Castles & Gardens of North Wales

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Attingham Park

Board our private executive coach at your preferred pick up points – stop at a convenient property en route such as Attingham Park near Shrewsbury, an elegant 18th century mansion with magnificent Regency interiors and silver, period furniture and painting collections – continue to the 3* Celtic Royal Hotel in Caernarfon.

Day 2 – Caernarfon Castle & Plas Newydd

Guided tour of Caernarfon Castle, constructed in 1283 as the definitive chapter in Edward I’s conquest of Wales – guided tour of the National Trust’s beautiful 18th century house at Plas Newydd, home of the Marquess of Anglesey and a mixture of classic and Gothic styles with wonderful views of Snowdonia.

Day 3 – Lloyd George Museum, Ffestiniog Railway & Portmeirion Village

The Lloyd George Museum commemorates the life and times of David Lloyd George, Britain's first modern Prime Minister, who led the country during the World War I and includes a visit to Highgate, the Victorian cottage where he spent his childhood – take the scenic Ffestiniog Narrow Gauge Railway from Porthmadog Station to Blaenau Festiniog where we are met once again by our coach – transfer the short distance to Portmeirion, built by Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village.

Day 4 – Bodnant Gardens & Conwy Castle

One of the world’s most spectacular gardens, the National Trust’s 80 acre Bodnant Gardens located above the River Conwy features huge Italianate terraces and stunning views across Snowdonia – guided tour of Conwy Castle, completed in 1287 and one of Edward I’s chain of Welsh fortresses.

Day 5 – Powis Castle & Garden

The world famous garden at the National Trust’s Powis Castle and Garden was laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles and retains its original lead statues, while the medieval castle contains one of the finest collections of paintings and furniture in Wales – return to our original departure points with comfort stops en route.

Tour Features

Half board accommodation

All excursions & guided tours included

Blue Badge guide Days 2 to 4

Executive coach throughout

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Attingham Park

Caernarfon Castle - guided tour 

Plas Newydd - guided tour

Lloyd George Museum

Ffestiniog Railway

Portmeirion Village

Bodnant Gardens

Conwy Cstle - guided tour

Powis Castle & Garden


Four nights on half board basis at the 3* Celtic Royal Hotel. Located in the centre of Caernarfon, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool and all rooms are en suite.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include:

  • Snowdon Mountain Railway - an awe inspiring journey by Britain’s only rack and pinion railway to the summit of Snowdon
  • Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - boat excursion across the famous aqueduct built by Thomas Telford between 1795 and 1805 and which, according to UNESCO, represents a 'masterpiece of human creative genius'
  • Penrhyn Castle - the first Lord Penrhyn, the owner of a nearby slate mine and also sugar plantations in the West Indies, filled his late 18th century neo-Norman fantasy castle with his amazing collection of paintings and other treasures
  • Plas Mawr - built by Robert Wynn between 1576 and 1585, with elaborately decorated plaster ceilings and fine wooden screens, this is possibly the UK’s best preserved Elizabethan town house
  • Gwydir Castle - built in the 1500’s by the illustrious Wynn family, a fine example of a Tudor courtyard house, incorporating reused medieval material from the dissolved Abbey of Maenan
  • Plas Brondanw Gardens - not as famous as his village of Portmeirion, but widely regarded to be Sir Clough Williams-Ellis’ masterpiece
  • The ‘Marble Church’ - the Church of St Margaret of Antioch in Bodelwyddan boasts an interior featuring marble from Ireland, England, France and Italy and fine Victorian stained glass windows
  • Erddig - one of the most fascinating houses in Britain with an evocative range of outbuildings and state rooms displaying original 18th and 19th century furnishings

Tour Reviews

Reviews for Castles & Gardens of North Wales

Date of tour: October 2019

Having recently returned from the holiday to North Wales I wish to express my appreciation of an excellent holiday. In particular, I would highly commend the Tour Guide. She showed great local knowledge, amusing anecdotes but also knew when to stay quiet. The coach driver was very helpful at all times and his driving was smooth and highly competent to cope with challenging narrow roads and difficult manoeuvres. Many thanks.

