Separated from the North Wales mainland by the Menai Straits, the Isle of Anglesey is surrounded by a coastline declared an Area of Outstanding Beauty. This might explain why Druids, Vikings, Saxons, Normans and the English gravitated here over the centuries and why, in 1295, King Edward I erected the magnificent Beaumaris Castle with grand views presiding over the land. Considered technically perfect, this state-of-the-art construction is an example of medieval practicality and aesthetic beauty
Day 1. Beaumaris, the beautiful marsh, refers to one of the most picturesque small towns in Wales. Travelling over Britannia Bridge, its a relaxing ride to the beautiful and historically diverse Isle of Anglesey for a five-night stay at the Bulkeley Hotel***
Day 2. Formerly known as Port of the Vikings, Beaumaris offers more than a medieval castle. Theres a Tudor Rose, one of Britains oldest buildings, a 14th Century Parish Church, the courthouse and the marina to explore on a day at leisure to acclimatise to base camp.
Day 3. A scenic tour of the spectacular coastline incorporates a visit to the home of Lord and Lady Anglesey at Plas Newydd. This 18th Century Gothic mansion is not only set amidst fabulous parklands but also contains the largest collection of Rex Whistler works in Britain as well as hosting a military museum with relics from the Battle of Waterloo.
Day 4. We travel to new heights on a breathtaking ascent of the largest mountain in Wales, courtesy of the Snowdon Mountain Railway that not only saves aching limbs but also affords ample time to absorb the natural splendour of Snowdonia. Traversing viaducts, waterfalls and forests, climbing through valleys, to aerial views of the, Land of Eagles, and Llanberis Pass, youll be on cloud nine by the time you reach the summit. A visit to beautiful Betws-y-Coed completes this fantastic day.
Day 5. Snowdonias most delightful village, Beddgelert has a sad story to tell about one man and his dog, but once tears have dried youre in for a sight for sore eyes. Bordered by Aberglaslyn Pass and Nant Gwynant valley, this is Snowdonias most delightful village. With Mount Hebog to the west and Mount Snowdon to the north, we make our way to Porthmadog and the royal town of Caernarfon.
Day 6. Alas, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrnd robwllllantysiliogogogoch is not on todays agenda, as by the time weve pronounced the longest village name in Britain we will be back in our homes in the West Country and surrounding areas. We will be leaving with smiles as we think of all the beautiful destinations North Wales has elegantly flaunted in
Maybe your next trip will be towards the quaint town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch?
A ride on the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
Entrance to Plas Newydd House.
Excursions as detailed.
5 nights hotel stay on half board
This superb hotel was built as a Georgian show piece in 1832 and retains all its charming features,
including an opulent silver service restaurant that serves fresh local produce and a resident pianist who plays whilst you dine.
A comfortable lounge is available to all guests
and the hotel has a lift.
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