Cultural Tour 


 29th September to 1st October 2021 to Cardiff and surrounding area 



Abbey-Cym-Hir Guided Tour + Lunch
National Museum of Cardiff Guided Tour
Tredegar House (NT)
Cardiff Castle + Banquet
Llancaiach Fawr Manor
Hampton Court Castle Guided Tour & Lunch

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Wednesday Day 1 – Departing promptly at 9am we travel south, making a comfort break en route to Abbey-Cym-Hir. A finger buffet lunch is included on arrival before a guided tour of the 52 rooms of this Grade II* listed Victorian Gothic historic house. The ground floor and dining area are accessible but there are steps to the upper floors. Built in 1834 by Thomas Wilson, the great Victorian improver, the house was doubled in size by the Philips family in 1869, who then added the billiards room in 1894. Paul and Victoria Humpherston restored the house and gardens over 10 years and their work has been featured on a number of TV documentaries. Each room contains its original features including 23 fire places, rococo, stained glass ceilings and a Maw & Co tiled floor. The house bursts with innovative and creative interior design ideas including enamel signs, clocks, phonographs and radios, boys & girls’ adventure story library, toys and vehicles, the Abbeycwmhir art collection, and items related to the Arthurian legend. There will be a little free time afterwards to explore some of the 12 acre gardens (free-flow basis). A gypsy caravan, a shepherds hut, a 1960's vintage caravan and a row of beach huts add to the visitor experience. The gardens have been restored over 10 years and are

in a setting of great beauty overlooking the ruins of the 12th century Cistercian Abbey where-in Llewelyn the Last is buried. Departing here we continue towards Cardiff and the hotel, where your evening meal is included. Please note, the hotel has no lift and limited Ground Floor rooms.

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Thursday Day 2 – Breakfast included. We begin today in Cardiff where you will be shown the Waterfront area of Cardiff Bay, home to The Welsh Assembly, the Norwegian Church and the Wales Millennium Centre, a stunning international arts centre. Your first included visit is to the National Museum of Cardiff in the city centre where a guided tour is included. Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre it houses Wales’s national art, geology and natural history collections as well as exhibitions. The art collection at National Museum Cardiff is one of Europe's finest. See five hundred years of magnificent paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics from Wales and across the world, including one of Europe's best collections of Impressionist art. Lunch can be purchased in the on-site Oriel restaurant (For card carrying Art Fund members a discount is available in the cafe & shop) before this afternoon’s included visit to Tredegar House (NT) which is a major part of Newport’s heritage. Tredegar House is one of the architectural wonders of Wales and one of the most significant late 17th-century houses in the British Isles. Situated within 90 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland, this delightful red brick house provides an ideal setting. For more than 500 years the house was home to one of the greatest Welsh families, the Morgans, later Lords Tredegar. The Morgan family owned more than 40,000 acres in Monmouthshire, Breconshire and Glamorgan at the end of the 18th century. Their lives impacted on the population of south-east Wales socially, economically and politically and influenced the areas heritage. Card carrying National Trust members have free entry, non-members will pay locally.

Returning to the hotel to freshen up before being transferred by coach to Cardiff Castle where you will indulge in an enchanting evening of Welsh hospitality and entertainment. Of all the castles in the UK, Cardiff Castle is one of the most amazing and richly complex sites, with a story that spans over 2,000 years. The Castle you see today was once a Roman fort, an impressive Norman castle and an extraordinary Victorian Gothic fantasy palace, created for one of the world’s richest men. We commence the evening in this historic setting with a reduced guided tour of the spectacular fairy-tale castle apartments, rich with murals, gilding and elaborate wood carvings, stained glass and marble, created by art-architect William Burges for the 3rd Marquess of Bute. Dinner this evening includes a Welsh mead-tasting on arrival, a set 3 course dinner of local specialities with wine and soft drinks during the meal. There will be a selection of music and song performed in English and Welsh accompanied by a harpist, all of which is hosted by a Master of Ceremonies with entertainers in traditional Welsh costume. You will be transferred back the hotel later this evening. There are 6 stone steps with a handrail to the entrance with a further 5 stone steps inside to the Entrance Hall. On this floor is the Library, Study, Drawing Room and Small Dining Room. There are a number of carpeted steps to the next floor where it is possible to view the Arab Room and the Banqueting Hall. Ramp to the Undercroft where the Welsh Banquet is held.


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Friday Day 3 – Checking out of the hotel our first included visit today is to Llancaiach Fawr Manor which stands proudly, as it has done since c1550, overlooking the Glamorgan uplands. It is set within a restored period garden which provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy the passing of the seasons in this tranquil location. It is where the past and the present meet. This superbly restored Grade 1 listed gentry manor house is no ordinary heritage attraction - history here is tangible. The costumed servants of the house are living and working in 1645 and allow you to share and engage in their world. Fires crackle, candles flicker, Welsh wool clothing rustles and the sounds and smells of domestic life make your visit a memorable sensory experience of the past. It takes a moment to attune your ear to the unfamiliar speech within the Manor itself, but within seconds you become immersed in the time of the Civil Wars and the cares and concerns of ordinary people living in extraordinary times. We continue north to our next visit Hampton Court Castle where a light lunch is included on arrival followed by a 45 minute guided tour which will show you some of the spectacular rooms inside the castle, whilst talking you through the history of the estate. Departing here we continue the homeward journey returning to Heswall early evening.


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