PL, Reigate

Date of tour: October 2019

Our trip to North Wales was very successful. Thank you for all your organising and help on this. I am really impressed with the way in which Tailored Travel organise their tours. I had not been on one before and I was a little apprehensive beforehand but it turned out that I shouldn’t have worried about it as it all went very well. We were extremely lucky with the weather as it was much drier than expected. Mostly it rained in the evening or when we were on the coach. We didn’t get wet outside until Thursday when we were touring around Conwy Castle. Everyone liked the hotel. The staff were very friendly, the rooms were clean & the food was very good. The Blue Badge guide was very interesting & inspiring. She was very friendly & everyone seemed to like her. The coach driver was an excellent driver. He was also very friendly & lots of people enjoyed talking to him. With thanks from all of us.

KW, Brookwood

Date of tour: September 2018

It is with great pleasure that I can tell you that we were all of us in the group very pleased with a wonderful journey to Wales. Everything went as we could have wished for, including the weather. Our guide was so good and a pleasant person as well, the coach was fine, the two hotels good and so on. All the sights and venues great and so much to see and experience. I would like to thank you, Michael and all the others who helped at Tailored Travel for all you did.

RS, Iceland

Date of tour: June 2017

We had an excellent tour to North Wales in every respect (even the weather was better than we expected). The hotel was very comfortable; they were very well organised, obviously used to catering for more than one coach group in residence at a time. The rooms were a good size, clean and comfortable. The food was very good and the staff pleasant. We really loved our guide (knowledgeable and never boring, juicy gossip) and the driver. He drove magnificently through all sorts of tricky arches and windy roads and even had to get out and move a horse box at one point. If he and his coach are available next year for Amsterdam we would be very happy! Everyone on the tour seemed very pleased with it; we did not get any complaints. Another triumph for Tailored Travel's brilliant organisation! And thank you, Petra for your in depth information and attention to detail.

MD, Winscombe

Date of tour: September 2016

We had a fabulous holiday to North Wales! The coach was extremely comfortable and the driver was superb. We were given the option to drive up though Wales from Bristol and we loved all the scenery as we made our way north to Caernarfon. The hotel was very comfortable and we enjoyed very good service, with many of us making the most of the swimming pool and sauna! The itinerary was good. Our highlights were Bodnant Gardens, the Lloyd George Museum and the rail and canal journeys, but each place on the itinerary was mentioned by someone in the review ‘a sentence about your highlight’ that I sent around the coach on the way home. Here are a couple of quotes; ‘Another absolutely wonderful holiday, everyday packed with fantastic highlights. Many thanks!’ ‘A most enjoyable holiday, much to do and the mountain scenery was stunning’. ‘Wonderful and helpful driver, and great company on board!’ So, as usual our thanks go to Tailored Travel for the superb organisation that gave us such a good holiday.

JH, Tavistock

Date of tour: October 2015

We are all back and all enjoyed the holiday to North Wales. The hotel was of a very high standard and the staff most helpful. Amanda was a great guide and went out of her way to be helpful. Thanks you.

CL, Totnes

Date of tour: October 2014

Just to let you know that everything went well on the North Wales trip. Guide, driver, hotel and all arrangements. Weather perfect except for cloud and light rain just as we were approaching the summit of Snowdon! Thank you for all you did to make the tour run so smoothly. Everyone had a great time.

AG, London

Date of tour: April 2014

Thank you to you & all your 'team' for putting together a lovely holiday in North Wales. The hotel was super and the food excellent including a special coeliac diet for the one member - the staff were so helpful & obliging at all times. Amanda, the Blue badge guide was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed her company along with all her knowledge. We had a lovely welcome at the Anglesey Federation by their chairman, Audrey Jones, whom I had met at a National Council Meeting some years ago! Again we were given a lovely lunch. Even the weather wasn't too bad! It was glorious when we went to Portmeirion with sun and blue skies! We even saw the top of Snowdon! All in all we had a good time with a lot of fun & laughter. Once again, many thanks to you all – it’s a pleasure working with you.

CK, Bristol

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