3* The Angel Hotel
The Angel Hotel is an elegant and imposing Victorian property with 102 traditional en-suite bedrooms. With stunning period features and an unrivalled central location, the Angel Hotel makes for the perfect central venue for exploring South Wales. Sitting on the site of a 17th century dwelling known as the Red House, The Angel Hotel stood across what is now Castle Street, and was built near the citys West Gate by General Thomas Morgan, who had fought heroically in the English Civil War and was a relation of Henry Morgan the pirate.
Among the stars who stayed at the Angel were Katharine Hepburn, and Marlene Dietrich have been who insisted her makeup was kept in the hotel fridge. Bette Davis, Ray Milland, every British prime minister visiting Cardiff, Richard Burton, Harry Secombe, Shirley Bassey, Max Boyce. Tom Jones and The Beatles.
Lift TV Free Wi-Fi Restaurant Bar
4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast
3-course 3 choice eveneing meal
Tea and coffee after dinner
Journey on the Brecon Mountain Railway with a cold buffet Lunch in the Tea Rooms in Pant
Entrance to Cardiff Castle
Entrance to St Fagans National History Museum
Entrance to Gower Heritage Centre with light lunch in the Tea Rooms
Coach tour of the Gower Peninsula
Video of Cardiff Castle
We make our way to the hotel.
Brecon Mountain Railway & Barry Island
We make our way to Pant Station to board the Brecon Mountain Railway, we travel in the vintage railway coaches through the Brecon Beacons National Park to the station of Pontsticill, we have some time here to explore the station before we return to the train and journey back to Pant for a cold buffet lunch in the tea room. This afternoon we travel back to the hotel making a stop at the seaside resort of Barry Island. With its golden beaches, cafes and family amusements it has been a popular resort since the 1870's and with its appearance of the popular show Gavin and Stacy its appeal has grown and grown. Cosmopolitan café's now sit alongside traditional Fish & Chip shops offering visitors a choice to suit all, all the while overlooking the best view imaginable of Whitmore Bay, recently awarded the Blue Flag Beach award!
Cardiff Castle & St Fagans National History Museum
We start the day at Cardiff Castle, located in the heart of the capital this 2000-year-old castle has seem many historical changes in its time. From a Roman Fort, Norman Keep, a family home, a National College to one of Wales top attractions. Explore the Keep which allows you to climb to the top for breath-taking views of the city. Walk along the battlements exploring the Roman sections of the castles and the Wartime shelters, used by the city during the Second World War. Lastly, we visit the Castles Apartments, related by art-architect William Burges for the 3rd Marquess of Bute. The apartments styles are a Victorian Gothic fantasy, with fairy-tale murals, gilding, elaborate wood carvings, stained glass and marble decorated rooms. After time in the city for you to grab lunch we board the coach and journey to the outskirts of the city to St Fagans National History Museum. One of world's leading open-air museums this fascinating museum shows authentic dwellings from different eras, from humble 2,000-year-old mud huts to an impressive Elizabethan Mansion. Explore at your own pace these buildings frozen in time.
Gower Heritage Centre
We make our way to the Gower Heritage Centre this morning, a visitor attraction and rural life museum based around a working 12th century water-mill with craft shops, craft activities and an old-fashioned games arcade. We start with a tour of the water-powered corn mill and saw mill, then into the Miller's cottage and Blacksmith's shop, where we hear the history of the Mill and descriptions of milling, wood-turning and blacksmithing. Following the tour, we have some time to explore the rest of the site at our own pace. As well as the traditional crafts and shops, there is a collection of rare breeds of poultry and ducks. At the "eggucation centre", there are often tiny chicks that have just hatched. There is an impressive collection of old farming machinery, with the old threshing machine regularly put to work. You can also be taken back in time by visiting the air raid shelter, with a collection of wartime memorabilia. We enjoy a light lunch in the Tea Rooms before we head out on a guided coach tour of the Gower Peninsula, where a fully qualified guide will accompany us to point out the highlights of Gower from the heights of Cefn Bryn and the historic "Arthur's Stone" to the breath-taking beauty of Rhossili beach and the nature reserve of Worm's Head.
We depart the hotel and head for home.