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Hidden Gems in the Heart of Wales – BEST SELLER

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  • Aberystwyth Cliff Railway climbs to the Y Consti restaurant on Constitution Hill ©Alan Hale

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5 day tour
From £395 per person - minimum 20 passengers

Discover hidden gems in the beautiful Heart of Wales on this tour that includes a canal cruise along the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal, a guided tour of the Elan Valley, rides on the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway and the Vale of Rheidol Railway, and visits to Hay-on-Wye and Brecon Cathedral.


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Dates throughout 2022 & 2023

Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to Llandrindod Wells in the Heart of Wales

A welcome cup of tea and homemade Welsh cake awaits.

Day 2

Hay-on-Wye, Brecon Canal Cruise and Brecon Cathedral

This morning we travel to Hay-on-Wye, the ‘Town of Books’ where you can wander in the maze of narrow ancient streets. It’s a short drive to Brecon for a two and a half hour canal cruise, including lunch. In the afternoon we visit the impressive Brecon Cathedral.

Day 3

Aberystwyth, Victorian Cliff Railway and Vale of Rheidol Railway

Today we head to the seaside town of Aberystwyth for a ride on the Victorian Cliff Railway and a morning cream tea in the cliff top restaurant*. In the afternoon we board the steam-hauled, narrow gauge Vale of Rheidol Railway for a scenic journey to Devil’s Bridge.


*Please note there is no coach drop off point at the railway and guests are required to walk along the promenade and up a relatively steep hill to board. A transfer can be arranged for guests with very limited mobility. Please advise on booking.

Day 4

Elan Valley and Judges Lodging

A morning visit to the Elan Valley where a park ranger will join the coach for a circular tour to view the Victorian dams and man-made lakes of this 73 square mile wildlife park. Following your tour there will be a buffet lunch served in the restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will visit Judges Lodging.

Once called ‘the most commodious and elegant apartments for a judge in all England and Wales’ (Lord Chief Justice Campbell, 1855), decay beckoned Radnorshire’s disused Shire Hall into obscurity. Now, aided by an interior hardly touched by time and original furnishings discarded in attics, extensive research and restoration has re-awakened this ‘Victorian fossil’.

Today, you don’t have to be a judge or felonious guest to experience what has been called ‘arguably the most remarkable survivor of all UK court buildings’ (SAVE Britain’s Heritage).  This 2* listed building has a new life, welcoming visitors, sharing the love of its past, having fun and letting its vast courtroom ring with laughter.

Day 5

Return home

Featured Hotel – Inspected by Greatdays in March 2020

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 ensuite facilities, with lift access to all floors. A traditional restaurant and lounge combine with contemporary bars and a separate brasserie. There’s free wi-fi throughout the hotel.

Opened in 1896, the hotel’s 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.

There’s ample free coach parking on site.

Still privately owned by Justin Baird-Murray, the great great grandson of the hotel’s founder, The Metropole was originally the largest hotel in Wales upon completion. It remains the highest AA rated hotel and Spa in mid Wales.

Justin and his wife Judy are proud of their family heritage. “This is a hotel like you imagine a hotel should be”, they say. “It’s a hotel offering a sense of place, sitting among the scenic grandeur that is the heart of Wales. We look forward to welcoming you to our home.”

Brochure change

Please note that owing to the closure of the Hall at Abbey-Cwn-Hir, this tour has an amended itinerary from that shown in our brochures.

Dates 5 days / 4 nights 
2022 dates From £395.00 per person
2023 dates From £395.00 per person

Single room supplement available upon request.

All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place for a coach driver or group organiser in a single room, both are based on a minimum 20 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at

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