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This Christmas, visit The Royal Mint Experience dusted with a blanket of snow, for a magical, festive experience. Not many people know this, but we’re going to let you in on a yuletide secret: Santa Claus has been using The Royal Mint as his British base for hundreds of years! You see, Santa and his elves are at their busiest at this time of year and the workshop at the North Pole is often overflowing with toys. This is where we come in; Santa puts his trust in our organisation, which has a proud 1,100 year history of unrivalled craftsmanship, to help.

Filled with wonder and delight, it is sure to be a truly magical day out with the kids this Christmas.

The Royal Mint Christmas Experience runs every day from Saturday 25th November to Sunday 24th December 2023.

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Making Magical Christmas Memories to Last a Lifetime

Santa Claus is dashing back through the snow to the Royal Mint Experience for Christmas 2023! Do you know why we hang up stockings on Christmas Eve? Or, if you’re lucky, why we sometimes get chocolate coins in them? Have you ever found a sixpence in your slice of Christmas pudding?  Journey through Santa’s workshop with one of our Story Tellers, as you discover the very special part that The Royal Mint plays in Christmas traditions.

Our Story Tellers will meet you at The Royal Mint Experience, where you’ll have the opportunity to post your letter to Santa Claus in our special post box that ensures they land straight onto his desk! They’ll also guide you through the key areas of Santa’s workshop before meeting the big man himself!

Strike Your Own Coin

Celebrate your visit by striking your very own coin! Stay tuned in the coming months for more news on this year’s design! Let our team know on arrival if you would like to strike a coin during your tour.

*available at an additional cost

Meet Santa

Your festive tour will take you into Santa’s Grotto to meet the big man himself. Here, you’re welcome to take family photos with Santa to remember your time at The Royal Mint Christmas Experience for years to come.

Café and Shop

Visit our on-site café where you can find our delicious festive menu!

Find the perfect gifts for your loved ones in our gift shop, whether that’s a luxury decoration for the Christmas tree or a special coin to create your own family traditions.


Festive Fun Fair and Magical Markets

Take a ride in our festive fun fair! We’ll also be hosting markets through the season, the perfect place for a bite to eat!

Book your visit today

Book your e-tickets for The Royal Mint Christmas Experience here. Simply choose the day and time you’d like to visit, fill in all the information so we can let Santa know to expect you on the day. Bring your email confirmation with you for one of our merry team to check you in!

Don’t forget to bring your letters to Santa

Don't forget to bring your letter to Santa with you on your tour, where you can post it to him in our special mailbox before it makes its way to his desk!


The Royal Mint Christmas Experience runs every day from Saturday, 25th November 2023 to Sunday, 24th December 2023. Tours depart every 20 minutes, as follows: 

Monday-Thursday: first tour 12:00pm; last tour 8pm  

Friday-Sunday: first tour 9:00am; last tour 8pm 

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

Conveniently located just four miles from Junction 34 of the M4, The Royal Mint Experience is just 20 minutes away from Wales’ capital city, Cardiff. Easy to get to and simple for visitors to find, our exhibition also has on-site visitor parking clearly signposted upon arrival. Best of all, our car park is free, suitable for both cars and coaches, and is also easily accessible for wheelchair users.

By car

If you’re using a Sat Nav or a GPS navigation device, the postcode is CF72 8YT.

  • Exit junction 34 of the M4, take the exit signposted to Llantrisant
  • Follow the road through two sets of traffic lights and continue to the first roundabout
  • At the first roundabout, take the second exit and continue through two sets of traffic lights to the second roundabout
  • At the second roundabout, take the second exit
  • Continue to the next roundabout, taking the fourth exit
  • Continue straight on and take the third left to arrive in The Royal Mint Experience car park

By bus and train

The closest train station to The Royal Mint is Pontyclun which is approximately four miles from The Royal Mint Experience. There are frequent train connections to Cardiff Central but we advise booking a local taxi firm from Pontyclun to complete your journey. We can provide local taxi firms; please call 0333 241 2223 for assistance.

The closest bus stops are:

  • To/from Pontypridd: Parc Busnes Edwards (4 minute walk from us)
  • To/from Cardiff: Ely Valley Road, Ynysymaerdy Industrial Estate (12 minute walk from us)

To plan your route in advance, visit or call Traveline Cymru on 0300 200 2233 for assistance.

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