Llandudno and Portmerion
Monday 4 October 2021 (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
Portmeirion Village is open daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Shops and Cafes close at 5.30pm. (entrance included!)
Portmeirion Village is home to two hotels, a cluster of historic cottages, iconic architecture, a spa, stylish shops, award-winning restaurants, casual cafes, an Italian ice cream parlour, exotic gardens and sandy beaches.
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.
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.
Caernarfon is home to Wales’ most famous castle and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mighty Caernarfon Castle commands the lion’s share of attention, but the town’s narrow streets and stylishly redeveloped waterfront also merit a visit. The castle, built in the 13th century by Edward I as a royal palace and military fortress, was at the core of a medieval walled town. The Romans left their mark too – 1000 years earlier they constructed their fort of Segontium on the hill above (its foundations still exist)
We’ll travel to Snowdonia arriving at Llanberis at the foot of Mount Snowdon. This picturesque village has a wealth of attractions; from the impressive slate mine museum to the Electric Mountain as well as two narrow gauge railways (at your own expense), one running alongside the shore of Llyn Padarn and the other to the top of Mount Snowdon!
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 and arrive at Chester in time for lunch. 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 Caernafon and Llanberis
Day 3 Free day for you to explore Llandudno
Day 4 Today we have included a full day excursion to Portmerion and Betwys-y-Coed in Snowdonia. Admission to Portmerion is included.
Day 5 We depart Llandudno late morning, returning home late afternoon
Coach from S Yorks (departure points below) Also from Kidderminster if sufficient interest
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
Balance Due: 1 August 2021
Departure Points: M1 Junc 36, Rotherham, Catcliffe, Sheffield, Norton, Chesterfield
Kidderminster (if sufficient interest)