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The Royal Mint Experience: A Visitor's Guide

There are many attractions within close proximity to the Gliffaes Country House Hotel, but a visit to The Royal Mint Experience comes highly recommended and is only about an hour away. 

The Royal Mint produces all of the coins for the United Kingdom and for more than 60 other countries worldwide. Dating back more than 1,100 years, The Royal Mint is one of the world’s oldest institutions.

The Royal Mint Experience opened in 2016 and has become one of South Wales’ most popular tourist attractions and welcomes visitors from all over the world to its 30 acre site in Pontyclun, Llantrisant.

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The Ultimate Guide To The Royal Mint Experience

Frequently asked questions

Where is The Royal Mint Experience?

The Royal Mint Experience, Heol-Y-Sarn, Ynysmaerdy, Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF72 8YT

When is The Royal Mint Experience open?

The Royal Mint Experience is open daily from 09:45am-5:00pm, with the last tour of the day taking place at 4:00pm. (Opening times may change seasonally)

How long should I spend at The Royal Mint Experience?

2-3 hours

How much does entry cost to The Royal Mint Experience?

Children under 5: Free

5-15 years: From £9.00*

Adults: From £12.00*

Family Ticket: From £35.00*

Senior Citizens/Students: From £10.00*

*Prices applicable when booking online and are subject to change at any time

Can I park at The Royal Mint Experience?

A car park for guests is available on-site and is suitable for all types of vehicles, including coaches. Parking for all vehicles is free of charge!

Is The Royal Mint Experience wheelchair-accessible?

All public areas of The Royal Mint Experience are suitable for wheelchair users. The car park is just a short, level distance away.

Are toilet facilities available at The Royal Mint Experience?

Toilet facilities are available, including wheelchair access and a baby-changing area.

What’s the best time of year to visit The Royal Mint Experience?

There isn’t a good or bad time to visit The Royal Mint Experience! While the warmer months may make the overall experience more pleasant, they also tend to be the most popular times, so those wanting a more intimate visit may wish to visit out of season.

Is The Royal Mint Experience dog-friendly?

Only assistance dogs can enter The Royal Mint Experience

Is there WiFi at The Royal Mint Experience?

WiFi is not available at The Royal Mint Experience

The Royal Mint Experience: 1,110 Years In The Making

The Royal Mint Experience is located in Pontyclun, Llantrisant. The journey takes approximately 60 minutes by car from the Gliffaes Country House Hotel.

A Brief History

Initially, there were several mints that produced coins for Great Britain. One of these mints, The London Mint, operated in the Tower of London from its inception in 886 AD and continued there for in excess of 800 years.

In 1809, The London Mint moved to a Cistercian abbey called Eastminster in Tower Hill, which became known as Royal Mint Court. Operating under the new name of The Royal Mint, coins, medals and other bullion were produced there for Great Britain and other countries until the transition to a new site began in 1968.

At Home in Llantrisant

The Royal Mint has been headquartered at its purpose-built premises in Pontyclun, Llantrisant since December 1968. It took a further 7 years before the transition was complete, with the final coin at Royal Mint Court being struck in November 1975.

The buildings cover an area of more than 30 acres and accommodate state-of-the-art coining machinery. It is one of the biggest mints in the world and boasts the largest minting capacity in Western Europe.

The Royal Mint Experience Guided Tour

Having only opened in 2016, The Royal Mint Experience has quickly become one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Wales.

The guided tour begins with an informative video that briefly covers the history of The Royal Mint and allows guests to ask any questions to the knowledgeable tour guides.

As the tour progresses, you will gain an insight into the creation of the coins and the manufacturing processes that ensure each coin passes the various quality assurance tests. You will also be able to observe the skilled workers making the coins, as well as the machinery and equipment that makes it all possible. In addition to currency, the tour also explains some of the other items that are produced here, which includes medals for the Olympics and awards for the Armed Forces and Emergency Services.

As the tour draws to a close you will enter the exhibition area, which contains important pieces that tell their own story throughout the 1,100 year history of The Royal Mint.

Strike Your Own Coin

During the Royal Mint Experience guided tour, guests will be given the opportunity to strike their own coin. While this isn’t included as part of the tour and currently costs £6.90 per person, this is a unique opportunity to take a wonderful keepsake home with you. Furthermore, it is the only place in the United Kingdom that offers this experience!

The Royal Mint Experience Café

The café at The Royal Mint experience is open from 9:30am until 5:00pm and welcomes guests before or after their guided tour (if you experience the cakes before the tour, you may well want to stop in afterwards for a second helping!)

A range of food, drinks and snacks is available, with hot food being served until 2:30pm. Most dietary requirements are catered for, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options all available on a daily basis.

Afternoon Tea at The Royal Mint Experience

While minting coins and afternoon tea may not have a direct link, both are quintessentially British.

The Royal Mint Experience offers several afternoon tea options for guests, with sittings available at 12pm and 2pm. Choose from Traditional afternoon tea, Deluxe afternoon tea or Royal tea for two, all of which offer a selection of savoury and sweet treats, accompanied by a pot of tea.

Bookings must be made 48 hours in advance, with catering available for up to 12 guests.

The Royal Mint: Fun Facts

1)      The Royal Mint was founded more than 1,100 years ago

2)      The Royal Mint currently produces 5,000,000,000 (5 billion) coins each year

3)      Sir Isaac Newton became Warden Of The Mint in 1696 and it was his responsibility to investigate possible cases of counterfeiting

How To Find The Royal Mint Experience

The Royal Mint Experience is located approximately 35 miles from the Gliffaes Country House Hotel, with the most direct route giving a journey time of around 60 minutes.

If you are not in a hurry, you can avoid the major roads and proceed along the more scenic route and take in the picturesque surroundings of Ystrad Mynach during your travels.

Other Attractions Near The Royal Mint Experience

Located in the market town of Cowbridge and just 10 miles from The Royal Mint Experience, Glyndwr Vineyard is the largest and oldest family vineyard in Wales and is well worth a visit if you are a fan of the still or sparkling stuff.

The largest castle in Wales (and the second largest in Great Britain), Caerphilly Castle lies just 12 miles to the east of The Royal Mint Experience. Built in 1268, this ancient monument is not one to be missed.

With the capital just 13 miles away, it would be a shame to miss out on a visit to the National Museum in Cardiff. Explore various artworks, dinosaurs and mammoths with free entry for all!

Other Attractions Near Gliffaes Country House Hotel

When staying at the Gliffaes Country House Hotel, a visit to Aberglasney Gardens comes highly recommended. Explore the beautiful scenery in one of Wales’ finest gardens.

Located in the market town of Brecon, the Y Gaer Museum is on the “to do” list of many guests who stay at the Gliffaes Country House Hotel. For budding historians and novices alike, there is a wealth of knowledge to be gained here.

Book your Brecon Beacons escape

Gliffaes Country House Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

We’ve created a useful guide of local attractions and activities in the Brecon Beacons, containing information on walks, things to do, local shopping, and places to visit, which you can use to help map out your visit to the Brecon Beacons.

If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a fresh, locally sourced lunch, dinner or afternoon tea, or somewhere comfortable to stay the night, our friendly country house hotel is the perfect base for your Brecon Beacons break.

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