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Plas Newydd, stately home of the Marquess of Anglesey
Penrhyn Castle, an enormous Neo-Norman style house
UNESCO listed Caernarfon Castle, built by Edward I
Portmeirion, the eccentric creation of the Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis
Plas Mawr, a unique Elizabethan town house
Join Nicholas Merchant in North Wales at the ever-popular St George’s Hotel in Llandudno to visit a fascinating selection of spectacular and occasionally eccentric country houses with stunning collections of art and furniture that Nicholas will put into context. The tour also takes in Portmeirion, location for the cult 60s TV series, The Prisoner.
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Day 1: Arrive independently at the St George’s Hotel from 15.00 and enjoy a cream tea at 15.30. This evening there will be a welcome reception, dinner with wine and talk by Nicholas - ‘Rex Whistler, the Artist who went to War’.
Day 2: Plas Newydd and Penrhyn Castle.
First visit of the day is to Plas Newydd, Anglesey, and stately home of the Marquess of Anglesey, which enjoys spectacular views over the Menai Straits to the Snowdon range beyond. This panorama is vividly evoked in the dining room where Rex Whistler’s romanticised landscape is an example of his rich and nostalgic style. The grounds, thanks to the benign climate, are rich in colours throughout the year. Afternoon visit to Penrhyn Castle, an enormous house built in Neo-Norman style by the Douglas-Pennant family who were enormously rich thanks to the slate industry. Inside houses a fine collection of paintings and bizarre furniture designed to fill the gargantuan rooms; there is even a bed made of slate. This evening enjoy a second talk by Nicholas Merchant followed by dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: Caernarfon Castle and Portmeirion.
Today we visit Edward I's Caernarfon Castle, a World Heritage site. It was here that the Prince of Wales was invested as Prince of Wales in 1969. Then lunch (included) and a visit to the 70-acre architectural folly of Portmeirion that is the eccentric creation of the Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis incorporating fragments of architecture rescued by its creator. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 4: Plas Mawr and Bodnant Garden.
Our last day of touring takes us to Plas Mawr, a unique Elizabethan town house built from 1576 by the Wynn family. Now immaculately restored by the Welsh heritage agency, it is regarded as “the finest surviving town house of the Elizabethan era”. Some free time in the ancient walled town of Conwy before heading to Bodnant Garden, an historic grade I listed horticultural gem, home to a worldwide botanical collection, including the Blue Poppy of the Himalayas. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour managers’ discretion.
Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 24 passengers.
St. George's Hotel, Llandudno
The four-star St. George's hotel is in the heart of Llandudno, situated right next to the sea and promenade with wonderful views across Llandudno Bay. The hotel has a terrace bar and lounge, as well as a restaurant which offers spectacular coastal views over the bay. Bedroom facilities include TV, tea and coffee making facilities, private bathroom with bath/shower, telegraph and hairdryer. Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel on a first come, first served basis.
St. George's Hotel Website
Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.
You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day.
For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation.
The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.
It's always a pleasure to be on a tour with Nicholas. His energy, passion ,in-depth knowledge and general good humour are always a delight ! Great tour. Many thanks.
Review by Partington who travelled 14-October-2018
We wouldn’t fault it on anything! Ask the weather was very good! We thought Nicholas Merchant was first rate and the other travellers were good company
Review by Banister who travelled 14-October-2018
The hotel room was very comfortable, with a sumptuous bathroom. The staff were friendly and helpful. Beautiful position on the seafront at Llandudno, and a convenient base for touring North Wales, with none of the venues much more than an hour away by coach. Nicholas Merchant was a genial and considerate tour manager, who ensured that everything went smoothly despite the best efforts of Hurricane Ophelia to disrupt the arrangements. We particularly enjoyed Plas Mawr and Portmeirion, but could have done without the hideous and depressing Penrhyn Castle - not a good note to end on!
Review by Seward who travelled 15-October-2017
Review by Mrs Barbara Anscombe who travelled 21-May-2017
This was my first holiday with Travel Editions, and I shall certainly book some more
Review by Mrs Gillian Stone who travelled 21-May-2017
We were very happy with the tour in general but the hotel reception staff were unhelpful and below a standard you would expect in a hotel. For example although they knew we were with Travel Editions they omitted.to point out that there were 2 areas called the Terrace Restaurant. We followed the signs to the Terrace Restaurant which we later realised was a public restaurant hence we missed the introductory meeting which was held in the private terrace restaurant. For future reference either instruct the hotel staff to point the guests to the correct area or include instructions in your documentation.
Review by Mrs Marilyn Downes who travelled 02-October-2016
Enjoyable trip, first time to North Wales. Occasional confusion about arrangements at sites; eg no guided tour at Caernarvon Castle. Inappropriate size/quality of lunches when group on half board at hotel.
Review by Mr NG Williams who travelled 02-October-2016
Our first time with Travel Editions, we enjoyed this holiday very much. Nicholas is an excellent, knowledgeable and friendly guide.
Review by Mr Stephen Duckworth who travelled 02-October-2016
Another excellent tour with Nicholas Merchant - could not fault it although one/two of the house guides were too long winded for my taste. Hotel was good but there is very limited parking - perhaps add to brochure details. A lovely holiday !!
Review by Dr Lynne Ridler-Wall who travelled 02-October-2016
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