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7 Night Snowdonia Discovery Tour

Harlech, Wales, United Kingdom - September 20, 2016: View of Harlech Castle in North Wales at sunrise
Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Discovery tours
from £1,349pp £1,259pp

A trip fit for royalty, our 7-night Snowdonia (Eryri) Discovery Tour lines-up a trio of UNESCO-listed castles that each played a pivotal role in the history of the British monarchy. Hear about Harlech Castle and the English Civil War, explore the imposing riverside fortress of Caernarfon, and visit Conwy – one of the best-preserved medieval castles in the world. And to cap it all, there’ll be a train ride aboard the Snowdon Mountain Railway to the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) itself.

What you’ll love

  • Discovering the royal history of Wales
  • Admiring Powis Castle and its world-famous gardens
  • Enjoying a scenery-rich journey on the Snowdon Mountain Railway
  • Exploring the National Slate Museum
  • Visiting Caernarfon Castle
  • Staying at Dolserau Hall, our Victorian country house

What’s included

  • Tickets for the Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Mountain Railway
  • Comfortable en-suite accommodation in our country house 
  • Cream tea on arrival day 
  • Cooked or continental breakfast every morning 
  • Daily packed lunches 
  • Three-course evening meals, plus tea & coffee 
  • Guided sightseeing with an experienced HF Holidays Leader 
  • All transport to and from sites of interest  
  • Easy-to-follow routes, maps, and information in our Discovery Point if you want to explore independently 

    Please note - Entrance fees are not included.

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival.

We’ll kick off the holiday with a castle fit for a king – King Edward I to be exact. You’ll visit Conwy Castle, whose mighty fortress and towers preserve the most intact set of medieval royal apartments in Wales. Then following the town walls, you’ll find out just how easily the castle was captured.

Another of King Edward I’s statements of power, Harlech Castle dominates with its dramatic position atop a plinth of rock. You’ll delve into its equally dramatic past as you wander the battlements – an eye-opening story of battles, sieges, and capture that goes beyond the late 13th century.

During the afternoon, you have the option of heading to Mawddach Estuary for a short yet scenic walk.

Enjoy a day to walk, sightsee, and discover Snowdonia (Eryri) at your leisure.

The 13th century medieval Powis Castle houses an enchanting collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture, and tapestries. You’ll get a sense of its historical and strategic importance for Wales as you visit the rooms and world-famous gardens - first built by a Welsh prince and now cared for by the National Trust.

Their theatrical mix of dramatic terraces, sophisticated flower borders, and precise topiary combined with jaw-dropping views never fail to impress.

Then in the afternoon, we’ll stop off at RSPB reserve on Lake Vyrnwy and have time to explore the market town of Bala.

Today we make tracks for Llanberis where if the weather’s kind we’ll take a trip on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, described as one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world.

On a clear day, you’ll trundle past plunging waterfalls and open mountain vistas as you journey through valleys climbing towards the top of Snowdon. You’ll not want to miss a second.

At the National Slate Museum, we gain a fascinating insight into the history and lives of the slate workers, and there'll also be the option to take a ride alongside the shores of Llyn Padarn on the Llanberis Lake Railway.

Our fourth castle provides a fitting finale to the holiday – a building that’s hailed as one of the greatest of the Middle Ages. We’ll visit Caernarfon Castle, a royal fortress-palace, which has witnessed its fair share of rivalries, feuds, and storied history throughout the centuries.

The location itself is steeped in history too. Add to that the sheer scale of this extraordinary castle and you’ve got a sight to behold - climb the Eagle Tower and you’ll have an eagle’s-eye view over it all.

In more recent times, the investiture of HRH The Prince of Wales, now King Charles III, was held here in 1969.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.

Dolserau Hall

Arresting countryside views dominate at this characterful Victorian manor house at the southern end of Snowdonia (Eryri) National Park. The location is idyllic; think ancient woods and craggy uplands in all directions (parts of the park served as the inspiration for Middle Earth in JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings). There’s no shortage of things to do, either, including following the Mawddach Trail along the edge of the Mawddach Estuary, discovering the compact range of hills known as the Rhinogs, and climbing the rugged foothills of Cader Idris – the highest mountain in southern Snowdonia (Eryri) at 893 metres. You’ll also be close to Dolgellau, the small market town best known for its once flourishing woollen industry (ruins of the Pandy fulling mills used to remove fats and grease from the wool cloth can still be seen along the Afon Aran River). 



Designed with your comfort in mind, Dolserau Hall has 23 well-appointed guest rooms available in two categories: Classic and Premium.  

Classic Rooms are comfortable en-suite guest rooms, ideal for a peaceful night's sleep. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, and shower gel), and a TV. 

Premium Rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses.

We love: The rooms in the main house or converted coach house. Some come with standout views of Snowdonia (Eryri) National Park.  

The Choose Your Room service is available at our UK country houses, allowing you the option of choosing and confirming a specific room for an extra charge of £30 per room. This is subject to availability. Upgrade supplements apply. 

Check in & check out 
You are welcome to check in from 4:00pm at the earliest. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a complimentary cream tea and get to meet your fellow guests, our HF Holidays Leaders, and the rest of the friendly team.  

On the day of departure, we kindly ask all guests to check out by 10:00am. You’ll be asked to settle your bill prior to leaving. You may, of course, make a charitable donation to our HF Holidays Pathways Fund if you wish. Please note that we only accept card payments.  

Room supplements

Premium single Premium double/twin Choose your room
£20 pppn £20 pppn £30 per room

About your stay

A warm welcome
We want you to feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. You’ll find a welcome pack in your room with guest registration forms, menus, order forms for dinners and picnic lunches, the Wi-Fi password, and the front door code. Our houses are locked at night, so we recommend noting the Duty Manager’s number on arrival in case of an emergency (or getting locked out). 

