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Llandudno & North Wales

Llandudno & North Wales

5 day trip touring North Wales


5 day trip touring North Wales


Llandudno is Wales's largest resort, uniquely situated between the Great and Little Ormes with two wonderful beaches, the award winning North Shore and the quiet, sand duned West Shore. Llandudno has kept its Victorian and Edwardian elegance and splendour, despite its modern attractions.


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. 


Caernarfon Castle

Mighty Caernarfon is possibly the most famous of Wales's castles. Its sheer scale and commanding presence easily set it apart from the rest, and to this day, still trumpet in no uncertain terms the intention of its builder Edward I. Begun in 1283 as the definitive chapter in his conquest of Wales, 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.


Llanberis is packed with enough attractions to keep visitors busy for weeks. But first, there’s the lakeside location at the foot of Snowdon. When you’re tired of walking beside the water – which you won’t be – take a ride on two narrow-gauge lines, the Llanberis Lake Railway and Snowdon Mountain Railway. The latter climbs almost to the doorstep of the stunning Hafod Eryri Visitor Centre. Lots to see and do in lakeside Padarn Country Park. The National Slate Museum recalls Snowdonia’s rich industrial heritage, Electric Mountain invites you into its awesome high-tech underground world, while Dolbadarn Castle takes you back a thousand years to the time of the native Welsh princes. If that isn’t enough there are craft shops and watersports too.


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 Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwy rndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. 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. The original name was Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll, which means "St. Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel."

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria for our journey south to the historic city of Chester where we have time for lunch and sightseeing before continuing via the north Wales coast to Llandudno and our hotel the St. Kilda. Dinner in the hotel followed by entertainment.


Day 2

Today we drive through the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. Travelling through the Conwy Valley we first visit picturesque Betws-y-Coed before continuing via Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog. We return to Llandudno via Beddgelert where three vales join the heart of Snowdonia, dinner in the hotel.

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Day 3

A morning visit to Caernarfon with its magnificent castle, one of Europe’s greatest medieval fortresses. After time to explore the maze of narrow streets in Caernarfon we head off to Llanberis at the foot of Mount Snowdon. Dinner at the St Kilda.

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Day 4

Full day excursion calling first at Conwy, a lovely walled town with an impressive castle before continuing to LlanfairPG, the village with the legendary long name. We then visit Beaumaris with its magnificent setting on Conwy Bay. We return to Llandudno for dinner.

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Day 5

Today we leave our hosts at the St Kilda, returning home to Cumbria via the Victorian resort of Southport, arriving back early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

St Kilda Hotel

St Kilda Hotel is located on the seafront at the heart of Llandudno, the hotel's graceful Victorian architecture has been faithfully restored to recreate a grand era of the old days.


And because St Kilda's is a family-run hotel, you can expect a uniquely warm welcome. No guest walks through the doors without enjoying a complimentary plate of St Kilda's famous homemade scones and from the moment you check in, friendly staff will be on hand to make your holiday a memorable experience.


Dating back to 1854 St Kilda has over sixty bedrooms, each with their own unique character.

The front rooms overlook the broad sweep of Llandudno Bay.

All rooms come with en-suite facilities offering you a choice between walk-in-showers and/or baths.

Each is equipped with Direct Dial Telephones, Hairdryer, Tea & Coffee making facilities, Radio and flat screen Television.

St Kilda Hotel has lift access to every floor.

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 Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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