A Grand Tour of Wales
Wales is a country of contrasts, from picturesque Snowdonia and the Gower Peninsula, to coal and slate mines. In this Wales tour we have selected some of the very best attractions that Wales has to offer. These include Portmeirion, Caernarfon Castle, the Ffestiniog Railway, The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir, Cardiff Bay, and St Fagans National History Museum.
Visit the unique village of Portmeirion with spectacular gardens and architectural gems, ride on the Steam-hauled Ffestiniog, and admire Caernarfon Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and also one of the most famous castles in the world. We then travel south to the buzzing cities of Cardiff and Swansea, and the natural beauty of the Gower Penninsula.
April - October 2020
Suggested itinerary by coach
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Portmeirion, Ffestiniog Railway and Trefriw Woollen Mills
Created by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975, the unique and altogether magnificent Italianate village of Portmeirion combines spectacular gardens and architectural surprises at every turn. In the afternoon we take a ride on the narrow gauge, steam-hauled Ffestiniog Railway for the 13½ mile journey from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog, the slate capital of Wales. At the family-run Trefriw Woollen Mills there’s an opportunity to see the weavers and traditional machinery at work, and buy traditional Welsh woollen souvenirs.
Caernarfon, Conwy and Llandudno
Caernarfon Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most famous castles in the world. We then travel to Conwy, with its magnificent 13th century castle, the ‘Smallest House in Britain’, and Plas Mawr, an Elizabethan town house (entry not included, supplement on request). Our final stop is Llandudno, a seaside resort that retains much of its Victorian charm.
Travel across Wales and visit the Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir
On our scenic journey from north to south Wales we stop at The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir, a privately -owned manor house in 12 acres of gardens, and one of the finest examples of Victorian gothic revival architecture in Wales. The interior design, and a truly astonishing collection of clothing, toys, music memorabilia, enamel signs, and, well, much more, will leave you astounded!
Cardiff Bay, Millennium Centre and St Fagans National History Museum
A coach tour of Cardiff city centre brings you to Cardiff Bay and a guided walking tour behind-the-scenes at the magnificent Wales Millennium Centre, Wales’ leading arts venue. There’s free time to explore the ‘Bay’, one of Europe’s biggest waterfront developments with a wide range of shops and restaurants. In the afternoon we visit St Fagans National History Museum, Wales’ most popular heritage attraction. This open-air museum chronicles the historical lifestyle, culture, and architecture of the Welsh people. More than 40 original buildings from different historical periods have been re-erected in the 100-acre parkland.
Swansea, Mumbles and the Gower Peninsula
Enjoy the morning exploring Swansea’s maritime quarter and five miles of sandy beaches, or perhaps the bustling city centre with its famous market. We then visit the picturesque, Victorian seaside resort of Mumbles. After free time to explore the area, and have lunch, we head for the Gower Heritage Centre for an afternoon discovering The Gower peninsula (including tour guide), Britain’s first designated ‘Area of Outstanding Beauty’ with unspoilt beaches, ancient sites, monuments and castles.
Say farewell to your hosts and make your journey home today.
Celtic Royal Hotel Caernarfon *** – Inspected by Greatdays staff in July 2017
This stylish hotel is located in the town of Caernarfon, a short walk from the harbour. The hotel offers a full range of amenities including bar, restaurant, indoor pool and well equipped fitness suit. Onsite coach parking available.
Beaufort Park Hotel *** – Inspected by Greatdays staff in July 2017
Set in beautiful North Wales countryside and a short drive to the historic market town of Mold. The hotel offers well appointed bedrooms, coffee bar and restaurant. Large car park onsite.
Mercure Hotel Swansea **** – Inspected by Greatdays staff in October 2017
Modern hotel located just outside Swansea with tranquil lake views at the gateway to the Beacons and Gower Peninsula. With stylish rooms, restaurant, bar, indoor pool and health club the hotel offers a wide range of facilities for your stay. Ample onsite coach parking available.
Swansea Marriott Hotel **** – Inspected by Greatdays staff in October 2017
This 4-star hotel is situated on Swansea Bay, beside the Marina. The Marriott Hotel Swansea has direct access onto the promenade and guests can reach the City Centre within five minutes. Many of the 121 well equipped rooms have beautiful marina or sea views and all of them are with en-suite bathrooms and have flat-screen TVs, hairdryers and tea and coffee making facilities. There are also adapted rooms available. The hotel has a restaurant and bar as well as comfortable lounge areas. Guests can use the leisure centre which has a pool, sauna and mini gym. The hotel has a large car park with ample spaces for coaches on site and a lift serving all four floors.
|2020 dates||from £409.00 per person|