Easter in Snowdonia

Easter in Snowdonia

A 4 day Easter Break in scenic Snowdonia, North Wales

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A 4 day Easter Break in scenic Snowdonia, North Wales

Welsh Highland Railway

Starting from the historic town of Caernarfon, the Welsh Highland Railway is North Wales' newest narrow-gauge railway and the UK's longest heritage line, operating the world's most powerful narrow gauge steam locomotives. The magnificent scenery of the Snowdonia National Park is best experienced from one of these trains as you sit back and enjoy the view during the 25 mile journey. The railway runs past the foot of Snowdon, to the picture postcard village of Beddgelert, through the beautiful Aberglaslyn Pass and on to Porthmadog.

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..."

 

Caernarfon

Gwynedd’s county town, home to Wales’s most famous castle, a 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. Caernarfon was constructed not only as a military stronghold but also as a seat of government and royal palace. The castle's majestic persona is no architectural accident: it was designed to echo the walls of Constantinople, the imperial power of Rome and the dream castle, 'the fairest that ever man saw', of Welsh myth and legend. After all these years Caernarfon's immense strength remains unchanged. Standing at the mouth of the Seiont river, the fortress (with its unique polygonal towers, intimidating battlements and colour banded masonry) dominates the walled town also founded by Edward I. Caernarfon's symbolic status was emphasized when Edward made sure that his son, the first English Prince of Wales, was born here in 1284. In 1969, the castle gained worldwide fame as the setting for the Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales.

Betws y Coed

It’s one of those places that never closes, even on a Sunday in deep and dark December. How could it? There’s too much demand. This bustling mountain resort, the official ‘gateway village to Snowdonia’ in a beautiful location amongst woods and riverbanks, has been consistently popular since Victorian times and the coming of the railway. Many attractions, including railway museum, golf course, high ropes adventure, waymarked walks and famous Swallow Falls. Town has an excellent Snowdonia National Park Information Centre with Princes of Gwynedd exhibition, and an outstanding range of shops selling quality crafts, clothing and outdoor gear. 

Friday 10th April

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. Welcome drink on arrival. Dinner in the hotel.

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Saturday 11th April

Following breakfast in the hotel we enjoy a ride on the Welsh Highland Railway, the UK's longest heritage railway which runs for 25 miles from Caernarfon, past the foot of Snowdon and the picture postcard village of Beddgelert, through the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass and on to Porthmadog. We re-join our coach and travel to the nearby unique village of Portmeirion, exploring the lovely gardens, picturesque village and shops. Dinner and entertainment in the hotel tonight.

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Easter Sunday 12th A

Morning at leisure in Caernarfon, Gwynedd’s county town and home to Caernarfon Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 3 course Easter lunch in the hotel before enjoying a scenic afternoon excursion to Betws-y-Coed. We continue our journey through the Snowdonia National Park and return to Caernarfon via the village of Llanberis. Light evening buffet in the hotel.

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Monday 13th April

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

Celtic Royal Hotel

Dating back to the 18th century and frequented by Queen Victoria, the Celtic Royal Hotel is a historic hotel in Caernarfon, North Wales.

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 and a 5-minute walk from Caernarfon Castle.

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.

 

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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