Castles and Houses of North Wales
Discover the legendary scenery, charming traditions and extraordinary culture of North Wales on this tour of a collection of the area’s most impressive castles and magnificent historical houses.
In the town of Llangollen on the banks River Dee, Plas Newydd has been transformed into a vision of gothic style and it is our first step back in time. Sitting at the apex of a craggy ridge, Harlech Castle is a medieval fortification that stands sentinel over the sprawling dunes below, with the rugged peaks of Snowdonia as the castle’s dramatic backdrop. Castell Deudraeth is a 19th Century Castle house built by Dafydd Williams, the first Liberal MP for Meirionnyd and known as a ‘Jewel in the Welsh crown’, while Plas Brondaw is a showcase for Sir Clough Williams-Ellis’ talent for landscape design. Caernarfon Castle is world renowned for an exemplary example of medieval fortifications and was the scene of Prince Charles’ investiture as Prince of Wales in 1969. With views across the Ceiriog Valley, the Grade II listed house of Brynkinalt was built by Sir Edward Trevor in 1612 and over the years has been extended to include gothic style features including the castellation’s and turrets. Finally there is Bodrhyddan Hall, a dazzling Grade I listed Victorian stately house, home to hundreds of acres of gardens, parkland and woodland and an astonishing place to visit.
Our hotel: Rossett Hall Hotel seamlessly combines a Grade II listed Georgian mansion with elegant accommodation. The hotel opened in 1987 with many long serving members of staff ensuring high-quality and caring service from an extremely knowledgeable team. The bedrooms feature free standing baths, HD TVs, Tea and Coffee facilities, a safe, fridge and complimentary Wi-Fi. The perfect place to retire to after busy days exploring this delightful corner of Wales.
Coach Bays on Tothill Street, Westminster
Outside Luton Parkway Railway Station
Outside the Railway Station
Bus stop outside New Street Station
Bus stop outside Central Railway Station, to the right of the main entrance
Coach bays opposite KPMG offices, Sovereign Street
Coach bays on Store Street, next to NCP car park
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Day 1 -
We depart from our local pick-up points and begin the journey into North Wales, a true melting pot of geography including craggy mountain ranges, picturesque coastlines, verdant hills and meandering meadows. This afternoon we head towards the Welsh town of Wrexham where on the outskirts we find Brynkinalt Hall, a Grade II listed building which dates to 1612. The Trevor family have called this site home since 942 AD. The family have a distinguished history, having remained loyal to the crown throughout the Civil War, and in 1662 Marke Trevor was made the 1st Viscount of Dungannon. After a tour of the estate with a member of the Trevor family, followed by light refreshments, we take the short drive to the Rossett Hall Hotel, near Wrexham. Dinner, accompanied by a glass of wine, is served in the restaurant each evening.
|Hotel||Rossett Hall Hotel|
Day 2 -
After breakfast at leisure, we head westwards to Edward I’s mighty coastal fortress with a dramatic setting overlooking the town of Harlech and the Irish Sea – Harlech Castle. Completed in just seven years from commencement of construction under the guidance of architect Master James of St George, it was designed to maximize the effectiveness of the discouraging natural defences. We enter this monumental battlement from a dramatic ‘floating’ footbridge as was intended some 600 years ago.
We depart Harlech for the short drive to Castell Deudraeth, originally a manor house that was enlarged and castellated in the mid 1800s and is now home to a small hotel and restaurant having retained many of its original features. Included is a two-course lunch in the Brasserie, which has views over the Meirionnydd mountains to the south and the formal Victorian gardens to the west.
This afternoon we head to Plas Brondaw gardens which were gifted to Sir Clough Williams-Ellis by his father in 1902. These gardens are a fine example of Sir Clough’s talent for landscape design. Sandwiched between Snowdon and the sea the gardens have been inspired by renaissance Italy.
|Hotel||Rossett Hall Hotel|
|Meals included||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
Day 3 -
After breakfast at leisure, we head back to the west coast of Wales. Caernarfon is where we find one of Wales’ most famous castles and UNESCO World Heritage site – Caernarfon Castle, recognised as one of the world's greatest Medieval buildings. Originally built by Edward I as a royal residence and military fortress, the sheer scale and architecture of the castle is awe-inspiring. The dais made from Welsh slate on which Prince Charles was invested as Prince of Wales in 1969 remains in situ.
This afternoon we visit Plas Newydd the former home of the Ladies of Llangollen. Originally a five-bedroom stone cottage, it has been extended over the years. One of the most unusual features is the abundance of reclaimed oak carvings that are set in a patchwork style over a large proportion of the house’s exterior. Plas Newydd has in recent years also been featured in a variety of television productions including the 1989 BBC adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia), in 2003 as part of the Antiques Road Trip and in 2008 as part of the Most Haunted series.
|Hotel||Rossett Hall Hotel|
|Meals included||Breakfast, Dinner|
Day 4 -
After breakfast at leisure, we depart for the Grade I listed Stately home Bodrhyddan Hall. Set in stunning Welsh countryside the hall is nestled in hundreds of acres of gardens, parkland and woodland. The hall has remained in the possession of the same family for over 500 years, and it is steeped in a rich and varied history, evidence of which can be seen in the many artefacts on display. After time to explore and to enjoy some refreshments we bid farewell to North Wales and return to our original joining points.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Comfortable coach travel throughout
- Meals - as per the itinerary
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single supplement||Offer||Availability|
|4 September 2022||BCNW220904||4 September 2022 (Sunday)||7 September 2022 (Wednesday)||£695
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|10 October 2022||BCNW221010||10 October 2022 (Monday)||13 October 2022 (Thursday)||£695
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