Things to do in
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From Manchester: Discover North Wales, Snowdonia, & Chester

1. From Manchester: Discover North Wales, Snowdonia, & Chester

You leave Manchester and head straight for the border of Wales. Your first stop of the day is Conwy. This must be one of the most picture-perfect harbour towns in the world. You can see a castle* perched by the sea, the ‘world’s smallest house’, and lots of cute restaurants boasting the best fish and chips. You venture along the winding, scenic roads of the Snowdonia National Park before you arrive in Betws-Y-Coed. This quaint town is known as the gateway to Snowdonia and is famous for its alpine trees and cosy cafes. Chester is your next stop. This is one of England’s most historic towns, which means there are a lot of things to do here. We advise you to go straight to the ancient cathedral and learn about its remarkable past.

From Barry Island: Gavin and Stacey Tour

2. From Barry Island: Gavin and Stacey Tour

Discover the locations of the Gavin and Stacey TV show by mini-coach. Then visit the home of Stacey, the arcade where Nessa works, and the church where Nessa nearly gets married to Dave. You’ll have opportunities to stop, take pictures, and see the locations up close. The tour will end at the Barry Island seafront. As tour a guest, you will have an exclusive opportunity to go inside the home of Stacey and Gwen. It’s also a great way to see Barry Island and its surrounding areas as your guide shows you the sites from the hugely popular TV show.

From Liverpool: North Wales Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip

3. From Liverpool: North Wales Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip

Leave the music city of Liverpool and travel to Wales on a 90-minute, fully-narrated journey arriving at Llandudno. Visit the 12th-century hidden chapel of St. Tudno on the Great Orme.  Next is the walled town of Conwy, constructed in 1283 with a fabulous 3/4-mile wall circuit. Go inside Conwy Castle (not included), a gritty, dark-stoned fortress built by James of St. George in partnership with Frenchman Richard The Engineer. Afterward, head to Snowdonia National Park using carefully-selected, off-the-beaten-track routes with a stop at the so-called “capital of North Wales,” Betws-Y-Coed prayer house in the woods.  Finally, take the unique opportunity to experience the Pontcysyllte Canal Aqueduct, built by Sir Thomas Telford between 1795 and 1805. Prepare to be entertained and informed by your experienced guide and driver along the way.

From Llandudno: Portmeirion, Snowdonia and Castles Tour

4. From Llandudno: Portmeirion, Snowdonia and Castles Tour

Take a drive on the Great Orme Road, the longest of its kind in the UK, with spectacular cliffs, wildlife, and views out to the Irish Sea and Anglesey. Explore the ancient and medieval castle town of Conwy and admire the castle’s domineering and towering walls, whose magnificent towers stand tall over the beautiful estuary. Marvel at this little gem set upon the bank of the estuary and built into the castle walls is Great Britain’s smallest house. With arms outstretched, you can touch either side. Visit the famous Conwy suspension bridge, the first-ever of its kind, built in 1819. Enjoy a 45-minute walk of Caernarfon village and circumnavigate the outside of this spectacular and immense castle. Take a tour of Portmeirion, a colorful enchanting Italianate style colorful village like no other. Riviera-inspired houses, ornamental garden, and campanile are a beautiful pocket of madness like no other in a majestic setting. Travel through Snowdonia National Park and its spectacular driving routes. Pause at several viewpoints, witnessing great lakes, rivers, and views of Mount Snowdonia Summits. Stop at the 360°awe inspiring viewpoint of the valley below and its lakes. See the majestic Swallow waterfalls, where Snowdonia's water cascades over the rocky outcrops in a deep gorge setting. Stop at Tu-Hwnt-I'r Bont, one of Snowdonia’s most photographed and painted images. Take a scenic drive through Conwy Valley and the traditional Welsh villages en route back to Llandudno.

