Wales offers myriad opportunities for escaping into nature. Castles are an inescapable part of the Welsh landscape. They’re absolutely everywhere. You could visit a different one every day for a year and…More
Wales offers myriad opportunities for escaping into nature. Castles are an inescapable part of the Welsh landscape. They’re absolutely everywhere. You could visit a different one every day for a year and still not see them all.
Bath is home to some of the nation’s grandest Georgian architecture. Not to mention one of the world’s best preserved Roman bathhouses.Less
Dublin, Fishguard & Cardiff
After disembarking from the ferry, we head southwards through the heartland of rural Wales. The signposts along the way mark such sporting strongholds as Llanelli, Swansea, Port Talbot and Bridgend, all of which echo with rugby heroics in that familiar red jersey. We then arrive at our destination: The Park Inn Hotel in Cardiff.
We delve into history today, starting with the Industrial Revolution, which transformed Cardiff from small town to thriving city. The Cardiff Story Museum tells the tale, and Cardiff Castle, which has been in use for 2,000 years, reveals more history. Our day ends in the successfully regenerated Cardiff Bay area, home to the Millennium Centre and the Senedd, the National Assembly.
National History Museum
The country’s most visited heritage attraction beckons this morning: St. Fagans National History Museum. This open-air facility features 40 original buildings from different periods. We move on to Cowbridge, where the Dilston Physic Gardens are must-see for those interested in the healing properties of plants. Our final stop for this very full day is Llantwit, where St. Patrick was educated.
The selection of Bath in 1987 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site established its international cultural significance. The Royal Crescent and the Circus, the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey are among the best known architectural features. We will also visit Pulteney Bridge before exploring the compact city centre with its great mix of shops, bars and cafés.
Cardiff, Fishguard & Dublin
We travel back to catch our ferry at Fishguard, calling to the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll in Anglesey on the way before departing Cymru.