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Railways of Wales

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(Tour code: 20LLS)

Mountains, castles, canals and mountain railways

Explore the rugged mountains and winding waterways of North Wales. Enjoy picturesque journeys aboard historic steam trains and admire delightful towns and ancient history on this Welsh adventure.

  • Llandudno & Portmeirion
  • The Ffestiniog Mountain Railway
  • Guided tour of Caernarfon Castle
  • The Llangollen Steam Railway
  • Horse-drawn boat trip on the Llangollen Canal
  • Welsh Highland Railway
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    5 Nights' Hotel Accommodation
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Railways of Wales 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Llandudno


Today you arrive in the town of Llandudno, where you meet your Tour Manager at your hotel for the next five nights, the family run Kensington Hotel. This classically-styled Victorian Hotel enjoys a superb position on Llandudno's central promenade and enjoys fantastic views of Llandudno Bay.

A township since the thirteenth century, Llandudno, like many British coastal resorts, rose to prominence in the Victorian era. By 1848 Llandudno had become an established fishing and copper-mining town with a population of around a thousand when it was proposed that the town might achieve further prosperity as a holiday resort. Significant development followed, including the construction of a new pier, seafront promenade, a pavilion, plus new hotels and guest houses.

Modern Llandudno retains its Victorian splendour and natural beauty but also offers a host of entertainments for visitors including both a tramway and a cable car to the summit of Great Orme as well as museums, public gardens and traditional seaside amusements.

You have some time at leisure to explore the surrounding area before you enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel this evening.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Ffestiniog Railway
Ffestiniog Railway


Today, enjoy an excursion on the steam-hauled* Ffestiniog Railway, a narrow-gauge heritage railway in the Snowdonia National Park. The Ffestiniog Railway was originally founded in 1832 as a means of transporting slate, and miners, from the quarries at Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog, and claims to be the oldest independent railway company in the world.

You travel through the scenery of Snowdonia National Park to Porthmadog. From here it's on to Portmeirion, famous for its lovely location.

Visitors arriving in Portmeirion for the first time could be forgiven for thinking that they had arrived in a typically colourful Italian- Mediterranean village. In fact, that was the intention of Portmeirion's designer; the renowned Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. You may wish to visit the central piazza or Battery Square, and its quaint souvenir shops.

*Steam-hauled if possible.

Please Note: For Departure 20LLS10 Days 2 and 3 have swapped around.

Please Note: For Departures 20LLS04, 15, 17, 22, 24 & 27 Days 2 and 5 have swapped around.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Llangollen Railway
Llangollen Railway


Board the Llangollen Railway* travelling through some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK. The Llangollen Railway was formed in 1975 by a group of railway enthusiasts who wanted to open and run a heritage railway on the disused line.

You travel along the banks of the River Dee to Carrog Station. After some free time for lunch, enjoy a horse-drawn boat trip along the Llangollen canal.

*Steam-hauled if possible.

Please Note: For Departures 20LLS0809 Days 3 and 5 have swapped around.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Llandudno Beach
Llandudno Beach

A day at leisure

Your day is free, explore Llandudno further or perhaps take the Great Orme cable-hauled tramway for breathtaking views of Snowdonia and Anglesey.

Llandudno's historic highlights can be easily explored on foot, and a dedicated town trail provides a recommended route which begins at the town's library and takes in notable features, including several of Llandudno's churches, the promenade, the railway station, the pier and two of the town's public gardens.

You could also choose to visit the Great Orme Copper Mines. In 1987, the world's largest prehistoric copper mines were discovered beneath Great Orme, and today visitors can explore a network of tunnels laboriously excavated by our Bronze Age ancestors around 3,500 years ago.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle


A full-day excursion by coach takes you through some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in Britain to Caernarfon for a guided tour of Caenarfon Castle. Continue with a journey on the Welsh Highland Railway*, a narrow-gauge line running along the foothills of the Snowdonia Mountain range, to Beddgelert where there is time to explore this pretty village before returning to Llandudno.

Located where the rivers Glaslyn and Colwyn meet within the Snowdonia National Park in north Wales, the picturesque stone village of Beddgelert is surrounded by beautiful wooded valleys, rolling hills and mountain lakes. Snowdon itself, Wales' highest mountain, is fewer than five miles north of the village.

*Steam-hauled if possible.

Pleae Note: For the following departures 20LLS01, 02, 03, 05, 06, 11, 12, 25 & 26 Day 5 will hapen in reverse.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Llandudno


After breakfast, you are free to depart at your leisure. Alternatively, why not explore more of this wonderful area before heading home? You could take a final walk around the beautiful town of Llandudno. Traversing the crescent-shaped bay between Great Orme and its smaller twin Little Orme, Llandudno's wide promenade is backed by grand, white-washed Victorian hotels and is a delightful spot to sit back on one of the many benches provided and watch the world go by.

  • Breakfast

Departure Times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

What’s included
  • Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner
  • Ffestiniog Railway
  • Llangollen Railway
  • Welsh Highland Railway
  • Horse-drawn cruise along Llangollen Canal
  • Tour of Caernarfon Castle with a local guide
  • Time at leisure to explore in Llandudno and Portmeirion


Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to a Sea View room at the Kensington Hotel from £55pp

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.


Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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Tour Manager recommendation

This very popular tour offers such a variety of excursions from our comfortable family run hotel in the carefully preserved Llandudno sea side resort. There are three heritage railway journeys, a horse-drawn canal ride, Portmeirion, an Italian style village, and Caernarfon Castle to explore. Llandudno has lots of things to do on a free day too. The Great Orme tramway has to be a must for all our passengers. Tip: sit backwards going up for the best view of Llandudno Bay.

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