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North Wales not only harbours the dramatic landscapes of the Snowdonia National Park and a host of stunning UNESCO World Heritage fortresses but is also home to a Welsh speaking population and Welsh heritage at its most traditional.



5 days / 4 nights

Regions visited:
North Wales

Start point:
Manchester or Manchester Airport

End point:
Manchester or Manchester Airport



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selfdrivetourSelf drive tour: Mountains and Medieval Fortresses


Chester, the Welsh Marches and Llangollen

Mountains and Medieval Fortresses - Llangollen Viaduct

Llangollen Viaduct, Llangollen, Wales

Arriving in to Manchester head west with your first stop at English city of Chester. Explore Tudor facaded timberwork buildings along the "rows" or walk the medieval city walls and gates not missing the impressive cathedral and the excavated Roman amphitheatre. From here meander along the Welsh border marches to visit Chirk Castle on route to traditional Welsh border town of Llangollen where you can ride the steam railway or take a canal boat across the 18th century viaduct.

accommodationOvernight: Llangollen or Ruthin.

distanceJourney details: 60 miles / 95 km, 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.), if starting at Manchester Airport*.

attractionsHighlights: Chester and Llangollen.


Snowdonia National Park, Machynlleth and Harlech Castle

Today you'll experience some of Britain's most breathtaking scenery as you cross the spectacular Snowdonia National Park home to the highest peak in England and Wales. Visit Machynlleth which once a Welsh stronghold against the English invasion in the Middle Ages and today a centre for Arts and renowned for the nearby Centre for Alternative Technology. Finally visit one of the UNESCO world heritage fortresses of North Wales at Harlech Castle before your overnight in one of Wales' picturesque coastal towns.

accommodationOvernight: Snowdonia National Park.

distanceJourney details: 40 miles / 65 km, 1 hour (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Snowdonia National Park, Machynlleth and Harlech Castle.


The Llyn Peninsula and Caernarfon Castle

Mountains and Medieval Fortresses - Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle, Caernarfon, Wales

You may choose to enjoy a mountain train journey on the funicular railway at Blaenau Ffestiniog before returning to explore some of Wales' most untouched coastline on the tranquil Llyn Peninsula where you'll find sweeping sandy bays punctuated with white washed villages and a protected Welsh culture and language. Finally to the town of Caernarfon to see another glorious medieval fortress at Caernarfon Castle.

accommodationOvernight: Conwy or Llandudno.

distanceJourney details: 45 miles / 70 km, 1 hour 20 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Llyn Peninsula and Caernarfon Castle.


Isle of Anglesey and Beaumaris Castle

Today cross the Menai Straits to the stunning Isle of Angelsey home to a diverse heritage from the 18th century mansion at Plas Newydd to the 13th century stronghold at Beaumaris Castle and the array of Neolithic and bronze age burial chambers and stone circles dating back to the islands Celtic origins. The isle is home to breathtaking coastlines, natural scenery and wildlife not to mention a stronghold of the Welsh language with Wales' town with the longest name: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

accommodationOvernight: Conwy or Llandudno.

attractionsHighlights: Isle of Anglesey and Beaumaris Castle.


Conwy Castle and Llandudno

Mountains and Medieval Fortresses - Llandudno Pier

Llandudno Pier, Llandudno, Wales

Finally explore the peaceful Victorian seaside town of Llandudno, ideal for strolls along the promenade overlooking the sandy bay before visiting nearby harbour town of Conwy. Here you'll find the final World Heritage fortress at domineering Conwy Castle before exploring the medieval town walls and cobbled squares. Finally make your way back to Manchester in England to return your vehicle.

Return your vehicle.

distanceJourney details: 75 miles / 120 km, 1 hour 40 minutes (approx.), based on a direct route to Manchester Airport*.

attractionsHighlights: Llandudno and Conwy Castle.


Mountains and Medieval Fortresses Tour Map - self drive tour of Wales


selfdriveSelf drive tour: Mountains and Medieval Fortresses


  • 4 nights accommodation in Castle Hotel or Manor House accommodation as per the itinerary (also listed below).
  • Full cooked Welsh breakfast each morning.
  • 5 days car rental inclusive of all mandatory taxes.
  • Adeo travel suggested driving itinerary.
  • Toll-free calls to your Britain vacation specialist whilst planning your trip.
  • Expert assistance during the planning of your trip and local number for advice during travel


  • The Hand, Llangollen x 1 night
  • Llety Brynawel, near Aberdovey x 1 night
  • Dunoon Hotel, Llandudno x 2 nights

As our self-drive tours are fully customizable we can tailor the suggested accommodations for your particular quotation based on your preferences, budget etc. Read more about the accommodation we offer by clicking here.


  • Purchase the CADW overseas visitor passes for entry to a number of sites and historic attractions on route.
  • Add pre/post tour accommodation in Manchester before or after your trip.
  • Add rail travel to/from Manchester before or after your tour.


  • Add extra nights in any of your destinations to explore further.
  • Add a night in historic Chester in England on route to/from Manchester.
  • Have your very own private driver-guide chauffeur your tour.
  • Combine this tour with one of our other Britain self-tours.
  • Stay in quaint family run B&Bs throughout your tour or on selected nights.
  • Enjoy an upgrade to a luxury castle or manor hotel on one or more nights of your stay.

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selfdriveSelf drive tour: Mountains and Medieval Fortresses

arrowDEPARTURE DATES 2017/18

This self-guided tour is customizable and can be taken at any time throughout the year and starting and ending on any day of the week - simply let us know your preferred dates of travel!

arrowPRICING 2017/18

From GBP £375 per person (based on two people travelling).

Representative pricing above based on travel in shoulder season (May/September) with two people sharing a twin/double room, staying in sample accommodations as listed and sharing a compact automatic vehicle. For a direct quote for your preferred dates of travel please contact us.


  • As this tour can be taken at any time pricing will vary dependent on departure day, date of travel, selected accommodations etc.
  • Your quotation will be based on the suggested accommodations listed however please note that we may tailor your specific quote to accommodate your budget and preferences. Please indicate these when you contact us.
  • Prices are calculated as per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room and one vehicle.
  • Prices are for land only travel and do not include flights.
  • Prices are in GBP£ currency, for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.

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