4* Parkway Hotel & Spa, Cwmbran, Gwent
The quality Parkway Hotel & Spa is located just north of Newport about 17 miles from Cardiff, set in its own grounds, surrounded by green parkland. The hotel has 80 tastefully decorated bedrooms (35 rooms on the ground floor) with all containing a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The public areas are very spacious, including a bar that features an open fire and a cosy lounge. The elegant and intimate restaurant serves a carvery menu and you have full use of the extensive leisure facilities which include an indoor swimming pool, gym and sauna.
Ground floor rooms Bar Restaurant Coffee Shop Tea/coffee in room Leisure facilities Free Wi-Fi Complimentary bottles of water Hairdryer Telephone Heated Towel rail TV with Free view Iron & Ironing board Fan 24-hour room service Complimentary Toiletries Residents lounge Beauty Room Spa Treatments (additional costs) Outside Boules, Badminton, Chess, Table Tennis & Croquet Snooker Table Indoor swimming pool Spa bath Sauna Steam Room
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
3-course carvery menu with 3 choices per course
Tea/coffee after dinner
Free use of leisure facilities
Live musical entertainment
Guided factory experience & Exhibition of The Royal Mint Experience
Entrance to Tintern Abbey
Brecon Mountain Railway return journey
Guided Tour & Tasting at Penderyn Distillery, Aberdare
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.
The Royal Mint Experience & Cardiff
This morning, we enjoy a guided tour of The Royal Mint Experience, where we see how metal becomes coins, observe the striking hall and even have the opportunity to strike your own coin (extra charge). We spend the afternoon in Cardiff, where we enjoy free time.
Tintern Abbey & Monmouthshire
Today we visit iconic Tintern Abbey, nestled on the pretty banks of the River Wye. We have time to explore the remarkable remains of this once jewel in the monastic crown, founded in 1131 by Cistercian monks. Once a masterpiece of British Gothic architecture its great west front is still breath-taking today and much photographed. We then head to the county town of Monmouth. Monmouth is home to the Castle & Military Museum, Kymin Hill, St Mary's Priory Church and the Shire Hall.
Brecon Mountain Railway & Penderyn Distillery
This morning, we embark on a 6-mile return vintage steam train journey from Pant to Torpantau on the Brecon Mountain Railway. We journey along the Taf Fechan Reservoir before climbing to Torpantau high in the Brecon Beacons. Our trip includes a 35-minute stop at Pontsticill station where there is a lakeside café and Steam Museum. We have free time for lunch back at Pant Station's Tearoom and time to visit the locomotive workshop before heading to the famous Penderyn Distillery where we enjoy a guided tour and tasting.
After breakfast we make our way home.