Since the time of Elizabeth I, the road running from London to Holyhead has been a vital strategic route, linking England, Wales and the sea route to Ireland.
Approaching Holyhead from the sea, your first image is of towering sea cliffs rearing above the waves. Natural beauty abounds on the island of Anglesey, the northernmost part of Wales. Angelsey has a long and turbulent history, it was the last stronghold of Druids resisting the Roman invasion, and it was the last refuge of the Welsh princes who resisted English conquest and dominion. Today, Holyhead and Anglesey are your gateway to Wales, a land with a strong and proud Celtic tradition and with some of the most beautiful countryside in the British Isles.
Note: Your ship will anchor in Holyhead and use launches to transport all passengers ashore.
Majestic Caernarfon, Beaumarais and Conwy Castles were all built for King Edward I during England's 13th century conquest of Wales, and are impressive examples of British medieval military architecture.
The Rheilffordd Ffestiniog is the oldest railway company in the world. Celebrating almost 200 years of history, this classic company still uses the 150-year-old original locomotives and antique carriages.
North Wales' most popular inland resort is located in lovely Snowdonia National Park. This charming Victorian village boasts cascading waterfalls, hill-top lakes, river pools and ancient bridges.
Llechwedd Slate Caverns
A Miners' Tramway tour travels underground via the dramatic "Cathedral Chambers" to reveal the Welsh Slate Miner's world during the reign of Queen Victoria. See the Slate Mill and souvenir shop.
This narrow gauge rack and pinion railway travels to the summit of Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales. It inspired a series of books and the Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends tv show.
Welsh Highland Railway
The Welsh Highland is Snowdonia's newest railway. Trains start their spectacular 25 mile scenic journey from beneath the historic castle walls at Caernarfon.
This small coastal town in the Eifionydd area of Gwynedd is known locally as "Port." The terminus of the Ffestiniog Raiway and the gateway to Snowdonia National Park, it is a destination in itself.
Portmeirion is a popular tourist village in Gwynedd, North Wales. It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village.
On this delightful day in the country with little walking required, gaze out the window as you travel along the quiet, pastoral roads of Anglesey Island, where the flower-strewn meadows and emerald farmland lead toward low-lying hills. Stop at a Welsh cottage and be treated to a traditional Welsh tea Wheelchair accessible).
On this delightful day in the country with little walking required, gaze out the window as you travel along the quiet, pastoral roads of Anglesey Island, where the flower-strewn meadows and emerald farmland lead toward low-lying hills. Stop at a Welsh cottage and be treated to a traditional Welsh tea.
Settle in for a picturesque drive to the royal town of Caernarfon and its namesake castle, considered one of the most impressive of all of the castles in Wales. Explore this imposing 13th-century military fortress, its battlements and the top of one of its eight mighty towers.
Renowned for its stunning design and idyllic locale, Beaumaris Castle, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, is the last castle built by Edward I in his Welsh campaign. Explore independently the ruins of this never-completed architectural masterpiece. Then, enjoy free time to discover the historic seaside town of Beaumaris.
Explore Conwy Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Wales' most picturesque landmarks, built by Edward I in the late 13th century. Then, visit Llanfair PG, the town with the 56-letter name (represented by the abbreviation PG), and enjoy free time to shop for woolens, knitwear and crafts.
Enjoy a private tour of Penrhyn Castle. Once a simple fortified manor, Penrhyn was turned in to a Victorian folly--a private house that is also a fantasy vision of a Norman castle. This castle, however, boasts opulent Victorian furnishings, beautiful fittings and a stunning art collection.
Best of Northern Wales: Porthmadog & Ffestiniog Railway
8 hours | Holyhead | HLY-100H L Y - 1 0 0
All aboard! Travel from the coast to the mountains via road and rail! Ride the Rheilffordd Ffestiniog, one of the oldest independent railways in the world, through magnificent scenery as Snowdonia National Park unfolds before you. Continue by motorcoach to photograph Dolwyddelan Castle then on to Betws-y-Coed for lunch.
Explore the stunning Snowdonia Mountains and tour historic Caernarfon Castle. With lunch at a typical Welsh hotel, shopping in Caernarfon town, and a photo opportunity in the village with the longest place name in the United Kingdom, this intriguing full-day excursion offers a great introduction to North Wales.