From Manchester: North Wales Sightseeing Adventure Day Trip

5. From Manchester: North Wales Sightseeing Adventure Day Trip

Leave the bustling city of Manchester and travel to Wales on a 90-minute fully-narrated journey arriving at Llandudno. Visit the 12th-century hidden chapel of St. Tudno on the Great Orme. Next is the walled town of Conwy, constructed in 1283 with a fabulous 3/4-mile wall circuit. Go inside Conwy Castle, a gritty, dark-stoned fortress built by James of St. George in partnership with the french Richard The Engineer. Head into Snowdonia National Park using carefully-selected, off-the-beaten-track routes with a stop at the “capital of North Wales”: Betws-Y-Coed prayer house in the woods. Finally, take the unique opportunity to experience the Pontcysyllte Canal Aqueduct, built by Sir Thomas Telford between 1795 and 1805. Prepare to be entertained and informed by your experienced guide and driver.

Chester: Half-Hour City Cruise

6. Chester: Half-Hour City Cruise

From the moorings at The Groves, Chester, you will head upstream under the Queen's Park Suspension Bridge and past the city's rowing clubs. You will then follow the sweeping bend of the Earl's Eye, passing some stunning riverside properties, and turn around at the city limits. On the return journey, the commentary details the history behind some of the more interesting riverside buildings, and the city's rich Roman, Medieval, and industrial heritage. The cruises will then finish with a great view of Chester Weir and the Old Dee Bridge, before disembarking back at The Groves.

Llandudno: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

7. Llandudno: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

The splendid Welsh resorts of Llandudno and Conwy lie between two gorgeous beaches and have retained much of their Victorian charm. With two different routes available, you'll be able to enjoy spectacular views of the Great Orme, the Pier, Conwy Castle, and the surrounding countryside. Hop-on board with your 24-hour ticket and enjoy panoramic views from the top deck of an open-top bus as you explore these locations. See all the highlights of these beautiful seaside towns. The North Parade is home to Llandudno Pier, a grade II listed building originally built in 1858. If you purchase a ticket for the blue route, you'll get a chance to discover the Great Orme. Lying in the shadows of Llandudno, explore the beautiful views along the coast whilst traveling to the summit of this stunning mass of limestone. This tour also includes a stop at the Great Orme mines, which during the late 17th and into the 18th century, used to mine copper. Tour Stops: Red Route: 1. Llandudno Pier 2. Nant y Gamar Road 3. Queen's Road 4. Glan y Mor Road 5. Conwy Road 6. Rose Hill Street 7. Town Ditch Road 8. Conwy Road 9. Deganwy Station 10. West Shore 11. Gloddeath Street Blue Route: 1. Llandudno Pier 2. Great Orme Mines 3. Great Orme Summit

From Manchester: North Wales & Snowdonia Day Trip by Minibus

8. From Manchester: North Wales & Snowdonia Day Trip by Minibus

Discover the major sights of North Wales as you travel away from Manchester on a guided tour with live commentary. Admire the scenery of the Snowdonia National Park, gaze at the iconic Conwy Castle, and explore the charming village of Betws-y-Coed. Board a minibus in Manchester and look forward to a day of exploring the Snowdonia National Park. Starting off with Conwy, this historic seaside town is filled with character and history. Wonder around, popping into the shops or having a walk down to the harbour. The market town is filled with rich history and is made famous by the mediaeval Conwy Castle that overlooks the sea. Next we'll head to Llanberis Slate Museum where you can discover more of Wales' rich heritage. Before enjoying a ride along a heritage railway, the Llanberis Lake Railway, which takes passengers along the side of the lake with views of the mountains that surround the area. Then we'll drive over Pen-y-pass, this drive truly is spectacular with the breathtaking landscape. There'll be plenty of photo opportunities for you and a chance to see the incredible scenery. Then finally we'll arrive in the village of Betws-y-coed. This will be a chance for you to have a good wonder around and explore the picturesque Welsh village. It has been a place of inspiration for authors and artists for centuries. After a day of exploring we'll make our way back to Manchester.

