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The Great Castles of North Wales
This tour will take in the most spectacular of Edward's Welsh Castles with your host Dr Marc Morris. Marc is a medieval historian and broadcaster best known for his TV series on British castles. In 2008 he published a bestselling biography of Edward I, "A Great and Terrible King", to widespread critical acclaim and his new book "The Norman Conquest" is every bit as engagingly written.
Special Event highlights: Talk by Dr Marc Morris, historian, TV presenter and author of "A Great and Terrible King", a biography of Edward I Spectacular castle architecture including Conwy's residential royal suites
- Two nights' bed and breakfast at the 4-star St. George's Hotel, Llandudno, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
- Welcome reception
- First night private dinner with wine
- Second night dinner in the hotel restaurant
- All talks, guided tours and admissions
- Coach transfers and tour manager throughout
- Single room supplement
- Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis
- Holiday insurance
- Meals other than those stated
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Porterage and gratuities
Day 2: We begin our day at Rhuddlan built during Edward I's first campaign of 1277, where his engineers straightened a river in order to provide better acess for his fleet. Then its onto Conwy, a perfectly formed fortress constructed at record speed after the war of 1282-83, designed to accommodate the king himself and which boasts one of the best surviving royal residential suites in Britain. After lunch in Conwy (not included) there will be time to walk the well-preserved town walls that Edward I laid out in conjunction with the castle. From Conwy we proceed to Caernarfon, the greatest castle of them all, constructed on an imperial scale incorporating not only ingenious military features into its design but also drawing inspiration from the direction of Arthurian legend.
Day 3: Today we head into the mountains of Snowdonia taking in the ruins of Dolwyddelan, a castle built by the native Welsh princes which fell to Edward I in the course of his conquest. After lunch (not included) we visit Harlech, perched high on its rock above the sea, the inspiration for scores of Romantic painters including Turner. Finally we head north to the island of Anglesey where a native revolt against Edward's rule in 1294 caused him to build Beaumaris. Beaumaris is the last visit and is the last of his great castles which was never completed because of its spiralling cost. Return to the hotel approximately 17.00.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note: Extra nights are available at a supplement, please click here or on the availability tab above to select your date of travel and extra night rates.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 40 passengers.
Located in the heart of the town of Llandudno, right next to the sea and promenade. the 4-star St. George's Hotel is perfectly located for all of our visits. The hotel provides a restaurant, bar, and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone, air-conditioning, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel also has complimentary parking on a 'first come, first serve' basis and can accommodate approximately 34 cars.
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Marc Morris was a delight, so informative and fun. Tour excellently managed, thanks Mike Stone. Would definitely book another tour. Hotel excellent as well, couldn't fault the staff and service.