Private Tour
Tour type
8 hours
7 days

Our When Coal Was King private sightseeing tour explores Wales’ mining tradition at the World Heritage site of Blaenavon, including an underground tour of Big Pit. The tour also includes a picturesque mountain drive to the historic town of Abergavenny, the Gateway to Wales, with its markets, shops and ancient castle.

DEPARTURE DAY 7 days a week – you choose!
The front of Eglwys Dewi Sant,    View on map
St Andrew’s Crescent, Cardiff, CF10 3DD

or your chosen departure point (please let us know at the time of enquiry).

PRICE*  (per tour)
1 to 3 people – £360.00
4 to 5 people – £595.00
6 to 8 people – £800.00

Please note that the price is the total cost of the tour, not per person.

Dedicated transport Bottled water
Driver guide Welsh Cakes
Other refreshments Gratuities
RETURN TIME 17:30 – 18:00 dependent on traffic conditions.

This private sightseeing tour is perfect for anyone who wants to explore the mining tradition of Wales, experience beautiful scenery and discover the historic story of the ‘Gateway to Wales’.


Depart from Cardiff

Our departure point is conveniently located in the centre of Cardiff, on St Andrew’s Crescent and is easily reached by train, car or on foot.

Big Pit National Coal Museum

Big Pit is a real coal mine, as well as a mining museum and one of Wales’ most popular attractions. During your visit to Big Pit National Coal Museum, you will descend 90 metres and experience the famous underground tour with a real miner. You can also enjoy a multi-media tour in the Mining Galleries, see exhibitions in the Pithead Baths and explore the historic colliery buildings.

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

Enjoy a refreshment break with an overview of the Blaenavon industrial landscape, shaped over millions of years. At the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, interactive displays and videos let you discover the history, geology and infrastructure of when ‘Coal was King’ and Blaenavon was a leader in the mining and iron industry.

Brecon Beacons

We drive through the South-East part of the famous Brecon Beacons National Park, with its stunning scenery and mountain views.

Abergavenny Town

Abergavenny, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Black Mountains, can tell many a tale, from Roman occupation to its present day as a farming and market town. You will have free time to experience the unique shops and various markets held throughout the month, including antiques and local produce, as well as the selection of restaurants and cafes. Or you can step back in time and explore historic Abergavenny castle, built by the Normans.

Return to Cardiff

We return to central Cardiff, leaving you free to enjoy your evening in Wales’ capital city.
A view from above Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenavon. One of the stops on our sightseeing tours of Wales.
A view from above Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenavon, with an information sign board in the foreground.
A green train engine resting in sidings, at the Big Pit National Coal Museum, Wales.
A group of visitors listening to a safety briefing at Big Pit National Coal Museum. We visit Big Pit on our sightseeing tours of Wales.
A photo of the outside of the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, taken from the entrance gates.
roadside brecon beacons
brecon beacons in the distance
A photograph of Frogmore Street in Abergavenny, looking towards the Baptist Church.
An aerial drone photograph of Abergavenny Castle, against the backdrop of lush green Welsh hills.

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
12 August 2014

A great day out…our driver guide was very good and the vehicle was comfortable. Highly recommended.

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