Mid-Wales is an area rich in heritage from the Middle Ages to the present time, and this fine tour brings to life the best of it. We experience the scene of Owain Glyndwr’s rebellion at Llandovery, the spa town at Llandrindod Wells, Powis Castle, and inspirational Aberglasney, the garden ‘lost in time’, commemorated by the poet John Dyer.
To historic Hereford, and then through the Welsh Border Counties to Llandrindod Wells for a warm welcome at the Metropole Hotel ****
Morning at leisure is followed by an excursion to the market town of Llandovery
where the ruined castle sits atop a rocky hillock overlooking the River Bran.
Aberglasney Gardens is our next stop, its heritage stemming back to 1200AD,
and enjoy such unique features as a parapet walkway
and ancient yew tunnel that set this garden apart from the rest.
Rhayader and the stunning Elan Valley lakes is first on our itinerary today,
then the SwanTourer continues over the Cambrian mountains to Aberystwyth,
the premier resort in North Wales.
We return via the Rheidol Railway for a ride on one of the
Great Little Trains of Wales and admire the breathtaking scenery
through wooded glens, rocks and torrents to Devils Bridge.
The Talyllyn Railway
(renowned for its prototypes for characters from Thomas the Tank Engine)
was opened in 1865 and runs from Tywyn which is our destination.
Both the original steam locomotives and all the original carriages
remain in regular use and we climb aboard
to enjoy the unhurried journey along the beautiful unspoilt Fathew Valley.
An all-day excursion via Knighton to Welshpool
and medieval Powis Castle which was built by Welsh princes.
We can admire one of the finest collections of paintings and furniture
in Wales and its legendary world famous garden with Italianate terraces.
Coach home to the West Country and surrounding area.
Time at leisure in Llandrindod Wells.
Entrance to Aberglasney Gardens.
Journey on the Rheidol Railway.
Journey on the Talyllyn Railway.
Entrance to Powis Castle.
Excursions as detailed.
5 nights hotel stay on half board.
Llandrindod Wells ****
The wonderful countryside complements the splendour of this family owned
Victorian-style hotel. Spacious lounges and bars, endearing bedrooms,
and a great indoor swimming pool are just some of its many attractions.
This hotel has a lift.
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