Home to some amazing towns, historical sights and stunning scenery, experience the best of North Wales in this great week-long tour.
North Wales offers some incredible historical attractions that are well worth a visit; see the oldest racecourse, the most complete city walls and the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, and that’s just in Chester! As you continue your journey, explore a whole host of impressive buildings and areas of historical interest. From original promenades and piers to medieval fortresses, castles and cathedrals. In North Wales, history is everywhere!
Stunning scenery is round every corner on this tour. Why not take a walk in Snowdonia National Park which has some spectacular views of rolling green hills, rugged mountains and serene lakes. Admire the dramatic natural surroundings of Mawddach Estuary and take a walk, or the funicular railway, to the top of Constitution Hill in Aberystwyth for beautiful coastal views.
Visit some unique Welsh towns along the way, really soaking in the culture and friendly ambience of these lovely urban areas. Each town is different and prides itself on this so it is worth spending some time getting to know the area and the people! And don’t forget to get a photo by the sign for Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, because your friends will never believe you!
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Day 1: Arrival in Wales
First make your way to the Roman town of Chester, set just on the Welsh Border. You may want to stop here for a quick visit- Chester has the most complete city walls, the oldest racecourse, and largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, plus a 1000-year-old cathedral and 700-year-old unique shopping rows! From here travel to Llandudno, a Victorian coastal resort complete with promenade and Britain’s only cable-hauled tramway.
Day 2: Llandudno and surrounding area
Today spend some time exploring Llandudno. Why not take a walk up to the top of the Great Orme for fantastic views along the coast, or visit some of the gardens which surround the town? If you are interested in literature, you can take the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ interactive trail around the town- Llandudno was one of Lewis Carroll’s favourite places to holiday! Nearby you will also find the town of Conwy, famous for its impressive UNESCO world heritage castle.
Day 3:Llandudno > Caernarfon
Today travel to the busy market town of Caernarfon. The imposing medieval Castle, built by Edward the 1st, dominates the town and has well-deserved UNESCO World Heritage status. You could stop along the way at the University town of Bangor, where you can visit the neo- Norman Penrhyn Castle and Bangor Cathedral. Another lovely option in this area is to take the bus over the Menai Strait on to the Island of Anglesey, whose long stretches of coastline that have been declared Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Why not visit the village with the longest place name in Europe- Llanfair P.G.; or why not visit one of the most popular attractions on Anglesey, South Stack Light house for stunning views of the coast?
Day 4: Caernarfon and surrounding area
Today you could visit the picturesque village of Llanberis in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. You could enjoy the stunning scenery by walking to the summit of mount Snowdon, or enjoy the views in a more relaxed way by taking the Snowdon Mountain Railway up! There is also the Llanberis Lake Railway which takes you along the shore of Lake Padarn. The National Slate Museum is definitely worth a visit in this area also, as it allows you learn more about the industry and a way of life that has become a great part of the Welsh identity. Electric Mountain is one of the UK’s most dynamic Hydro- Electric generators and a great engineering achievement- you can take a tour of the
chambers and see close up the world’s fastest response turbine generator.
Day 5: Caernarfon > Aberystwyth
Today you will travel through the Snowdonia National Park to the bustling university town of Aberystwyth. You can pass through Harlech, a world Heritage site, which is well worth a stop. Overlooking the town is the dramatic medieval fortress, Harlech Castle, built by Edward the First. The town is also home to one of the UK’s top golf courses, Royal St. David’s. From here, continue your journey through some of the most dramatic scenery in the UK, the Mawddach Estuary. You could stop here and spend some time exploring the town of Barmouth and its maritime history, such as the sheltered harbour area nestling below 'The Rock' (the old town) and visiting the Ty Gwyn (the Shipwreck Museum), a medieval building on the quayside.
Day 6: Aberystwyth and surrounding area
Today spend the day exploring the bustling University town of Aberystwyth. Why not take a guided tour of the National Library of Wales, and a walk up Constitution Hill for fantastic views along the coast? You also have the option of taking a steam train through the stunning Rheidol Valley up to the nearby Devil’s Bridge which is shrouded in myth and features amazing waterfalls which you can spend some time at.
Day 7: Departure journey
Today is the last day of this tour and you will begin your onward journey after breakfast.