Caernarfon Castle & Snowdonia Mountains

7.5 hours | Holyhead | H L Y - 1 0 5
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Points of Interest

  • Castles
Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

From Holyhead, your scenic motorcoach tour takes you across the Isle of Anglesey to the mainland, with fine views of the Menai Strait en route to the walled medieval city of Caernarfon. As views of this imposing military stronghold come into view, you'll feel as though you've stepped back in time.

History comes alive in so many ways at this UNESCO World Heritage Site; along the lofty wall walks, beneath the twin-towered gatehouse and within imaginative exhibitions located inside the towers

You'll learn that Caernarfon played a key role in England's long struggle for dominion over Wales. Built by Edward I at the entrance of the Menai Strait, the castle was the linchpin in a series of English fortifications built in the 13th century.

Since the location of the castle was a good fit with that of a royal stronghold once envisioned by a Roman emperor in his dreams, Edward I led his architects to create as many allusions to the power and might of the Roman Empire as possible.

Thus, the castle's majestic persona is no architectural accident. It was designed to echo the walls of Constantinople with its multiple bands of colored stone. Caernarfon's symbolic status was cemented when Edward made sure that his son, the first English Prince of Wales, was born here in 1284. In 1969, the castle gained worldwide fame as the setting for the Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales.

After free time for shopping in Caernarfon town, your tour continues to a typical small Welsh hotel where you'll enjoy a relaxing lunch of traditional Welsh dishes. Enjoy dramatic views from Llanberis Pass and delight in the small mountain village of Capel Curig before continuing to the intriguing town of Llanfair P.G. via the Britannia Bridge.

This is the much abbreviated version of the town's official title which boasts 58 letters. The sign bearing the entire name has become a real tourist attraction and a popular photo opportunity! After free time for shopping and exploring, you'll continue with the return drive across the Isle of Anglesey to Holyhead.

Special Notes:

The drive from Holyhead to Caernarfon is approximately one hour.

The floors and battlements of Caernarfon Castle are slippery in wet weather. Please wear rubber-soled shoes and watch your step.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart Holyhead to Caernarfon Castle with photostop at Britannia Bridge

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
01:15
Time at site:
00:15
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Guided visit Caernarfon Castle & Free time in Caernarfon Village

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
01:45
Free time at site:
45
Inside visit:
Yes
Steps:
20
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes

Transfer to a leading local hotel for lunch

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
01:30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
20
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes

Free time in Llanfair PG

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
01:15
Time at site:
00:45
Free time at site:
45
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Depart Llanfair PG to Holyhead to re-board your ship

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:45
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No