This Christmas, visit The Royal Mint Experience dusted with a blanket of snow, all white and magical for a wonderful 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, 26 November to Saturday, 24 December. 

 

What's on

Magical Christmas Moments at The Royal Mint

For Christmas 2022, an event returns to The Royal Mint Experience that combines the creation of coins with the making of toys, as you take a tour with an extra sprinkling of festive spirit. You will discover the intriguing tale of how the tradition of hanging stockings up on Christmas Eve, ready to receive your wonderful presents on Christmas morning, was inspired by jolly old St Nicholas and a sack of gold coins. You will also step into the satellite workshop at The Royal Mint that is as warm and cosy as you would expect but with a special twist. Here, you’ll discover the different stations where the elves work hard to make the toys that will light up little faces with joy and delight on Christmas morning. 

As well as meeting Santa Claus himself, your children will be able to write their Christmas letters to Santa and drop them into a special post box that ensures they land straight on his desk. 

Strike Your Own Coin

Celebrate your visit with a chance to strike your very own coin, the perfect memento of your festive visit. Santa has yet to decide on this year’s coin, keep an eye out for this special announcement coming soon!  

Meet Santa

Your festive tour ends with a visit to Santa’s grotto to meet Father Christmas himself. Take a photo of your child with Santa.

Café and Shop

Our on-site café will be offering a fantastic Christmas menu including mulled wine, mince pies, festive sandwiches, bratwurst and more.  

In our shop you will find the perfect gift for the loved ones in your life. You can buy a luxury decoration for the Christmas tree, or a calendar to count down to the big day.  

 

Book your time with Santa

Book your e-tickets for The Royal Mint Christmas Experience here. Simply choose the day and time you’d like to visit and bring along your email confirmation on the day.

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!

PLAN YOUR VISIT

The Royal Mint Christmas Experience runs every day from Saturday, 26 November 2022 to Saturday, 24 December 2022. Tours take place every half an hour, 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
Pontyclun,
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 www.traveline.cymru or call Traveline Cymru on 0300 200 2233 for assistance.

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