Cardiff & Caerleon

My final day in Wales began with an exploration of Cardiff.  From the  Millennium Arts Centre (the national home for performing arts) to Cardiff Castle (and the animals adorning its gate), it was a splendid morning.

From here we moved on to Caerleon, our last stop in Wales, and the site of a roman amphitheatre and fortress.

And unfortunately that was it! We made our way back to London.  I found on this tour, I was a bit tired, which made me more interested in chatting with my fellow travellers and less interested in taking pictures.  But rest assured, even though there aren’t very many pictures from these 5 days, the tour was brilliant, Wales was brilliant, and I’m counting down until I can go back.

Counties

South Glamorgan
Cardiff

Gwent
Caerleon

Chepstow, Tintern Abbey & the Big Pit

One of the great things about travelling alone is that you can go anywhere you want to.  I’ve always wanted to go to Wales so I found a tour that would take me around!  I ended up doing a 5 day trip through Haggis Adventures (the same tour group I used for Scotland) and had a grand time!

We got on the bus in London, and I was thrilled to discover there were only 19 of us – meaning I’d get a whole bus row to myself.  Having no seatmates is always nice.

Our guide was really fantastic.  More on that later, but she really made sure we got as much information as we wanted. Did you know the Battersea Power Statoin is the largest brick building in Europe and was designed by the same person who designed the red telephone box? I certainly didn’t.

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Anyways back to Wales.  Our first stop was to Chepstow, which borders England and Wales.  Literally there is a bridge, and the halfway point marks which country you are in.  There’s also a lovely castle, aptly named Chepstow Castle.

Next up we explored the Wye Valley and Tintern Abbey.

The day ended with a visit down (yes DOWN) the Big Pit National Coal Museum, a real Welsh mine.  I didn’t realize I was a claustrophobic person until I found myself in a dark mine with only 1 exit.  Not a fan.  But it was an interesting experience. It’s a World Heritage Site, and worth a visit.  Just be aware you could learn a little something about yourself while you’re down there.

From here we drove to Abergavenny where we spent the night.

Counties

Gwent
Chepstow
Wye Valley
Tintern Abbey
Big Pit