Tour Highlights: Big Pit, Brecon Beacon National Park, Caerphilly Castle & Castell Coch
Travelling northward to the outskirts of Cardiff to Castell Coch, a mix of medieval and late 19th century design. The castles conical towers and turrets, present a vision more in keeping with the Bavarian countryside than a Welsh hillside. Recreated by the Victorian architect William Burgess for one of the worlds richest men, John Crichton-Stuart the 3rd Marquis of Bute.
Next stop, Caerphilly Castle, 13th century Norman fortress, colossal in size and strength, coupled with the scale of its two vast lakes, combine to make this the largest castle in Wales and second largest in Europe.
Further northward our journey takes us to Blaenavon, a town which played a vital part in the Industrial Revolution that transformed the landscape, culture and society of Wales. Situated at the head of the Afon Valley on the slopes of the Coity and Blorenge mountains is Big Pit (Pwll Mawr) the National Mining Museum of Wales, a real colliery where for over 200 years was once the workplace for hundreds of men, women and children. Discover what life was like on an underground guided tour led by real miners, or if you prefer to stay on the surface, there are a number of informative and interesting exhibition areas available.
Off the beaten track and onto the back roads where you can discover the Brecon Beacons National Park. The Park has a remarkable 515 square miles of breathtaking scenery, luscious deep green valleys, broad rivers which wind through its landscape. The tour provides stunning views of the valleys and surrounding countryside from the mountain roads above.