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Holyhead - The Castles of North Wales (full day)

Today, drive through Anglesey to cross the Menai Straits and head along the coast road, past the seaside town of Conwy with its majestic Castle. Pause for Photographs. Continue inland towards the Snowdonia National Park. Pass through the lovely Betwys y Coed; renowned for its popularity with hill walkers and adventure seekers! Drive still further into the very heart of Snowdonia and the magnificent Snowdonia mountain range. Take the incredible Llanberis Pass that skirts the base of Snowdon, the highest peak in Britain south of the Scottish highlands at 3560 feet high. If the weather is fine there will be opportunities to photograph the fabulous scenery.

Arrive in Caernarfon where lunch will be served at a local hotel (probably the Celtic Royal Hotel). Enjoy live, traditional welsh music during and after your meal to give you a taste of the heavenly music for which this part of the world is so famous. After a delicious lunch and display of Welsh culture, visit Caernarfon with its famous castle dating back to 1283. It was here that the heir to the British thrown, Prince Charles, was crowned Prince of Wales in 1969. Pause to photograph the once impregnable castle.

Afterwards, drive along the coast road and to Penrhyn Castle. This fabulous fairy tale style castle is a more recent example of how a lived-in castle would have appeared. Completed in 1837 the present castle was built over existing buildings, and therefore incorporates the castle completed only fifty years earlier along with the medieval manor house. The style is richly gothic with a distinctly Moorish flavour. A large collection of old masters was brought to the house in the nineteenth century, adding to the already extensive collection of family portraits. The collection is the finest in Wales outside the National Museum.

Tour the castle at your leisure, visiting its many rooms that conjure up the atmosphere of a bygone era. Stewards are positioned throughout the house to share their extensive knowledge with you. The gardens are also well worth a visit. Afterwards re-board your coach and return to the ship in Holyhead.

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Tours in Holyhead

The Castles of North Wales
Portmeirion

Ports in Wales

Cardiff & Newport
Holyhead
Milfordhaven & Fishguard
Swansea