Llandudno, North Wales & Snowdon

Llandudno, North Wales & Snowdon

Llandudno & the Snowdon Mountain Railway

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Llandudno & the Snowdon Mountain Railway

Llandudno

With its unique combination of Victorian style and Edwardian elegance, Llandudno is the largest holiday resort in Wales. Dubbed the 'Queen of Welsh Resorts', Llandudno is an exciting place that is both lively and beautiful with two sandy beaches sitting beneath the towering limestone headland of the Great Orme Countryside Park. In addition to being North Wales' premier holiday destination, Llandudno is also a main retail centre. Famous high street stores are all here with a stroll under the pretty Victorian canopies in Mostyn Street revealing Llandudno's tremendous choice.

 

The Ffestiniog Railway

The Ffestiniog Railway is the oldest independent railway company in the world, originally constructed to transport the slate quarried around Blaenau Ffestiniog down to the harbour at Porthmadog. Now you can travel by steam through the spectacular scenery of the Snowdonia National Park, between Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog.

 

Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden (which is owned by the National Trust) is one of the most spectacular and admired gardens in Britain. It was created by successive generations of the McLaren family, but was primarily the creation of the 2nd Lord Aberconway (Henry McLaren) who gave it to the National Trust in 1949.

Highlights of the Garden include:

  • the grand formal Terraces facing south-west across the River Conwy to Snowdonia

  • the Pin Mill, an elegant Georgian building which in 1939 was moved from Gloucestershire to Bodnant Garden

  • the famous Laburnum Arch, a curved walk about 55 metres long covered with laburnum which produces a magnificent cascade of long yellow flowers in late May / early June

  • the Dell, a deep valley with numerous streams, towering trees and rhododendrons

  • the design of the Garden and the vast collection of plants, including four National Collections, which ensure colour and interest at all times

 

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.

 

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..."

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 Llandudno and our hotel , the St Kilda. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 2

Today we have a full day drive through the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. Travelling through the Conwy Valley we first visit picturesque Betsw-y-Coed before continuing to Blaenau Ffestiniog where we join the Ffestiniog Railway for the scenic journey 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

Free day to explore Llandudno. Dinner at the St Kilda.

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Day 4

Morning at leisure, in the afternoon we have an included visit to Bodnant Gardens, one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK, covering some 80 acres of ground above the river Conwy with views across the valley to Snowdonia. We return to Llandudno for dinner.

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Day 5

Full day excursion calling first at Conwy a lovely walled town with an impressive castle before continuing on 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 6

A morning visit to Caernarfon with its magnificent castle. After time to explore the maze of narrow streets in Caernarfon we head off to Llanberis at the foot of Mount Snowdon where we have an included ride on the famous rack and pinion railway up to the summit of Mount Snowdon. Dinner at the St Kilda.

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Day 7

Full day visit to Portmeirion the Italianate village built by Clough Williams-Ellis on the coast of Snowdonia and made famous by the TV series 'The Prisoner'. Farewell dinner at the St Kilda this evening.

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Day 8

We leave our hosts at the St Kilda Hotel for the return journey home to Cumbria, lunch and coffee stops en-route and we are due back late afternoon.

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