The Metropole, Llandrindod Wells ****
Located in the elegant spa town of Llandrindod Wells, The Metropole is a family-owned 4-star hotel in the grand style. There are 109 stylish bedrooms set across three floors. Each bedroom has en-suite facilities, with lift access to all floors a traditional restaurant and lounge combine with contemporary bars and a separate brasserie. Theres free WIFI throughout the hotel. Opened in 1896, the hotels reputation developed in the early 20th century as Victorian tourists headed to central Wales to take in the Spa waters, and breathe in the clean Welsh air. Today, the hotel offers a heated swimming pool and thermal whirlpool spa and a full range of Spa treatments. It remains the highest AA rated hotel and Spa in mid Wales.
The beautiful green valleys of the Brecon Beacons and the Elan Valley Wildlife Park are the delightful rural backdrop to this peaceful Welsh break. Browse through the pretty maze of narrow streets and the bookshops of Hay-on-Wye, the Town of Books, famous for the annual Hay Festival but a treasure trove for book-lovers all year round. Well head to the Ceredigion coast where you can stroll along Aberystwyths mile-long Victorian promenade before boarding the longest cliff railway in Britain taking you 430 feet up for fabulous views over the town.
Your holiday includes
· 4 nights dinner, bed & full English breakfast
· Visit to Hay On Wye
· Brecon Canal Cruise with Lunch
· Visit to Brecon Cathedral
· Victorian Cliff Railway with cream tea at Aberystwyth
· Return trip on Rheidol Railway
· Guided tour of Elan Valley
· Entrance, guided tour & lunch at Abbey-Cwm-Hir
· 2 Nights entertainment
· Travel by Tally Ho Pullman coach
· Accompanied by our Tour Manager
Price based on two sharing twin/double room. First 3 singles £65 supplement.
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Sunday 31 May
Leaving South Devon we travel to our hotel. A welcome cup of tea and homemade Welsh cake awaits us and you will have time to unpack and relax before dinner is served.D
Monday 1 June
After a hearty Welsh breakfast we travel to the market town of Hay-on-Wye known as the 'Town of Books' down to there being over thirty bookstores, many of which specialize in out of print or hard to locate titles. Take time to wander in the pretty maze of narrow ancient streets or visit the two Norman Castles there is also a plethora of pubs and a pleasant stream. In the afternoon we travel the short journey to Brecon so spend a delightful few hours cruising the Brecon and Monmouthshire canal through some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain, where the canal hugs the mountainside of the valley of the River Usk and lying within the Brecon Beacons National Park. Lunch is also included. In the afternoon we visit the impressive Brecon Cathedral.D, L, FE
Tuesday 2 June
Today we head to the seaside town of Aberytwyth. Our first excursion of the day is a ride on the Victorian Cliff Railway situated at the northern end of the promenade where Constitution Hill rises dramatically from the sea, providing spectacular and uninterrupted views of the town, Cardigan Bay and on a clear day 26 mountain peaks spanning much of the length of Wales. This funicular electric cliff railway is the longest in Britain and has been transporting visitors to the summit since opening in 1896. In the afternoon we will board the steam-hauled, narrow gauge Vale of Rheidol Railway for our second excursion. This railway was opened in 1902 and is the finest way to explore the stunning Rheidol Valley and as we make our way to Devil's Bridge you will see the countryside change as you travel through wide open fields and meadows, woodland and rugged mountain scenery, the line twisting and turning as it clings to the hillside. A cream tea is also included.D, L, FE
Wednesday 3 June
After a leisurely breakfast today we visit Elan Valley where on arrival a park ranger will join the coach and take us on a one-hour circular tour of the Victorian Dams and man-made lakes of this 73 square mile wildlife park. The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir is, quite simply, astonishing and when we arrive here we will receive a warm welcome from the owners, Paul and Victoria Humpherston who restored this Grade II listed Victorian Gothic historic house and gardens over a 10 year period. Each of the 52 room in this house contain their original features which includes 23 fireplaces, rococo and stained ceilings, Maw & Co tiled floor and original slate surfaces in the formal domestic areas and the cellarage. The gardens and grounds have also been restored and feature a 1.5 acre walled garden, lawns and terraces, 4 courtyards, a lake and waterfall and some splendid mixed woodland. Whilst here you will enjoy lunch prior to the house tour startingD, L, FE
Thursday 4 June
After a full Welsh breakfast, we make our way back home to South Devon.
D=Dinner, L=Lunch, FE=Full English Breakfast
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Brixham|| Brixham - Bank lane opposite Baptist Church |
|Buckfastleigh|| Lay by on old Buckfastleigh - Ashburton Rd |
Nr Furzeleigh Mill
|Dartmouth|| Dartmouth Marks & Spencer |
|Exeter|| Exeter Motorway Services |
|Ivybridge|| Ivybridge Town Hall opp Garage |
|Kingsbridge Quay|| Kingsbridge Quay |
|Newton Abbot|| Newton Abbot opp Railway Station |
|Others|| Other pick up points are available |
|Paignton|| Paignton Great Western Road Car Park by Library |
|Plympton|| Plympton St Marys opp Church |
|Plymstock|| Plymstock Elburton bus stop opp Elburton Hotel |
|Torquay|| Torquay coach bay outside Princess Theatre |
|Totnes 7 Stars 2|| Totnes 7 Stars opp. Morrisons |
|Totnes KEVICC|| Totnes KEVICC |
|Wembury|| Wembury Odd Wheel Pub |
|Departure Date||Pick-up Time||Set-down Time|