Money makes the world go around
Now open to the public for the first time in its 1000-year history, the Royal Mint gives you the chance to discover the stories behind the coins in your pocket. See more money that you could ever imagine, find out how each coin is made, and even strike your own.
Leaving the local area, early this morning we'll head to the Cardiff area. Here we'll pay a short visit to St Fagan's National History Museum for an insight into the heritage and culture of Wales. Explore over 40 original buildings, dating from different periods of Welsh history, watch craftsmen at work and see native livestock breeds before we continue to our hotel in time for dinner.
This morning we'll head to Llantrisant and the Royal Mint. After a short film sets the scene, you'll join your guide for the short walk to the factory experience. Learn how blank pieces of metal are transformed into the coins you use every day, and watch the process in action from a viewing area above the striking hall. For a small charge, you'll have the chance to strike your own coin - a unique memento of your visit.
Afterwards, explore the six zones of the Mint's Interactive Exhibition, learn about its long history, and find out more about the coins and medals it produces for over 90 different countries.
Leaving the Mint, we'll begin our journey home, stopping en route for the chance to have lunch and arriving back at your original pick-up point in the early-to-mid evening.
In certain circumstances it may be necessary to visit St Fagan's on Day Two.
Changes to your itinerary
Your seats on the main coach will be allocated for you in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible. Your Tour Manager or driver will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)
Coach seating arrangements
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Joining your holiday
Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.