When Coal Was King !
This tour allows you to step back in time to learn what life was like in the Heritage town of Blaenavon when Coal Was King and Wales provided the world supply of this fossil fuel. :
- Blaenavon Heritage Town
- Big Pit Preserved Welsh Coal Mine
- World Heritage Centre ( Refreshment Break )
- Mountain Drive Brecon Beacons National Park
- Abergavenny Town & Castle
Departs on Wednesday
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"When Coal Was King"
Depart 09:30hrs - Return 18:00hrs
(Subject To Traffic Conditions )
There Are No Admission Charges
On This Tour
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Today’s tour takes us out of the capital city and to the heritage town of Blaenavon and the National Coal Museum, known as the famous 'Big Pit'. Following redevelopment, Big Pit re-opened in 2004 and has become one of Wales’ most popular attractions. During your visit you will get to descend 300 ft and experience the famous underground tour with a real miner - a tour which itself lasts for almost two (2) hours ( Children need to be at least 1 metre tall to take the underground tour ) . Here you can visit the Mining Galleries, see exhibitions in the Pithead Baths & explore the historic colliery buildings.
Having surfaced, we leave Big Pit and travel less than half a mile to the Rhymney Brewery Here you can take a journey through the history of the Rhymney Brewery and witness the brewing process of the award winning ales. You can even get to sit on their Hobby Horse the famous logo of the Rhymney Brewery as well as browse in their gift shop ! After finishing the tour relax in the purpose built lounge and enjoy one of the award winning ales or maybe just a soft drink. The tour takes takes approximately 45 minutes.( Fee payable ) The brewery is renowned for 'Brewing Good Ale For The Welsh Valleys' with their motto being "Taste is Everything " something the miners who worked at Big Pit would agree with !
Leaving the World Heritage site of Blaenavon we travel to the Welsh/English border and to the town of Abergavenny, known as the 'Gateway To Wales'. This is your opportuity to enjoy refreshments in one of the many cafes before you explore the market town. With a population of just over 14,000, Abergavenny is considered a tourist paradise due to its lack of major industry. A place that can tell a tale, from Roman occupation, to its present day as a farming town. With free time you can wander the magical streets of this market town and enjoy its quaint experience, comprising of unique shops through to the famous Market Hall, where various markets are held here throughout the month from flea to antique markets. Suitably refreshed we continue to Abergavenny Castle and step back in time, built by the Normans, the castle protected the surrounding areas from marauding Welshmen and was the site of a massacre of Welsh noblemen in 1175.
With the tour at an end we return to our vehicle for the journey back to Cardiff. with an estimated time of arrival 18:00hrs ( Subject to traffic conditions )