I'm planning to visit Wales (solo) in early May (in a few years' time!) and I was wondering if this is a workable plan for the first part of my trip - taking into account that Day 1 will be the Friday before the early May Bank Holday. Would this be OK, or would it be better to make it a day earlier (ie depart Minehead on Thursday?)
Day 1 (Friday): Drive in the morning from Minehead to Cardiff via Chepstow Castle and Tintern Abbey; spend the afternoon/evening in Cardiff. Stay 3 nights at River House Backpackers (GBP20 per night including breakfast, but may have to pay extra for overnight carpark).
Day 2 (Saturday): Catch the bus to St Fagan's National History Museum in the morning; National Museum and Art Gallery in the afternoon (I like museums :)). In the evening, either catch the bus or drive to Llandaff for the Llandaff Ghost Walk.
Day 3 (Sunday): Catch the bus (or drive) to Caerphilly Castle and Llancaiach Fawr (is there a bus between Caerphilly and Llancaiach Fawr or would it be best to drive?) Return to Cardiff for the evening.
Day 4 (Monday): Head off in the morning to Raglan Castle via Usk, then Abergavenny (lunch); do the Big Pit tour in the afternoon; drive through Crickhowell on the way to Beacon Backpackers (The New Inn, Bwlch) for an overnight stay.
Day 5 (Tuesday): Visit Brecon (Brecon Cathedral) in the morning, drive to the National Park Visitor Centre "The Mountain Centre" (lunch), then to the Red Kite Feeding Station at Llanddeusant in time for the 3 pm feeding. Dinner at The Red Lion, Llangadog (or similar village/pub) and overnight at the remote Llanddeusant Youth Hostel.
Next morning visit Carreg Cennen Castle before heading off to Pembrokeshire.
How does this sound? Bear in mind that I enjoy overnight stops on the way from A to B (don't have to unpack the suitcase!) so that's not a problem for me. :)