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Welsh Whisky, Mines, Mint & Steam

Discover Wales on this great value tour based in the fantastic city of Cardiff. Enjoy nostalgic steam journeys on the Brecon Mountain Railway and Forest of Dean Railway, experience fascinating guided tours at the Royal Mint Experience and Rhondda Heritage Park, and visit St Fagans Museum. Indulge in a whisky tasting at an award-winning Welsh distillery plus enjoy free time to explore Cardiff and Chepstow.

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6 days from £890

 

DEPARTS

Monday 16 June 2025

Monday 11 August 2025

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the capital city of Cardiff

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Royal Mint Experience

  • Visit St Fagans National History Museum

  • Discover the history of Welsh coal mining at the Rhondda Heritage Park

  • Explore the historic town of Chepstow

  • Journey on the Forest of Dean Railway

  • Marvel at reservoirs and mountains on the Brecon Mountain Railway

  • Sample Welsh whisky at the award-winning Penderyn Distillery

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 5 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal plus 1 light lunch

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

Journey from your home station to Cardiff and, on arrival, we will make our way to the Radisson Blu Hotel, our base for the next five nights. We enjoy free time to explore our new surroundings before meeting for our first evening meal together.

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DAY 2

After breakfast this morning, we have some time at leisure before we travel by coach to the Royal Mint Experience stopping at St Fagans Museum where we can explore the museum and enjoy lunch before continuing to the Royal Mint Experience. Here we enjoy a guided tour to discover how metal becomes coins, observe the striking hall, and may have the opportunity to strike our own coin (extra charge). Following our visit, we continue to the nearby Rhondda Heritage Park for our Welsh Mining Experience where we gain a fascinating insight into the real life of a coal miner with an informative Black Gold Underground guided tour by a former miner.

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DAY 3

Today, we travel by train and enjoy free time to explore the historic town of Chepstow which boasts an impressive castle towering over the cliff sides of the River Wye. In the afternoon, we travel over the English border to Lydney before we transfer to nearby Norchard where we enjoy a visit to the Forest of Dean Railway Museum before boarding our train for a nine-mile return steam* journey on the Forest of Dean Railway travelling south to Lydney Junction and north to Parkend with stops at both ends of the line.

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DAY 4

Today is a free day to explore Cardiff and we enjoy time at leisure to discover the many attractions including Cardiff Castle and the National Museum.

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DAY 5

This morning, we travel by coach to Pant for a return steam* journey on the Brecon Mountain Railway, formerly part of the Brecon & Merthyr Railway. Our journey will take us along the full length of the Pontsticill Reservoir before climbing to Torpantau, high in the Brecon Beacons, stopping at Pontsticill Reservoir on the return. We enjoy a buffet lunch when we return to Pant Station's Tearoom and time to view the locomotive workshop before heading to Penderyn Distillery where we enjoy a guided tour and tasting of award-winning Welsh whisky.

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DAY 6

After breakfast, we bid farewell to Cardiff and make our way to the station for our homeward journeys.

*We reserve the right to travel by heritage diesel train should the steam locomotive not be available / timetabled at the time of our visit.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTEL

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff

Located in the heart of the city within walking distance of the railway station, the Radisson Blu Hotel offers unrivaled views of the city skyline plus the on-site Tafarn Bar and Kitchen serves a fresh and flavourful mix of British and continental cuisine. The modern rooms provide a private bathroom with a rainfall shower, a hairdryer, ironing facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffee making facilities.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First*

Standard

London: Paddington

£1,095

£1,009

Greater London

£1,099

£1,019

South of England

£1,115

£1,029

East Anglia

£1,089

£1,015

South West

£1,185

£1,005

Heart of England

£1,039

£989

Midlands

£995

£955

Yorkshire

£1,135

£1,009

North East

£1,199

£1,039

North West

£1,135

£1,019

South Wales

£959

£939

North Wales

£1,145

£999

Scotland

£1,265

£1,089

 

*Please Note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class seating only and First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of their journey.

 

£5 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

Join & Leave at Hotel £895

Single Room Supplement £350

 

5 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal plus 1 light lunch

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

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