Llandudno and Portmerion
Monday 3 October 2022 (5 Days)
Who could possibly argue with that while strolling along Llandudno’s elegant promenade past pastel-coloured hotels and impeccably authentic seafront architecture just like Victorians did?
Llandudno’s appearance is down to the fact that, unlike most other resorts, it has remained largely unchanged for over a century. There’s a pier(the longest in Wales) and Punch and Judy, donkey rides on the beach and canopied shopping streets just behind the prom. Put simply, Llandudno is a classic of its kind.
The resort’s genteel appearance is deceptive. Llandudno is bursting at the seams with things to see and do. Take the San Franciscan-style tramway or alpine cable car to the summit of the Great Orme Country Park, soak up the dizzy views then disappear underground at the prehistoric copper mines
Included Excursion to Portmerion
Iconic & unique. Portmeirion has been delighting visitors since 1926
Situated on a private peninsula overlooking stunning coastal scenery, the Italian Riviera meets rural Wales with a riot of colour and architectural styles at Portmeirion Village. Built by Sir Clough-Williams Ellis. Portmeirion is now one of Wales’ most popular tourist destinations.
Portmeirion Village is well known as the location for the 1960s cult TV series The Prisoner. It comprises a cluster of colour-washed buildings around a central piazza, scenic surroundings and extensive woodlands, two hotels, historic cottages, gift shops, spa & award winning restaurants.
Included Excursion to Anglesey and Conwy visiting the picturesque towns of Llanfair PG and Beaumaris
Anglesey was the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - Prince William (heir to the British throne), Kate (Middleton) and their new baby, Prince George, whilst William was based at the Royal Air Force base on Anglesey. Their home was in Bodorgan - just a few miles from Llanfair PG
Llanfairpwll is on the island of Anglesey (Ynys Môn in Welsh). Anglesey is separated from the mainland by the Menai Strait.
The name of this world-famous station and village was created in the early nineteenth century by a local humorist.
The name in Welsh is:- Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch',
which in English means 'Saint Mary's Church in the hollow of white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of Saint Tysilio near the red cave.
Beaumaris is a captivating seaside town, with its mix of medieval, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Its name is based on the Norman ‘beau marais’, meaning ‘fair marsh’, a description of the site chosen by Edward 1 for the last of his ‘Iron ring’ of castles, constructed in his bid to control the Welsh.
A ‘must’ is to take a walk through the town, starting with a stroll along the seafront, taking in the pier and the views over the Menai Strait and Snowdonia then continuing through the charming streets with their picturesque cottages, many painted in soft pastel colours.
Beaumaris castle is a United Nations World Heritage site and was constructed between 1295-1330 to form perfectly symmetrical concentric lines of fortification. There also a moat and a dock for access by supply ships. Beaumaris has lively cafês, pubs, restaurants and hotels, with good food to suit every taste, and some excellent shopping marked by quality independent traders.
Conwy is a town rich in history, which much of it still preserved within the walls and traditional structures of its buildings. In the heart of it is the mighty 13th-century castle, whose walls encapsulate this remarkable medieval town.
Surrounded by lush Welsh countryside and watched over by the mighty mountains of Snowdonia, it’s a most beautiful place to visit. The Quay is host to a number of amenities and is a particularly stunning place to visit during the warm summer months. Whether you’d prefer to sit with a refreshing drink outside of the cosy quayside pub, take an exciting boat tour around the coastal area or hike upon the many surrounding mountains – it’s all possible in the quaint town of Conwy.
Optional Excursion to Betws-y-Coed, Llanberis and includes a spectacular train ride up Snowden
Snowden Mountain Railway
Take a once in a lifetime adventure on the Snowdon Mountain Railway which has been described as one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world. Trains depart from Llanberis Station and begin their climb up Snowdon, Yr Wyddfa, a journey experienced by some 12 million travellers since 1896. With stunning scenery and awe-inspiring views it’s all part of a great day out for you and your family in North Wales.
