We’ve just moved back to one of the few places we consider home, Llantrisant. This is a magical place, full of character and now home to The Royal Mint Experience.
This week we were invited along to experience the ‘experience’ ourselves. I was so excited, even though I’m not originally from Llantrisant, I have so much pride and love for this gorgeous little place and it made my heart swell to be invited to see just how the Royal Mint works and learn all about the coin making process as well as the history behind the factory.
We arrived early Monday morning and the building was very easy to find, there are lots of road signs and plenty of arrows so we arrived without any stress or time constraints. The first thing we noted was giant Shawn the Sheep outside the building; the kids were super happy to get a photograph with him!
We entered the stunning building and were greeted by friendly and happy staff. We headed to reception and we were given two coin wallets so the children could strike their own coin (these are £3 each or 2 for £5). We then went through security so we could begin the tour. It’s a bit like being at the airport, so be prepared to hand over your belongings and share the contents of your bag with the security staff.
Our tour guide was called Louise and she was so passionate about the Royal Mint; she oozed passion for the magic that happens behind the scenes and she was super friendly. This made all the difference to us because there were times when some of the more factual and historical parts were a bit too much for our kiddies and she was very kind towards them during times of impatience.
There was so much to learn and Louise was happy to answer everyone’s questions. The first part of the tour is guided and no photography is allowed, but once you strike your coin(s) and have your photo taken with all the gold, you are led back to an interactive area and you can snap away from this point onwards!
George and Molly loved this area the most, they were able to design the tails side of a £1 coin as well as take a more detailed look at the design and making of a coin. There is a small theatre room that has a very interesting video on loop, both children enjoyed this as did I! Warren was more fascinated by the collector’s side of things, he explained that he used to collect coins, and it was lovely too see him so interested and intrigued.
For me, it was the historical side of things that drew me in, such as the history of Alfred the Great as well as learning about Queen Elizabeth II opening the Royal Mint in 1968. Basically, there is something for everyone at the Royal Mint Experience!
We thoroughly enjoyed our day there and at the end we headed straight into the gift shop and had a nose at all the wonderful items on sale. There’s a souvenir for every budget, and as a writer my budget was small, but we managed to purchase a couple of badges and a fridge magnet for Nanny Kim (another huge lover of Llantrisant!). The gift shop is located back at the beginning of the tour, and it’s also the place you can purchase your photograph.
We were treated incredibly kindly and we were even able to pop into their gorgeously fresh and open cafe for lunch after our very thought provoking morning. The staff in the cafe are just as lovely and the food and drinks are reasonably priced and served to a very high standard.
Ticket prices are as follows: Adults (16+) £13.00, Child (5-15) £10.50, Senior (60+) £11.50, Student £11.50, Under 5’s free, Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) £38.50.
Disclosure: I received a day out at the Royal Mint Experience and lunch for my family in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.