The Royal Mint Experience
Pontyclun – Wales
Average time spent – 1-3 hours.
Things to do at The Royal Mint Experience review
The Royal Mint is located in Pontyclun, South Wales. It is educational, fun and a novelty experience. Please note that visits are by a pre-booked tour and during the actual tour cameras and phones are prohibited on the tour and are kept securely locked away until after the factory tour.
The tour begins with a seated presentation describing the design process. Next, we moved onto the materials room with the guide explaining the process and facts relating to different coins. After this, we went on to view the factory shop floor, via glass windows. We were able to see thousands of coins moving along chutes and being collected, checked and packaged.
Next came the compress room. For £6.50 per visitor (optional), you are able to press your own 50p coin by pressing down on a button. The 50p is then placed into a nice presentation card. The designs are changed periodically and make a great collector’s item. My Children loved this part and were excited by their new, shiny pressed coins. Also in this room is a green screen for photo opportunities where visitors can pretend to catch coins from the sky, stop an oversized coin rolling onto them, or surfing on a large coin. These can be purchased after the tour if wanted.
The last part of the tour involved listening to the tour guide whilst seated around an interactive table explaining the history of the Royal Mint. After this, we were given our cameras and phones back and allowed to capture photos of the remainder of the exhibition. This was the most interactive part of the tour. The children were able to try lifting a solid gold bar worth £400,000 or sit on boxes containing thousands of coins. We also designed our own coin templates and played a penny rolling game.
There are plenty of photo opportunities in the foyer, such as a mini car covered in pennies, as well as a Wallis and Gromit figure also covered in coins. There is also a Shaun the Sheep and some Paddington Bear posters.
Whilst we were there I discovered they do VIP bronze, silver and gold tours where visitors can spend time behind the scenes and learn more in-depth details. This would make a great gift for an avid collector.
Eating – There is a cafe on-site selling hot and cold food and drinks.
Facilities in brief – Factual tour including viewing the factory where British coins are made. Chance to press your own coin, fun photo opportunities, plenty of interactive exhibits. There are toilets on-site, a cafe shop.
Entry price – *Higher-priced (the lower range of this price bracket and children are mid-range).
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Higher priced – Adults are £13.00 and children mid-range at £10.50. Under 5’s are free. There is a large free car park, it even has an electric car charging station.
Opening: The Royal Mint is open daily, 7 days a week. The first tour is available at 10.00 and the last tour at 16.30. They are closed Christmas Day and Boxing day and for the odd private event. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Address: Heol-Y-Sarn, Pontyclun CF72 8YT, Wales. Phone: 0333 241 2223
Category – Museum. Indoors, suitable for all ages. But most suitable for children aged 5 and over.
Author: Heather Williams
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