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Railways & Castles of Wales

(Tour code: WDS17)Scenic tours through the Welsh countryside

Enjoy a fantastic tour of North Wales, based in charming Llandudno. From here we explore the historic steam railways and impressive castles found along the coastline of this beautiful and mountainous region of Wales.


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Tour Highlights
  • Llandudno
  • Snowdon Mountain Railway
  • National Slate Museum
  • Caernarfon Castle
  • Conwy Castle
  • Bodnant Gardens
  • Welsh Highland Railway
  • Portmeirion
  • Ffestiniog Railway
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after  14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between  16:00 and  18:00. You will receive a welcome drink at 18.00 just before dinner at 18.30.

Day 1

Meet in Llandudno

Our holiday begins as you meet your Tour Manager in Llandudno, where we stay at the Dunoon Hotel. Tonight we meet for a drinks reception, and dinner in the hotel's award-winning restaurant.

  • Dinner
  • Drinks reception
Welsh Highland Railway
Day 2

Railways and Portmeirion

Today we head along the coast to Caernarfon, and join the narrow-gauge Welsh Highland Railway* into the foothills of the Snowdon Mountains to Beddgelert. Here we coach to Portmeirion. After a guided tour, we join the narrow-gauge Ffestiniog Railway* for a trip through wild and dramatic countryside to Blaenau Ffestiniog.

* Steam hauled where possible

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursions
Caernarfon Castle
Day 3

Caernarfon Castle & Snowdon by Steam

We begin our day with a guided tour of the impressive Caernarfon Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We then travel over the Llanberis Pass to Llanberis, where we visit the National Slate Museum, housed in the Victorian workshops. Later, we board the Snowdon Mountain Railway special heritage steam service**, which climbs to the summit of Snowdon at 3,494 feet.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursions
Day 4

At leisure in Llandudno

Today you are at leisure to explore Llandudno. This evening a guest speaker from the Llandudno Civic Society will regale you with Llandudno's fascinating history, dating back to the Middle Ages.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Free Day
  • Guest speaker
Bodnant Gardens
Day 5

Conwy Castle and Bodnant Garden

This morning we visit Conwy Castle, a wonderfully preserved 13th century castle. A guided tour reveals its intriguing history. We also visit Plas Mawr, the bestpreserved Elizabethan townhouse in Britain. We then continue to Bodnant Garden, which spans 80 acres, including a beautiful wild garden. Tonight we enjoy a 'Taste of Wales' farewell Gala dinner.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursions
Day 6

Homeward bound

The tour concludes after breakfast this morning, and you are free to depart Llandudno at your leisure.

  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note ** Diesel service in April & October Itinerary and excursions may very on some departures.


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Phil Conde
Kathryn Cambridge
Lynne Broadley



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