Portmeirion & Snowdonia Railway 7 Days George Iv H
Criccieth lies on the South side of the Llyn Peninsula with splendid views over Cardigan Bay. It is home to a medieval castle, built by the Welsh in the mid-thirteenth century but later taken by Edward I who incorporated it into his ring of castles designed to maintain Norman control. It was captured by Owain Glyndwr in the uprising of 1404 and the scorch marks from that battle can still be seen! The castle headland divides the town into two with a pebbly beach to the West and a lovely sheltered mainly sandy beach to the East. Nearby is the village of Llanystumdwy, which boasts a museum devoted to David Lloyd George, the “Welsh Wizard”, whose family once lived in Criccieth. The countryside around Criccieth is breathtaking with fabulous coastal views over Cardigan Bay, awesome mountain scenery in Snowdonia and delightful gardens and castles at every turn.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - Outward Travel
Day 2 - Portmeirion
This unique village (entry included in tour cost) is set on its own peninsula on the southern shores of Snowdonia. /nIts dreamlike Italianate quality made it the setting for the famous TV series The Prisoner. /nDesigned by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, the village intended to show how a beautiful landscape could be developed sympathetically./n
Day 3 - Day at Leisure
Day 4 - Day at Leisure
Day 5 - Barmouth & Ffestiniog
Arguably the most beautiful locations in Wales between mountains and sea, Barmouth sits at the mouth of the river Mawddach./nNotable sights include the Tŷ Gwyn Shipwreck Museum, Tŷ Crwn Gaol Museum and the preserved Sailors Institute (seasonal opening, free entry)./nBleanau Ffestiniog was once a major mining town bus is now a hub for artists and tourists./n
Day 6 - Snowdon
From Llanberis we take the only public rack and pinion railway in the UK (fare incl in tour cost) which reaches almost to the summit of Snowdon, weather allowing!/nEn-route are spectacular views, especially from Clogwyn Station 3/4 of the way up. At this point the landscape is dark and volcanic./nAt the summit is a visitor centre complete with the highest café in Britain! On a clear day one can (theoretically) see 6 countries./n
Day 7 - Return Travel
George IV Hotel
Situated on the High Street in the centre of Criccieth with magnificent views towards the sea and castle from many bedrooms. The George IV is an iconic hotel and a popular choice for coach holidays to Criccieth. The hotel now has 76 bedrooms with central heating and bath or shower and WC (most have bath and shower). All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, intercom, hair dryer and television with radio channels. Extensive public areas include a delightful intimate bar, attractive large restaurant, entertainment room with additional bar and a cosy lounge.