Castles of Wales - Self Drive and Private Guided Castle Tours from Cardiff

Wales is packed full of castles… a huge 641 of them fill this small but stunning country! Take them in along with the breathtaking scenery of mountainous national parks, rolling uninterrupted coastlines.

Itinerary

wales flagDay 1: Arrival in Cardiff
Discover the capital of Wales, a vibrant city built around a castle and featuring plenty of impressive historic buildings to visit as well as handsome parks and gardens. Cardiff Castle stands proudly in the centre of the city; why not make your visit here extra-special and join a traditional Welsh medieval feast in the castle cellars? Our accommodation will be in the Cardiff area. Spend some time at St Fagan’s, one of Europe’s leading open-air museums. This National History Museum explores all aspects of how people in Wales have lived, worked and spent their leisure time.
Overnight: Cardiff area

Day 2: Cardiff - Brecon Beacons
Today you will travel into the beautiful Brecon Beacons National park- an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the perfect place to take a walk and discover some of the wonderful waterfalls it is known for! Your accommodation for the night will be in Brecon Castle. Take a trip to Castell Coch, or ‘Red Castle’ a romantic Victorian redesign built on 13th century ruins, followed by the dramatic Caerphilly castle, one of the largest castles in Wales. The award-wininng whisky distillery of Penderyn is also located in the area if you fancy a tour!
Overnight: Brecon Beacons

Day 3: Brecon Beacons - Pembrokeshire
oday you will travel through the beautiful Brecon Beacons and on to the stunning Pembrokeshire peninsula, an area known throughout the world for its coastal scenery. Stop at the seaside resort of Tenby along the way. This picturesque town is built within castle walls, and features a unique selection of boutiques, craft shops, galleries and famous Welsh/Italian ice cream parlours. Next visit St. Davids, the smallest city in Britain and take a trip to the famous cathedral here.
Overnight : Pembrokeshire 

Castles of WalesDay 4: Pembrokeshire - Aberaeron
Today you can travel into the Pembrokeshire National Park and up the beautiful coastal path. Visit Cilgerran Castle just outside Cardigan, a 13th century ruin overlooking the longest river in Wales along the way, and finish at the seaside resort of Aberaeron. Wander around the colourful houses of this pretty habour town and try some of the award-winning honey-ice cream that they sell here! 
Overnight: Aberaeron

Day 5: Aberaeron - Porthmadog
Today you will travel up the coast to North Wales, through Snowdonia National park. Spend some time here exploring the park, and visit Beddgelert, famous in Wales for the legend of Gelert, the faithful dog of Prince Llewelyn the Great. Explore the old copper mine located here for a real sense of Welsh history. Finally travel into Portmadog to the unique village of Portmeirion. This resort lies on the coast and is designed as a Mediterranean resort. Spend the afternoon exploring the resort, including Castell Deudraeth, an impressive Victorian restoration project located within the resort.
Overnight: Porthmadog

Day 6: Porthmadog - Anglesey
Today you will travel through North Wales up to the beautiful island of Anglesey. Connected to the North Wales coast by two bridges, it features long stretches of coastline that have been declared Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a lot to see packed into this little island, the castle and gaol in Beaumaris are well worth a visit, as are the Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens nearby. The magical Llanddwyn Island holds the ruins of Llanddwyn Chapel, the church of Welsh patron saint of lovers.
Overnight: Anglesey 

Wales tourDay 7: Anglesey - Llandudno
This morning you will leave the island of Anglesey behind and travel through North Wales to Llandudno. Why not stop in Denbigh, one of the oldest towns in North Wales? The ruins of the castle can be seen all around the historic market town. Conwy Castle, one of the most impressive castles of Wales, is also on your way to your accommodation for the night. You will stay at t the Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno, complete with traditional promenade. Take a ride on the Great Orme tramway, the UK's longest standing cable hauled tramway which has been running since 1902
Overnight: Llandudno 

Day 8: Llandudno - Llangollen
Today travel to the small market town of Llangollen, the home of Wales’ National Eisteddfod, nestled between the surrounding hills and perched on the River Dee. There are many fantastic walks in the area, and the ruins of castell Dinas Bran overlook the town. Stop along the way at the interesting Bodelwyddan Castle, which displays the different ways a country house may have looked at different times during the 19th Century and is set on over 260 acres of lush parkland. Take a horse-drawn boat ride along the spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in the afternoon, a World heritage site.
Overnight: Llangollen 

Day 9: Llangollen - Brecon
For your final night you will travel back down to the Brecon Beacons. Stop on the way at the charming market town of Hay on Wye, famous for one thing – books. It's a literature-lovers paradise. There are millions of them, and they are everywhere, stemming from it as the birthplace of Europe’s largest second hand bookshop. 
Overnight: Brecon

Day 10: Return journey
Today you will depart for home after breakfast, with the chance to sightsee on the way depending on the time of your departure.

Included
  • 1 night including breakfast Cardiff 
  • 2 nights including breakfast in the Brecon Beacons
  • 1 night including breakfast in Pembrokeshire
  • 1 night including breakfast in the Machynlleth 
  • 1 night including breakfast in Porthmadog
  • 1 night including breakfast in Angelsey
  • 1 night including breakfast in Llandudno
  • 1 night including breakfast in Llangollen
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