Our sightseeing day tour takes in three of the principal castles of South Wales, beginning with a drive around Cardiff Castle, a site of historical strategic importance. We then visit the enchanting ‘fairytale castle’ Castell Coch, followed by Wales’ largest castle, the imposing Caerphilly Castle. The tour then continues with a drive through the mountain scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park and a chance to explore the market town of Brecon.
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This sightseeing day tour is perfect for anyone who wants to explore some of South Wales’ finest castles, enjoy scenic mountain views and experience a historical market town.
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Depart from Cardiff
Our departure point is conveniently located in the centre of Cardiff, on Windsor Place and is easily reached by train, car or on foot.
We drive around the capital’s castle, located in the city centre. Cardiff Castle was of great strategic importance as the home to the powerful Romans during their occupation of Wales. Its rich history is reflected in its construction, which combines building work across many centuries from Gothic to Norman and Roman architecture.
Castell Coch, which translates in Welsh as red castle, is also known as the ‘fairytale castle’ thanks to its tapered turrets and conical rooves. Although actually built in the 1870s, this charming castle is medieval in style and was built as a country retreat for the third Marquess of Bute, one of Britain’s richest men.
Caerphilly Castle is Wales’ largest and Britain’s second largest castle behind Windsor. This formidable fortress boasts an extensive ring of water defences and huge gatehouses and was built mainly in the 13th century. After exploring this magnificent castle from the inside out (an admission charge is payable), there is time for refreshments in town of Caerphilly before the sightseeing tour continues.
One of Wales’ 3 National Parks, the Brecon Beacons, has some stunning scenery which you can enjoy as we drive through the rolling hills to the northern part of the mountains.
The picturesque market town of Brecon is steeped in history and dates from Norman times. Here, you can spend time visiting the 12th century cathedral or walking through the narrow streets and browsing the eclectic range of shops. Brecon also marks the start of the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal, so a peaceful walk alongside this beautiful canal is also an option.
Return to Cardiff
We return to central Cardiff, leaving you free to enjoy your evening in Wales’ capital city.