Wales in 7 Days
In Wales our motto is ‘Cymru am byth’ which means Wales Forever and while we may be guilty of a little poetic license, the history of Wales goes back an awfully long way which means there is a lot to see and experience! Our 7 day tour will take you through time, from the Prehistoric to the Celtic through the Medieval and into the Industrial revolution, all the while taking in the best of contemporary Wales, with the option of adventurous activities along the way.
Arrive in Cardiff. The Parc Hotel is a great city-centre option (CF10 1SZ) with easy access to the must-see sight of Cardiff Castle and its 2,000 years of history. Make sure you visit the bedroom of the 3rd Marquess of Bute. His 16-year collaberation with architect William Burgess transformed the castle into a Neo Gothic palace, with a different theme in every room - some taking years to complete.
It is also only a short walk to Cardiff's world class shopping and Victorian arcades.
Caerphilly Castle is easily one of Europe’s greatest medieval fortresses and a genuine hidden gem. (30 mins, CF83 1JD, 7.5 miles, 12 km).
Travel onto Blaenavon, its industrial landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage site that tells the story of how tiny Wales changed the world. (40mins, NP4 9RN, 22 miles, 35 km)
Stay the night at Llangoed Hall which reputedly stands on the 6th century site of the first Welsh Parliament. (50 mins, LD3 0YP, 26 miles, 42 km)
Travel to Dolgellau to experience the stunning natural beauty of the Mawddach estuary. A cycle trip or horse ride around the estuary is highly recommended. (1hr 45, 72 miles, 116 km)
Take a tour of the famous Harlech Castle with its grand vistas of Snowdonia. (40 mins, LL46 2YH, 21 miles, 34 km)
For an aristocratic Welsh country living experience, stay at Plas Dinas Country House. For a scenic drive, travel there via the quaint village of Beddgelert. (1hr, LL54 7YF, 33 miles, 53 km)
Kings in waiting have been invested at Caernarfon Castle for over 800 years. Explore the medieval town and take lunch in one of the taverns (6 mins, LL55 2AY, 2.5 miles, 4 km)
The Llanberis Slate Museum tells a story of how Wales roofed the world and offers an incredible underground experience the atmospheric slate mines (19 mins, LL55 4TY, 8 miles, 13.5 km). For an exhilarating guided adventure of the mines upgrade to ‘Go Below’ with abseiling, zip-lining, scrambling, boating and climbing a waterfall – all beneath the surface (£49 upgrade – adventurers will need to leave Caernarfon by 11am)
Stay at the award-winning ‘Ye Olde Bulls Head Inn’ in Beaumaris. Take the time to wander the beautiful town & castle too, a perfectly symmetrical fortress that nearly bankrupted the all-conquering English King Edward I. (24 mins, LL58 8AP, 12.5 miles, 20 km)
In the heart of the Snowdonia Mountains, the Snowdon heritage railway (LL55 4TY, 14.5 miles, 23 km) takes visitors to the summit of the highest peak in Wales and England. For the more adventurous, there are a great variety of walking trails. Just make sure you wear sturdy boots and pack for all weathers! For even more of a challenge Tryfan in the Ogwen valley is a great, exposed scramble (qualified guide essential – contact us to arrange).
The final World Heritage castle is sited on the stunning Conwy estuary. The castle and medieval town both take the name of the estuary and there are a host of historic buildings to explore. (38mins, LL32 8AY, 23 miles, 36 km)
Overnight at Bodysgallen Hall, one of only three National Trust hotels and a wonderful cross section of building styles and periods. (10 mins, LL30 1RS, 2.2 miles, 3.5 km)
The most recent inductee to the UNESCO club, a canal boat ride on the Llangollen canal and across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a once in a lifetime experience, combining the finest in man-made and natural heritage of the British Isles. (1hr 7 mins, LL20 7TG, 61 miles, 98 km)
Travel back to the Parc Hotel in Cardiff for your last two nights to enjoy everything this European Capital has to offer, starting with its vibrant nightlife. (CF10 1SZ, 216 km)
Visit some of of Cardiff's wonderful museums. Within easy walking distance is the National Museum of Wales, while ST Fagan's Museum of Welsh Life takes you through 6,000 years of Welsh buildings that have been deconstructed from their orginal places and recontructed in their prime within the museum's landscaped grounds. (CF5 6XB, 7 km)