Sightseeing tour of Castles, Mountains & Whisky
Our Castles, Mountains & Whisky tour starts with a peripheral view of the three main castles of South Wales:
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Please note, refreshments and admissions are not included in the tour price
We begin the day with a drive through Cathays Park, an area which is home to The National Museum of Wales, City Hall and Cardiff University as we travel towards the city centre and our drive around Cardiff Castle. The castle, located in the city centre of Cardiff is a combination of building work across many different centuries, which began life as defensive fort of the Romans in the mid 1st century AD. It was the Romans main residence when they controlled Wales and was a site of important strategic value along the network of Roman roads. The castle was a subject of a Norman invasion in the 11th century, with the first Norman castle built on the site in 1091.
Leaving Cardiff we pass through the quaint village of Llandaff and towards Tongwynlais. Here we stop for a photo shoot and a walk around Castell Coch, translated as ‘Red Castle’. Castell Coch, known as the fairytale castle was built as a country retreat for the 3rd Marquess of Bute in the 1870's and is situated at the gateway to the Rhondda Valleys.
Our final castle sighting of the day is the largest castle in Wales; Caerphilly Castle. It is also the second largest in Great Britain (second only to Windsor Castle) and was built in the late 13th century by Gilbert de Clare as part of his campaign to conquer Glamorgan and is still surrounded by large scale water defences. Defences that, by historian Allen Brown, are quoted as 'the most elaborate water defences in all Britain'. In 1403 Caerphilly Castle was captured by Owain Glyndwr, who was the last native Welshman to hold the title Prince of Wales (Tywysog Cymru). This occupation lasted only 100 days. Here you will get the opportunity to explore and admire Caerphilly Castle from the inside out (admission charge payable), and enjoy some light refreshments in the town of Caerphilly before continuing towards the Brecon Beacons'.
Suitably refreshed we recommence our tour, headed for the Brecon Beacons, one of three National Parks in Wales. The Brecon Beacons covers an area of 500 square miles. Our stop here is the visitors centre know locally as 'The Mountain Centre', which is the most popular visitor attraction in the National Park. The Mountain Centres is 335 metres above sea level affording magnificent views of Pen Y Fan, the highest mountain in South Wales at 886 metres. Here you will get the opportunity to roam the centre or take a stroll on the Brecon Beacons.^^
^^ In the unlikely event of inclement weather or restricted hours at the Mountain Centre this part of the tour will be replaced with a visit to the historical town of Brecon, famous for the Brecon Jazz Festival, where you will be given free time to explore the its beautiful Georgian architecture and ancient cathedral.
The final part of our Castles, Mountains & Whisky tour takes us across the Brecon Beacons to the village of Penderyn, nestled in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Here you will get the chance to visit the award winning Penderyn Distillery, one of the smallest distilleries in the world, the only one in Wales and the home of Welsh Whisky. It is here we learn the history of whisky making in Wales.
With the tour at an end we start our return journey with an estimated arrival in Cardiff at 17:30hrs ( subject to traffic conditions )