BLACK GOLD, CARDIFF & THE RHONDDA
The story of Cardiff's growth from a small fishing village to when the 'black gold' of the Rhondda became one of the most valuable commodities in the world. The story is told from the perspective of the Marquis of Bute -
Day One: Arrive lunchtime for a Blue Badge Guided tour of Cardiff City, the Bay and our hotel! This was the Cardiff Coal Exchange where the price of the world's coal was set. In its day it was as important as the Bank of England.
Today just a few yards from Cardiff Bay this is a luxury hotel where we check into deluxe bedrooms, all with Jacuzzi spa baths. Dinner is included at the hotel tonight.
Day Two: A free day in Cardiff including a guided tour at Cardiff Castle, the extraordinary Victorian Gothic fantasy palace created from a Roman fort and Norman castle for the Marquis of Bute.
We've left dinner tonight to your own arrangement giving you the freedom to stay in the city for a concert at St David's Hall or enjoy a show at the Cardiff Millennium Centre or dinner in the Cardiff Bay Quarter just yards from the hotel.
Day Three: Check out after breakfast. To complete the story of Black Gold today you will visit The Rhondda Heritage Park for a journey underground with a retired miner and a ride to the surface with the last dram of coal. This visit is suitable for poor walkers. There's a cafe on site and your visit to Wales ends with lots of smiles when your members enjoy thier own little performance with the Male Voice Choir we've laid on.
Five Day Option September 2019 Push the boat out and stay four nights at the superlative Exchange Hotel and enjoy an extended programme of sightseeing with visits to the Royal Mint at Llantrisant and the Wye Valley.
• 2 nights B&B at the Exchange Hotel
• First night 3-
• 10 singles without supplement
• Your choice of coach company
• Driver bed & board and parking
• Up to one in ten travel free
• Blue Badge Guide 1 day
• Admission and guided tour Cardiff Castle
• Black Gold tour Rhonnda Heritage Park
• Welsh Male Voice Choir!
• 100 % Passenger Payment Protection
• GTO Liability Insurance
Available selected Sun/Mon April-
The Exchange Hotel. The Grade II* listed building located in the heart of Cardiff Bay Filled with rich history and grandeur throughout, all rooms are deluxe with jacuzzi baths (there are no walk in showers). Think gold gilt, plush velvet and a modern Gothic vibe. The hotel is a few minutes walk from the Cardiff Millennium Centre and the Cardiff Bay restaurant quarter. There is a water taxi from the bay to the city centre.
£369pp Minimum 25 people
Price Valid to 31 March 2020