We’ll stay at one of three hotels in Llandudno:
The family-run Risboro Hotel is situated approximately 400 yards from Llandudno’s North Shore beach. The hotel offers en-suite rooms with a flat-screen TV, a restaurant, bar and lounge. (JG2 rating)
The Grand Hotel is a splendid Victorian building situated on the seafront, beside Llandudno pier. The hotel offers traditional en-suite rooms with TV and tea and coffee-making facilities, a bar and restaurant. It also boasts lovely views of the bay and also has a games room and an elegant ballroom. (All meals buffet style). (JG2+ rating)
The New Loretta Hotel is located on a quiet avenue, five minutes’ walk from the beach in Llandudno. All the en-suite rooms offer a flat-screen TV, DVD player and tea and coffee-making facilities. The hotel also features a restaurant and a conservatory with a bar and outdoor seating area. (JG2 rating)
Hotels with a JG2 rating are a mixture of larger hotels and privately owned properties. Décor and furnishings may be simple but are well maintained. All bedrooms have en-suite facilities, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Food may be buffet style in some of the larger hotels. Services may be limited
Caernarfon & Welsh Highland Railway (full day)
We travel to Caernarfon, a charming town with a thriving harbour located on the eastern shore of the Menai Straits. The main landmark of the town is the imposing castle ordered by Edward I in the 13th century.
In the afternoon we board the Welsh Highland Railway and enjoy a picturesque journey to the quaint village of Beddgelert, admiring the aweinspiring scenery of the Snowdonia National Park on the way.
Llandudno & Great Orme Tramway (full day)
We spend some time at leisure in the seaside resort of Llandudno, famed for its golden beach flanked by the Great and Little Ormes and its
wonderful air of traditional Victorian charm.
Later we board the Great Orme Tramway, Britain’s only cable-hauled public road tramway, for a scenic journey up to the summit of the Great Orme, passing through the Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve. Enjoy the breathtaking views of sea and mountains as we travel in the original, lovinglyrestored Victorian tramcars.
Portmeirion & Ffestiniog Railway (full day)
Architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis designed and built the Italianate village of Portmeirion after being inspired by visits to the Mediterranean. Its unique atmosphere has seen it featured on camera many times, most famously in the 1960s TV series, The Prisoner.
After a morning here, we travel to the town of Porthmadog to catch the Ffestiniog Railway to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau. The train climbs over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through forests, lakes and waterfalls.