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The North Wales Castle Tour

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North Wales Medieval Castle Tour

Visit the magnificent north Wales castle of Conwy, Caernarfon, Beaumaris and Harlech. Spend ten hours exploring the "Iron ring" of castles built by the English monarch, Edward I. Travel from your accommodation in North East Wales or Chester and see four outstanding castles that dominate the north Wales coastline. The first castle to be visited is Conwy castle. Built between 1283 and 1287 Conwy castle shows its military medieval might through eight massive round towers and dominating curtain walls that overlook the beautiful harbour and surrounding countryside.

Conwy Castle from the quay side

From Conwy travel west over the Menai Strait and the famous Thomas Telford suspension bridge, on to the island of Anglesey where you will find Beaumaris castle. This was the last of the "iron ring" castles and used all the experience and technical perfection of the king's architect, James of St George. Although never completed the castle stands proud, surrounded by a water-filled moat and 14 architectural defences. It is easy to see why this magnificent "walls within walls" design has gained the reputation as the most technically perfect castle in Britain with its symmetrical design.

Cross the Menai Strait and the famous Thomas Telford suspension bridge to see Beaumaris Castle

Next travel back on to the mainland and on to the highlight of the castle tour. The almighty Caernarfon castle is incredibly well preserved and takes hours to explore with its web of never ending stair cases and tunnels. This was Edward I's show piece castle and the birth place of his son. He was invested here as the first "English" Prince of Wales - better known as the Black Prince. The tradition of investiture carries on till modern day at the castle and a display can be seen devoted to the current Prince Charles from the big day on 1 July 1969. The castle also houses some shops and museums, one of which demonstrates a comprehensive history of the Royal Welch Fusiliers. There are also displays of Military Decorations, Orders and Medals of the British Army. This castle is so immensely strong and feature packed it really cannot be missed. Another feature that can be seen from the castle is the statue of Lloyd George who became Prime Minister during the first world war.

Caernarfon Castle, Wales with Royal Welch Fusiliers museum

Finally we arrive at our final castle and maybe the most famous. Harlech castle although built by Edward I, was later to withstand a long siege during the War of the Roses that lasted many years. Anyone who has seen the film Zulu will be accustomed to the song "Men of Harlech" paying tribute to the warriors who defended this supreme fortress who's towers still stand - almost to their full height.

Our journey home will take us through the awesome Snowdonia National Park. The views and scenery witnessed are some of the best in the World with the long sweeping countryside that is seemingly never ending with mountains and lakes that are humbling to even the most hardened of travellers.

This tour commands a full day and takes at least ten hours to complete. We recommend the purchase of the CADW 3 day explorer pass for two adults that will give a significant saving on entrance fees (This is available at the castles when you visit).

North Wales Castle Tour

All our payments are processed online by either the official Welsh Tourist Board or PayPal Europe. The payments are fully secure. The Welsh Castle tour is priced per car and can be shared by up to four people. For up to six people our Chrysler Grand Voyagers are available. All vehicles are air-conditioned and chauffeur driven. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Solo, Switch or AMEX. Either click the button above to enquire or call in to a Tourist Information Centre in Wales to book.