Travel in style on one of our contemporary diesel carriages, pushed by traditional diesel locomotives from 1985. Departures leave Llanberis daily from 1st April until the end of October. ‘Early Bird’ discount available on the 9am return diesel service throughout the season.
The destination for our 2022 season will be Clogwyn Station, which is ¾ distance to the summit of Snowdon. Passengers can expect to travel with a combination of other passengers between 8 to 10 per compartment on our contemporary diesel carriages. The journey time to Clogwyn is approximately 45 minutes and passengers have a 30-minute stop-over at this unsheltered station before returning on the same train. Please be aware that there are no facilities at Clogwyn, or on-board the trains. The service represents approximately 2-hour experience overall.
Betws-y-Coed is North Wales’ most popular inland resort. It is where the River Conwy meets its three tributaries flowing from the West, the Llugwy, the Lledr and the Machno. Much of it was built in Victorian times and it is the principal village of the Snowdonia National Park.
Visit Chester! Its bewitching beauty and unique atmosphere make Chester one of Britain's most popular places for an unforgettable short break.
The ancient city is a truly breathtaking experience. Each chapter of Chester's history is etched into the very fabric of the city. Well, you are walking where Roman Legionaires marched to war, Viking raiders wreaked havoc and Norman invaders conquered Anglo Saxons. Chester has the most complete city walls, the oldest racecourse and the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, plus a 1000 year old Cathedral with Europe's finest example of medieval carvings - and of course the one and only 700 year old Rows galleries where shopping is a double delight.
Merrion Hotel, Llandudno
Luxurious en-suite hotel accommodation in the seaside resort of Llandudno, North Wales, with a lift to all floors and stunning views from the sea-front rooms.
he Merrion Hotel provides great entertainment, while Llandudno itself is well-known for its many events such as the Victorian Extravaganza.
The bar and lounge area is open twenty-four hours a day and is a great place to make new friends over a coffee, or just to relax and rest a while. The extensive bar-snack menu is available between mid-day and 2.00pm every day, with something to suit every taste.
Dancing to the rhythm of professional musicians is a regular and enjoyable event in the ballroom.
Enjoy wonderful locally-sourced food in the friendly and relaxing atmosphere of our restaurant, surrounded by some of the best seaside views in Wales
Our open and spacious restaurant occupies an enviable position on the sweeping promenade of Llandudno. A glance out of the window reveals breathtaking views of Llandudno Bay and the pier, framed by the limestone headlands of the Great Orme and the Little Orme. Whatever the weather, the vista is breathtaking.
We are always conscious of our guests' needs and therefore cater for all dietary requirements. Rest assured, you will find all the traditional favourites we know you love amongst the innovative dishes we have created for our own mouth-watering menu.
Day 1 Depart S Yorks calling at Chester en route. A few hours of free time and then we continue our journey, arriving at our hotel late afternoon.
Day 2 Today we have included a full day excursion to Anglesey and Conwy
Day 3 Optiona Excursion to Betwys-Coed, Llanberis and a Train Ride up Snowden (Full Day including Train Ride £45) or free day in Llandudno
Day 4 Today we have included a full day excursion to Portmerion and Porthmadog. Admission to Portmerion is included.
Day 5 We depart Llandudno late morning, returning home late afternoon
Coach from S Yorks (departure points below)
4 Nights at the Excellent Merrion Hotel
Full English Breakfast each morning
Dinner each evening
Entertainment each evening
Free time in Chester
Excursion to Caernafon & Llanberis
Excursion to Portmerion and Betwys-y-Coed (entrance to the Village included)
Free day in Llandudno
Single Supplement: £60
Upgrade to Sea-View Room: TBC
Tour Reference: OCT2205W
Departure Points: M1 Junc 36, Rotherham, Catcliffe, Sheffield, Norton, Chesterfield