Outing to the Royal Mint, Llantrisant

Wednesday 7th June saw us all off on our long awaited trip. Forty of us crossed the River Severn on our way to Llantrisant. Which is just North of Cardiff. We travelled with the Avalon Coach Company,  all the way through Bristol, to the M32 then on to the M4. The journey took 2 hours.

We were split into 2 groups of 20, for our guided tour of the Factory and exhibitions. It was all very interesting, and we were learning the history of the way coins are minted, about 90 million a week. Absolutely amazing!

The Penny Lane Mini

The Royal Mint also produce coins for several other countries, including Germany and Switzerland and the Bahamas. They also make the Olympic Medals and Military Medals.

The average number of visitors per year is 45,000. That must take some organising, but they have a team of ‘meeters and greeters’ and tour guides, all very helpful!

After our wander around the gift shop, we all drifted into the restaurant for lunch or just a snack, which was all delicious, and reasonably priced.

We boarded our coach at 3.15pm for our return journey which also took just 2 hours, although there was congestion on our way out of Bristol. We arrived at Dobbies car park at 5.20pm. Tired and ready for a rest!!

Barry surrounded by a million pound coins
Outing to the Royal Mint