Welsh Scenic Railways 5 Days - George Iv Hotel
- Duration: 5 days
- Board Basis: Half Board
- Tour Ref: D2TALF5367
- Travel Type: Coach
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 - Llanberis Lake Railway & Betws-y-Coed
Venture into Snowdonia National Park today as we enjoy a journey aboard the pretty Llanberis Lake Railway which takes us around Lake Padarn in the shadow of might Mount Snowdon. We also visit the quaint village of Betws-y-Coed which lies at the very heart of the National Park. Surrounded by densely wooded hills, here you will find delightful shops and charming cafes./n
Day 3 - Scenic Snowdonia & Talyllyn Railway
Today we head south, through the spectacular scenery of Snowdonia to take a journey aboard the Talyllyn Railway – the railway with a heart of gold! The first preserved railway in the world, the line opened in 1865 and the delightful route takes across more than seven miles of beautiful countryside. Travel through ancient woodlands, admire the pretty meadows and keep an eye out for Red Kites, Cormorants and Peregrine Falcons that are regularly spotted along the journey!/n
Day 4 - Welsh Highland Railway & Caernarfon
Zig-zagging through the hills and mountains of Snowdonia, the Welsh Highland Railway provides us with a great day out. Running from seaside Porthmadog to historic Caernarfon this is truly one of Wales’ finest train journeys. We will also spend some time in majestic Caernarfon, where the mighty castle towers over the historic streets./n
Day 5 - 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.