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Holiday type Christmas markets
Country United Kingdom
Travel type Make your own way
Price range From £319
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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The great castles of North Wales

In the late 13th century, in the course of three devastating campaigns, Wales was conquered by the English King Edward I. To cement his victory he built a string of castles which became the greatest chain of fortresses in medieval Europe. Situated along the Welsh coast, against the backdrop of the mountains of Snowdonia, they are among the most beautiful and scenic buildings in Britain celebrated since the eighteenth century by diarists, poets and painters. Today their global importance is recognised by their collective designation as a UNESCO world heritage site.

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 four 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
Not included

  • 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 one

Arrive independently at the St George’s hotel, Llandudno from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and a talk by Dr Marc Morris – ‘A great and terrible king: Edward I and the forging of Britain’.

Day two

Our first visit is to Rhuddlan castle, which was built during Edward’s first conquest of Wales in 1277. Engineers straightened the course of the River Clwyd, which flows next to the castle, to give Edward’s ships access to supple provisions and troops if opposing armies were a threat on land. Next we explore Conwy, a perfectly formed fortress that was constructed at record speed after the second campaign of 1282-83. Conwy is designed to accommodate the king himself – the royal residential suites are some of the best surviving in the country. There will be time for a walk around the well-preserved town walls, which were laid out in conjunction with the castle. Our final visit of the day is to the great Caernarfon, constructed on an imperial scale incorporating not only ingenious military features into its design but also drawing inspiration from Arthurian legend. Tonight there will be dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day three

This morning we head into the mountains of Snowdonia to discover 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 we will visit Harlech castle. Harlech has inspired many a Romantic painter, including Turner, due to its spectacular location on a spur of rock overlooking the Irish Sea. Finally we travel to the island of Anglesey where a revolt against Edward’s rule in 1294 led to the construction of Beaumaris castle. Work ceased on construction before the castle was completed due to spiralling costs. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 40 passengers.
St. George's hotel, Llandudno

Located in the heart of the town of Llandudno, right next to the sea and promenade. the four 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.
Sep 2013