This private sightseeing tour takes us to the heart of the Rhondda Valley, famous as the ‘home of coal’ when this area was dominated by coal mining. We visit Treforest, Pontypridd, Rhondda Heritage Park and Llantrisant, experiencing the history and character of the area and understanding first-hand what life was like as a miner.
|DEPARTURE DAY||7 days a week – you choose!|
or your chosen departure point (please let us know at the time of enquiry).
|PRICE* (per tour)||
* Please note that the price is the total cost of the tour, not per person.
|RETURN TIME||17:30 – 18:00 dependent on traffic conditions.|
This private sightseeing tour of the Rhondda is perfect for anyone who wants to explore some of South Wales’ mining history, the towns of the Valleys and some of the fascinating characters of the area.
Depart from Cardiff
Our private tours leave either from our standard departure point at Windsor Place in central Cardiff, or from your hotel in Cardiff and the surrounding areas. Alternative departure points may be available – please enquire for details.
Our first stop is the village of Treforest, the birthplace of Welsh superstar Tom Jones and home to the University of South Wales. This historic village is also famous for the unusual ceramics of the ‘World of Grogg’, known for its unique caricatures of celebrities and Welsh-themed gifts.
We experience a magnificent view of the town and surrounding valleys from the Common, as we drive down to the town of Pontypridd, which is where the Welsh national anthem was written. The Pontypridd Historical Centre provides a fascinating insight into the town’s industrial, social and cultural history. Returning to the current day, you will have free time to explore the town, see its famous bridge and experience modern valley life.
Rhondda Heritage Park
Rhondda Heritage Park offers an intriguing view of the culture and character of this area and its history as the ‘home of coal’. Take a guided tour with a retired miner, giving you a real first-hand insight into the stories and memories of this mining community. The Heritage Park also has its original Chimney Wheel, which dominates its skyline and the Pit-head Wheel and Winding Gear.
Llantrisant is famous as the home of Dr William Price, who opened the way for legalised cremation in Great Britain. Somewhat eccentric, he was a fascinating character who organised his own cremation in the town, even selling tickets to the event! A statue in commemoration of his memory stands in the centre of Llantrisant, known as the Bull Ring.
Return to Cardiff
We return to your earlier departure point, leaving you free to enjoy the evening as you wish.