Evening entertainment
While evening entertainment varies from house to house, the HF Holidays Big Pub Quiz held after dinner on Wednesdays is a weekly staple. Your HF Holidays Leader may be around for tips on guided and self-guided walking routes as well as visit-worthy local attractions. 

Walks talks 
Our HF Holidays Leaders host guided walking information briefings before dinner on arrival days. This is followed by a group Walks Talk for information on the following day’s walking delights (held before dinner every evening). Self-guided walking guests are, of course, welcome.  

The walking day
Prior to setting off on walks, your HF Holidays Leader will run you through a short safety briefing. There’s also an up-to-date weather forecast on display at the house to ensure you have appropriate clothing and footwear. If you choose to do your own walks or are on a self-guided walking holiday, we ask that you please complete an Independent Walker Card each day. These can be found near the Discovery Point in the house. 

Food & drink

Led by experienced chefs, we serve a wide range of dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. We always aim to source the best produce available and use home-grown herbs and vegetables from our own gardens whenever possible. Additionally, we have a licensed bar with beers, soft drinks, and a superb selection of spirits. Full-board comes as standard and includes a cream tea on arrival and a hearty breakfast on departure day.

HF Holidays understands the importance of managing allergens effectively to ensure food is safe for guests with food allergies. Whilst we are always able to confidently inform guests which allergens are present in our ingredients and dishes, we are unable to guarantee absolute freedom from the 14 main allergens in our kitchens. Vegetarian and vegan menu choices are available. If you have allergies, food intolerances, or any special dietary requirements, please inform our reservation team at the time of booking.


For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Dolserau Hall

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Getting to Dolserau Hall

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Dolserau Hall
Gwynedd LL40 2AG

Tel: +44 (0)1341 422522

By train

The nearest station is Machynlleth.  

For train times and to plan your route check National Rail. 

By taxi

The 16-mile journey from Machynlleth railway station takes about 30 minutes.

For pricing, please contact Cader Cabs* and Mach Taxis* directly.

Cader Cabs

A local, 24/7 firm, who can provide transport from nearby train stations and bus stops. No pre-booking is required.

Tel: +44 (0)7766 983 103

Email: info@cadercabs.co.uk

Mach Taxis

We recommend pre-booking your taxi at least seven days in advance.

Tel: +44 (0)1654 702048

Email: taxi@machtaxis.com

A return journey can be arranged on your behalf by the HF Holidays House Manager at Dolserau Hall.

*Cader Cabs and Mach Taxis are not owned or managed by HF Holidays.

By bus

From Machynlleth take the T2 bus to Dolgellau. You can complete the two-mile journey to Dolserau Hall by taxi. Or if you alight at Dolgellau Starbucks, it’s a one-mile walk along a quiet country lane to the house.

By car

It takes about 90 minutes to drive from the M56 at Chester or the M54 at Telford to Dolserau Hall. 

From the north  
Head to Chester, then take the M53 and A55 to join the A550, followed by the A5104 for about 20 miles, then finally the A494 signposted to Bala.  
Stay on the A494 through Bala heading towards Dolgellau. A mile after going past a junction for the B4416 to Brithdir, take the next turning on the left to follow the country lane for half a mile to Dolserau Hall.  

From the south 
Take the M54 and A5 to Shrewsbury to join the A458 towards Welshpool. Continue on the A458 through Welshpool and after 27 miles turn right at a roundabout onto the A470 towards Dolgellau. As you come down a steep hill before Dolgellau, look out for a petrol station on the right. Take a right turn immediately before it, then you’ll find Dolserau Hall is about one mile along this country lane on your left. 

By air

The nearest airport is Manchester Airport. 
You’ll need to allow around five hours, firstly taking the train to Chester, changing to the Sapphire bus to Wrexham, and from there taking the T3 bus to Dolgellau.

The UK has a famously unpredictable climate so it's best to be prepared for weather that’s sunny one minute and raining the next.  To make it easier, here’s a list of items you should consider packing.  


  • Suitable, sturdy footwear with a good grip. You’ll be on your feet for much of the day
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof overtrousers 
  • Sunhat
  • Rucksack 
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity) 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Mobile phone
  • UV sunglasses 


  • First aid kit, including plasters
  • Sit mat  
  • Waterproof pouch for valuables 
  • Rubbish bag (remember to always leave no trace) 
  • Wallet/purse 

Optional extras

  • Walking poles,
  • Flask for hot drinks 
  • Durable lunch box 
  • Waterproof rucksack liner 

Please note

Admission fees are payable locally and aren’t included in your holiday price, apart from what is stated in the what’s included section. This gives you greater choice, freedom, and flexibility to only pay the entrance fees for the attractions that interest you most. Should you choose to visit all the highlighted attractions during your holiday please see the table below for the approximate totals. If you have National Trust (NT) or Cadw (C) membership, please be sure to bring your membership identification with you.

Approx. cost of entrance fees

3 night holiday

4 night holiday

7 night holiday

C members




NT members




C & NT members




No memberships




Dolserau Hall Calendar

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Jill Durnford

A big fan of Britain’s history, geology and wildlife, Jill is an HF Holidays Leader and certified Blue Badge Tour Guide who likes to share her passion with others. She’s lived in southeast England, the West Country, Scotland, Cumbria, and now finds herself in Wales. Being an HF Holidays Leader is a real labour of love for Jill and she’s happiest when showing guests around the stately homes and gardens she’s most fond of. 

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All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take an alternative route, or vary the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

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