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The wonders of Wales by heritage rail
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Enjoy the golden age of rail travel on this charming short break in north Wales. Staying for four nights at the Celtic Royal Hotel, within walking distance of Caernarfon's walled town, you'll enjoy an excursion on the Snowdon Mountain and Llanberis Lake Railways, as well as two other memorable Welsh rail journeys.
The Snowdon Mountain Railway's traditional rack and pinion climbs to 3,493 feet (1,085 metres) above sea level for a panoramic view over Snowdonia National Park, recently voted the best view in Britain. The Llanberis Lake Railway, which you'll return on, follows the shore of Lake Padarn and boasts great views of the rolling landscape.
Other journeys include the Ffestiniog Railway, the world's oldest narrow-gauge railway, and the Welsh Highland Railway, which runs for 25 miles from Caernarfon, past the foothills of Snowdon and the Aberglaslyn Pass to Porthmadog. You'll visit the Italianate village of Portmeirion and enjoy a two-course lunch, plus visit Betws-y-Coed, the principal village of Snowdonia National Park.
Visitors have been travelling to Llanberis since 1896 to experience this unique rail journey up the highest mountain in England and Wales. Enjoy chugging up the mountainside through Snowdonia National Park and enjoy panoramic views of the countryside from inside your comfortable carriage.
WANDER AROUND PORTMEIRION
Portmeirion is an enchanting place to visit. Enjoy a two-course lunch in one of the restaurants and spend time wandering around this beautiful yet bizarre pastel-coloured village.
Travel on two of the most picturesque railways in the world: the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland railways. You'll also visit quaint Betws-y-Coed in the heart of the Conwy Valley.
STAY IN A HISTORIC HOTEL
You'll stay at the Celtic Royal Hotel, walking distance to Caernarfon Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel dates back to 1800, yet boasts modern rooms and a spa with a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, bubble pool and gym.
Reasons to book
Lunch in Portmeirion
- Four nights on a half-board basis at Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon.
- Journey aboard the Snowdon Mountain Railway
- Journeys the Welsh Highland Railway
- Journey on the Ffestiniog Railways.
- Two-course lunch in Portmeiron
Day1CaernarfonCaernarfon, United Kingdom
Make your own way to our hotel, where you meet your Tour Manager and enjoy a relaxing first evening.
Day2Snowdon Mountain Railway & Llanberis Lake RailwayLlanberis, United Kingdom
This morning join the Snowdon Mountain Railway for amazing views as it slowly climbs part of this iconic mountain.
In the afternoon enjoy a return journey on the lovely little Llanberis Lake Railway, which follows the shore of Lake Padarn with wonderful views of mountains and the lake along the way.
Day3The Welsh Highland Railway & PortmeirionPortmeirion, United Kingdom
Today you join the Welsh Highland Railway, the UK's longest heritage railway, which runs for 25 miles from Caernarfon through the foothills of Snowdon and the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass to Porthmadog.
From here, continue by coach to Portmeirion, a weird and wonderful Italianate village set on its own private peninsula. It is most famous for being the setting for the 1960s TV series The Prisoner. You'll enjoy a two-course lunch in Portmeirion.
Day4Ffestiniog Railway & Betws-y-CoedBetws-y-Coed, United Kingdom
Return to Porthmadog to join the world's oldest narrow gauge railway, the Ffestiniog Railway, for a 13½-mile journey into the mountains, which encompasses pastures, forests, lakes, waterfalls, tunnels and horseshoe bends (and even a complete spiral!). You'll then take a coach to Betws-y-Coed in the heart of the Conwy valley and enjoy some free time, before returning to the hotel.
Day5HomeCaernarfon, United Kingdom
After breakfast you are free to check out of our hotel and depart at your leisure; you could even take the opportunity to explore the town of Caernarfon before heading home.
Celtic Royal Hotel
Within walking distance of Caernarfon’s walled town and castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, between Snowdonia’s mountains and the sea
Within walking distance of Caernarfon's walled town, Celtic Royal Hotel is full of history dating back to 1800. All of the spacious and comfortable rooms have a hairdryer, television, safety deposit box, ironing facilities, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wifi. At the end of the day relax in the hotels spa facilities which include a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, bubble pool and a gym. The hotel also has a restaurant and a bar.