The doors to The Royal Mint Experience are now open!

It’s been more than three years in the planning and making, but finally the doors to The Royal Mint Experience are open! Wednesday marked a true milestone in Royal Mint history, as we finally opened the doors and welcomed some of our first guests into the new, purpose built, visitor attraction at our site here in Llantrisant, South Wales. Far from the rare tours of the past, with a purpose built attraction and exhibition, as the name suggests, The Royal Mint Experience promises to be so much more. We were there on Wednesday, as we welcomed the first guests, to find out more and give you a sneak peek at what you’ll find inside…

the royal mint experience exterior

A year in the making…

It was on 24 April 2014 that we first publicly announced that we would be building a new visitor centre at our site here in Llantrisant and it was almost a year later when construction began. Every step of the construction has been captured on camera and you can see a timelapse video of the construction of The Royal Mint Experience below.

It’s not just coins on display…

The Royal Mint Experience gives you a chance to see how and where all of the United Kingdom’s coins are designed and struck. As well as UK coins, The Royal Mint also makes coins for over 60 countries around the world, many of which are also on display. It’s also a chance to learn about the rich history of The Royal Mint, which spans more than 1,000 years, from our first home in the Tower of London, to Tower Hill and Llantrisant – our home now for more than 40 years. You’ll also learn about our history of making medals, from the Battle of Waterloo to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. The exhibition comes to a close with a look at the influence of coins, from superstitions and traditions to the world of coin collecting.

The Royal Mint Experience includes a guided Factory experience, self-guided interactive exhibition, gift shop, cafe and educational space. On arrival, you will be greeted by a Visitor Host and your experience begins with a quick introduction and video.

inside the royal mint experience

You are then led to the circulating coin production room where the host explains just how coins are produced; from refining metal, to blank production and finally coin striking. You can then see in to the striking room, where rows and rows of coin striking machines are producing thousands of coins every day, 24 hours a day. You even get the chance to strike your very own 2016 £1 coin in the Factory experience!

the royal mint factory experience

The host then takes you back into the The Royal Mint Experience itself, to a self-guided interactive exhibition where you can learn about the history of The Royal Mint, the coins The Royal Mint has produced for countries across the globe, how money is made, The Royal Mint’s medal production, the meaning of coins and coin collecting.

Here’s a little look at what you’ll find inside The Royal Mint Experience…

Exclusive to The Royal Mint Experience

Once you are finished in the exhibition, there is a gift shop in The Royal Mint Experience where there are a range of souvenirs and mementos, gifts, coins and much more on display. There are even one or two items that are exclusive to The Royal Mint Experience. One in particular we’re sure will be very popular among collectors is The Welsh Dragon 2016 UK £20 Fine Silver Coin – that you can only buy in The Royal Mint Experience gift shop.

To find out more about The Royal Mint Experience and to book your tickets, visit: www.royalmint.com/experience. You can now also follow The Royal Mint Experience on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Robert L Cooper

    I was lucky enough to get a Peter Rabbit 2016 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin
    A present for my daughter .

  • Talaith Gwyrdd

    I’d like a swap shop, so I can bring in my duplicate 50p £1 and £2 coins to exchange for ones I need for my collecton. By post too.

  • Alan Harvey

    I don’t think colour adds to the value or aesthetics of coins. Better to have intricate detailed designs with maybe a cupro-nickel under layer showing through.

  • Alan Harvey

    I have some new commemorative coins in plastic discs. How do you get them open pls?

    • Composter

      Hold the base and twist the upper part anti clockwise. Hope it works for you.

  • Alan Harvey

    Thank you Composter for your reply. It is difficult for me, I don’t have slender fingers. I have found though that the smaller coin cases have a notch to get a nail behind.