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Portmeirion and the Glorious Gardens of Wales

  • Crossing Britannia Bridge Porthmadog, Ffestiniog Railway ©F&WHR

    Crossing Britannia Bridge Porthmadog, Ffestiniog Railway ©F&WHR
5 day tour
From £219 per person

North Wales is host to a number of fantastic gardens, from unique locations like Portmeirion to the beautiful gardens of Bodnant. The beautiful isle of Anglesey hugs the coast of North Wales and boasts over 100 miles of spectacular coastline within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Dates

April-October 2019 & 2020


Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to hotel.

Arrive in North Wales. Why not visit the Roman City of Chester en-route?

Day 2

Bodnant Garden and Llandudno.

Bodnant Garden situated above the River Conwy on ground sloping towards the west and looking across the valley towards the Snowdonia range. See for yourself why Daily Telegraph readers voted it their ‘Favourite Garden in the Country’. Later, enjoy some free time in the Victorian resort of Llandudno. Stroll along the crescent promenade and elegant pier or take a ride on the tram or cable car up to the summit of Great Orme.

Day 3

Portmeirion and the Ffestiniog Railway.

Portmeirion is as much about the gardens as it is about Clough William-Ellis’ Italianate architecture. The formal village gardens are in the Italianate style and surround the village. Later, enjoy a journey on the Ffestiniog Railway, a unique narrow gauge railway. Take a nostalgic journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Day 4

Anglesey and Plas Newydd.

Anglesey is steeped in a rich archaeological and historical heritage (the majestic Beaumaris Castle is a must-see) and is home to picturesque villages and scenic bays. Plas Newydd has spectacular views of Snowdonia across the Menai Straits. The gardens include a fine spring garden and Australasian arboretum. The estate also holds the largest collection of Rex Whistler works and a Military Museum.

Day 5

Return home.

After breakfast start your journey home.


Suggested hotels

Celtic Royal Hotel Caernarfon ***

This comfortable 3-star hotel is located within walking distance of Caernarfon’s walled town and castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, between Snowdonia’s mountains and the sea. The historic hotel’s restaurant offers full Welsh breakfast and a choice of evening dining. Guests enjoy complimentary use of the pool and spa. The en-suite bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. This hotel has a lift to all floors, rooms adapted for disabled use and plenty of coach parking.

St. Kilda Hotel Llandudno  ***

A warm welcome awaits in this family-run hotel. Situated at the centre of Llandudno’s promenade, all local attractions are within walking distance. Guests can enjoy a drink or a snack at the St Kilda Bar with its two large Bay windows overlooking the Victorian promenade or read a good book in the comfortable quiet Sea View Lounge. Dating back to 1854 St Kilda has over sixty bedrooms, each with their own unique character and each with en-suite bathroom, TV, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. This hotel has a lift to all floors and provides entertainment during peak season. Payable coach parking is available about 15 minutes walk from the hotel.

The Beaches, Prestatyn ***

This 3-star hotel offers stunning views over Barkby Beach, Prestatyn and the Prestatyn Hills. Situated just off the A548, it is a great base to explore the Coast of North Wales. The Beaches Hotel has a charming restaurant and a bar allowing guests to experience the beautiful Welsh sunsets. Leisure facilities include a games room, an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Every room has an en-suite bathroom and all the usual home comforts, television with Freeview, free Wi-Fi internet connection, desk/dressing table, tea and coffee making, and hairdryers. There is coach parking available on-site.

Beaufort Park Hotel, Mold ***

This independently run 3-star hotel is situated just a short drive from the historic market town of Mold and a twenty minute drive from Chester. It is set in the attractive North Wales countryside and there are many attractions nearby including the Clwydian Mountain Range and Snowdonia National Park. The Orchard Restaurant is a relaxed, inviting restaurant and the Arches Bar and Coffee Lounge has an informal relaxed family atmosphere. All 106 bedrooms are designed with your comfort in mind and have en-suite bathrooms, TV, trouser press, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. This hotel does not have a lift but has ground floor rooms. Onsite coach parking is available.


5 day tour
2019 dates from £219.00 per person
2020 dates from £225.00 per person
All prices are per person and typically based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers sharing a double or twin room. Prices do not include coach travel or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only.

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