From Cardiff: Swansea, Mumbles and Gower Coast Full-Day Tour

9. From Cardiff: Swansea, Mumbles and Gower Coast Full-Day Tour

Soak up the charm of the Gower Coast on this guided tour from Cardiff to the city of Swansea and the village of Mumbles. Learn about local history and admire sweeping views of Langland, Caswell, and Rhossili Bay. Hop aboard a comfortable van and relax on the transfer from a centrally-located meeting point in Cardiff to the city of Swansea. Take in striking coastal scenery and a short stop by the Swansea Docks area National Waterfront Museum and Dylan Thomas Square. Visit the quaint village of Mumbles where you can see its quaint 18th-century lighthouse and what remain of the iconic 19th-century railway station. Some free time to explore the area (take your lunch and stop in at the Lovespoon Gallery where you can shop for traditionally hand-carved Welsh love spoons) Let the scenery of the Gower coast take your breath away, with an optional coastal walk from Langland Bay to Castell Bay, as you head towards the magnificent Rhossili Bay and the Worm’s Head formation. Return to your meeting point with unforgettable memories at the end of your tour.

From Llandudno: Snowdonia and the Three Castles Day Trip

10. From Llandudno: Snowdonia and the Three Castles Day Trip

Immerse yourself in Welsh culture, heritage, and history on an unforgettable sightseeing day trip. Visit numerous attractions in the area including Snowdonia National Park, Caernarfon Castle, and Conwy Town and Castle all from the comfort of a minibus.   Start your day with a drive on the Great Orme Road, with spectacular views of cliffs, wildlife, and the Irish Sea and Anglesey. Your first stop may just be the highlight of your day: take a tour of the ancient Conwy Town and Castle. Walk the castle walls, stroll along the Conwy estuary, see some old Tudor houses, and take in traditional Welsh art and craft shops. In town, you’ll also see the finest surviving townhouse of the Elizabethan era to be found anywhere in Britain, as well as Great Britain’s smallest house and the world's first suspension bridge built in 1819. Drive along the beautiful north wales coastline before heading into the mountains. Visit the fierce fire breathing Welsh dragon guarding the Snowdonia National Park and Welsh from invaders, hidden within the trees Then, drive into the glacial Nant Ffrancon Pass and Roman Road, and Ogwen Valley in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, where you’ll take in views of the lakes, mountain villages, and the towering Snowdonia mountain range. Stop at Llyn Ogwen and learn the history of a fascinating find on the shores of the lakes from the 5th century. Soak up the 360° panoramic and spectacular view of Snowdonia Viewpoint. Possibly the finest view in Wales. Here, your guide will share with you some local history, Welsh myths, and legends along the way, including a drive down the famous Pen Y Pass. Breath-taking Llanberis and Padarn Park National Slate Museum is tlhe unch stop and is set within some of the most spectacular scenery in North Wales . Slate industry was one of the main economic motors of Wales. Step back in time and immerse yourself in a variety of talks and demonstrations to give you a real insight into the hardships of past quarry life. Admire the spectacular setting of Dolbadarn Castle ruins through the forest to the gateway of Snowdonia to learn about its fascinating past. Finally, visit Caernarfon Village and Castle. Take a walk around this UNESCO World Heritage Site, before heading back to the starting point.

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Everything about the day was perfect. By far the best thing I’ve ever done being overseas. This was such a great experience and amazing value for money. Couldn’t be happier.

we travelled with Jean , who was our bus driver and as well as guide. She was excellent and explained everything pretty well . I will certainly recommend this tour .

A wonderful trip with an excellent driver/guide Simon as well as a very responsible group who adhered to timings and were respectful.

Great value for money and lovely places. Our guide (Shara) was knowledgeable and friendly, therefore a 5-star experience.

We recommend the trip. Very nice guide! We visited wonderful places in great company.