Conwy Castle and Village, Pringle Woolens, and the Town with the Impossible Name
- Conwy Castle: Explore a masterpiece of 13th century architecture, considered one of the most picturesque of Welsh castles for (very) good reason.
- Conwy: In your free time maybe relax in a local pub, grab a fish-and-chips, check out the medieval fortifications, or just get a feel for this World Heritage Site on a walk through town.
- Llanfair... : Shop for sweaters, clothes, and crafts at Britain's largest knitwear retailer, and shoot selfies next to a sign carrying the world's second-longest town name.
- Stunning Scenery: The Menai straits is just one of the gems you will see along the way on this experience. The shallow, narrow stretch of water separates the island of Anglesey from mainland Wales. Take in the untouched beauty of the Welsh countryside as well, it really is a site to behold.
About this Holyhead tour
The trick to reading Welsh is: Don't try. Too many accent symbols, missing letters, extra letters, and y's. Thankfully, GoBe will be interpreting the road signs today as you sit back and take in fine views of North Wales, with the foothills of Snowdonia as your backdrop.
We'll stop at the Menai Strait, where tides run fast and strong – and a pair of historic bridges carry cars and trains safely across. In Beaumaris, we'll stop by photogenic Beaumaris Castle, last-built of Edward I's eight-fortress "Iron Ring" of power over the Welsh princes. Though never fully completed, it still looks indomitable.
But the true star of this day is Conwy Castle. You can't miss the place – just look for eight massive towers and two barbicans on a commanding rocky outcrop, with a matching suspension bridge leading to it. We'll go inside to explore this medieval masterpiece, and to see what £15,000 could build you in the 1200s (hint: a lot). As you navigate the now-quiet battlements and floorless towers, you can almost hear the sound of armor clanking and hooves galloping out into the green wilds beyond.
Or was your stomach growling? No worries, you'll have free time to seek nourishment in the walled town of Conwy – perhaps a pub lunch or the British go-to dish: fish and chips. There's shopping here, too. But save some dry powder for our stop at the landmark Pringle Woollen Store – loaded with cashmere jumpers, golf trousers, grouse hats, pajama sets, tunic tops, fluffy snoods, and much more. It's in "Llanfair PG"– a village whose full name is 58 letters long, thanks to a 19-century publicity stunt only a Welshman would understand.
Edward I, early board game loser
In the classic board game Risk, biting off more terrain than you can chew plays havoc with your strategy. Just as it did for Edward, the "Longshanks" of Braveheart. After his 1282 invasion of Wales, he set about building castles galore to maintain control. But the tab soon hit £80,000, six times his annual income. Out of loot and distracted by new troubles in Scotland, the castles fell into disrepair and ruin, and Ed died on his way to battle Robert the Bruce.
Please take the complimentary port shuttle to leave the port to meet your tour representative at the Train Station terminal. Please look for the displayed logo sign.
Lunch is on your own. Maybe do some shopping and grab a bite to eat in a local pub during your free time.
This tour is not wheelchair accessible. There is moderate walking over uneven ground at Conwy Castle and steep inclines.
Cultural, Full Day, Shopping, Family Friendly
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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