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Itinerary

Day 1

We board our private executive coach and depart from our designated pick up points. En route to Cardiff we visit the National Trust’s Tredegar House near Newport. Set in a beautiful 90 acre park, this is one of the best examples of a 17th century Charles II mansion in Britain, the earliest surviving part of which dates back to the early 1500’s. We continue to the centrally located 4* Clayton Hotel in Cardiff for a three night stay on half board basis.

Day 2

After meeting our Blue Badge guide at our hotel, we have a morning guided tour of Cardiff. Our guided tour includes a visit to the Senedd, the National Assembly Building and the exterior of the Norwegian Sailor’s Church from the coach, established in 1868 to provide religious and social care to thousands of Norwegian sailors that were employed in the Norwegian merchant fleet. We also have a guided tour of the Wales Millennium Centre. Opened in 2004 and locally known as ‘the Armadillo’, the centre is home to the national orchestra and opera, dance, theatre and literature companies. This afternoon we visit Castell Coch, meaning Red Castle in Welsh. This perfect fairytale castle may have an authentic medieval look to the exterior but the interior is pure Victorian fantasy.

Day 3

This morning we visit the National Museum and Art Gallery of Wales. Our guided introductory tour takes us through a wonderful collection from Wales and across the world, including one of the best collections of Impressionist works outside Paris. This afternoon we have a guided tour of Cardiff Castle, we will be introduced to the lavish interiors created by William Burges for the 3rd Marquess of Bute.

Day 4

After checking out of our hotel and en route home we visit the National Trust’s Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village near Bath. Founded in 1232, many parts of this fine abbey have survived largely intact and the Victorian woodland garden includes an 18th century summer house and rose garden.

NB: Please note we reserve the right to alter the above itinerary if required for operational reasons. Given the historic nature of the places visited, a certain degree of walking will be involved, and this holiday may not be suitable for those with mobility problems. Price based on twin share. Minimum numbers required. Normal booking conditions apply.

Featuring

4* central Cardiff hotel

Half board accommodation

All excursion travel & guided tours included

Blue Badge guide on Days 2 & 3

Executive coach throughout

Tredegar House

Cardiff & Cardiff Bay - guided tour

Senedd, National Assembly Building - guided tour

Wales Millennium Centre – guided tour

Castell Coch

National Museum & Art Gallery of Wales - guided tour

Cardiff Castle - guided tour

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village

Hotel

We stay three nights on half board basis at the centrally located 4* Clayton Hotel (www.claytonhotelcardiff.com) in Cardiff. Located a ten minute walk from Cardiff Castle, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and bar. All rooms are en suite and feature television, telephone, hair dryer, and tea & coffee making facilities.

Extras

Insurance (including Covid cover) £28

Single room supplement £89

Entrance fees to places visited as part of this itinerary (National Trust properties free to NT members)

Gratuities

Optional Excursions

All excursion travel & guided tours included