We take a trip through history on this holiday to visit grand houses, magnificent gardens and restored steam railways whilst also experiencing one of the most stunning coasts in Britain – the Gower Peninsula and the Mumbles.
Thursday: We travel across England to Wales, arriving at our hotel late afternoon where we are welcomed with tea/coffee as our luggage is transferred to our rooms.
Friday: Today, we travel to Bronwydd Arms Station for a journey on the lovingly restored Gwili Narrow Gauge Railway. It winds its way north beside the River Gwili through the beautiful countyside. In the afternoon we visit Aberglasney House & Gardens. Dating from the 1600s this partially restored mansion features a sub-tropical indoor garden as well as 10 acres of exquisitely landscaped gardens. Gardens. Dating from the 1600s this partially restored mansion features a sub-tropical indoor garden as well as 10 acres of exquisitely landscaped gardens.
Saturday: This morning we visit Llancaiach Fawr Manor living history museum. Set in the turbulent times of the Civil War visitors are welcomed by the servants of Colonel Pritchard dressed in period costume, who allow you to share and engage in their world. In the afternoon we return to Swansea via the Marina and the National Waterfront Museum (free entry), where we learn about Wales’s industrial and maritime heritage through a unique visitor experience, all housed within a listed waterfront warehouse.
Sunday: After breakfast we travel to the Gower Heritage Centre where we meet our guide for a scenic tour of the beautiful Gower. On our return we enjoy a traditional Welsh Cream Tea before visiting the coastal village of Mumbles, where we explore at leisure.
Monday: This morning we leave the lovely Welsh countryside making our way home to East Anglia.
The Mercure Swansea Hotel, recently fully refurbished this hotel is contemporary and chic with design nods to Swansea’s industrial past. The hotel is set among landscaped gardens with tranquil lake views. All rooms offer comfortable beds, HD TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel leisure facilities include an indoor pool, mini gym and sauna. There is no lift at this hotel, but ground floor bedrooms are available.