The Heart of South Wales

Resort - Porthcawl

Overview

Located between Swansea and Cardiff, Porthcawl was originally a port for the iron and steel industries and still has some interesting features from that period, including the oldest maritime warehouse in Wales, an attractive harbour and the last coal and gas powered lighthouse in the country. It developed as a seaside resort after the Great War and the splendid Grand Pavilion dates from 1932. Nearby is Kenfig Nature Reserve, a site of national importance. This attractive seaside resort offers numerous facilities, including the world famous Porthcawl golf course, the finest course in Wales and one of several in the area, an expansive sandy beach and Coney Beach, a fairground with a variety of rides and amusements which was named after the famous New York venue. To the East of the town lies the River Ogmore and the beautiful Glamorgan Heritage Coast.

Prices from

£139 per person

Supplements may apply

Tour code: 5386M

Tour: The Heart of South Wales

Resort: Porthcawl

Days: 5

Date Travelling: 11 February 2019

Travelling by: Coach

Hotel: Seabank Hotel

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Outward Travel

Day 2 - Cardiff and St Fagans National History Museum

  • Cardiff is the largest city in Wales. It was made a city in 1905, and proclaimed the capital of Wales in 1955.
  • The National Museum Cardiff hosts a collection of impressionist works (free entry). The city centre also includes Cardiff Castle and Principality Stadium.
  • Cardiff Bay is one of the most successful regeneration projects in the United Kingdom with its restaurants, waterside views and Wales Millennium Centre.
  • St Fagans is one of Europe’s premier open air museums and the most popular heritage attraction in Wales.
  • The museum affords visitors a journey through the history of Welsh life with over 30 preserved and re-constructed buidings spanning 500 years of history.
  • Amongst these you will also find indoor exhibitions displaying costume, daily life and farming implements.

Day 3 - Day at Leisure

  • Today is left free to allow for relaxing in the hotel or exploring the local area.
  • Don't hesitate to enquire with the hotel reception regarding local attractions and travel options.

Day 4 - Swansea and Bracelet Bay

  • Swansea is Wales' second largest city after Cardiff.
  • The National Waterfront Museum (free entry) in Swansea tells the human story of Welsh industry and innovation.
  • The Dylan Thomas Centre (free entry) tells the story of the work, life and cultural context of one of the twentieth century’s most significant writers.
  • Bracelet Bay, near Mumbles, offers exceptional sea views across the Bristol Channel.
  • The more active guest might choose to make the short but steep walk from here to Mumbles.

Day 5 - Return Travel

Clients are permitted to remain on the coach only when the driver is present. Excursion days may be altered to suit circumstances which arise or to take advantage of forecast changes in the weather, local events or drivers’ hours regulations. If it is important you visit somewhere on a specific day, please check in advance with your driver. The itinerary is designed to be a guide to the places encompassed by the tour, and the mention of certain towns or attractions does not necessarily imply that a stop will be made at the town or point of interest, unless specifically indicated in the itinerary or holiday brochure. All details contained in this itinerary were correct at the time of writing however changes may have occurred since printing. Every effort is made to rectify any errors as and when they come to our attention.

Seabank Hotel

Porthcawl’s most prominent building is situated on a headland, a short walk from the Grand Pavilion and John Street shops. There are spectacular views of the Bristol Channel and South Wales coast from the bar, restaurant and most bedrooms.

Contact Details

Seabank Hotel
West Road

Tel No: 01656 782261

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We will pick you up close to home and take you to your nearest interchange where you will embark on your tour coach and be whisked away to your holiday destination.


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  • North West Tours – Burtonwood Interchange (M62 near Warrington)
  • Midlands Tours – Tamworth Interchange (M42, Junction 10)
  • South Tours – Reading Interchange (M4, Junction 11/12)
  • Yorkshire and Humberside Tours – Woodall Interchange (M1, Junction 30/31 Northbound side)
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North East Tours – North Allerton, Scotch Corner, Chester-le-Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Leeming Bar, Bowburn Durham Services (A1 (M), Junction 61)


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