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Railways of Wales

4.4 stars(233 reviews)
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Picturesque towns, castles and mountain railways

6 days From £499 per person

2022 Tour code: 22LLS

About the tour

The tranquil beauty of Wales is waiting to be uncovered. Admire rugged mountains, visit picturesque towns, and journey on the scenic Welsh Highland and Llangollen Steam Railways.


What’s included


Day 1 - Llandudno

Arrive in Llandudno and meet your Tour Manager at your hotel, boasting fantastic views of Llandudno Bay. You have some free time to look around before a welcome dinner.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Portmeirion & the Ffestiniog Railway

Enjoy an excursion on the Ffestiniog Railway today, a narrow-gauge heritage railway in Snowdonia National Park. Founded in 1832 as a means of transporting slate and miners from the quarries at Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog, it claims to be the oldest independent railway company in the world. Travel through the scenery of Snowdonia National Park to Porthmadog. From here it's on to Portmeirion by coach, famous for its colourful, Italianate architecture that wouldn't look out of place on the sun-soaked Italian coast. With free time here, you could visit the central piazza, admire the elegant Japanese gardens or take a walk along Harlech Beach.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Llangollen Steam Railway

Board the Llangollen Steam Railway for a journey through some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK. The current railway was formed in 1975 by a group of railway enthusiasts, but takes you along a route that dates back to the 1800s. Take in the scenic views as you wind along the banks of the pretty River Dee on your way to Corwen Station. After some free time for lunch, you enjoy something unique - a horse-drawn boat trip along the Llangollen Canal, experiencing how heavy goods where transported through this peaceful environment well into the 1960s.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Llandudno

Your day is free to explore Llandudno or perhaps ride the Great Orme cable-hauled tramway for breathtaking views of Snowdonia and Anglesey. In Llandudno, take in notable features including the Victorian charms of the promenade, the pier with its traditional seaside amusements, and some pretty public gardens. Within easy access of Llandudno is Conwy, where you could admire the historic town walls and castle. You could also visit Plas Mawr, a wonderful Elizabethan townhouse which has stood unchanged since the 16th century, or the Great Orme Copper Mines. The world's largest prehistoric copper mines, today visitors can explore the excavated caverns tunnelled by our Bronze Age ancestors around 3,500 years ago.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Caernarfon & the Welsh Highland Railway

Today takes you through dramatic mountain scenery to Caernarfon. Here, enjoy a guided tour of Caenarfon Castle, a royal fortress-palace shrouded in mythology. Afterwards, board the Welsh Highland Railway, a scenic narrow-gauge line running along the foothills of the Snowdonia Mountain range to pretty Beddgelert. Located in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, the picturesque stone village is surrounded by wooded valleys, rolling hills and lakes. According to legend, the town is the resting place of a faithful dog named Gelert, who was killed after his owner, a 13th-century prince, believed he had attacked his son. Upon realising that the dog was defending the baby from a wolf, the prince buried his dog, and the town gained its name - Beddgelert means 'Gelert's Grave'. The reputed burial mound, a stroll out of the village, is a popular attraction.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Llandudno & home

After breakfast, this morning, you're free to begin your journey home. Or, explore more of this wonderful area.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Kensington Hotel

Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

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4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 233 reviews

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A Brealey

5 stars

Submitted 15/May

Brilliant value for money! The Kensington Hotel is great & a big shout-out for the staff, they are absolutely fantastic! Will definitely booking another Rail Discoveries trip! ??

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Juliet Mitchell

5 stars

Submitted 14/May

Very good value and well organised. Comfortable accommodation. Lovely scenery enjoyed from a different perspective of the steam train and Canal barge. Interesting visit to Caernarfon Castle an Port Meirion All undertaken at a relaxed pace so you never felt under pressure.

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5 stars

Submitted 7/May

Clean and comfortable hotel with helpful staff in a fine sea-front position. Good variety of excursions and well looked after by our knowledgeable tour manager (Alistair) and driver (Norman). Sadly the Llangollen train was not steam powered but otherwise everything we had expected.

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Gillean Fuller

5 stars

Submitted 7/May

This was a great holiday. Well organised and with beautiful scenery. Portmeirion was glorious in the sunshine.

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4 stars

Submitted 7/May

Tour Put Together Well No Hassle

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Dr Battersby

4 stars

Submitted 21/Apr

Varied. Interesting. Companiable.

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