Coins, Castles and River Crossings: a visit to the Royal Mint

Date(s) - 29th Sep 2017

Royal Mint


Royal Mint

We’ll travel across the second Severn Bridge into Wales to visit The Royal Mint Factory.   It has been said that approximately 1 in 30 of the old £1 coins in circulation were fake and needed replacing.   During our guided tour we’ll go behind the scenes to watch the newly minted 12-sided pound coins being made, which have been dubbed “the most secure coins in the world.”  We’ll see the craftsmanship and cutting edge techniques used to make these coins and you can even have a try at striking your own coin to take home as a memento.  You’ll discover more fascinating facts in the interactive exhibition afterwards.

There’s a café where you can buy lunch before travelling back.  We’ll return home passing Castell Coch perched high on a hillside and Chepstow Castle, reputed to be the earliest stone built castle in Britain.   We’ll take a drive off the beaten track towards Beachley Point between the Rivers Wye and Severn.  We’ll be able to admire the 51-year old Suspension Bridge that replaced the Aust Ferry in 1966 and came to be known as the Gateway to Wales. We’ll then follow the River Severn up to Gloucester before making our way back to Cheltenham.

  • Group Leader:  Anne Bartlett
  • Cost:  £28
  • Pick-up points: Six Ways 8.15 am; Racecourse Park & Ride 8.30 am; The Wilson 8.45 am.

There are two ways to book and pay – our preference is for payment via online banking.

Online: please send an email to with Royal Mint in the subject line, stating how many places you require, and transfer the correct amount to our bank account: sort code 30-91-87, account no 00005816, using MINT plus your surname as a reference so that we can identify your payment.

By post: please download a Booking Form and send it together with a cheque payable to Friends of The Wilson and a sae or clearly written email address to Mrs Alison Pascoe, 77 Naunton Lane, Cheltenham, GL53 7AZ.

If you have any queries, please ring Alison on 01242 519413.