Gardens & Trains of Wales

Gardens & Trains of Wales

3* The Lion Hotel Criccieth - Bodnant Gardens, Plas Newydd Gardens, West Highland Railway trip, Ffestiniog Railway trip

Monday 8 July

Departing home we make our way West to our hotel in Criccieth with a lunch stop on route. Owned and loved for over thirty years by 3 generations of the Brown/Burnett family, the Lion Hotel is famous for it’s welcoming atmosphere. With stunning views of mountains, coast and castle The Lion hotel offers the perfect retreat for all ages.


Tuesday 9 July

We begin our Welsh exploration by boarding the Ffestiniog Railway from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of Snowdonia in comfort, travel past outstanding scenery of glorious coastlines, ancient oak woodlands, mountains, rivers and castles as you embark on your journey on the award winning railway. This afternoon we will visit Bodnant Gardens, a world-famous garden home to National Collections and Champion Trees. With intimate corners, sweeping lawns, grand terraces and verdant woodland, there are many gardens in one at Bodnant. Created over 150 years, with plants collected and brought to Britain from far afield, and the incredible vision of generations of the McLaren family and their head gardeners The Puddles, this haven of rarity and beauty with a stunning backdrop of the Carneddau mountains of Snowdonia is a delight for the senses.


Wednesday 10 July

After a leisurely breakfast in the hotel we will make our way to Anglesey to visit Plas Newydd Gardens. Set on the shores of the Menai Strait amidst breathtakingly beautiful scenery, this elegant house was redesigned in the 18th century. A military museum contains relics from the First Marquess of Anglesey's tenure, who commanded the cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo. Explore the spring garden and Australasian arboretum, with an understorey of shrubs and wild flowers, an italianate-style summer terrace, and massed hydrangeas. Relax back at the hotel late afternoon before dinner in the evening.


Thursday 11 July

Today we will enjoy the morning in Caernarfon. Explore Wales’ most famous castle, visit the Segontium Roman Fort ruins or wander along he quaint streets and shops. This afternoon we will board the Welsh Highland Railway for our second leg of our Welsh tour. From the Castle at Caernarfon the train winds round tight bends – through woods and alongside rivers racing down to the sea – along a route which is impassable for all but a narrow- gauge train.


Friday 12 July

After breakfast we will begin our journey home, arriving back late afternoon.


The Lion Hotel, Criccieth ***

5 Days

£445 per person sharing a twin/double room

Limited single rooms at no supplement

National Trust Member Discount £10

Home pick up/set down from £25 per person

Front seat supplement £12.50 for the duration of the tour



Price includes:

All coach travel


4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

Ffestiniog Railway trip

Admission to Bodnant Gardens

Admission to Plas Newydd Gardens

Welsh Highland Railway trip

2 nights live entertainment at hotel 


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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note some pick up points may not be served on all departure dates.

Name Address Contact Details
Baldock Market Place N/S BALDOCK Bus Shelter, Bus Stop next to Comm Centre
Bishops Sford Interchange BISHOPS STORTFORD Interchange
Station Road Bus Stops
Buntingford The Crown PH BUNTINGFORD The Crown PH Bus Stop
CAMBRIDGE SERVICES A14 Cambridge Services A14
Coach Bays
Cambridge Trumpington P&R TRUMPINGTON Park and Ride
Centre Lane Coach Bays 5-7
Great Shelford N GT SHELFORD Ldn Rd/Station Rd Bus Stop Northbound
Harlow Bus Stn Stop 14 HARLOW Bus Station Stop 14
HERTFORD - Tesco Stop 12 HERTFORD - Mill Road Tesco Bus Stop 12
Hitchin N HITCHIN St Mary's Square. By Car Park Market Side
HODDESDON - Clock Tower HODDESDON - Clock Tower - Amwell St Bus Stop B
Letchworth Station Rd N LETCHWORTH Bus Stop, Station Road Opp Arcade
Newport Stn Rd Bus Stop N NEWPORT ESSEX - High St Bus Stop Opp Station Rd
Royston Bus Station ROYSTON Bus Station
Saffron Walden High St N SAFFRON WALDEN High St Bus Stop by Saffron Sports
Sawbridgeworth White L. N SAWBRIDGEWORTH White Lion Bus Stop
Bus Layby Opposite White Lion
Sawston War Memorial N SAWSTON War Opp Memorial Bus Stop
Stansted Mountfit Clar N STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET Clarence Rd Bus Stop
Opposite Tesco Express
Stansted Mountfit Har N STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET Three Colts/Hargrave Cls
Bus Stop (opp BP Petrol Station Side)
Stevenage Danestrete K STEVENAGE Matalan Excursions Bus Stop K
WARE - Station Rd WARE - Station Road Bus Stop F

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