Visitors planning a trip to The Royal Mint’s award-winning tourist attraction, The Royal Mint Experience in September and October could find themselves at the center of a very special celebration when they arrive for their factory tour or for one of its forthcoming events. Located in Llantrisant, South Wales, the venue is due to welcome its 200,000th visitor sometime very soon, and there are some big plans in place to celebrate.
The unsuspecting 200,000th visitor will be granted the Freedom of The Royal Mint Experience – a special family pass allowing free access for the next 200 days.
Other gifts will include a special signed and framed print by respected Royal Mint coin designer Thomas Docherty, and the lucky winner will even win a Royal Mint 5g gold bar, from Royal Mint Bullion, the organization’s precious metal investment division.
David Stock, Head of The Royal Mint Experience, said: “We can’t wait to welcome our 200,000th visitor during what has already been a stellar year for the team here – our venue recently scooped Visit Wales’s prestigious Gold VAQAS Award for all-around excellence, on top of some really fantastic customer feedback.
“We plan to share our delight by making a big fuss of this very special visitor, and hope that their day will be as memorable for them as it will be for us.”
The Royal Mint Experience has some exciting events lined up as part of its Autumn season of events.
Workshop – ‘Be a coin designer’
Sundays: 11.30am, 1pm and 2pm.
For those who have wondered about what goes into designing a coin – a chance to design their very own coin or medal.
The workshop is free when booking a factory tour.
Outdoor Cinema – the biggest film of the year – The Greatest Showman.
Saturday 22nd September
Doors open at 18:30 – Last entry is 19:15. The film starts at 19:30
Visitors should bring their own seating, but the on-site café will be serving popcorn, burgers, chicken goujons, hot dogs, drinks, chips, and Nachos.
Facilities on site: gift shop and washroom facilities open until 10 pm.
Discounted tour tickets will be given to all attendees for a future visit s.
The events are free to anyone who books a behind the scenes factory tour to see how coins are made. The tour brings the 1,100-year-old organization’s rich history to life, and there’s a chance to strike your own coin and visit the well-stocked gift shop during your visit too.
Royal Mint Experience factory tours are available on a first come, first served basis, and can be purchased in advance by visiting The Royal Mint website or alternatively by telephoning 0333 241 2223.
About The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,100 years. Based in the Tower of London for over 500 years, by 1812 The Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London’s Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK, to accommodate the minting of UK decimal coinage.
Today, the mint is the world’s largest export mint, supplying coins to the UK and overseas countries.
The Royal Mint has also diversified into a number of other complementary businesses, building on the values that have been at the heart of the organization throughout its history – authenticity, security, precious metals, craftsmanship and design:
Bullion and Precious Metals
Throughout history, The Royal Mint’s name has been synonymous with precious metals and bullion. The organization trades physical and digital precious metal worldwide via www.royalmintbullion.com and a global network of distributor partners.
The organization runs a thriving commemorative coin business, gifting, and a collector services division retailing historic coins, an authentication and valuation service, and secure storage.
The Royal Mint Experience
The Royal Mint entered the tourism business in 2016 when it opened its popular visitor center, The Royal Mint Experience, at its home in Llantrisant, South Wales. The attraction welcomes around 100,000 visitors a year and has recently been awarded the prestigious Visit Wales Gold VAQAS Award for all-around excellence.