won a number of prestigious international awards for the quality and taste of the whisky and for its distinctive and stylish packaging.  You will have a chance to sample the products with 2 free tasters and ample opportunity to buy a “piece of Wales”

 

OR

 

 

BRECON MOUNTAIN RAILWAY

Travel in one of our all-weather observation coaches behind a vintage steam locomotive through beautiful scenery into the Brecon Beacons National Park along the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservoir to Dol-y-Gaer on one of the most popular railways in Wales.

 

At Pontsticill you can alight from the train and visit the Cafe, admire the view across the water to the peaks of the Brecon Beacons, and go for a ramble alongside the reservoir.  There is a play area here for children.

 

On your return to Pant, visit our workshop where old steam locomotives are repaired - follow the footpath to a picnic site which has an amazing panoramic view of the valley. Visit our Licensed Tearooms and buy a souvenir of your visit in our shop.

 

Thursday 25th July – Accompanying Persons 

Morning Tour of the historic Llandaff Cathedral and St Fagans Museum

Please note that lunch is not included.

Tour to start at approx 09.30 and should last approx 3-4 hrs.  

Pick up and drop off to be confirmed

 

Llandaff Cathedral

 

The Cathedral Church of SS Peter & Paul, Dyfrig, Teilo and Euddogwy is the mother church of the Diocese of Llandaff and is the seat of the Bishop of Llandaff.  The Diocese, one of the six dioceses comprising the Province of  The Church in Wales, covers the general area of South Wales bounded by Cardiff in the South East to Neath in the South West, the Heads of the Valleys to the North and Rhymney Valley to the East . 

The Cathedral also serves as a Parish Church, the Dean also being the Vicar of the Parish of Llandaff.  The Cathedral lies close to the bank of the River Taff in the ancient "City of Llandaff" much of which is now a conservation area. Despite being surrounded on all sides by the bustling modern city of Cardiff, the Llandaff conservation area remains comparatively unspoilt and surprisingly tranquil.

St Fagans Museum

St Fagans is one of Europe's leading open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction. It stands in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle, a late 16th-century manor house donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth.

 

Gwalia Stores

 

Craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills in their workshops and their produce is usually on sale.

There are native breeds of livestock in the fields and farmyards at St Fagans, and demonstrations of farming tasks take place daily.

Visit the 18th century Smithy where horses were shod, household items made and mended, and metal tyres put on wagon wheels.

See our resident blacksmith use traditional tools and equipment to make pieces of decorative forgework.

The Woollen Mill produces traditional shoulder shawls and Welsh carthenni or blankets. Built in 1760, the entire process from dyeing the fleece to finishing the fabric happens here.

The Melin Bompren Corn Mill is typical of a Cardiganshire water-driven mill, built to convert corn into flour.

Driven by a complex waterwheel, which you can see in motion, watch the process as the grain is transferred through different sections of the mill and into the final product.

 

 

 

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