Enjoy some of Britain's most scenic and dramatic rail routes as you explore the unique culture and sights of Wales. From the capital of Cardiff and the scenic Pembrokeshire coast through the Brecon Beacons to the dramatic mountains of Snowdonia, Wales by Rail is a rail trip you won't forget.View this tour
Our guide to Conwy and Llandudno
The Victorians and Edwardians called Llandudno the Queen of the Welsh resorts and it was graced with some of the most elegant seaside architecture in Britain. Neighbouring Conwy is one of Britain’s finest examples of a medieval walled town and home to a fabulous medieval fortress.
Llandudno today is experiencing a revival as a tourist resort as the British ‘staycation’ becomes more and more popular. It’s a proper, traditional, British seaside resort with a pier, Punch and Judy Shows and even donkey rides on the beach. Llandudno’s classic Victorian pier was originally built in 1876 and its traditional arcades remain a wonderful place to grab an ice cream or a traditional fish ‘n’ chip dinner and enjoy the spectacular sea views. Llandudno was the destination of choice for Lewis Carrol who lived for periods in the town which is said to have inspired certain characters and settings for Alice Wonderland – today this connection can be explored on the town’s popular Alice in Wonderland town trail (with accompanying app). For those who love history and countryside you can enjoy a tram-ride to the protected coastline of the Great Orme Headland which offers stunning sea views as well as vistas inland to the Snowdonia National Park. The tram is an experience in itself as the only operating Victorian cable-hauled tramway in Britain. Colwyn Bay beach and Llandudno beach are both blue flag sandy beaches with buckets of natural beauty where you can take a walk or enjoy a picnic.
By Contrast, the history of Conwy town reaches long before the Victorians; the town is truly one of Britain’s hidden gems. Set on the Conwy Estuary it is a quaint medieval harbour town of cobbled streets and squares, and can appear almost frozen in time with its medieval town walls and dominating 13th century fortress at Conwy Castle. Ther is certainly no shortage of things to do; explore the preserved Elizabethan house as Plas Mawr, climb to the top of one of Conwy castle’s 8 towers to get a stunning view over the town and then explore the castle walls with their 21 towers that still enclose Conwy town to this day. Look out for the Quay House, Britain’s smallest house which measures only 3.05m x 1.83m, or take a stroll down to Conwy Marina and Quay for a fish and chip supper and a drink outside the Liverpool Arms.
Llandudno and Conwy are also within easy reach of the spectacular scenery of the Conwy Valley and the Snowdonia National Park. Here you can choose to take in the majestic views with a ride on a mountain train at the funicular railway at Blaenau Ffestiniog or visit the National Slate Museum. Another World Heritage site not far away is Caernarfon Castle which was used for the investiture of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales in 1969.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist trail, North Wales has it all: spectacular scenery, ancient monuments and true British culture.
A Driving Tour of Wales - Immerse yourself in breath-taking natural scenery and an ancient Celtic culture as you explore the diminutive nation of Wales. A land of contrasts from the cosmopolitan capital city of Cardiff to the tiny cathedral village of St Davids and from the industrial valleys of the South to the majestic snow-capped peaks Snowdonia in North Wales you’ll see it all on this journey of discovery. Along the way see untouched coastlines, medieval fortresses, meandering rivers, ancient abbeys and a host of traditional towns and villages.View this tour
Enjoy two countries for the price of one as you use the British rail network to explore England and Wales. Travelling in comfort enjoy the city highlights including Cardiff, London and York as well as scenic train rides through the enigmatic countryside of North Wales, the Cotwsolds and the Yorkshire dales.View this tour
A Castle Tour of Wales – A nation renowned for its ancient fortresses, discover the heritage and natural beauty of Wales on a trip staying in elegant country house hotels and grandiose castle accommodations. Explore the untouched landscapes of Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire and the awe-inspiring ruins of Wales' glorious World Heritage Castles including Conwy, Harlech and Caernarfon. Your tour ends with two nights in the cosmopolitan capital city of Cardiff.View this tour
A North Wales driving tour – this remote corner of Britain not only harbours spectacular natural scenery but is also a stronghold of an ancient Celtic culture. Spend a week exploring the dramatic mountains of the Snowdonia National Park and a host of ancient castle ruins which enjoy UNESCO World Heritage status. Along the way discover traditional Welsh villages, sweeping coastal towns and hear the unique Welsh language spoken by the locals.View this tour
Classic Britain - a snapshot of the countryside and historic cities of England, Scotland and Wales. Enjoy the rolling hills and thatch villages of the Cotswolds to the towering mountains and fortresses of North Wales. Pass through the lakes and dales of the English Lake District and the rolling hills of the Scottish Lowlands and Yorkshire Dales. Historic cities to explore on route include Regency Bath, Medieval York, and the capital cities of Edinburgh and London.View this tour
A Great Britain driving tour - experience all that is great about Britain on the ultimate tour of England, Scotland and Wales. See it all, from the thriving capital cities of London, Edinburgh and Cardiff to the remote Scottish Highlands, tranquil Lake District an d spectacular Snowdonia National Park. Along the way you’ll experience diverse cultures and histories and see world-famous landmarks including Stonehenge, the Roman Baths, Cardiff Castle, the Cotswolds, Hadrian’s Wall, Loch Ness and Edinburgh Castle.View this tour
Enjoy an England and Wales driving tour to experience the contrasts of two distinct British cultures on this in-depth tour of two of Britain's intriguing nations. Enjoy the contrasting vistas of the patchwork fields of the Cotswolds, the rustic Yorkshire Dales, the mountains of Snowdonia and the coastlines of the Pembrokeshire National Park. Not to mention icons of English and Welsh history at Conwy Castle, York Minster, Shakespeare’s Stratford, Cardiff Castle and Stonehenge.View this tour
Enjoy the highlights of Britain on this leisurely 15-day tour which takes you from the far South West of England to Scotland’s St Andrews. On route discover national icons such as Stonehenge, Edinburgh Castle and Windsor Castle alongside more “off the beaten path” destinations as you explore the coast and countryside of Devon and Cornwall, the mountains of North Wales and the remote towns and dales of Yorkshire.View this tour
Enjoy this coach tour of Wales on a leisurely itinerary of the very best Wales has to offer. Starting in Chester (or Manchester Airport) in the North-West of England, travel through the castle strewn landscapes and mountains of the Snowdonia National Park and along the spectacular golden coast of Pembrokeshire on route to the nation’s capital city of Cardiff. After exploring Wales, we head to Windsor for our final night, but not before a stop-off at the world wonder of Stonehenge.View this tour
Get off the beaten tourist track as you journey from Windsor to Edinburgh through the beautiful West of Britain. Explore England’s picturesque coastal counties of Devon and Cornwall, see unrivalled vistas in Wales’ Snowdonia National Park, pass through the majestic Lake District and tour two of Scotland’s most elegant cities in, Edinburgh and St Andrews.View this tour
A Britain Castle Tour - Indulge in the history and heritage of England, Scotland and Wales by day and see its character reflected in your unique and distinguished accommodation each night on this deluxe tour of Britain. With your overnight accommodation in quality castle or manor house hotels, your tour will take you through the elegant cities of York, Bath, Oxford and Edinburgh as well as the natural beauty of the Cotswolds, the Yorkshire Moors, the Scottish Lowlands and the mountains of Snowdonia.View this tour