The Cultural Programme is an important part of your time at Trinity Saint David. The Programme provides a variety of excursions to various locations in Wales and England throughout the academic year. These excursions vary slightly from year to year, but usually include some of the following:
Wales boasts some of the most spectacular coastline in Great Britain. The Pembrokeshire Coast has miles and miles of natural attractions - cliffs, beaches, caves and of course wildlife. Visitors can spot seals, puffins, wild horses and many other wild creatures in their natural habitat. This trip also includes a visit to St David’s, Britain’s smallest City! This is home to a splendid 12th Century Abbey, which was built on the ancient home and church of St. David, patron Saint of Wales.
Llansteffan & Dylan Thomas' Boathouse
Llansteffan is a small village just 8 miles from Carmarthen. Yet nestled on the shore of the Tywi Estuary, this village is home to Llansteffan Castle, a 12th century Norman Castle. Following a short climb up a hill, views of both the sands and countryside are breathtaking. Nearby is Laugharne, and the Dylan Thomas Boathouse. Dylan Thomas is maybe Wales’ most famous poet. He spent the last four of his short 39 years composing his poetry in the little village of Laugharne.
Coal mining is an integral part of Welsh History. Big Pit was a working coalmine until it closed in 1980. Then in 1983 it became a museum of the South Wales mining industry and is now known as the National Mining Museum of Wales. The highlight of the visit is the hour-long underground tour, led by ex-miners, which takes you down in the pit cage to walk through underground roadways, air doors, stables and engine houses built by generations of mineworkers. On the surface you can explore the colliery buildings - the engine-house, the blacksmiths' workshop and the pithead baths.
Students spend the whole weekend exploring London: Among the many places of interest are Westminster; Buckingham Palace; Covent Garden; Trafalgar Square; Oxford Street and Knightsbridge. Students are free to plan their own activities, from sightseeing to seeing a West End Musical!
For two thousand years Bath has been a spa town, built around Britain’s only hot mineral springs. For centuries this natural phenomenon has attracted visitors to Bath, and led to a unique historic urban environment around the springs. The Romans were the first to realise the value of the hot mineral water. They built their religious spa of Aquae Sulis around the three springs. The Roman Baths is below the modern street level and has four main features, the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman bath house and finds from Roman Bath. The Georgian Pump Room is on the ground level. Bath is also known for its shops and was once the home to literary figure, Jane Austin. This visit is always a favourite among international students!
Excursions take place on weekends and you are accompanied by members of the International Office who provide historical and cultural information. This is a great way to get to know Wales and England in a safe and friendly environment.
If you’re an international student studying at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and would like to attend these cultural trips, please contact the International Office in advance and specify which campus you are studying in (Lampeter or Carmarthen).