North Wales & Chester
Wales is made up of beautiful landscapes, historical towns and castles (did we mention castles!?) Explore the best of North Wales and nearby Chester on our seven day itinerary.
Itinerary at a glance:
- Explore famed Conwy & Caernarfon Castle
- Enjoy the scenic Snowdonia National Park
- Spend a day in the nearby historic Chester
When To Travel
Day 1: International Flight
Begin your journey with an international flight, most likely overnight.
We would recommend flying into Manchester (via London or direct) for a quick transfer to North Wales, or alternatively if you fly into London we can arrange a driver (or train) to transfer you to North Wales.
Day 2: Arrival to Wales
Welcome to England! Your driver will be waiting in arrivals hall with a sign board, he will then transfer you to Bodysgallen Hall. Welcome to Wales!
Day 3: Conwy Castle
This morning, enjoy a visit to Bodnant Gardens with your driver-guide.
This world class garden has many plants from all over the world, thanks to the Victorian vision of one gentleman. The garden has been cultivated by five generations of the same family and has beautiful views over the Snowdonian foothills.
Enjoy lunch at leisure before visiting Conwy, a town dominated by its well-preserved castle. The views from the top of the (eight) towers are spectacular, stretching miles along the hilly coastline and across the harbour below.
Day 4: Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle is one of Wales' most iconic buildings.
Its size, presence and medieval heritage mean it makes for a fascinating visit. Make sure you take in the lofty wall walks, the twin-towered gate house and exhibitions within the towers.
After lunch enjoy a visit to Port Merrion, a coastal village created by Clough Williams-Ellis who aimed for his buildings to enhance and blend in with the naturally beautiful site. From here take the steam train from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog. This thirteen mile journey climbs from the harbour up to the mountains past forests, lakes and waterfalls. Your driver-guide will be waiting for you at the top to transfer you back to your hotel, approximately 45 minutes away.
Day 5: Penrhyn Castle
This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Bodysgallen Hall.
After a relaxing morning your driver-guide will be on hand to take you to Penryhn Castle and Gardens, a 19th century structure built to look like a Norman castle, and which is home to interesting items such as a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria! The exotic tree collection and Victorian walled garden in the 60-acre estate are not to be missed.
Day 6: Chester
This morning, depart for Chester.
As can be expected of a city built up over such a long period with such a varied mix of influences and styles, there is a charmingly haphazard feel to Chester; its mismatched buildings line the irregular streets in an endearing higgledy-piggeldy fashion. Tudor buildings sit alongside faithful Victorian reproductions, a testament to the city's duration and importance through the ages. Northwards is the neo-Gothic Town Hall imperiously glaring across at Chester Cathedral, whose inner sanctum Georgian Abbey Square is a delightful place to stop.
Enjoy afternoon tea in the beautiful Chester Grosvenor Hotel.
Day 7: Depart Home
Your driver is on hand to transfer you to Manchester Airport for your onwards flight, or - if you came from London - to the station for your onwards train back to the capital and onwards.
Susie is our expert for this itinerary and, as a seasoned traveller, has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.