This year our trip to the UK will take us to North Wales where we will stay at the Celtic Royal Hotel & Leisure Centre in Caernarfon. This rugged northwest corner of the country offers rocky-mountains, glacier-hewn valleys and lakes, sinuous ridges, sparkling rivers and charm-infused villages not to mention castles dating from the golden age of castle building. There are quaint narrow-gauge railways to take the intrepid traveller into the mountains of Snowdonia and to what was the heart of the countries slate industry. The Anglesey and North West coasts offer the visitor a great diversity of scenery, beautiful beaches and a stunning landscape fi lled with interesting towns and villages. We plan to include much of this in our itinerary on the journey through North Wales. The trip package will include: return ferry Dublin/Holyhead; coach for fi ve days; four nights B&B; four evening meals; guides; entrance fees and tips.
Approx cost: PPS – €500 Single supplement €115
Sunday 30th April
Ferry from Dublin Port at 8.10 am to arrive Holyhead 11.35 am. Coach tour of Holy Island and north coast of Anglesey. Stop and have lunch at Beaumaris, arguably Anglesey’s prettiest town with its compliment of waterfront, mountain views, castle and Georgian buildings. Visit Plas Newydd, the grand Manor House of the Marquess of Anglesey inside of which are hanging gilt framed portraits of worthy ancestors. A unique feature is a painting by Rex Whistler fi lling an entire wall of the dining room. Dinner in hotel 7.30 pm.
Monday 1st May
Coach tour along the north coast to Chester passing through the many places of scenic beauty and historic interest including Bangor, Conwy, Llandudno and Colwyn Bay to name a few. Spend half day in the city of Chester, one of the most complete walled cities in the UK. Guided walking tour of the city centre. Chester contains the remains of a roman amphitheatre, a fi ne cathedral, its unique black and white buildings, city walls and boasts its own “Town Crier”. Free time to explore and lunch in Chester. Then return to Caernarfon by inland scenic route via Horseshoe and A5 through the mountains. Dinner in hotel 7.30 pm. Dinner will be followed by a short after-dinner talk by local Historical Society.
Tuesday 2nd May
Travel by coach to Portmadog and take the narrow-gauge steam train from Portmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog. This journey is a magical combination of spectacular landscape on a historic railway to what was the centre of the Welsh slate industry. Slate from Blaenau Ffestiniog was responsible for roofi ng much of 19th Century Britain. Time permitting we will visit the slate caverns of Llechwedd. Our next stop will be the unique village of Portmeirion, a fanciful slice of baroque Italy nestling in Wales and renowned for its gingerbread collection of colourful buildings. Last stop will be to visit the Lloyd George Museum at Criccieth. Dinner in hotel 7.30 pm.
Wednesday 3rd May
Coach tour of the mountains with a stop at Llanberris, visit slate museum and see slate splitting, stop at the bustling little stone village of Betws y coed engulfed in the verdant Gwydyr forest. We will visit Bodnant Gardens with its breathtaking ensemble of formal gardens attached to a grand manor and including its famous rhododendronswhich will be in full bloom. We will then head for the coast to the walled town of Conwy and visit Conway Castle, which forms part of a Unesco World Heritage Site and arguably the prettiest castle in North Wales. Dinner in hotel 7.30 pm.
Thursday 4th May
Visit Caernarfon Castle, built between 1283-1330, and which is part of the “Castles and
Town Walls of Wales” built by King Edward and forming part of the Unesco World Heritage
Site. Travel back to ferry at Holyhead via the scenic West Coast of Anglesey.
Take ferry Holyhead/Dublin – Leave Holyhead 13.50 arrive Dublin Port 17.20.
Please note that this in not a booking fl yer but a preview of the trip for your information
and consideration. We are not taking bookings at this stage.
A fi nal booking flyer will be issued closer to the departure date.
Anyone interested in the trip should send me their e-mail address and I will ensure
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