Itinerary ideas: Wales Rails and Castles Tour
Off the shelf, flexible tours of the UK and Ireland
Wales Rails and Castles Tour
What's it all about?
This enjoyable 8 days tour takes in the best of Wales. Starting or ending in Cardiff and travelling all the way up to Conwy on the north coast, this wonderful tour takes in some of Wales' best Castles and provides opportunity to enjoy some of the best Steam Railways in the world through the Welsh Valley's and the mountain's of Snowdonia.
Length: 8 days / 7 nights
Transport options: Rail
Start and End: London
Inclusions: 7 nights B&B and hotel, car hire, Caerphilly, Castell Coch, Harlech, Caernarfon, Beaumaris and Conwy Castles, Steam Railway discount card, Info Pack, maps, taxes, fees.
Exclusions: Travel to start location / from end location, Steam Railway Entrances, GPS system, meals other than breakfast and stated, optional activities unless stated, Flights, Tips, Visa's
Wales Rails and Castles Tour Itinerary
South to North (please note trip can be reversed) Day 1-2: Cardiff
Transfers to Cardiff (Overnight in Cardiff for 2 nights). On arrival you may wish to spend some time exploring the Welsh capital city. You'll start day 2 with a guided tour of Cardiff's main sights telling the story of the growth of the city from Roman times to present day. In the afternoon you'll take a short train journey to Caerphilly where you will visit the impressive castle (the second largest in Britain after Windsor Castle).
Day 3: Castle Coch
Today you'll pick up your car and drive north to Castell Coch (The Red Castle) This 19th century castle is a Victorian castle modelled on a medieval castle theme with its fairy tale towers.Following this you'll head the Brecon Mountain Railway where you'll take a ride on the railway, with an optional walk at the other end of the line. You'll stay the night within the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Day 4: Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway
Today you'll drive north-west through the national park to Aberystwyth, and you'll be able to take a trip on the Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway. You'll also have the option of a trip on the Cliff Railway Overnight in Aberystwyth.
Day 5: Tallyllyn Railway at Tywyn
Take a trip on the Tallyllyn Railway at Tywyn. This railway takes you along the beautiful Fathew valley. At the terminus station there is also the opportunity to visit the Narrow Gauge Railway museum, with artifacts relating to narrow gauage railways in the Britain spanning 200 years. After lunch you'll continue north to see the imposing and very impressive HarlechCastle. From here you'll drive to Betsys-y-Coed in the heart of Snowdonia National park where you'll stay the next 2 nights.
Day 6: Ffestiniogg or Highland Mountain Railways
Today you can travel on either the Ffestiniogg or Highland Mountain Railways (If on a group tour you can travel both railways one-way and be picked up by your driver in Caernarfon) . You will have the opportunity to visit Caernarfon Castle and if time visit the idyllic Beaumaris Castle on the isle of Anglesey and you may want to visit the railway station with the longest station name in the world! (Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch)
Day 7: Snowdonia
Today you can explore Snowdonia some more and have the option to climb Mount Snowdon or take the Snowdon Mountain Railway. In the afternoon you'll head to Conwy to visit the walled town and visit Conwy castle. You'll stay overnight in Conwy or nearby Llandudno the famous Victorian resort town