Caernarfon & Snowdonia Country & Western Weekend

Caernarfon & Snowdonia Country & Western Weekend

Enjoy a 'Country & Western' themed break in delightful North Wales

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Enjoy a 'Country & Western' themed break in delightful North Wales

Chester

Chester is a picturesque town on the river Dee in Cheshire, not too far from Liverpool. Chester has a wide range of activities available to visitors, from simply walking round the compact city centre and spectacular shopping to visiting the very visible Roman ruins which are dotted through the town. The Chester Rows are continuous half-timbered galleries, reached by steps, which form a second row of shops above those at street level along Watergate Street, Northgate Street, Eastgate Street and Bridge Street. The Rows are unique in the world to Chester, and nobody is quite sure why they were built in this way. Some original 13th century buildings, including the Three Old Arches in Bridge Street, have survived the ravages of time, but many of the impressive facades are Victorian copies.

 

Llanfair PG

Just about any village in Wales has an unpronounceable name due to the extensive use of consonant combinations in the Welsh language. However, the village with the most unpronounceable and longest name is that of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. According to the Guinness Book of Records, this is the longest place name in the world. Locals have shortened the name of the village to Llanfair. Like all other place names in Wales, the name is very descriptive. When translated into English, it means "The Church of St. Mary by the pool with the white hazel near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio's church and the red cave". It is not the original name of the village, but rather it was contrived as a publicity stunt in the 1860's to bestow the honour of having the longest name on the railway station.

Beaumaris

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.   

Beaumaris has lively cafês, pubs, restaurants and hotels, with good food to suit every taste, and some excellent shopping marked by quality independent traders

Penrhyn Castle

This 19th-century neo-Norman castle sits between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait. It's crammed with fascinating items, such as a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria, elaborate carvings, plasterwork and mock-Norman furniture. In addition, it has an outstanding collection of paintings.The restored kitchens are a delight and the stable block houses a fascinating industrial railway museum.The 24.3 hectares (60 acres) of grounds include parkland, an exotic tree and shrub collection as well as a Victorian walled garden.

 

Portmeirion

Portmerion is one of Wales' premier visitor attractions, welcoming 250,000 visitors every year. Portmeirion village in Gwynedd, North Wales was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village and is now owned by a charitable trust. Portmeirion has served as the location for numerous films and television shows, most famously serving as The Village in the 1960s television show The Prisoner. Despite repeated claims that it was based on the town of Portofino, Italy, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis denied this, stating only that he wanted to pay tribute to the atmosphere of the Mediterranean. He did, however, draw from a love of the Italian village stating, "How should I not have fallen for Portofino? Indeed its image remained with me as an almost perfect example of the man-made adornment and use of an exquisite site..."

 

Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool

With its history dating back to 1839, the Albert Dock has been on a rollercoaster ride; from dereliction to a complete regenerative transformation in 1988. Blending the old and the new, it now proudly holds the title of being one of the most visited tourist attractions in the whole of the UK, thanks to its extensive offer of restaurants, bars, hotels, museums and galleries. In June 2018, the Albert Dock was recognised by Her Majesty the Queen and is now officially the Royal Albert Dock. 

Located on Liverpool’s incredible World Heritage Site waterfront, the Albert Dock structure features the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the whole country. Beatles fan? Well, the award-winning The Beatles Story is the perfect start. The world's largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to their lives and times takes you on an immersive journey; from the start of the band to Beatlemania, the memorabilia and fascinating facts make this one of Albert Dock’s best-loved sights. 

Art lovers will be in their element at Tate Liverpool; Albert Dock’s home of British and international modern & contemporary art and culture. Past collections have included Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock and Picasso.

 

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we head south to Chester where we have time for lunch and sightseeing. We leave Chester mid-afternoon for the journey along the North Wales coast to Caernarfon and our hotel the Celtic Royal. Dinner in the hotel. We have a Country & Western themed quiz night to set the tone for the rest of the weekend.

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Day 2

This morning we cross the Menai Straits for a visit to that famous Welsh Railway Station at Llanfair PG, from here we continue to Beaumaris, renowned for its castle which is one of the finest medieval castles in Europe, stroll along the seafront, taking in the pier and the views over the Menai Strait and Snowdonia before having lunch in one of the many lively cafes, pubs and restaurants. In the afternoon we have an included visit to 19th Century Penrhyn Castle, explore the unique architecture, opulent interiors and fine art collections that sit alongside a history of sugar and slate fortunes, of social unrest and the longest-running industrial dispute in British history. Discover Penrhyn’s history, its vast rooms, neo-Norman stairways and Victorian kitchens. Dinner at the hotel is followed by an evening of live Country and Western themed entertainment.

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Day 3

After breakfast we travel south to visit the unique Italianate village of Portmeirion, designed by architect Clough William-Ellis early in the 20th century. The stunning houses and pavilions overlook the sea at Cardigan Bay and were made famous by the TV series 'The Prisoner'. After lunch we have a scenic afternoon drive back to Caernarfon via Betws-y-Coed and Llanberis at the foot of Mount Snowdon. Dinner in
the hotel is followed tonight by live Country and Western entertainment.

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Day 4

We leave our hosts at the Celtic Royal Hotel and start our journey home, we head through the Mersey Tunnel to Liverpool and some time at leisure to explore the Albert Dock and regenerated waterfront. We leave mid afternoon, arriving home in Cumbria early evening.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

The Celtic Royal Hotel

The Celtic Royal Hotel features a leisure club and free Wi-Fi. The hotel is situated in Caernarfon centre, just a 10-minute walk from Caernarfon Harbour.

The bright and airy bedrooms each have a cosy seating area and a work desk. All rooms feature tea/coffee facilities, a TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

The Celtic Royal Leisure Centre features an indoor heated swimming pool and a fully equipped fitness suite. Guests can relax in the sauna or steam room.

Brasserie Draco serves Mediterranean-style cuisine using fresh, local produce. Summit/Y Copa Bar and Bistro offers creative meals and light snacks and traditional breakfasts are available daily.

Just a 5-minute walk from Caernarfon Castle, The Celtic Royal Hotel is a 15 minute drive from Snowdonia National Park.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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