Discover the stories behind the coins in your pocket and see first-hand how almost five billion coins and medals are made each year for over 60 countries around the world.
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Hotel

4* Mercure Swansea Hotel, Swansea

Relax on the doorstep of stirring Welsh countryside at the Mercure Swansea hotel. Set among landscaped gardens and tranquil lake views, this 4-star hotel is perfect for exploring the nearby hills and coast. After a day of exploring, come back to the hotel and relax in one of the spacious guestrooms or enjoy a drink by the roaring fire. After a busy day, guests can rejuvenate in the Feel-Good Health Club, enjoying the fitness suite or impressive heated indoor pool.

• There is no Lift at this hotel • TV • Telephone • Tea/coffee making facilities • Hairdryer • Iron & Iron Board • Writing Desk • Free Wi-Fi • Restaurant • Bar • Lounge • Indoor swimming pool • Sauna • Mini-Gym • There are no walk-in showers at this hotel •

Price includes

  • 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee on arrival

  • 3-course carvery menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Tea & Welsh cake on one day

  • 1-night in-house entertainment - Welsh quiz

  • Free use of leisure facilities (indoor pool, mini gym & sauna)

  • Entrance to Aberglasney Gardens

  • Entrance to Royal Mint Visitor Centre including Guided factory experience

  • Porterage

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2

Aberglasney Gardens
Enjoy the morning at leisure perhaps making use of the facilities that the hotel has to offer. In the afternoon we visit Aberglasney Gardens. The gardens have been the inspiration for poets since 1477 and the story of the house and gardens span many centuries. Recently restored to their former glory visitors can view the Cloister Garden, Pool Garden, Stream Garden, Pigeon House Wood, Lower and Upper Gardens, Church View, Bishop Rudd's Walk and an 18th century Yew Tunnel.

Day 3

The Royal Mint
See the heads, hear the tales! Today we travel to the town of Llantrisant, the headquarters for The Royal Mint where 1,000 years of history have been put into combining the finest craftsmanship with cutting-edge techniques to make coins and medals for over 60 countries. Go behind the scenes to follow the journey of a coin, from a blank to a bank. Enjoy a guided factory experience and a self-guided interactive exhibition. In the afternoon we head to Cardiff, one of the top ten shopping destinations in Britain. As well as the high street shops, in the Castle Quarter of the city there are six Victorian arcades. These are historic structures full of vintage clothes stores, craft shops and coffee shops, offering an intimate environment for shoppers who enjoy an alternative to the well-trodden path of the high street.

Day 4

We depart after breakfast and make our way back home.

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